Con­vert­ing from ‘Never Trump’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION - Cal Thomas Cal Thomas is syn­di­cated by Tri­bune Me­dia Ser­vices.

As a for­mer “Never Trump-er,” I have been in­ter­ested in others who have con­verted, how­ever re­luc­tantly, if not into Trump sup­port­ers, then prag­matic ac­cepters of Trump against Hil­lary Clin­ton. Call us ever-Trumpers.

An­other such con­vert is Joel C. Rosen­berg, the mys­tery writer who once worked for the late Rep. Jack Kemp, R-N.Y., and for­mer Sec­re­tary of Ed­u­ca­tion Wil­liam Ben­nett, con­ducted re­search for Rush Lim­baugh and now writes bib­li­cally themed nov­els.

Writ­ing on his blog, Rosen­berg gives 10 rea­sons why he in­tends to vote for the Trump-Pence ticket.

They are mostly about stop­ping Hil­lary Clin­ton and her sec­u­lar-pro­gres­sive agenda, which he be­lieves would com­plete the moral, eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal de­struc­tion of the coun­try. In ad­di­tion, he writes, “Hil­lary and her ad­vis­ers may have com­mit­ted fed­eral crimes.” A Hil­lary vic­tory, he be­lieves, guar­an­tees non­stop in­ves­ti­ga­tions, pos­si­bly lead­ing to in­dict­ments, though Pres­i­dent Obama could and prob­a­bly would par­don her of any and all acts com­mit­ted while she was sec­re­tary of state should she win.

While Rosen­berg writes he “con­tin­ues to have deep reser­va­tions about Mr. Trump ... Hil­lary Clin­ton is the poster child for pol­i­tics as usual at a time when we need change.” Most of the rest of his ar­gu­ments — from fed­eral judges, to re­build­ing the Amer­i­can mil­i­tary, to pro­tect­ing our bor­ders — are fa­mil­iar. He also thinks Trump’s run­ning mate, Gov. Mike Pence, will soften some of Trump’s sharper edges.

Jerusalem Post colum­nist Caro­line Glick is an­other person who has re­luc­tantly come around, if not in open sup­port of Trump, then in ex­plain­ing why he has gained so much fa­vor. She writes: “Af­ter eight years of Barack Obama’s White House, Amer­ica is in a dif­fer­ent place than it was in 2008, when Obama ran on a plat­form of hope and change. Amer­i­cans to­day are an­gry, scared, di­vided and cyn­i­cal.”

Glick cor­rectly notes that Trump rep­re­sents “the vot­ers’ re­bel­lion against the Amer­i­can es­tab­lish­ment — not just the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment, but the full spec­trum of the Amer­i­can elite.

From Wash­ing­ton to Wall Street, from col­lege cam­puses to the me­dia, tens of mil­lions of Amer­i­cans be­lieve that their es­tab­lish­ment is rot­ten to the core. And they sup­port Trump be­cause he is run­ning against the es­tab­lish­ment.”

The stakes in Tues­day’s elec­tion could not be higher. They are about life for the un­born and el­derly, the Con­sti­tu­tion, grow­ing the econ­omy and the pri­vate-sec­tor jobs that ac­com­pany growth, ad­vance­ment or re­treat of the LGBTQ agenda, the strength of our mil­i­tary, ter­ror­ism, im­mi­gra­tion, a govern­ment-run health care sys­tem that will in­evitably fol­low the crum­bling of Oba­macare, restor­ing re­spect for the United States abroad and so much more.

We Trump con­verts are not un­aware of his many flaws, but none of his flaws come close to the al­leged crimes com­mit­ted by Hil­lary Clin­ton and her hus­band, in­clud­ing “pay for play” ac­tiv­i­ties at the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion, which FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tors have been look­ing into for at least a year.

With a Pres­i­dent Trump and es­pe­cially Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence, Amer­ica has an op­por­tu­nity to go in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. Trump has been spe­cific about his prom­ises, and if the Congress re­mains in Repub­li­can hands, mem­bers can hold him to them.

Maybe Trump is like the box of choco­lates For­rest Gump re­ferred to — we won’t know what we are get­ting un­til he be­comes pres­i­dent.

But we know what we would get with Hil­lary Clin­ton as pres­i­dent: more cor­rup­tion, pos­si­ble in­dict­ments, if not of her then of some of her clos­est aides, and a con­tin­u­a­tion of the Obama agenda, which, along with the Repub­li­can wing of the es­tab­lish­ment, has been the cause of so much cit­i­zen angst and anger.

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