Many things will be said today. Many people will give their opinions as to how we got here. Many will celebrate. Many will mourn. Many will be indifferent. I figured that I would follow up my post from a few months back .
I did not vote for Donald Trump. I held my word. I made a protest vote for Evan McMullin. I couldn't vote for Trump. I couldn't explain that to my daughter. Since my post that has become more and more true.
But here we are, with Trump as president. Unprecedented victory. All the way until the last minutes before the polls closed, Hillary was presumed to be the victor. The same was true earlier this year with Brexit, and I think much can be linked between the two. Many Democrat friends are already calling half our nation racists, bigots, and misogynists. Take note of this.
For the last eight years, I have been called all of these things. I stood for enforcing our current immigration laws: you're racist! I stood for businesses being able to choose who they serve: you're a bigot! I stood for the rights of the unborn: you're a misogynist! The list goes on. The last eight years have seen the Left shove their agenda down the throats of the overwhelming majority of Americans that disagreed and shove it with force. Threats of removing funding from schools, shutting down businesses with $100,000 fines, and death threats galore.
Many American's are tired of this rhetoric. So were Brits. So America fought back. Not necessarily for Trump. No, exit polls showed yesterday that people voted Trump to prevent Hillary winning and people voted Hillary to prevent Trump winning. No one wanted 2016. Including Cardinals fans. But half of America clearly didn't want another four years of the same. They wanted change. And maybe some hope.
So I guess you can say that the pendulum has swung. But don't take that to mean that the Right will start calling names. Hopefully it means that the name calling stops. So maybe, today, instead of assuming the victors to be racist, bigoted, misogynists, step across the line and have civil discourse.
"Does it have to be unified?" he asked. "I'm very different than everybody else, perhaps that's ever run for office. I actually don't think so."
He went on: "I think it would be better if it were unified. I think ... there would be something good about it. But I don't think it actually has to be unified in the traditional sense."
How can one unify the GOP when one is insulting the conservative leaders that people respect most?
Donald Trump declared Monday the U.S. never has to default on debt "because you print the money," while clarifying his strategy for managing the national debt.
What an absolute idiot.
He also repeated his claim that he is "the king of debt."
"I understand debt better than probably anybody. I know how to deal with debt very well. I love debt -- but you know, debt is tricky and it's dangerous, and you have to be careful and you have to know what you're doing," Trump said.
At least he is only the king of debt. For now.
Believe in our nation’s founding principles, believe in our rights, believe in God, and we will ultimately prevail. No matter who is president and no matter how far down the path to Socialism or Fascism our nation goes, each of us must still stand for Liberty. As long as we stand up for our principles and our rights — for each other — we will continue to win.
Each of us must still feed our families, must still defend freedom, must still be honorable.
What is happening in this election is normal. If you think it’s abnormal, you aren’t looking back far enough into history. Civilizations go through this. Societies aren’t a straight line of growth. There are down waves for every up wave.
Tomorrow is just Wednesday.
My post last night wasn't me taking a seat, but me taking a stand. We must stand for Liberty, for Freedom, and for our Constitution. Let's not forget that.
Tonight, I am no longer a Republican.
During my early twenties I struggled in many ways. I left Catholism because I read my Bible and discovered too much that didn't line up with Catholic teaching. I found my way into Calvinism, and now laughingly call that my "cage-stage Calvinism" period. I pulled away from politics, not because of my own feelings or opinions but because politics left a bad taste in my mouth. In high school I debated to win, but— despite being a cage-stage Calvinist— politics felt like there was no point aside from winning. So I dove headstrong into theology. Debating theology had a point. Jesus. Politics didn't.
And then I got married at 25. Marriage started to change my views on politics and religion. Instead of aligning closer to Libertarianism, I started to align closer to Conservatism. The importance of our society's future started to matter to me. At 27, I found out that I was going to be a father and my political views on marriage, adoption, abortion, and much more started to solidify and I stood up as a Republican, the closest political party I could identify with. Fiscal conservative and social conservative. That was the Republican party.
Even then I realized that most Republicans weren't fully conservative, but instead more center-right. The Tea Party was trying to revive the Constitutional stance that the Conservative movement was founded on. Maybe I was closer to them.
And then last year as every Republican threw their hats into the arena as candidates for POTUS, I got to take my pick. There were a few good ones, but only one was strong enough: Ted Cruz. I have stood by Cruz since the early days of this election cycle. Even today, I stand by Cruz.
But apparently the Republican Party wants something different. They want the worst stereotype of American conservatism. White nationalist, xenophobic, nearly Fascist Donald Trump. A man that has been a Democrat until 2 years ago. A man that has been everything the definition of "establishment" entails. A man that has a well documented relationship with the Clintons and has publically backed many Democrat congressmen and congresswomen and many Democrat presidents. A man that cannot articulate a view on abortion and thinks that women should serve time for having one. A man that considers himself the best information on foreign policy. This dolt, this jackass, this absolute bumbling fool that cannot tell an ass from an elephant or a men's room from a women's room is what the Republican Party wants for their next President.
So you can have him. I won't be voting for him. My family won't be voting for him.
Tonight, I am no longer a Republican.