In full disclosure and as I have said on multiple occasions I did not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. I was not going to be pleased with either outcome, so I made a different choice.
Once Donald Trump was elected, I have tried my best to be objective and there are members of the administration that I am far more pleased with than those Hillary Clinton would have hired. Ambassador Nikki Haley, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Secretary Mattis and Secretary Pompeo rank among those I like and respect.
Do I oftentimes find the President's impulsive behavior and commentary cringeworthy? Absolutely. They are part of the reason I couldn't pull the lever for him in 2016 along with talk of tariffs and what I saw as a conciliatory attitude towards Vladimir Putin and other global strongmen.
So to stay sane I focus on results. For the most part, these results are aligned with outcomes the majority of Republicans in the 2016 race would have produced. The tax cut, judicial nominees, Iran Deal and exiting the Climate Accords were pretty commonplace on the campaign trail.
In some areas, such as deregulation, reducing the number of federal employees, moving our embassy to Jerusalem and challenging our allies to shoulder more of the shared burden for our common defense, the results might be better than the other Republicans. They are certainly not contrary to Conservative principles.
Yet here I see any number of Republican strategists and former party leaders telling me to "fix" the GOP I must vote Democrats down the ballot in 2018. First, I am not now and never have been a member of the GOP. But I have attended meetings with various GOP and Conservative policy groups in Georgia and hardly find them odious. Candidates earn my vote and Democrats are less likely to do so as their base drags them further to the Left.
I can't for a minute envision myself voting for Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia because I don't like Trump's tweets. She proudly stands with Linda Sarsour at the Women's March and articulates policies that aim at equality of outcome, not opportunity. Throwing more money at more failed programs based on catchphrases like "social justice" and "economic justice" is a platform I could never pull the lever for. Do I agree with Brain Kemp on every issue? Of course not. But he is certainly shooting closer to the hole on my policy priorities.
I can't even fathom voting against my Representative, Barry Loudermilk. His votes in Congress align with my views the vast majority of the time, right down to the Article 1 project. I will absolutely give him my affirmative vote in November. Same for my representatives to the state legislature.
Yet here are these experts telling me because Trump is often coarse and impulsive I should vote for the party that has been having a temper tantrum for the last two years. The party whose Senators invited disruptive protestors to a Supreme Court nomination hearing. The one who just today had two sitting Senators make a mockery of the hearing and Senate rules to raise their own profile ahead of 2020.
The party of p*ssy hats, Planned Parenthood and moral relativism on Islamic terror. The party that can't denounce Antifa violence and won't censure members who actually stoke the fires. The party that says a 28 year old avowed Democratic Socialist is the future of the party.
Note the difference just yesterday. Serious mainstream voices on the right gave no quarter to Laura Loomer and Alex Jones for their antics at the hearing with the technology companies. Yet other than a meek "I'm sorry" from Senator Feinstein to Judge Kavanaugh the circus in the confirmation hearing is being lauded.
So no. Despite "expert" advice I will not be voting for Democrats down the line in November because of Trump's less than desirable qualities. I make a clear distinction between the branches of government and my state and local representatives. I would encourage every citizen to do the same.
I also am pretty clear on my principles and policy preferences. To throw them away is essentially asking me to have a different kind of temper tantrum then we are seeing on the Left. One that could lead down the road to things like Medicare for All and a federal jobs guarantee that may never be reversed. Like Obamacare, Medicare, Social Security and other massive government programs, these would be nearly impossible to repeal or reform if they are ever put into practice.
I don't need to put my hand on the hot stove to know I'll get burned. And no expert in their right mind should be asking me to.