A couple posts ago, I questioned if any principle remains in the Republican Party. This was on the heels of Sen. Cruz’s endorsement of Trump. Now, another Senator has spoken out, Mike Lee of Utah. Glenn Beck finds in his statement a new glimmer of hope for principle. Is there?
Every person, each of us, must decide what is a bridge too far. Mike Lee obviously reached that point, where the moral compromise his party asked him to make was simply beyond what is acceptable. It is not acceptable to ask a moral, dignified man to cast his vote to help elect an immoral man who is absent decency or dignity. If the consequence of standing against Trump and for principles is, indeed, the election of Hillary Clinton, so be it. At least it is a moral, ethical choice. If she is elected, the world does not end. Once elected, Hillary can be fought. Her nominees can be blocked, her proposed laws voted down. Her tactics are blatant and juvenile. Battling her by means of political and procedural maneuvering — through the media, through public marches and online articles — all of that will be moral and worthy of a man of principle. The alternative does not offer a moral person the same opportunity. If one helps to elect an immoral man to the highest office then one is merely validating his immorality, lewdness and depravity. But as long as it’s not her, it’s okay, right? No. Lee’s call for Trump to step down and withdraw from the race was respectful to him and to the process. Trump stepping down does not guarantee a Clinton win, but it does guarantee the Republican Party still stands for something.