There are hardcore supporters who have been there from the beginning for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It was these supporters who helped propel each to their party’s nomination and nothing that comes out between now and election day will change their minds. Most of the rest of us have been forced to take a hardline approach as well. In this late hour, the accumulation of October surprises will not change our voting preference. The surprises are THAT bad; Trump’s locker room talk is countered by Hillary’s Wikileaks corruptions which counter accusations made against Trump which counter Hillary’s attacks on the pro-life movement which counter… you get the point.

In other words, a large percentage (I’d put the number north of 50%) of the electorate will vote for a candidate that they only support because they believe the other major candidate would be worse. Never has any living generation of Americans seen a full-fledged race to the bottom like this one. This election won’t be won. The next President will be the candidate that loses less. We’re stuck having to fake enthusiasm for one candidate because we can’t imagine America with the other candidate in charge. I know many of the readers are full-blown supporters of Trump and that’s your prerogative. I will never support, endorse, or vote for Hillary, so at least we have that in common.

Regardless of who wins on November 8th, it’s imperative that on November 9th we evaluate what brought us here and make the choice to never let it happen like this again. I’m not talking about figuring out how Hillary evaded jail or why the best batch of conservative candidates the GOP has ever seen were summarily dispatched by a liberal and his wall. It’s time to take a look at the fundamental problems in Washington DC and across the country that prevent the obvious solution of Constitutional conservatism from having its day leading in the halls of government. As Bobby Johns pointed out in his passionate attack on liberalism in Congress, only three Senators and fourteen Congressman score an “A” on Conservative Review’s scorecard. Most GOP Senators and Congressmen score an “F” which means that they are slightly right-leaning at best.

This is why President Obama has never had a problem getting every single thing he’s ever wanted in the last eight years budgeted, including over the two years that Republicans have held a majority in both chambers.

This is why Planned Parenthood always gets funded.

This is why the internet is no longer under U.S. control.

This is why the one time Congress was able to reverse a Presidential veto, it was on a bill that affects less than 1% of 1% of Americans. The only reason it succeeded was because retiring Harry Reid was the only Senator willing to side with Saudi Arabia over families of 9/11 victims. In an election year, the President never had a chance. His veto was symbolic.

The problem isn’t that we don’t have enough Republicans in office. The problem is that we don’t have enough principles in the people holding those offices. We need a party that holds conservative principles at the highest level, that throws political expediency out the window. We need voters to learn the principles that propelled this nation to its pinnacle. Most of those principles are found in the words of the Constitution. Others can be found in the examples of the men and women who defend them. Any politician who refuses to wholeheartedly keep the oath of defending the Constitution does not deserve our vote.

This year, it’s too late. Principles have been abandoned by both major parties. This is why it’s important to build a new one. If the party of Lincoln, Coolidge, and Reagan has moved so far to the middle that conservatism has become a co-opted punchline used during campaign season, then examining our course through the lens of principles is our best course of action after the election.

Update (DTG): As you know I don’t censor my writers and respect their opinions but tomorrow morning I’ll give a short answer as to what he’s missing here.

As we near the home stretch there are several apparent facts that need to be stated some of them very unpleasant.

My prediction concerning media bias going beyond anything we can imagine has proven more right than I thought. The best example of this have been the wikileaks revelation as the media’s story has been driven by the Democrat “outrage” over the leaks rather than what has actually been leaked.

The O’Keefe tape of a NYC commissioner openly admitting vote fraud on hidden camera at a gathering that he thought was closed, would in any normal time be earth shaking, but because of thought number one they will barely register a blip because to acknowledge this reality is to risk losing wealth and power.

The problem of money in politics is not so much the problem of the money spent on elections but the monetary rewards of victory which allows the winners to direct tax dollars and contracts allowing connected people to be enriched off the taxpayer dime and consequently be rewarded with well paying position for friends and family during their time in office and comfort for themselves.

The corally to the above statement is this, once the financial rewards of victory are great enough then the incentive to either cheat or show bias become overwhelming to the point where the idea that a side holding this patronage and power would NOT cheat, lie, defraud or even use violence to keep it is naive in the extreme.

No amount of reality is going to trump a well placed lie if the lie: 1. Affirms the self righteousness of those who choose to believe (or pretend to believe it). 2. Involves no risk to status, employment or position as opposed to the reality. 3. Requires no action. The only exception to this is if there is a perceived risk of death from the ignoring said reality. One a person perceives that ignoring reality places either their lives, fortunes or comfort in danger will they act upon reality.

All of this demonstrates why great moral and cultural truths need to be constantly reinforced. Human nature tends towards selfishness, cowardice, ignorance, indolence, self deception and self destruction and is furthermore easily manipulated (if you don’t believe me spend an hour watching commercials) Unless you constantly remind people of the good and right they will forever slip back. This is also why you have to a teenager 15 times to take out the trash even though it’s been their assigned job for years.

All of these problems can be directly traced to the decision to abandon the culture war, as long as the Judeo Christian Culture prevailed and people had a sense of absolute truth and right and that there were eternal consequences for it and our culture and schools were affirming this. All of the problems above were controllable. There would naturally be some degree of corruption and cowardice because of human weakness but the overall culture would limit the damage. That is why the culture was always target #1 for the left and why our enemies unable to cope with our military might wisely made the pivot to culture.

When Ben Franklin answered: “a republic, if you can keep it.” when asked what kind of government was decided on after the constitutional convention, It was this moment that he was referring to. A moment when the breaking point between the people’s willingness and ability to govern themselves would be tested by apathy, indifference, ignorance and cowardice.

If you are a conservative I suspect the near future (5-10) years is going to be some of the hardest and most daunting time of your live. You need to decide if you want to arm yourself, because before the end of my days it’s very possible that you are going to have to decide if you are going to submit or fight or be persecuted and simply endure.

No amount of cultural decay, political and media corruption or lies changes eternal truths or the eternal consequences of ignoring them, nor our obligation to do our best, despite our sinful human nature, to be living examples of the Life of Christ. No matter the country, the culture or the society you are in, the temporal destiny of every single human is death. And the eternal destiny of every single human being will be decided by how we deal with said eternal truth.

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