David Limbaugh posted an article:
“Can’s Support Trump Yet”
In that article, you defend your position by saying:
“If Clinton were to win, the Republican Party could vigorously and credibly oppose her, but if Trump were to win, it would be very awkward for it to criticize Trump if he were to govern as a liberal or do something outrageous.”
Seriously? David, where have you been for the past seven and half years? When did our Republican Congress oppose Obama and the Democrats on anything? They would be more at ease opposing Trump than Clinton. They agree with Clinton on unbalanced “free trade”, open borders, and a bloated government as the solution for everything that ails this country, that serves to increase their own power base.
Then, you go on to quote the Hamilton Rule:
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible.”
That may have been great in Hamilton’s time but it does not hold one drop of water in this race with this Congress. Further, if our Republican congresses are the definition of “conservative”, then all of the self-proclaimed “conservatives” are absolved from any responsibility for Trump.
Further, you go on to say:
“I am extremely concerned that he would be our political enemy in a number of areas and also that he has a tendency toward authoritarianism, a tendency many of his supporters seem unlikely to oppose.”
I have been an entrepreneur all of my life and I can tell you that a businessman, versus career politicians, understand that you have to “bring the team” along with any decision you make. Your team, in this case the Congress and the American People, would have to be engaged for Trump to be even marginally successful. I have less trust in a Republican Congress enacting a “conservative” agenda than I do Trump.
After being involved in elections since Barry Goldwater, and watching the “conservative” candidates put forth by the Republican Party, I have no idea what “conservatism” means to those claiming this title.
Will Trump “build the wall”, probably; lower taxes, probably; limit government, probably; have a coherent foreign policy, as opposed to what we have had for 16 years?, probably; Transgender bathrooms, as a State issue, probably; and abortion, this will require a SCOTUS decision, so, probably.
Do I know that for sure? NO, What I do know for sure is that Clinton will continue the Left’s destruction of this Nation. What I do know that under Bush, with both Houses of Congress, we increased spending and the national debt, increased the size and scope of government, failed to secure peaceful transitions in Iraq and Afghanistan, expanded Medicare, and on and on. If that is the definition of conservatism, then I guess I don’t fit the mold.
The final quote from your article that I will address is:
“At the very least, I believe that conservatives should withhold their support for Trump until they can extract meaningful concessions from him on major policy issues.”
Concessions, like what? I cannot think of one meaningful act of this Congress to assert conservative values and stop Obama. $2 Trillion + Omnibus Bill? Did Congress use the US Constitution effectively? Impeachment, off of the table. Shutting down the Government, no stomach for that. Withholding funding from the Executive branches, no stomach for that.
The founders gave us two tools to reign in the executive, impeachment and the purse strings. Republicans have “aborted” both of these tools.
Let me finish with another quote from Alexander Hamilton:
“Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.”