OPINION: Marshall Says “I hope you’re proud of yourselves, Trump voters”
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OPINION: By Jason Marshall
When I registered to vote for the first time in 2002, I chose to join the Republican Party because I was raised to believe in limited government, fiscal discipline, and the constitution. My parents campaigned for George McGovern, before they met each other, and when Carter was elected president, they left the Democrat Party and became Republicans. They voted for Reagan, Bush, Dole, Bush (2), McCain and Romney. I was excited to become a voter, and proud to vote for Governor Pataki in the 2002 New York gubernatorial election, and President Bush in 2004. When we moved to Florida, I was finally able to vote in a swing state where there was a realistic chance that my vote would matter.
2008 came around, and I voted for Rudy Giuliani for president in the Florida primary. He lost, badly. Then I got behind McCain, because I knew what Obama was bringing to the table – radical, left-wing Marxism, anti-Semitism, hatred for Israel, antipathy for the constitution, and I wanted NOTHING to do with him. I believe the current administration, if that’s what we can call it, was the beginning of the end of rational thinking in America.
In 2010, the Tea Party rose up and threw the Democrats out of the House, in response to Obamacare. In 2012, I jumped on the Cain Train, believing that Herman Cain was the Washington outsider that could turn this country around, with Cain Do Solutions. That was the same year that I became acquainted with the dirty trickery that the GOP establishment uses to keep their own entrenched. I experienced it firsthand……that’s what changed me from a Republican loyalist, to an independent minded conservative. I ended up changing my primary vote from Romney, to Gingrich, when Mr. Cain endorsed Newt’s campaign.
I didn’t realize it at the time, but 2012 could very well have been the last time I ever voted for the Republican nominee for president. I walked away from the party establishment in 2015, and now, I’m seeing many people that I thought were conservatives, supporting Donald Trump. I’m amazed that a “Republican” candidate for president encourages his supporters to assault protesters, demean and degraded his opposition, insults women, and funds campaigns of progressives like Rahm Emmanuel, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Bill De Blasio, and Hillary Clinton. Is this the new foundations of conservatives? I think not.
Evidently, one can betray conservatism, shoo away constitutional principles, reflect aspects of unmitigated fascism, produce absolutely ZERO substance regarding an actual platform, and still produce results that during a traditional election cycle, would be regarded as the unquestioned presumptive nominee.
If this is the direction that the Republican Party is heading, make no mistake about it, I am leaving. I’d rather not be affiliated with any organized political party, than to be associated with a party that views Trump’s tomfoolery as appropriate for the direction our country.
Anger isn’t a sufficient excuse to decide a populist candidacy, devoid of specific policy position. Being fed up with the establishment, and the Republican Party ignoring the people, isn’t an excuse, either. If you want to destroy the party and start over, then split off, find a candidate, and present a challenge. All you’re doing is destroying our country, because Hillary Clinton is poised to step into the Oval Office is she faces off with Donald Trump.
Every single person that has voted for Trump this year has brought us one step closer to President Clinton 2.0 in 2017. I hope you’re proud of yourselves Trump voters.