As I search through the embers of the party my parents and grandparents worked to build, I find broken pieces. Not burned, not ashes, but broken. Broken pieces that might be healed if the right medicine were applied.
Sometimes I just want to curl up into a fetal position and return to childhood, that safe corner of my crib where mom will find me, cover me, and make me feel better, because that’s what mother’s do. The problem is – I’m the mother now.
I’m the one who needs to make my children and grandchildren safe from the storms to come.
Broken pieces, in this case, are factions of constitutional conservatives who have given up hope, who struggle to find the foundation, who look ahead and see the torment of plagues of socialist/democrat policies creating the perfect storm with not one but two Democrat candidates on separate tickets running for President this year. I hear many say they don’t know which will be the better candidate, and worse, I hear many say it won’t matter anyway, because they believe their votes don’t count.
A good friend, Stephen McKitrick posted this message:
It’s already been a very long political season and I am quite sick and tired of people saying, “I’m just not going to vote then”. In my former life, I was able to participate in a historic event in Iraq. These people had never once voted in their lifetime. Some older men and women came from miles around, under threat from insurgents that they would be shot if they voted. I think it’s important that people in the United States exercise their right to vote that so many men and women died to that we can have that right in a free country. My one and only political post of the year.
I hear people say they’re not voting for the candidate who took the Republican nomination, and I can’t blame them. He behaves like a common ass in a business suit, his communication skills are zero, and to be claimed a proficient negotiator – he has proven himself less than sufficient at the task. And yet, he’s the nominee? I keep asking myself how he got past the Republican vetting system, and then I realize… He didn’t get past the REPUBLICAN vetting system. The system is broken and he brought his voters with him… He didn’t have to get Republican votes.
There were 11 candidates to choose from, and while I struggled to find a few of them viable, ANY of them would have been more presidential than the orange dog in a hair halo that got the nod. ANY of them. And yet, here we are, three months out from the general election and THIS is our option. THIS.
I took a deep breath, put the clothes pin on my nose and promised to support him – because the alternative is purely NOT acceptable to me. I can’t allow the alternative to happen. I just can’t. So, here I am… Supporting the orange dog with the hair halo to stand before God and all the people of the future as the leader of the FREE NATION in 2016.
God help us.
There were many better candidates. I’d followed the rush, and picked ‘my candidate’ knowing that I could not only support him, because he was a Constitutional Conservative, but understanding that his knowledge, his principles, and his values would ROCK this nation back onto her foundation in ways that mattered. I knew he would be a blessing to this great nation and the people who abide here.
What do I get for my efforts? (Not that it’s all about me, it isn’t. But I really wasn’t expecting this from my friends.)
I get tormented. Any comments they can make that are derogatory, disparaging toward the candidate who didn’t get elected, are directed at me… Because I wasn’t supporting their dog in the race? I’m not the only person who didn’t support their candidate.
I don’t get it… If you want me to join you and support your candidate, why would you badger me about who I previously supported? This isn’t about me, people. This is about voters YOU NEED to win the election. There’s a better way to get their vote!
Yesterday, I read a comment from Eric Grove that said:
Imagine if Trump had walked out on stage right after Cruz’s speech, thanked Ted Cruz for his “principled conservative values”, said that the Republicans are going to need strong defenders of freedom and liberty like Cruz in the Senate in order to make America great again when Trump is President, and he looks forward to Cruz’s continued support on the campaign trail. He could even throw in a few, “wouldn’t this guy look great in a black robe?”
That would be the ultimate olive leaf to unsure conservatives. It would also tie Cruz’s hands. If he went anti-Trump after that, it would look really bad. That is what someone would do if they cared about winning and didn’t just care about having everyone kiss the ring…
Gracious? Humble? Thankful? Appreciative? —- Whatever happened to those attributes? Where did they go in this rush to achieve the office?
More than one person has reminded me of Ronald Reagan’s unending support of Gerald Ford in the 1976 campaign for President, when Jerry won the nomination… And I agree, Gerald Ford stepped up to the microphone after the nomination, after Ronald Reagan’s concession and gracefully acknowledged the strength and power of his running mate, appreciatively acknowledging and asking for Ronald’s support over the next several months. Both men were gentlemen. There was no name-calling within the ranks, nobody obnoxiously assaulted – even verbally – the other man’s parents or spouse. And I never had the pleasure of meeting Ronald Reagan, but I met Gerald R. Ford on many occasions and I never EVER felt like he thought he was better than me, or like he was self absorbed or rude. Both men, from everything history tells us, were gentlemen.
IF Donald J. Trump wants to be compared to the likes of either of them, he needs to go back to basics and learn some manners.
That said… The primary is over.
Donald J. Trump is the candidate for the office of President of the United States of America, and his opponent is the most vile, despicable, and disgusting excuse for wasted skin that I’ve ever known. She’s evil beyond measure. And nothing she could possibly do in office is what I would want done. She’s guilty of murder and has found ways to get around the rule of law. She will stop at nothing to destroy America. That is her goal. That is her aspiration. For that reason, Donald J. Trump MUST win, and that means he’d better get his shit together and start acting like a leader of the most incredible, exceptional, nation on this planet. There is absolutely NO EXCUSE for him to be less than a winning candidate.
Now, for his supporters. If you’re a Trumpeter (and I’m using that in the most aspiring way) and you’re voting for Trump, supporting the man, and encouraging others to support him, then do that. Encourage others to support him.
Stop going after his former, Republican opponents, and go after the vile democrat who is killing people to get into office. Her murder wrap sheet is longer than my arm. STOP her.
Heal the broken spirits by proving the candidate you forced us to have, worthy of the position, and ELECT him to the Oval Office. You do the work. You find the salve to heal the brokenness that he’s left in his wake, and YOU apply it, get out, get the vote, and make it happen. You’ve earned your stripes thus far, now be the stars.
Because if you don’t, you’ve shredded our flag, our constitution, and our lives.
Jan Verhoeff writes commentary, sometimes political, sometimes current events. She speaks the voice of the people, sounding horns of warning and clarifying the battle.