Chairperson of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus issued a “Do as I say or else” warning to #NeverTrump former presidential candidates. Reince Priebus is seriously considering preventing all #NeverTrump candidates from running for the presidency in the future if they don’t get on board with supporting Donald Trump this election. Included in Reince Priebus’ warning are Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Ted Cruz, and former Gov. Jeb Bush.
“Those people need to get on board,” Priebus told Face the Nation, according to Fox News. “And if they’re thinking they’re going to run again some day, I think that we’re going to evaluate the process – of the nomination process and I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for them.”
According to Fox News, Reince reason’s he can punish the prospects of these men due to “a pledge that each primary candidate signed vowing to support the eventual Republican nominee.” I call BS to this. Considering Trump at first refused to sign the pledge and once he did sign the pledge, he still stated he wasn’t obliged to any allegiance to the Republican party.
Also, Reince, you’re seriously going to dictate to other human beings what they can and cannot do? You’re going to seriously ignore the moral compass of Kasich, Cruz, and Bush? Just because you’re required to support the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump doesn’t mean others should be forced to oblige your headache.
Although I disagree with just about every policy Kasich, Cruz, and Bush stand for, I support their right as Americans to boycott Trump. It seems Reince Priebus has forgotten many principles of conservatism, like liberty, compassion, and free will.
Gov. John Kasich’s camp recently released a statement about Reince Priebus threat.
“The idea of a greater purpose beyond oneself may be alien to political party bosses like Reince Priebus, but it is at the center of everything Governor Kasich does. He will not be bullied by a Kenosha political operative that is unable to stand up for core principles or beliefs,” John Weaver, a top aide for Kasich, said, according to the Hill.
I’m baffled Reince Priebus would expect Sen. Ted Cruz, a revered Constitutionalist, to support a candidate who gives winks to nationalism. Not to mention all the vile comments Trump made about Sen. Cruz’s wife. Does Reince Priebus expect Sen. Cruz to whitewash that from his mind? I think Sen. Cruz showing at the RNC Convention was pretty telling and a good insight of his feelings about Trump and the conscience of conservatism, “Vote your conscience.”
Trump is spitting on the ideals of conservatism, from the free market to free trade, Constitutionalism, Lincon’s legacy, and the defense policy of the Republican party. What? Is Gov. Bush supposed to ignore the insults Trump hurled at the Gold Star family, the Kahan’s after they chastised Trump for his anti-Muslim rhetoric?
“I was viciously attacked by Mr. Khan at the Democratic Convention. Am I not allowed to respond? Hillary voted for the Iraq war, not me!” tweeted Donald Trump.
Of course, Trump disregarded the reason the Kahan’s criticized Trump to begin with. Maybe it had to do with Trump stating all Muslims should be banned from the country. All Muslims? Really? Including Muslims who are Americans? Including Muslims who are the number one targets of radical Islamists? One never knows with Trump because all he ever does is provide rhetoric, not details on the how. Again, this is who Reince Priebus wants to force Kasich, Cruz, and Bush to support?
Samuel Adams once said, ” A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”
Edmund Burke said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
Lastly, Barry Goldwater said, “I would remind you that extremism in defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”
Trump is an extremism that Goldwater warned about. Sadly, Reince Priebus wants to force the hands of conservatives to accept such extremism.
To Kasich, Cruz, and Bush, hold your ground. History will reward you.
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