Assuming Donald J. Trump is on the Ohio ballot on March 15th, I will vote for him.
I have followed the Buckley Principal in every election since I was 18. (And I only learned about the Buckley Principal in my late 40's!) It is simple: vote for the most conservative candidate in the primary, and support the GOP candidate in the general election.
Trump may not be a "conservative," a term that today has as many definitions as there are GOP candidates. But his platform is the most conservative of them all. These
1) Build a complete border wall,
2) Stop Muslim immigration until Congress can make rules that will filter the good from the bad, and
3) Eliminate the Dept. of Education.
4) Privatize Healthcare (added 3.7.16)Don't tell him I said this, but if he were to fail on
While that is my primary reason, and reason enough, here are some supporting reasons. (I share these to be honest with my fellow comrades, but also as an example of what I'd like to see from supporters of other candidates.)
1) I am angry at what has been done to this country under Pelosi - Reid - Obama - GOPe, and I want as much of it un-done as possible. I hear that message from Trump.
2) His campaign has been about the future - what he will do. Others have campaigned on what they have done. I will support the GOP candidate in November, regardless of who it is. But in the primary, I pick the candidate with a specific plan, and that is Trump.
3) His is the most conservative platform of the field. He is not the most conservative candidate, but how come Trump is the only one, or first one, to promise a wall, promise a halt to Islamic immigration, and to delete the Dept. of Education?
Drudge - January 19
4) Calling me "stupid" has resulted in the opposite intended reaction. Starting Jan. 15 the Cruz supporters started calling Trump supporters "stupid" on social media. I was shocked that the #2 candidate's fans would turn inward with that level of intensity, and I was turned off. I understand the desperation they feel with poll numbers only half of Trump's, but the right way to even the odds was to tell Trump supporters why Cruz is better. They could easily have presented positives about their guy instead. But they didn't. The Buckley Principal is what I used to back Trump, but these attacks on Trump supporters have turned me into a Trumpeter. So keep calling me stupid.
"What the heck would the establishment know about conservatism? Tell me, is this conservative? GOP majorities handing over a blank check to fund Obamacare and Planned Parenthood and illegal immigration that competes for your jobs, and turning safety nets into hammocks, and all these new Democrat voters that are going to be coming on over border as we keep the borders open, and bequeathing our children millions in new debt, and refusing to fight back for our solvency, and our sovereignty, even though that’s why we elected them and sent them as a majority to DC. No!
If they’re not willing to do that, then how are they to tell us that we’re not conservative enough in order to be able to make these changes in America that we know need to be…
Now they’re concerned about this ideological purity? Give me a break! Who are they to say that? Oh tell somebody like, Phyllis Schlafly, she is the Republican, conservative movement icon and hero and a Trump supporter. Tell her she’s not conservative. How ‘bout the rest of us? Right wingin’, bitter clingin’, proud clingers of our guns, our god, and our religions, and our Constitution. Tell us that we’re not red enough? Yeah, coming from the establishment. Right."
I am looking forward to a fun year.
a couple mild arguments
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Conservative Treehouse makes the same case, but better.