An Open Letter to the Conservative Media Explaining Why I Have Left the Movement

US POLITICS IS IN A RARE AND FASCINATING PHASE CHANGE: An Open Letter to the Conservative Media Explaining Why I Have Left the Movement, by John Kluge. Strong stuff.

I voted for them [Romeny, Bush, Dole] because I will vote for virtually anyone to keep the Left out of power and not because I thought them to be the best or even really a conservative choice. …

[A] veteran of two foreign deployments in this war, … just when the hell did being conservative mean thinking the US has some kind of a duty to save foreign nations from themselves or bring our form of democratic republicanism to them by force? …

I have even less explanations for how — 15 years and 10,000 plus lives later — conservatives refuse to examine their actions and expect the country to send more of its young to bleed and die over there to save the Iraqis who are clearly too slovenly and corrupt to save themselves. …

And since when is bringing democracy to Iraq and Afghanistan so much in the national interest that it is worth killing or maiming 50,000 Americans to try and achieve? …

Donald Trump is the only Republican candidate who seems to have any inclination to act strictly in America’s interest. More importantly, he is the only Republican candidate who is willing to even address the problem. Trump was right to say that we need to stop letting more Muslims into the country or, at least, examine the issue. …

Fifth, I do not care that Donald Trump is in favor of big government. That is certainly not a virtue but it is not a meaningful vice since the same can be said of every single Republican in the race. I am sorry but the “we are just one more Republican victory from small government” card is maxed out. We are not getting small government no matter who wins. So Trump being big government is a wash.