Roderick Edwards Suspends Campaign
I Roderick Edwards am officially announcing the suspension of my campaign for president of the United States. When I started this effort in October 2014, before any major candidate had declared, I had proclaimed a very detailed and clear platform which included many of the aspects now being advocated by the Republican front-runner, Donald Trump. Further, I always understood this effort to be more theoretical than possible, since it is unlikely an independent write-in candidate could ever garner enough support, even though as I stated my views were already what the front-runner is now advocating and what many people support.
At this juncture, if I were running as a Republican I would be expected to unite around the Republican candidate for the Party's sake. But as an independent I am free to endorse or not endorse whomever I like. Since as I've pointed out, most of my initial positions are also being advocated by Trump, it seems logical that I would endorse Trump. At the mere mention of this potentiality, I've had friends both on the left and on the right chide me that by doing so I would forfeit my "moral authority". To these friends, Trump represents a lesser evil that is too evil or at least too unqualified to support. While in the past, these friends and people like them may have held their noses and voted for the candidate that at least shares a majority of their positions, it seems Trump is seen as either too damaged or not serious enough for this course of action.
I'm told that if I support Trump, then by default I support everything he advocates and everything he is. That Trump has been a shrewd businessman and a man of multiple divorces would supposedly reflect upon me. I supposedly could no longer seriously advocate monogamy or perhaps no longer seriously talk about the Constitution because Trump doesn't appear to talk about the Constitution. While I understand there IS such a thing as "guilt by association", I dispute how much a person is framed by their associations. The question people should ask is why a person supports one candidate or another.
I wonder how this disdain translates in history? JFK had his monsters yet the left considers him a hero. Ted Cruz in this election cycle was considered THE conservative choice yet there was little concern about his association with Mormon Glen Beck or end-times advocate John Hagee. Had I endorsed Cruz, would I have been tied to endorsing Mormonism and end-times conspirators?
My desire to endorse Trump comes from my shared positions; putting American interests first, stopping illegal immigration, curtailing Muslim infiltration of our liberty loving culture, removing establishment croynism among other things. If Trump accomplishes just these things, would it be worth losing face in the sight of these few friends?
On the other hand, what if I endorse Trump and he not only fails to make good on these positions but that he actually puts forth policies that are more in line with leftism, as Trump's history seems to indicate he supports? Do I have to own that? Further, what if it is too late. What if America has so little people who love liberty and are instead leftist fascists who want to dictate what people can do and think, that whatever Trump attempts to do will be blocked or met with violent protests. What if there is no political solution for making America great again? What if all that remains is a citizenry or military solution? After all, much of American culture has been turned on its head over the last 8 years under the guise of fundamental transforming hope and change. If there are not enough real Americans in America, no politician; Trump or a write-in from Indiana can change that without brutal actions. What would happen if a Trump had to declare martial law because the rioting leftists began burning down our cities? Would I be responsible for that?
With all of that said, it is no secret I have voted for Trump but I believe America may be beyond a political solution. We are now at the point in time Thomas Jefferson called the refreshing or watering of the Tree of Liberty:
"And what country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it's natural manure."
It is possible, but historically unlikely that a bloodless revolution could bring America back to the original intent of the Founders, a sort of experiment on the edge of anarchy where every man of moral character rules himself with as little governmental imposition as possible. Where there are no outside people telling us how to run our schools or how many ounces of a sugary drink we may or may not consume, or worse yet if we are or are not allowed to defend ours and our loved ones lives against lawlessness. No political solution seems possible. While I can hope and support any effort that moves America back to the nation it was founded to be, I cannot partake in destroying it to save it. As noble as Abraham Lincoln is often portrayed, he was such a president that had to destroy America to remake it into the centralized monster it has become today, no matter what good intentions he may have had. So, these same people who say I should not endorse Trump should be consistent and also forbid me to retroactively endorse Lincoln since at both points in time, America was and is at a pivot moment. At this point, I will render unto Caesar what is Caesar's and unto God what is God's. I endorse America!