Paul Ryan has moral standards. Paul Ryan is a Catholic who subscribes to subsidiarity; something that doesn’t gel at all with the big-government push Trump was representing.
Still, he was willing to endorse Trump because of the courts. Then the other shoe dropped with the rape allegations.
Paul Ryan is a man who subscribes to the idea “Right makes might”. That conservatism will win out in the end because it has the right ideas that will lead to prosperity for the nation.
He can’t do that however if he’s forced to peddle policies he know won’t work, and equally carrying water for an awful man he doesn’t respect, who will serve as a platform for people with same ideas as him gathering into the party.
Ryan doesn’t want a Clinton administration. But if that’s the outcome for torpedoing an awful candidate who will lead the party to ruin, so be it. Better to let her be an unpopular President he can run rings around, then take orders from a man with bad ideas, who will be responsible for Republicans losing the House & Senate as soon as the public sees he couldn’t do anything he promised.
> I would never contribute a dime to the Republican Party.
And that’s your choice of course.
However, if you’re honest, you’ll admit that you have no more basis for assuming how effective a Trump Presidency would be than Ryan does.
He has the same goal, he wants less government & more freedom in people’s lives, but he’s made different assumptions of how to best reach a place where conservative policies can find a time & place to prove their worth.
He doesn’t see that opportunity in Trump, and I agree that he’s right not to. Trump obscures to others what conservatism is truly about. We won’t win any lasting victories with him. We won’t convince more to entertain conservative ideas.
All we’ll be doing is giving the alt-right a platform within our own ranks to change us from the inside. Something even Clinton can’t do.