Buckle up, America. We’ll soon have to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as chief executive of our government and leader of the free world. A third choice is less likely than a comet hitting you. What to do?
As a Reagan conservative, I started out preferring Gov. Scott Walker or Sen. Ted Cruz. Either would make an outstanding president. As for Trump, he initially struck me as unsuited for the White House. I vowed on national radio that I couldn't ever vote for him.
Today, however, with Republican primary voters having supported Trump in record numbers, forcing a stark choice between him and Hillary, I have switched. Without hesitation, I will support Trump for President. Here are ten reasons why:
1. Party Priorities: Democrats tend to care more about perfecting America. Republicans care more about protecting America. At this dangerous time, both domestically and internationally, it’s protecting us that matters most. That warrants voting a straight GOP ticket.
2. Congress: For the same reason, the U.S. House and Senate must remain in Republican hands. Rallying to Trump as presidential standard-bearer won’t ensure they will. But eating our own ensures they will not. Hang together or hang separately.
3. Supreme Court: Antonin Scalia has already passed from the scene, and other justices will before 2020. Under Mrs. Clinton we’d see the likes of Justice Barack Obama and Justice Eric Holder donning robes to radicalize the court. Under Mr. Trump, no way.
4. America First: Donald Trump dares speak the long-avoided truth that our country never wins any more. His inclination toward less going abroad in search of monsters to destroy, in the John Quincy Adams mode, points to a better chance of peace through strength in the Reagan mode.
5. Counter Jihad: After the mad evasions of Bush and Obama under threat from a global jihad movement bent on destroying us, it’s time for a president who sees the danger and takes the obvious sane precaution: a temporary halt in Muslim immigration.
6. Immigration: A nation unwilling to control its borders is no nation at all. Decades of spineless bipartisan inaction cry out for a president who will reassert our sovereignty by building the wall and stemming the invasion.
7. Identity Politics: Whether it’s “I’m Hispanic so I deserve amnesty” or “I’m female so I deserve the presidency,” governance by grievance is strangling our freedoms. Trump’s defiance of the soft Marxism we know as political correctness and multiculturalism is a lifeline for liberty.
8. Energy: How cruel, especially to the poor, for elites to try and brainwash us into believing reduced energy use will lead to higher living standards. But Clinton and the party of the left intend just that, in thrall to their green religion. Trump and the party of the right aren’t having it.
9. Corruption: No crime syndicate in history was ever so brazen in its pay-to-play methods or so flush with its hundreds of millions in shakedown money as the Clinton Inc. machine built by Hillary and Bill since 2001. Her email security hemophilia is one side effect. Just say no!
10. Government isn’t God: We’re electing a constitutional president, not a divine king. The job description is limited, and moral paragon’s not on it. Americans can do without pious goodness in our politicians. But would you rather have coffee with him or her? Trump any day.
Maybe like you, I was bummed that all my top choices won’t be on the 2016 ballot. Then I got a grip and switched to Trump. When the only menu is either socialist malnutrition or populist porridge, “Let them eat cake” isn’t an adult solution. Reflect that President Hillary would be as disastrous as the queen who first said that, and you’ll switch too.