“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson
Over this past week, as presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has been pivoting over into “general election mode”, we have seen leaders (or more like former leaders) of the conservative and liberty movements within the Republican Party fall in line behind their new champion. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who once called Mr. Trump a “cancer to conservatism”, has now offered his full support in helping that same disease become the President of the United States. Even Libertarian-leaning Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has come out and endorsed this same authoritarian. Other recent supporters include: Senators Mitch McConnell and Jeff Sessions, as well as Governors Chris Christie, Rick Scott, Paul LePage, and Phil Bryant. These are just a few from a list that grows bigger with each day.
There are a small number of people within the party that are holding out on Trump (at least for now). House Speaker Paul Ryan, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham are included in this group. Although this speaks well of these Republicans and their personal character, too much of the party has fallen in line for the GOP as a whole to hold on to its integrity.
Much of this comes back to a promise many candidates made early on in the race to support the eventual GOP nominee, no matter who that person was. This, in essence, was a promise to put the Republican Party’s agenda ahead of their own moral and ethical principles as well as ahead of any misgivings they may have about that candidate. It was a promise that never should have been made. Giving up one’s principle in return for political power is a very clear statement of where your priorities stand.
As Americans, we want men and women of deeply rooted principle in our government fighting for what they believe in, instead of corrupt politicians who will say or do anything to achieve another foothold of power. We want men and women who will endlessly fight for our life, our liberties, and our freedom, not people like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton who will use every day in office to make themselves more powerful.
Principle should always come before party. Neither of the presumptive nominees for the Republican or the Democratic parties holds this to be true. Don’t sacrifice your own principles for a political party this November. Give your vote to a candidate who stands on truth, principle, and liberty.
Fight for Life. Fight for Liberty. Fight for Freedom.