I think there are a lot of us who definitely believe in classic liberalism (sometimes called “conservatism”) who are aware, and always have been, that Mr. Trump has some “liberal” tendencies. However, we believe that he will do the things that absolutely must be done if our nation is to survive. If he fails to do some of the other things that we would like to see done, that is to be expected.
But Mr. Trump changed the narrative of this election cycle, it was not supposed to be about controlling our borders, building the wall, effectively dealing with the Islamic terrorist threat, and re-negotiating these unfair trade deals and excessive taxation of businesses that are taking our jobs and sending our industry overseas. These are things we expect him to try to do, and that we hope will succeed.
Above all, Mr. Trump is the ONLY candidate with any hope of defeating the Clinton machine, despite the whining of the pundits on all facets of the political spectrum to the contrary, and can thus keep the Supreme Court from lurching extreme left.
If Mr. Trump can effect some real change in these areas, the things that he fails to do, or even if he does some things we do not like, we can live with, knowing that because of these important things that he is determined to do, there will be the opportunity to put just everything to rights, eventually. The things that he proposes to do, if he gets them done, will save our country and then we, the “conservatives” will have the time and the means to fix the rest of the problems that the destructive leftist Democrat/RINOs have been creating since the days of FDR.
The thing is, no matter how much you love Ted Cruz (and I suspect that you are a big Cruz supporter) he would never be elected, and if by some fluke he was, he simply does not, and never will, have the connection with the American people that Mr. Trump has, and that Ronald Reagan had. RR was only able to do the things that he did because of this connection, and was able to overcome all of the powers that be arrayed against him and to do much of what he set out to do. And this is also the case with Mr. Trump. There are more parallels between the two than you realize, and if you were my age, you would more easily recognize them.
There will be a time for conservative men and women who you like better, to rise to power and complete the job that Mr. Trump has started, to do the things Mr. Trump doesn’t do, and perhaps to reverse a few things that Mr. Trump puts into place that are not really in keeping with conservative principles.
But without Mr. Trump’s election first, none of those things will happen. It is ONLY Mr. Trump who has a chance of saving us from deteriorating into a third world nation, and it is a blessing indeed that he decided to step into this race. I wish you Cruz supporters could realize that, and be hopeful instead of so bitter. This is not the time for Ted Cruz or any other conservative candidate, this is the time for the big, blustering, bullying, self-confident (some — such as I — would say quite conceited) warrior who is not afraid to say what he thinks in clear pithy simple language, and letting the pundits, the politicians, and the academics shriek in pretend horror, and then steamrolling ahead and doing what he says he will do.
It is not going to be pretty, there will be a lot of turmoil, a whole lot of screaming, fussing, and whining going on, and it is going to take a huge ego and lot of self confidence to stand up to it. Hard-headed Donald Trump, I think, can.