- Trump unveils list of 11 potential Supreme Court picks (www.foxnews.com)
- Donald Trump’s Supreme Court list boosts Senate Republicans blocking Obama nominee (www.washingtontimes.com)
At the beginning of this month, I attended the Republican Party of Virginia’s convention in Harrisonburg, VA. As this article attests, Cruz wins most Virginia GOP at-large delegates (www.dailypress.com), the Republican Party’s rank and file supported Senator Ted Cruz’s candidacy for President. A week later, after Cruz had suspended his campaign, I attended the 1st District Convention of the Republican Party of Virginia in Fredericksburg. Again, the Cruz delegates won. The delegates who would have supported Cruz will attend the Republican Party’s Convention in Cleveland, OH (RNC Issues the Call of the 2016 Republican National Convention (www.gop.com)). Yet this time the delegates said they would support Donald Trump’s candidacy. Why?
When the Republican Party selects the people it sends to the national convention, that process is controlled by conventions at the state level and at the congressional district level. Who goes to these conventions depends mainly upon who wants to go. What matters is caring enough to show up. Whereas many of Donald Trump’s supporters either did not either care enough or know enough to participate in the conventions, Ted Cruz’s supporters did. Cruz’s supporters, those sneaky fiends, showed up as the majority, and now they had a different choice.
When the Virginia Republican Party decides who “Virginia’s” delegates to the Republican Party’s National Convention should vote for on the first ballot, a primary election and requires the “Virginia’s” delegates to vote based upon the primary results. Others have described the process. (Here is a reference => Everything you want to know about Virginia’s RNC delegate selection process (thebullelephant.com)).
The problem with primaries is that people who don’t actively participate in the Republican Party can easily vote in a primary. If such people vote in large numbers in a primary, they can prevent the Republican Party’s rank and file from holding its nominees accountable for what the party stands for. Hence, because they interfere with our First Amendment rights to “peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” primaries should be banned. Instead, we could and should use runoff elections so that voters don’t feel that are throwing their vote away when they vote for a third-party candidate.
Back To The Point
So if Trump is not really a Republican, why should Republicans support him? In spite of all his whining and immature name calling, Trump played by the rules, and he won the nomination. He is effectively the Republican Party’s nominee, and the only viable alternative (the only other candidate with a chance of winning) will be the Democratic Party’s nominee. Whereas voting for Trump may force us to hold our nose, voting for the Democratic Party’s nominee may require an awkward explanation at the Final Judgement. That is, Trump is not nearly as bad as the alternative.
Further, there is some possibility Conservatives actually have something to gain if we support Trump, and he is elected.
- From the beginning of his campaign, Trump has sought the support of Social Conservatives (see Trump’s inroads with social conservatives). Whether Trump is a sincere Christian is anybody’s guess. Nevertheless, Trump has demonstrated he wants the support of Social Conservatives. Hence, we can expect he will fight for religious freedom as well as Pro-Life judges.
- In his book (see CAN DONALD TRUMP DELIVER ON HIS PROMISES?), Trump indicates he supports school choice and restraining the wild environmental activism of the EPA.
- Of course, Trump has made a commitment to do something about illegal immigration.
Unfortunately, Trump has no record as a politician. We know he is a good businessman (only four bankruptcies), a successful actor on reality TV (He fires people.), and that he has contributed lots of money to politicians, including those he now complains about. Hence, the man is something of an enigma, not giving us much reason to campaign for him with wild enthusiasm. Still, given the alternative we can righteously campaign for him. At the same time, we can also work to get as many solid Conservatives in Congress as we can.
Never forget, if it should to use it, Congress is still the most powerful branch of the Federal Government. In 2008, I wrote this post, CONGRESS: WHERE THE WEIGHT OF POWER RESIDES. Subsequently, Barack Hussein Obama became our president, the the Democratic Party dominated both houses of Congress. The result has been disastrous for our republic and our children.
Every two years we elect Congress and one-third of the Senate, and this is one of those years. We cannot just focus on the presidential election. We must also elect the best Congress we can.
Anyway, check out Donald J. Trump’s website => https://www.donaldjtrump.com/. Trump may not be our dream candidate, but there are still things to like.