Donald Trump was my seventeenth choice also. I wouldn't have considered voting for him if it weren't for the looming presence of Ms Eighteenth. But now I must exercise my franchise on behalf of The Donald.
Why? Simple. I am not a single-issue voter, but there is one issue I prioritize above all others, and that is he cause of life. In my view, abortion is our great national sin, making a gaping hole on the divinely-planted national hedge through which all manner of societal twists and outrages have besieged us.
I have been a Republican since Reagan. He came along about the same time as my own personal epiphany on pre-infanticide, and I have always been encouraged by the pro-life rhetoric of the party (although a little disappointed in overall tangible results). I will not vote for a pro-choice candidate because someone who believes that it is okay to terminate innocent human beings in the womb has a serious judgment problem that is bound to affect other areas as well.
What we'd get with Hillary is clear: an administration whose head holds the same views on abortion as does the current leader of the free world, combined with an opportunity, terrifying as it is, to appoint as many as four Supreme Court justices and seal the doom of any future attempts to restrict abortion by legal means. This simply cannot be allowed to happen.
What we'd get with Trump less clear. Judging from his bluster on immigration that won him the votes of all the suckers who actually believed him and who handed him the nomination, his word is not exactly Lincolnesque. Now that his immigration position has come to resemble just about everybody else's (including that of my guy, Marco Rubio), I'm a little annoyed. But I have to say that he's been very clear and forceful about the pro-life position, even releasing lists of potential judicial appointees from which he has pledged to select). And the addition of Mike Pence to the ticket really cemented it for me. Mike Pence will not be part of an administration that gives the pro-life position the back of its hand.
The Never Trumpers like to argue that Trump is not a true conservative (he probably isn't). They cite his positions on trade, for instance. They manage to tiptoe around abortion. I've heard and read their arguments in support of their non-support for the Republican nominee. I've respected all of these folks in the past, but my respect is waning. So here is what I would like to say to the Never Trumpers who have the public eye and ear: Michael Medved, William Kristol, Erick Erickson, Poppy Bush, Mitt Romney et al: Stay proud, stay hardened, stick to your guns in your opposition to Donald Trump's candidacy. But don't let me hear on your radio shows or interviews or read in your columns that you are pro-life. Or if you have the chutzpah to say you are pro-life, don't presume to tell me that it matters at all to you, because it clearly does not.