(Originally published on Twitter via @torchsinger65, July 22, 2016)
My grandmother always told me that things will look better in the light of day. Today, I find myself grappling with the veracity of her words of comfort.
As a Constitutional Conservative, it broke my heart and made me feel physically ill. to hear our beloved country being described in such dark terms by the Republican nominee. His descriptions of restoring law and order, punishing those who stand in opposition, and unilaterally changing US law – all through the patent disregard for the separation of powers inherent in our form of government -filled me with a cold sense of dread.
The Republican Party used to be the party of limited government, personal responsibility, and equality; the party of emancipation, of voting rights, of civil rights and a staunch defender of the Constitution. It was the party that called on us to aspire to our best selves – to be a shining city on a hill. It is now bereft of any shred of its former self and being ‘led’ by a bigoted, divisive, ill-mannered, ill-tempered liar and fraud. The fact that so many have been deceived by him or have willingly turned a blind eye ‘for the sake of the party’ makes me so angry and so disappointed that I struggle to contain it.
But being angry and disappointed won’t fix anything, so I continue to look for ways to bring something good out of this. Question is, is that even possible? Can true adherents to the tenets of the Party of Lincoln reconcile ourselves to what the party has become or wrest it back from those who have sought to rewrite its future? Or do we admit that all is lost and start again under a different banner? I honestly do not yet know the answer to those questions.
What I do know is that, as a lover of liberty, I take seriously my obligation as a citizen to participate in the political process. This year, unless a valiant knight on a trusty steed comes to our rescue, my participation in the Presidential race will take the form of an abstention as admonished by Charles Spurgeon: “of two evils, choose neither.” Today, I pray for the light of day that will make things better once again.