Winning a Presidential election normally requires a strong face of unity from the party and its voters. The all-important Independent vote is often swayed by the level of consolidated and consistent support from the Republican or Democratic bases. The candidate backed by the strongest unified front will be the one that gets more Independents as well as crossovers from the other party.

This year is different. For both candidates, the opposition is at unprecedented levels of strength and numbers; they’re the two least popular candidates in modern history. This presents a dangerous scenario for both parties because it allows for the “general election pivot” to be more pronounced. They don’t have to stick to their guns. They simply have to pander to as many undecided voters as possible. That means that they must eliminate hardcore stances that would normally preclude Independents from voting for them. For example, Hillary has barely discussed her disastrous $15 minimum wage proposal for months. Her voters know she’s doing it and she doesn’t need to highlight it now that she has the nomination.

For Trump, one precluding issue is illegal immigration. He is very aware that it’s the one issue for which he’s been considered far-right from the beginning. He’s also aware that a slight majority of Americans, including moderate Republicans, are in favor of some form of legalization or amnesty. This is why he’s cracking the door open ever so slightly on the possibility of softening his stance. It’s why he’s gone from “we’re going to build the wall and Mexico is going to pay for it” to being “almost 100%” on building it at all. It’s also why he’s insinuating to Hispanic leaders that there may be a better way than the “harsh” deportations he’s proposed in the past.

In reality, this isn’t the flip-flop that mainstream media is painting it to be. He’s said that he’s trying to “come up with something fair” but he hasn’t quite flipped or flopped. Until he offers a proposal that says he’ll look at legalization options for illegal immigrants or that he won’t deport millions of people who have broken our laws, we have to go with the idea that he’ll take a strong stance on the issue as President. However, we cannot give him a sliver of a doubt about our position on the issue. The question has been asked, “Should Trump supporters call him out?” The answer is absolutely yes.

In any other recent Presidential election, the unified voice of a candidate’s supporters should avoid saying anything harsh. They should support the candidate on issues they agree with and avoid the others. This year is the exception. If Trump is allowed to backtrack on his initial position, the position that earned him the instant support of millions of Americans and that has grown his base for over a year, then he will continue to crack the door open further. Once he does that, there’s no going back, even for Trump. It would be a huge mistake to open discussions on legalization or amnesty and then to go back to his initial promotion of a “deportation force.”

His campaign believes that he needs to pull in a larger percentage of Hispanic voters. They believe that the only way to do this is to soften on illegal immigration. That cannot be allowed to happen. It’s the responsibility of every Trump supporter to make it known through email, Twitter, or whatever method you choose that we want a wall, we want illegal immigrants deported, and we want the rule of law to be re-established in this country after eight years of lawlessness. This isn’t negotiable. There’s no room for softness on this issue because once a little weakness is shown, that sliver of a doubt will become a giant fissure that will result in no wall, limited deportations, and a continuation of lawlessness.

Instead of pivoting to the current populist view, he should stand by his marquee policy proposal and give everyone a reasoned argument about why it’s necessary. He should appeal to the Hispanic population, the majority of which are here legally, and demonstrate to them why illegal immigration hurts them directly. In this one issue, Trump has the truth squarely on his side. There’s no need to bend on it.

Now is the time for his supporters to let him know. currently, he hasn’t officially softened his position. It’s the perfect moment for him to come out and say unequivocally that he will do what he said he was going to do from the beginning. If we don’t let him know that we disapprove of a position shift, there will be plenty of people whispering in his ear that he needs to back it down a few notches.

If the Republican Party is to unify behind Trump, he cannot back off on his most conservative policy perspective. For many, it’s all we have left. He’s abandoned free trade. He’s promoted affirmative action. He’s suggested a $10 minimum wage. He’s offered to go after portions of the 1st Amendment. With all this, he’s remained conservative on immigration. Don’t let him take that away from us as well.

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By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – A week after the cataclysmic event, the national media is slowly beginning to notice that Louisiana is flooding.

Donald Trump came to visit this week which garnered a bit of attention, mostly from pundits who wanted to mock him for bringing PlayDoh to kids who have lost all of their toys, their homes, their stability, their pets, and everything they know.

In Livingston Parish, 87% of the homes there flooded.  In Baton Rouge, at least 40,000 homes are believed to have flooded.  Most of these people don’t have flood insurance.  The numbers are staggering.

Jazz Shaw at Hot Air makes the point that all these visits by politicians to disaster areas are basically pointless:

What are we really accomplishing with presidential visits to natural disaster areas other than setting up politically oriented photo ops or chances for opponents to score a few cheap shots?

I can answer that:  the visits raise hope.  They encourage people who have nothing left.  They show people that someone cares about their plight.

From The Advocate:

[Rep. Steve] Scalise, the House Majority Whip who represents Louisiana’s 1st District, said he thought Trump’s visit was helpful to the state and to flood victims.

“You can see how he really lifted the spirits of a lot of people who need that right now,” Scalise said after Trump left. “One of the most important jobs of a president as it relates to national disasters is to show up and show people you care.”

At this point, most of the people in the south Louisiana flood zone don’t really care if Obama shows up or not.  That he didn’t feel compelled to interrupt his golf game on Martha’s Vineyard long enough to visit, to show concern, or that his staff didn’t care enough to even put up a statement on the White House web page for several days, speaks volumes.  He isn’t up for re-election and could not care less what happens here.

Hillary Clinton finally got around to making a statement nearly a week after the devastation.  She isn’t coming, by the way.  She thinks it would be disruptive, and maybe so, but she really doesn’t care about us either.

One group who does care what happens though, is the Cajun Navy.  You may have heard about them. The Cajun Navy is a group of volunteers who stepped up to help those in need when others would not.  Before the soaking rains moved out of the area, the Cajun Navy was already heading out in canoes, boats, pirogues, you name it, ready to go in and rescue the helpless.

That’s the thing: the flooding was so vast that first responders just could not get to all of the cries for help.  For days these citizen soldiers in The Cajun Navy have been pulling people off of roofs, out of houses, saving pets, rescuing horses in pastures inundated with water.  These people know the back roads.  They know the countryside. They know where to go.

And if they don’t know where to go, they set up communication on Zello and Glympse to help manage the requests for help.  They helped their neighbors, they saved strangers, they checked levees.

Now they are helping distribute donations and supplies and are helping gut houses ruined by floodwaters.

There are no government dollars helping them, no GoFundMe page, and they accept no donations.  They aren’t selling t-shirts. They are just doing what is right.

So, we don’t really need an Obama entourage down here.  The golf courses are under water anyway.

We could use Red Cross donations, though.  It’s really important that the nation doesn’t forget about south Louisiana now that the waters are receding.  The ruin and devastation is still here.  Donations and support are needed.

It’s going to be a long haul, but we are #LouisianaStrong and we will recover.  We are grateful for Donald Trump’s visit, grateful that even though it might have been a photo-op, he still cared enough to come.  He made a sizable donation to flood relief.  He made some kids smile.

But most of all, we are proud of our Cajun Navy who no doubt are the heroes of the Flood of 2016.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Thorin Oakenshield:Do not speak to me as if I were some lowly dwarf… as if I were still Thorin Oakenshield. I AM YOUR KING!
Dwalin:You were always my king. You used to know that once. But you cannot see what you have become.

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (2014)

There have been many things about this election season that have been troubling, the MSM incredible bias (even worse than normal), the Hacking (which while to the GOP’s advantage and revealing many relevant facts still a bad precedent), the dirty deals in government to protect Hillary Clinton from the consequences of her actions (consequences that the government had no trouble bringing down on an enlisted sailor not named Clinton.)  The coarseness of the campaign and some of the horrible lies told about Ted Cruz (oddly enough for a “liar” the list of his “lies” seems oddly absent and the cheating of Bernie Sanders by the Democrats (Sanders would be as bad if not worse than Clinton but cheating him is still wrong).

But for my money the worst things I’ve seen is watching conservative activist, activists who have worked on key issue together for years at each other’s throats over Donald Trump.

Full disclosure, I’m a Ted Cruz guy, I’m still a Ted Cruz guy, I endorsed him last year and supported him through the entire primary process.  When the GOP establishment, when faced with the reality of a choice between Trump & Cruz, as predicted choose Trump in the hope of getting rid of the gadfly who had held them to their promise, I called them out on it and fought.  When there was still the slightest chance that Donald Trump might not get the needed delegates to clinch the nomination before the convention I stuck with Cruz and if he runs in 2020 I’ll still vote for him.

But in the end regardless of my opinion, the GOP voters, those folks that we conservatives claim to be carrying the banners for, decided they liked Donald Trump.  They gave him overwhelming wins in a crowded field and even when the field narrowed he won over and over again.  I talked to the Trump voters, interviewed them and in Trump they saw a can do attitude, a get things done attitude.  A person more interested in progress than political correctness and willing to say aloud truths that others ignored.

So as I did with Mitt Romney, I threw my support to Donald Trump and before the convention endorsed him.  It was not the most flattering endorsement but from that point I was with Trump and that was it, but even though I disagreed with those who thought otherwise, just as I did with those who stayed home vs voting Romney in 2012 or McCain in 2008, and consider the potential result disastrous for the country I presumed that they came to this decision in good faith, just as I assumed they believed that my decision to support the GOP nominee was reached in the same honorable way.

Alas it seems this attitude is the exception, not the norm.

For as much as both the online #nevertrump and #evertrump sides dislike Hillary Clinton and her media enablers their real hatred seems to be for each other.

For one side the the never trumpers are traitors, who are simply enabling the left, betraying the cause and are acting like sore losers unwilling to accept the will of the voters.

For the other side, the #ever trumpers are not only traitors who have abandoned conservatism by back a NY with a long liberal record but fools who are willing to overlook Trump record and faults and basically follow a demagogue for the sake of a GOP win.

Seeing both sides so willing to abandon allies that they fought beside for years over this I can’t help but think of the Hobbit, both the book and the movie Thorin Oakenshield’s obsession with the Arkenstone  and willingness to think the worst of family and friends:

Thorin Oakenshield:I have been blind… but now I begin to see. I am betrayed!
Bilbo Baggins: Betrayed?
Thorin Oakenshield: The Arkenstone.  One of them has taken it.  One of them is false.
Bilbo Baggins:Thorin… the quest is fulfilled. You’ve won the mountain. Is that not enough?
Thorin Oakenshield:Betrayed by my own kin…
Bilbo Baggins:N-no, uh. You made a promise to the people of Laketown. I-is this treasure truly worth more than your honor? Our honor, Thorin, I was also there. I gave my word.
Thorin Oakenshield:For that, I am grateful. It was nobly done.  But the treasure in this mountain does not belong to the people of Laketown.  This gold is ours. And ours alone. On my life, I will not part with a single coin. Not one piece of it.

This is the obsession that I perceive.  Both sides see the GOP as the Arkenstone, theirs by right.  The Never Trump by their years of conservative activism to advance their cause and struggle to put a conservative on the ballot, the Ever trump by their primary victory driven by voter turnout above and beyond the numbers of the past.  They see the other and usurpers and disrupters, their years of fighting side by side meaning nothing and like Thorin they are blind to an important fact.

Come November 9th no matter the result they are going to need each other, either to advance the conservative cause in a Trump administration or to stop a Hillary administration from destroying what Obama has not had the chance to (although no amount of unity will stop her from reshaping the courts and turning them into a place where conservatives are guilty by reason of their existence).

The failure to recognize this and to believe the worst of each other and act accordingly is unworthy of us. It’s a perfect manifestation of the sin of pride going before a fall, and unless this changes fast we are going to create a divide that can only aid our enemies both domestic and foreign in their attempt to make the decline of America irreversible.

I’ll give the last word to a different movie and character.  Benjamin Franklin from 1776

Dr. Benjamin Franklin: How DARE you jeopardize our cause, when we’ve come so far? These men, no matter how much we may disagree with them, are not ribbon clerks to be ordered about – they are proud, accomplished men, the cream of their colonies. And whether you like them or not, they and the people they represent will be part of this new nation that YOU hope to create. Now, either learn how to live with them, or pack up and go home!

The choice, dear conservative friends is ours, may we make the right one, for our sakes and that of our country.

Update: I’m with Glenn, A spouse willing to ditch you over a vote for Trump is no true spouse.

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