As Donald Trump marches (apparently) to the Republican Presidential nomination in the 2016 election, there has been much written by politicos and pundits on the subject. Most of them negative on Donald Trump and his voters. With apologies to Shakespeare, I come to praise Trump voters, not to bury them.
Civitas Institute, of which I’m the President, has always tried to encourage people to take part in the political process through training, education and information. This year, thanks to Donald Trump, a LOT MORE people are taking part in the process – this is good!
By bringing new people into the process he helps to increase awareness in the general public about the electoral process and to the extent more people watched Republican debates. He helped all the candidates increase their name ID and recognition. I say welcome those voters with open arms!
Unfortunately many people, some of whom I agree with on most things, find his brand of politics discomforting. I voted for Ted Cruz and have long supported him because I believe his dedication to constitutional, limited government and a restoration of the state/federal balance of power is what we need to get our country back on track.
But that does not mean that I think the issues Trump has brought to the table or his upsetting of the apple cart are bad.
Our current political establishment has given us an over $19 trillion national debt; chronic unemployment/underemployment; welcomed terrorist and illegal immigrants; disrupted the moral structure of our country; weakened our military and more, with no vote or assent of the people.
This is a governing establishment long past needing disruption. But for the critics, make a case for your candidate. Do not disparage the other candidate’s personalities or foibles and especially don’t demonize their supporters. Shout your candidate’s attributes. Finally, please don’t attack, or call Donald Trump voters names like my friends Becki Gray and John Hood have done.
Instead welcome and celebrate them, invite them to learn more about the issues and policies that will keep making North Carolina and the nation a better place. I extend an open invitation to all Trump supporters and any other presidential candidate’s supporters – yes even those feeling the Bern – to check out what we do at Civitas and learn more. You will find us at www.nccivitas.org.