Dear GOP Voters: We Need to Talk...
Dear GOP voters,
I love you all. I'm one of you. Can we have a family conversation? Can we be really, really honest for just a minute? We're days from Iowa - and it's time we decide what we want. It's time to remember what we believe in.
Is our main goal to reverse the course we've been on and elect a conservative? Or is it something else? The last few months have left me confused.
Ever since Mitt Romney lost the 2012 election, I've heard countless of you, my friends, lecture on how we needed a better option. We needed a conservative. We can't wait until we have a chance to replace Obama with a conservative. In 2016, we're gonna get it right!
And then... something happened. Something called Donald Trump. (Don't stop reading. Give me a chance. I might surprise you.)
Suddenly, my friends were no longer concerned about a candidate's past record. Unless, of course, that record belonged to anyone not named Donald Trump. I started hearing about Ronald Reagan. A LOT. Because, you know, Reagan was a conservative "convert" who was liberal prior to running for President, too, and therefore, Trump is Reagan reincarnate.
I hope you're right. I hope if Donald Trump is the nominee, he is the next Reagan. I really, really do.
But we didn't want Romney because - despite the fact he said he'd reformed - his past wasn't conservative enough. We scoff at the GOP for allowing the not-conservative-enough McCain to ever have been on the ballot. (Hate to break it to you, but Trump's conservative record is waaay worse than Romney or McCain's.) So what's changed, you guys?
And don't say "we have to win!" The GOP candidate can beat Hillary no matter who the nominee is. And remember, "winning" is why they told us we needed to choose Romney and McCain.
Before you start with the hate mail, let me tell you I plan to vote for Donald Trump if he's the GOP candidate come November. And you know what? I can even look past his abysmal liberal record when I do so. Because, like you, I hope he can morph into Reagan. So, Trump's record isn't the main reason I'll have to plug my nose when pulling the lever if that time comes. What is?
Three words. The Supreme Court.
Surprisingly, Dr. Ben Carson was the only person who mentioned this in last night's debate. It completely baffles me why NO ONE -left, right, center, Trump, Cruz, Rubio or Lindsey Graham - is talking about this.
Here's what you need to know. This is what you need to think about. The next President is going to appoint at least one, and possibly as many as FOUR Supreme Court Justices.
Let me repeat that. FOUR SUPREME COURT JUSTICES.
Granted, ISIS and Islamic terrorism is without question the most pressing issue our next President will face. But second, and I'd argue just as importantly for the America we'll leave our children, the next President is going to forever impact the direction of our country with his judicial appointments.
Personally, I think this is a really, really big deal. The Supreme Court has single handedly removed prayer from our schools, upheld Obamacare, wrote a new definition of marriage, and said murdering your unborn child is no big deal.
Call me a crazy hater, but I don't think we can risk four SCOTUS appointments on someone with a liberal past (not to mention a pro-choice liberal judge sister who'd likely be #1 on the Trump appointment list, because, you know, her last name makes her a "winner.") Again, I hope Trump has changed. I do. I'll vote for him if he's the nominee. But the Supreme Court issue alone is reason enough for me not to support him in the primary.
For eight long years, we've been asking the GOP to give us a conservative choice. And guess what, you guys? They finally delivered! We have a group of really amazing, conservative candidates on the slate this time... and we snubbed most of them.
But it's not too late... yet.
So here's my question to you. Do you want Donald Trump appointing 1-4 SCOTUS Justices? If you answered "yes," no need to keep reading. I won't convince you. BUT, for you GOP voters who answer that question with a resounding "no," or even a "maybe," then here's a follow up question. What are you willing to do to ensure conservative Justices end up on the Supreme Court bench?
Our petty fighting is getting pretty pathetic, you guys. "My conservative's better than your conservative, because BOOM!" Enough already. Look, I like basically every conservative GOP candidate still left on the stage. But this is what we've come to.
If you don't want Donald Trump, bite the bullet, and go with your second choice. If your first choice isn't Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio, but either of them is your second choice, that person needs to get your vote. I get it, they're not your favorite. But if you want a conservative President, we have no choice.
We can cling to our individual ideology and our perfect conservative candidate and splinter 60% + of our GOP votes to great candidates who simply can't catch the not-really-conservative frontrunner (which is how we ended up with Romney and McCain in the first place) - or we can pick an almost-as-perfect-as-our-favorite alternative conservative candidate now so that we're not holding our noses in November.
Bottom line? This race is now a three man contest, and if you don't vote for one of the conservative front-runners (Cruz or Rubio), you're voting for Trump. If you want the most conservative of the three, and the only one with an intimate understanding of both the Constitution and our court system, Ted Cruz is the way to go.
I get it. You don't like that. Nobody likes hearing they should give up their #1 choice. What I like less? Handing the Presidency to someone who doesn't know what the nuclear triad is, who helps fund the Clinton dynasty, supported Obama, and just years ago was both pro-choice and pro-gay marriage... who's going to appoint as many as FOUR SUPREME COURT JUSTICES.
This brings me to one last question. Do you believe conservative principles can turn our country around?
I implore you, please, if you're voting in the GOP primary, vote for someone who will choose Supreme Court Justices who won't play God or legislate from the bench. Choose a conservative.
-Written by Krystal Heath.