I kept hoping that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus would man up during the Republican Party primaries and stop a Democrat from becoming our party’s candidate. Instead, he passed the buck and doubled down on his support. As a result, we have the worst candidate possible. If Priebus and the RNC had any courage, a Republican who holds true to Conservative values would be at the head of the ticket. Chairman Priebus needs to resign for his incompetence.
Donald Trump, a pro-choice, Russia loving, universal healthcare supporting, free trade hating, registered Democrat (until only a few years ago) is now the nominee. Whenever I remind people that Clinton and Trump have been friends, they scoff and declare, “Not anymore!” Right.
The GOP has failed Conservatives this election cycle. The Christian Right has virtually sold out for Trump because his pieces of silver is paid with overturning the Johnson Amendment. Pundits and politicians we trusted have also sold out for the promise of air time and power (or to not to loose their power).
Now some are voting for Trump for the simple sake of stopping Hillary Clinton. I do get that argument, but I honestly feel like it is weak. If his first debate performance is any indication, he will not be stopping anything. Clinton won the debate simply by default. Trump’s running mate Indiana Governor Mike Pence, he did win against Senator Tim Kaine in the VP debate. However, that only served to give Trump supporters buyer’s remorse.
Donald Trump is running a terrible campaign. He should be up ahead of Hillary Clinton by three points easy since she has so much baggage and corruption, but instead he is either behind or barely making it. His campaign’s incompetence is costing him and the Congressional elections big time.
If Trump had said, “Listen, I know you don’t like me, but the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Vote for me to stop her.” I would have listened. I would have been less hesitant, but instead, he goes on the media screaming, “It’s the Republican Party, not the Conservative party.” Way to go in alienating your base.
A vote for Trump is saying that Conservatism can be bought by offering lip service, intimidation, bribes, and using the right buzz words. I am sorry, but Conservatism is not for sale in my book.
When asked about Donald Trump, the late great Andrew Breitbart, founder of Breitbart New said, “Of course he’s not a Conservative.” He would be spinning in his grave knowing that his brand is only a shadow of what it was.
Because of these reasons and many others that I have listed, I cannot in good conscience vote for Donald Trump as a Conservative. He is not one. He admitted it himself. He might be a Republican, but if he is, he is a RINO: Republican In Name Only.
Previously, I had supported Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party, but he has beliefs that I cannot reconcile with true classic Conservatism and he has supported the birtherism charge for both President Obama and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
That is why I have decided to throw my support and my vote behind independent Evan McMullin and his running mate Mindy Finn. I believe they are a breath of fresh air in this election cycle.
Now, I have some reservations about McMullin. I disagree with him on his strategy on Syria. I have doubts about some of the vague planks on his platform. His lack of Millennial outreach has me a bit perplexed.
However, I am not seeking a perfect candidate, but one who at least shares a majority of my values. Donald Trump shares none and there is no evidence he ever will.
Before you say it, no, voting for an independent candidate is not “throwing your vote away” or “voting for the other person.” That is propaganda made up by the two parties in power in an attempt to keep their power. It is nothing but lies made up to make you feel guilty should the opposite number win.
Also, I am sick of “holding my nose” to vote. I honestly wish people would just stop saying that. I should not have to do that for any election.
Evan McMullin holds to his Conservative core principles. I applaud his stance on gun rights, pro-life matters, national security, and religious liberty. He stands up for those principles, as does his running mate.
His Vice Presidential pick is Mindy Finn. She is a Conservative feminist, who has worked as a digital strategist for President George W. Bush and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. She has worked in the private sector for companies like Twitter. She is also the founder of Empowered Women, a group to assist women in business and politics. She, like McMullin, is far from perfect, but she would make an excellent VP.
Now I know McMullin has a long road ahead to victory. I do not have delusions about his chances. He is an underdog candidate. He is polling lower than most third party candidates due to his lack of name recognition. He is on the ballot in only eleven states, giving him access to only eighty-four electoral college votes.
He has a very slim chance, but none the less I am proud to stand by him and Finn as they take a stand for Conservatism in an election cycle where it has been forgotten and sold out.
He has challenged the other “big three” third party candidates, Darrell Castle, Jill Stein of the Green Party, and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party to a debate. So far, only Jill Stein has accepted the challenge. I hope it comes to fruition and I hope TheBlaze hosts it. It would be nice to see them on stage discussing the issues. I hope that independent and third parties will be allowed to join the main debate stage in the future. More voices is better.
I am a current resident in California where McMullin has not yet gained ballot access, but I plan on writing him in either way. I encourage to you to find out his ballot status in your home state and support Team McMullin.