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Donald Trump at a rally in Oklahoma CityThe RNC is now one week away.

I’ve had two solid months to soak in the reality of a Donald Trump GOP ticket and consider what I’ll do now, having been a Cruz supporter in the primary. And with it slightly less time to deal with the all-but-certain nomination of Hillary Clinton. Or maybe it is certain now. Either way, you should plan for it.

For many voters, this has been the worst imaginable selection of presidential choices in modern history.

For me, it was disappointing to say the least to watch my candidate back down from the race. Ultimately I believe he made the right decision after Indiana. Meanwhile, other segments of the population are either ecstatic about moving ahead to the general, or holding on to fumes of last-ditch efforts to afford any possible alternative to Hillary vs. Trump.

As a writer who’s observed all aspects of this race for the White House, and a Republican who did not burn his membership card over the primary, I’d like to offer you my thought-out decision to vote for Donald Trump this November.

What brought me here

Before I can even start down the road of why I am voting for the Donald, I’ve got to address the incessant, relentless outrage machine that tries to make him sound like a fascist 2nd cousin of Adolf Hitler. Frankly, it’s all hyperbole, and a lot of the accusations are outright lies. What I see happening is a less-than-concerted effort to dishearten conservatives and make them feel like they’ve sold their soul if they decide to vote for Trump. This is something I’ll elaborate on later, but it needs to be said.

To start things off then, from the beginning of this entire process, even before Trump announced he would run, I have said there are two people I would not vote for. Hillary Clinton, and ¡Jeb Bush!!.

And in reference to just the GOP:

I would dare to say I’ve lived enough of my measly years with Clintons and Bushes in charge of things, and sadly they have left us with more problems than they’ve solved. They’ve been telling us they would do the same things, too, since I was a kid. My particular beef with Jeb (though he earned back one point this year) is that he is an affirmative representation of the problems with the Republican party. He was this cycle’s Romney 2012, or the 2008 McCain.

Add to that one way or the other, one of two people is going to be President-elect. There isn’t another option. You had a choice earlier this year, but nobody won enough voters over to defeat Donald or Hillary. Not Rubio, not Cruz, not even Bernie Sanders.

Are you serious, Donald Trump?

Yeah, I’m serious. I can give you plenty of strong reasons to support his candidacy, and to even look forward to an administration he would create. Though I’ve been open about criticisms against him, if you take a look through my Twitter history, you’ll notice I’ve note when I agree or disagree with all the candidates’ policy or  rhetoric. Trump is no exception.

That said, what is there to support? For one, he has the tenacity to go up against the Democratic Party, something wholly lacking from the GOP for a long time. Second, he has actually created jobs, a lot of jobs. And he’s been doing it longer than I’ve been alive. Some throw in here “oh that’s because he’s taking advantage of the rigged system, and that makes him as bad as the politicians!” What’s missing from that critique is that those who are successful always have to work their way through the legal framework.

It would be nice if you could start up a real estate firm one day, go make a few deals, move up to bigger ones, and keep the ball rolling. But business isn’t that simple in the system we have set up. It’s complicated, with taxes, lawyers, and powerful politicians at every government office. It’s not a level playing field. But does that make using the laws on the books wrong? Is it immoral to make more money than someone who didn’t hire a good lawyer?

Moving along, there’s also the plain and simple fact that his policies are not as far off as National Review or RedState might lead you to believe. In fact I can prove it. I’ve used ISideWith.com multiple times throughout the election process as one tool to gauge where I line up with the candidates. Here is my most recent result, taken in June 2016.

FoaRyan results in ISideWith poll 2016 election

Before I mess with the numbers, without even considering where I stand on policy, can you honestly tell me Trump and Clinton are the same? They clearly are not. And I will add to this, the 73% figure is more like 80% or better when you account for nuances. The questions give you more than Yes/No options, so I went back to compare. Do we agree on everything? Nah. But that’s not the point.

I’ve already touched on this briefly, but though I obviously agree with a huge part of the Libertarian Party platform, they have not inspired confidence in me and so I choose to look elsewhere. My belief is that local elections are where the LP will take off, if it ever takes off.

Next. Business track record? He’s had maybe 12 out of 500+ businesses file bankruptcy. That’s a pretty good record. You want to tell me you’re a capitalist and you’re not ok with that? I don’t buy it.

Finally, for purposes of this article I’ll close this section with this about Donald Trump. Despite what you might hear from right-wing media, he isn’t planning to overthrow the Congress and become a dictator. Just the opposite, he has made it clear that his ideas are the starting ground for negotiations, and that he expects Congress to send him the bills. He’s also repeatedly denounced the excessive use of Executive Orders by recent presidents. These are issues conservatives have been lamenting about for years!

Why aren’t they now? That’s my next section…

Two #NeverTrumps

From what I see, there are two distinct #NeverTrump camps. One is a camp, the other is more cult-like than any “trumpkin” I’ve ever met. (By the way, at some point they can’t all be trumpkins, we are simply voters, voters who will have to live with the consequences of this election and who ought not be berated for our choices.) To the first camp, I apologize if I ever appear to lump you in with the second – your group is one who has opposed Donald Trump mostly on policy. Also the group who isn’t devoting every other social media post to why they despise him.

On the other hand, the second group of #NeverTrump has been going nonstop since last June, but interestingly offering little alternative. Remember when Cruz won Iowa, and several states in the Heartland, and had the only viable campaign that might overtake Trump’s lead? Where was this crowd then? Well, I can tell you, some of them even said they were #NeverCruz. So… so they backed Kasich then, right? Because he was the only other one left? Nope, not a chance. They just wined and said “stop Trump.”

Well good job, everyone, you didn’t come up with a plan, and now he’s the presumptive nominee, so it’s over, RIGHT? Well, except that some of them are still at it. They want a convention revolt. They want to free the delegates. But they still haven’t come up with a candidate. And it’s futile, because there’s not near as many of them as they want you to think. It’s doing nothing but dividing.

So I’m calling for anyone else like me, who has been utterly fed up with the same old Republican Party to join me on the “Trump Train,” and let’s win this election. Let’s make this country great again. After all, if “Make America Great Again” isn’t a concept you can get behind, what exactly do you support?

President Ronald Reagan smiling a Ronald Reagan sticker saying Make America Great Again

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