I'm not a Republican. I'm not even a conservative in the classic sense - I'm much closer to small-ell libertarian. However, I think Neil Schnurr has put his finger on the only important thing in the Republican party's nomination contest.
Illegal immigration is the only issue that matters in [the] upcoming presidential election. If we don't get a handle on this, conservatives will never win a presidential election again - if the dead can vote you can sure bet that illegals can too. Once our government grants them amnesty (and you know it will, one way or another), it's all over, and then we won't even be able to win any senate, congressional, or gubernatorial elections.
It doesn't matter if Trump does not meet all of the criteria you deem necessary to be the ideal candidate. He's the only one putting a priority on ending illegal immigration.
I don't want to hear you say that he won't be able to do it either. At least he says he's going to end it. What are the chances that someone who can't even bring himself (or herself) to say that they will make ending illegal immigration a number one priority being able to end it?
If we don't end illegal immigration soon, not only will none of the other issues ever be solved, they won't even matter because the United States of America (as we know it) will cease to exist.
The house is on fire. Let's put out the fire first. Then we can worry about other improvements.
Well said, Mr. Schnurr. Well said indeed. I think Mr. Trump is a profoundly flawed candidate . . . but he's the only candidate 'taking point' on this issue. The polls show clearly that his stand has made him a front-runner in the minds of the American people, even if not the Republican party establishment - which shows no sign of learning anything from the public's reaction.