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Throughout the 2016 Republican primary season, there was one man who consistently warned that nominating Donald Trump would signal the death knell for the party of limited government: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

He called the billionaire a “con artist” who was not fit for office.

He helped spearhead the “NeverTrump” movement.

He was supposed to be the one principled man in the room. Now, like a modern-day Brutus, he has engaged in a betrayal that has left his supporters speechless.

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To add insult to injury, Sen. Rubio’s plan to help Trump win the White House comes the same week the billionaire said he wanted to turn the Republican Party into the “worker’s party,” (Yes, “worker’s party”).

Bloomberg reported May 26:

“I asked Trump what he thought the GOP would look like in five years. ‘Love the question,’ he replied. ‘Five, 10 years from now—different party. You’re going to have a worker’s party. A party of people that haven’t had a real wage increase in 18 years, that are angry.’

Marco Rubio is throwing his weight behind a man who wants to fundamentally transform the Republican Party into a “worker’s party.” Let that marinate in your head for a few moments before moving on. Think about it. Turn it around. Consider the long-term implications…

Mr. Trump’s quote demonstrates precisely why “NeverTrump” exists: If the head of the Republican Party is someone who sounds like Karl Marx, never mentions the U.S. Constitution unless prompted, donated to Democrats for most of his adult life, and has literally changed positions on almost every serious policy issue, then “Republican” means nothing. 

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Sen. Rubio is being disingenuous when he says voters must choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. If Mr. Rubio was telling the truth about both candidates being unfit for office, then the principled thing to do would be to a.) write in an acceptable candidate, b.) vote for a third-party candidate, c.) not vote — because not lending your support to a field of unacceptable candidates is more honorable then voting for someone you called a “con artist” who is unfit for the job.

At this point it looks like I will be voting for “Giant Meteor” for president. At least Giant Meteor will never lie to me.

Giant Meteor 2016

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

6 comments

  1. Ha! I like giant meteor. There’s a candidate I could support!

    In crazy upside down world, I think Hillary may actually be to the right of Trump. Of course on the downside she’s also usually under investigation and has a bad habit of leaving a trail of dead bodies behind her.

    I love how people keep saying, “the choice before us is less than ideal.” We should stop mincing works, the choice before us isn’t “less than ideal,” it’s downright preposterous and simply can’t end well, no matter what the outcome.

    1. “I love how people keep saying, ‘the choice before us is less than ideal.’ We should stop mincing works, the choice before us isn’t “less than ideal,” it’s downright preposterous and simply can’t end well, no matter what the outcome.”

      I honestly think that if you recruited a legitimate third-party candidate who wasn’t a kook then they would have a shot. You would have to find someone with honor and integrity who was also media-savvy and gregarious…but it could be done.

      We are truly in a bad place right now. As you said, America loses no matter who “wins” this election.

  2. Rubio talks about his future self … in March:

    “There is going to be a reckoning here. I don’t know if it’s going to happen before this election or after this election, but there’s going to come a moment where people in the conservative movement who are supporting Donald Trump are going to stop and say, My God, what have we done? What have we done?

    There’s going to be prominent people out there that are going to spend a significant amount of time over the next few years explaining away how they fell into this over the last few months. Because Donald Trump, by no standard, is he a conservative. By no other measure can you argue that he is a serious presidential candidate. This is a man who has refused to offer a serious solution on any major issue, and to the extent he has, it’s crazy policies that would harm the country.” — Marco Rubio during an interview with radio host Mike Gallagher.

    Wow. Unreal.

  3. Yeah…there’s really no place to go.

    I’d tell you to vote Libertarian, but has you probably already know, every election the Libertarian party shows that it is far less excited about the size of government in general and far…far…more excited about legalizing drugs…as in it’s all these guys talk about.

    If this election proves anything, it’s that Conservatism, as an ideology isn’t as strong as it’s adherents think it is. Really, I just have to observe the behavior of people like Hannity or Limbaugh to understand that. Limbaugh still thinks he straddles the fence, but everyone knows he fired every cannon he had at RINO’s like McCain…and now he’s pretty forgiving. Trump would do a Stalin style military parade and they will still have some excuse. With their ideology on the ropes, they threw off all it’s trappings…CINO’s.

    Most of the terms used were BS from the beginning. Establishment? what’s that. You mean desperate party operatives trying to say yes and keep a job? Donors? Half of those guys are democrats. The only tangible ‘establishment’ guy was hapless Jeb. When the talk shows and the ‘real’ conservatives decided to take aim at that blob, they pretty much threw meat onto a bottomless pit and told the voters to chase it down.

    Culture is both a celebrant and a poison to grassroots conservatism. We are at the point now where a superhero movie will spout incredibly conservative things, and everyone cheers that as a vote for liberalism. Capitalism, our institutions, family and moral values are more celebrated than ever…I don’t even see naked girls at the movies anymore…while in our communities they seem to be crumbling.With no leadership, no sense that the country has a whole wants to save this place, and an utterly firm belief that someone must fix it for them, the voters have selected Shiva, the destroyer of worlds. I’m not sure I’m against it

    This is change, as much as I hate it, I’ve never witnessed any crumbling marriage, job or other arrangement become strong again without being utterly destroyed first. No one is prepared to change until it is forced upon them. I think this election represents…against everything we want…that change.

    For me, I always point out that when the bonds that held this country together were at their strongest, and the promise to bring everyone into it’s ideals as equals seemed the greatest…we didn’t have a million laws and regulations to force us. I hope we wake up to a reality that our attempts to control human nature have merely corrupted it and given us an excuse not to deal with it.

    1. “Yeah…there’s really no place to go. I’d tell you to vote Libertarian, but has you probably already know, every election the Libertarian party shows that it is far less excited about the size of government in general and far…far…more excited about legalizing drugs…as in it’s all these guys talk about.”

      Agreed. It’s so rich to me when Nick Gillespie goes around in his leather jacket on shows like Bill Maher and is like, “Don’t blame me…I’m a libertarian.” **insert condescending laugh here** Okay, Fonzi, but you’re the head of a “movement” that has gone absolutely nowhere. Congrats — you’re playing “king of the mountain” by yourself off to the side and you’re asking us to call you a cool guy because you’re “the king.”

      If this election proves anything, it’s that Conservatism, as an ideology isn’t as strong as it’s adherents think it is. Really, I just have to observe the behavior of people like Hannity or Limbaugh to understand that. Limbaugh still thinks he straddles the fence, but everyone knows he fired every cannon he had at RINO’s like McCain…and now he’s pretty forgiving. Trump would do a Stalin style military parade and they will still have some excuse. With their ideology on the ropes, they threw off all it’s trappings…CINO’s.

      Exactly. It’s sad, because Rush’s show really was something special for years. The man has serious talent. You don’t stay on the air that long and dominate the field for that long without talent. I think we need to think of a new acronym. Maybe “COD”? Conservative On Demand? “CFCs”? Conservative For Cash. How depressing.

      “Most of the terms used were BS from the beginning. Establishment? what’s that. You mean desperate party operatives trying to say yes and keep a job? Donors? Half of those guys are democrats. The only tangible ‘establishment’ guy was hapless Jeb. When the talk shows and the ‘real’ conservatives decided to take aim at that blob, they pretty much threw meat onto a bottomless pit and told the voters to chase it down.”

      I always look at “establishment” as the guys who have been in Congress for 30 years or more — and the young ones who obviously want to be them. They want to be inside powerful circles more than anything else. They get used to that lifestyle and then it becomes all about maintaining that lifestyle instead of doing what is right. You can’t get serious work done if you’re terrified you might lose your job or (gasp!) not get invited to the right social events.

      “This is change, as much as I hate it, I’ve never witnessed any crumbling marriage, job or other arrangement become strong again without being utterly destroyed first. No one is prepared to change until it is forced upon them. I think this election represents…against everything we want…that change.”

      I think this is a fairly accurate assessment of things. People often times need to hit rock bottom before they will face reality. They need to be broken. They need to be humbled. Their own obstinance is much more of a hinderance to true happiness than anything else. It’s unfortunate that only real and excruciating pain will force many people to stop being stupid and get on the right track.

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