Why THIS Republican Woman Will Not Vote For Trump….
Let me start by saying I run campaigns, political campaigns. I love politics and policy. I love helping get honorable men and women elected to serve in public office. If I’m not staff, I’m volunteering. That’s how important it is to me to see honor and integrity in office. I have been volunteering on presidential campaigns for years. Sometimes my candidate made it all the way, sometimes not. When they didn’t, there was never a question in my mind about supporting the Republican nominee. In the end, all of them were honorable people, who put this country first.
Let me also say, yes, there is corruption in Washington. However, contrary to what media pundits tell you, not every man or woman who goes to Washington is corrupt. Those who are, had it in their DNA before they were elected. The majority are still nothing more than good people who want to do good for the country.
I became a Republican in 1985 because of Ronald Reagan. Listening to Reagan’s inaugural address over the PA system, I was inspired. I often think of these lines: “My fellow citizens, our Nation is poised for greatness. We must do what we know is right and do it with all our might. Let history say of us, “These were golden years — when the American Revolution was reborn, when freedom gained new life, when America reached for her best.
Our two-party system has served us well over the years, but never better than in those times of great challenge when we came together not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans united in a common cause.”
The question is, when did we stop reaching for our best? We need look no further than this election to see we’ve given up on “the best”. It used to be that Americans, on both sides of the aisle, held their candidates to a higher standard, especially those who are running for the highest office in the land. I won’t go into the democratic nominee. We know who she is. We know from years of news reports about how unprincipled she is and how she will do anything to win. There is nothing to add.
As Republicans, we pride ourselves on being the party of principles, of family values. We take the moral high ground. We expect a lot out of those we chose to represent us. That brings us to Donald Trump. He was never my choice as many of my friends know. I have stood silently for a long time about him out of fear that my opinions would hurt other candidates that I work with, men and women who shouldn’t suffer a loss because of Trump. I knew that I could not go out and support him, not like I have with other presidential candidates, because I knew I couldn’t look someone in the eye and tell them I thought trump would be a good choice. Because of that, I have resigned from leadership positions within the party. But I always thought that I could at least hold my nose and vote for him. After all, I kept hearing arguments such as “we can’t survive Hillary”, or “what about SCOTUS”. This weekend though, a line was crossed that is too egregious for me to remain silent any longer.
You see, I once served as a volunteer EMT. As a first responder, I saw on occasion the aftermath of sexual assault. It’s not a pretty sight. There is nothing funny about it. Yet the comments made by Trump, where he has admittedly sexually assaulted women, are being laughed off. For those who think that’s not what he did, let’s first look at how the US Justice Department defines sexual assault:
“Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.”
Now let’s look at what Trump said, keeping the definition in mind…
“I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”
You can read the full transcript yourself and listen to the tape. I’ve seen this defended by people saying “He’s better than Hillary,” or “Bill did it”. I have to laugh about the “Well he was a Democrat when he said it” excuse. As for those who excuse it by saying “it’s just locker room talk”, they must not have daughter’s because I’d sure like to see them explain to them why it’s ok. How about “Women talk like that too”? The truth is, I don’t know any that do. Whether this is just simply boasting or not, it goes to his prevailing attitude about women. Look at his comments about Carly Fiorina; “Look at that face!” he cries. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!” How about Megyn Kelly? “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever,” he said. His tirade was started because of her opening question, asking if calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals” is behavior befitting a president. He later called Megyn a “bimbo”.
As for “they let you do it”, no. We don’t, not most of us. I’ve been the victim of unwanted attentions from a coworker. Your mind takes a moment to process what’s happening. Once that’s done, it’s often too late to react. In the end, the violation is real. You worry about whether you’ve done something wrong or led them on. It’s highly doubtful that most of these women just let him. Like me, they were probably just trying to process what was happening, shocked someone would take such liberties. I know that’s how I felt. It’s not something I’d wish on anyone. I felt embarrassed, ashamed.
I was told by a friend today that she is still voting for Trump because Hillary is amoral. I wonder if she understands what that means? “lacking a moral sense; unconcerned with the rightness or wrongness of something.” That seems to describe Trump as well. Another friend told me we have to support Trump because we will be wearing burkas in the next four years if we don’t. I know fashion trends change quickly, but I don’t think that will be the dress du jour any time soon, not in America.
We’ve lowered the bar this time. Maybe to the point that we may never recover. We have accepted, and we defend, a completely amoral man to run for president. Unless we reject him, he will forever define our party and what we stand for. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Hillary is better. But we aren’t the democratic party. We have standards, or at least we did. Maybe it’s time to do as Reagan said, reach for our best. Let us not be Democrats or Republicans, let us be Americans united for a common cause! Let’s stop defending the indefensible and elect someone with the character and temperament to be president. Most of all, let’s stop making excuses for Donald Trump, (and Hillary Clinton). Just because the democrats choose to support someone utterly unscrupulous is no reason for us to do the same.