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John Kluge / March 3, 2016 / 58 COMMENTS


Let me say up front that I am a life-long Republican and conservative. I have never voted for a Democrat in my life and have voted in every presidential and midterm election since 1988. I have never in my life considered myself anything but a conservative. I am pained to admit that the conservative media and many conservatives’ reaction to Donald Trump has caused me to no longer consider myself part of the movement. I would suggest to you that if you have lost people like me, and I am not alone, you might want to reconsider your reaction to Donald Trump. Let me explain why.


First, I spent the last 20 years watching the conservative media in Washington endorse and urge me to vote for one candidate after another who made a mockery of conservative principles and values. Everyone talks about how thankful we are for the Citizens’ United decision but seems to have forgotten how we were urged to vote for the coauthor of the law that the decision overturned. In 2012, we were told to vote for Mitt Romney, a Massachusetts liberal who proudly signed an individual insurance mandate into law and refused to repudiate the decision Scissors-32x32.png

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Given this history, the conservative media’s claims that the Republican party must reject Donald Trump because he is not a “conservative” are pathetic and ridiculous to those of us who are old enough to remember the last 25 years.


The difference between McCain, Romney and Trump are vast. The 1st two represent a branch of the Right, the latter represents.....nothing other than his own ego.



At the same time, I cannot for the life of me understand how conservatives of all people convinced themselves that the solution to the 9-11 attacks was to forcibly create democracy in the Islamic world.



Its 14 hours fly time from Kabul to Knoxville. The people in the Islamic world (particularly the Arab world) have only had 2 choices both equally bad 1 the dictator (stability...ie corruption and provery) or 2 the revolutionary (Al Qaeda), the reason to spread democracy is to give them a third choice.

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