--This has been the craziest election I have ever witnessed. I seriously feel like I'm in the twilight zone.
--The other alternative is that I'm Marty McFly and I've woken up in an alternate version of 2016 where Biff Tanner aka Donald Trump has taken over.
--Trump isn't a conservative and I don't even consider him a Republican. He has been a lifelong Democrat, championing liberal causes up until very recently.
--Yet, some of the very people who taught me about being a conservative seem to have gone off the deep end in supporting him, it's like principles don't seem to matter. Ann Coulter completely lost me when she said this:
--It has gotten to the point where it is difficult to watch the media or listen to talk radio. I'm still in shock at how many people are trying to justify his reprehensible behavior.I don't care if @realDonaldTrump wants to perform abortions in White House after this immigration policy paper. http://t.co/l7nq8gN7i5— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 16, 2015
--My ability to stay sane has been made possible by first and foremost Charles Krauthammer, but also by Stephen Hayes, Jonah Goldberg and others.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger has said it best,
Winning this election is important, but preserving the soul of the best party to defend our values is also paramount. Although Kinzinger “utterly disdain[s]” Hillary Clinton, he fears a Trump presidency would cause more damage for the conservative cause.--I couldn't agree more and it's what I keep coming back to. I love Mike Pence, and considered voting for Trump because of him, but it's not enough for me. The last 2 elections I voted for Vice President, I'm not doing it a 3rd time.
--I fear the Republican party is fracturing, and I'm not ashamed to say that I'm in the Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan camp and not in the Trump camp.
I cannot and will not vote for a man who:
~Has absolutely no political experience, and says his beliefs are completely different than what he espoused just a short couple of years ago.--I've debated this with many people. Fellow Republicans cry about how horrible and corrupt Hillary is (I know that better than anybody), how the Supreme Court is at stake (we have no clue who Trump would put on the court, he has no track record whatsoever) and how voting 3rd party is throwing my vote away (I've argued this so many times with others, but in this case my conscience triumphs).
~Is completely disrespectful, mocks and viciously attacks women, pows, the handicapped, grieving parents, honorable men and women in his own party and pretty much anyone who disagrees with him.
~Has no moral framework or guiding principles.
--As I've looked at alternatives to Trump and Hillary I've cast aside the Libertarian choice because Johnson is too liberal for me. Evan McMullin is who I've picked. Jonah Goldberg makes a case for how he could win, it's very unlikely, but it works for me.
--I'll conclude with an excellent quote from Stephen Hayes:
Trump supporters would pretend that your refusal to support Trump means you're backing Hillary Clinton. It's an absurd argument, of course. There are other options. This election is not a "binary choice" as Trump backers claim. If the top candidates are, on the one hand, a congenital liar who jeopardized national security in service of her own ambition, and on the other, an unstable conspiracy theorist, the best choice is none of the above—a non-endorsement, a third party candidate, a write-in.
Doing this would be risky and perhaps costly. It'd also be right.