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Addressing the frustrations many Americans feel over their choices in the 2016 election, outspoken conservative author Brad Thor took to social media to weigh in on Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton.
In a powerful Facebook post, Thor reminded readers that while he doesn’t necessarily believe history repeats itself, he does believe that it “leaves clues; lessons that we can all benefit from” — particularly when it comes to charismatic figures.
“We are stewards of our Republic and as such, our greatest responsibility is not to ourselves, or any political party, but to the next generation of Americans,” he wrote.
Thor explained the “true north of my compass has been, and always will be, liberty,” and that liberty is his litmus test… a test presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump comes up short on.
“When I apply my litmus test of liberty to Donald Trump, he fails – completely,” he wrote, not that likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton fares any better.
Here’ a further excerpt:
Our Founders realized that the normal course of history is despotism – the control of the many by the few. That is why the Founding documents sought to constrain government. They also counted on Americans to choose wisely those whom we sought to install in office. Too often we have failed in selecting the best among us.
Donald Trump is not the best among us, neither is Hillary Clinton. They are both incredibly flawed human beings whom we should be equally ashamed of.
Neither would advance the cause of freedom. Both would take us – not to that shining city on a hill of which President Regan spoke – but into the murky valley beneath. Never have I seen America faced with having two such poor choices for president.
While not everyone agreed with Thor’s position, the accolades far out-distanced any criticism, beginning with this: “Brad Thor for President.”
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
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Brad Thor for President. https://t.co/VzafZ2VHJm
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) May 10, 2016
— Carol Roth (@caroljsroth) May 10, 2016
@BradThor This might be the best thing you’ve ever written…and you’ve written a lot of great stuff!
— Jill (@pprfaces) May 10, 2016
@BradThor Right Brad. We’ve survived Progressives but Trump could damage real conservatism for years.
— Max (@maxnrgmax) May 10, 2016
— Lloyd Christmis (@LloydChristmis) May 10, 2016
@BradThor Wow! This is one of the best-written articles I have read in a very long time. I agree with you 100%. (so does Mom) God bless you
— Susan (@VoiceofaPatriot) May 10, 2016
@BradThor Bravo Brad. Pointed, principled, & laser-beam accurate to the facts supporting your convictions. You’ve raised the bar & banner.
— Fred Hensley (@fredhensley) May 11, 2016
@BradThor Salute your passion and response , love your books, didn’t support trump will vote for him over Hillary , lesser of 2 bad options
— Steve Schoeman (@schoemankc) May 10, 2016
@BradThor “My greatest concern about DT, though, isn’t a trait he lacks, but a dangerous 1 he possesses – in spades. Authoritarianism.” Yup
— Jim P (@JimPUSA) May 11, 2016
@BradThor – May God Bless you for your courage and character. A true Patriot.
— EX-GOP KAT FOR CRUZ (@KatWhite1018) May 10, 2016
.@BradThor Well said, sir. Principles matter. We cannot allow a nascent despot to replace a sociopathic Progressive malcontent in the WH.
— Goo T. Gwaba (@GooGwaba) May 11, 2016
@BradThor The best piece on HRC & DT yet. U pinpointed the issues a constitutional conservative has with them. U R filling ABs shoes well.
— Todd Peterson (@tcp1775) May 11, 2016