“If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons.” Winston Churchill
Churchill had an intense hatred of communists. But he realized that Hitler presented the greater immediate threat to the United Kingdom, and so was willing to ally temporarily with Stalin in order to defeat the greater threat.
Trump was not my first choice, second choice, third choice, fourth choice or fifth choice, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. I disagree with him on trade, on foreign policy, on illegal immigration, on entitlements among other things But what Churchill said applies with equal force here.
Standing on the principle of anti-communism made it much more likely that the United Kingdom would fall to Nazi Germany. Standing on the principle of #NeverTrump makes it much more likely that eight years from now -after Hillary has finished her second term- America will resemble a European style socialist-democracy even more than it does now after eight years of Barack Obama. And there will be no going back.
To be clear, I don’t think that Trump will win even with a united Republican Party. But a divided Republican Party, or worse a third-party along the lines advocated by Senator Ben Sasse, guarantees a victory for Clinton, who would keep American careening down the path to European socialism. #NeverTrump also makes it more likely that the Democrats will win majorities in the Senate and perhaps even the House.
It is likely that by the time Clinton finishes her first term the United States Supreme Court will consist of six liberals and Justices Thomas, Roberts and Alito. This guarantees that the Heller (Second Amendment) and Citizens United (First Amendment) decisions will be reversed. There will be no individual right to bear arms, even in one’s own home (what the Heller decision was about), and government will be able to broadly regulate political speech under the guise of regulating campaign spending, which heavily favors Democrats because the media -which is overwhelmingly left-wing- will have a free hand in shaping public opinion.
But that’s not all. Racial and gender quotas will once again be legal. And Congress’ power to set policy will be drastically undermined as such a Supreme Court will uphold executive orders issued by Clinton when a GOP Congress (if we have a GOP Congress) “fails to act.” Similarly, the scope and power of the unelected DC bureaucracy will continue to grow because a Clinton Supreme Court will “defer” to agency “interpretations” of federal law that go far beyond the intent of Congress.
With Trump there is at least a chance that the Supreme Court will not become a de facto hard-left House of Lords.
A Clinton presidency would continue the drastic shrinkage of the United States military. A weak military is a far greater threat to the peace and security of the country than any intemperate tweets from the Commander-in-Chief. I am confident that Trump would rebuild the United States military. Indeed, I think he would do a great job at this.
Eight more years of Obamacare and heavy and ubiquitous regulations under Hillary will make us look back with nostalgia on the 2%-GDP-growth of today as the good old days. While Trump is not a believer in free-markets he would do far less damage than Hillary.
If the #NeverTrump movement wants to keep GOP majorities in the Senate and House then they’ll rename themselves #NeverHillary and direct their fire there. Otherwise, expect Trump’s supporters not to vote GOP down the ballot. In fact, I think #NeverTrump will result in the worst possible outcome: Democrat control of the White House and Congress. Remember what we got the last time that happened?