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Sen. Ben Sasse: Why are #NeverHillary and #NeverTrump the Only Choices?

As CHQ’s endorsed candidate in the Florida Senate race, Congressman Ron DeSantis, was calling for Republican unity behind Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee for President, half way across the country in Nebraska, another CHQ endorsed conservative, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, issued a Ben Sasseblistering attack on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in what he called “An open letter to the majority of America.” 

Senator Sasse opened the letter by stating unequivocally to whom his letter was addressed:

If you are one of those rare souls who genuinely believe Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are honorable people – if they are the role models you want for your kids – then this letter is not for you. Instead, this letter is for the majority of Americans who wonder why the nation that put a man on the moon can’t find a healthy leader who can take us forward together.  

Sasse then takes readers through a series of unsolicited conversations with Nebraskans, conducted that morning at the Fremont, Nebraska Walmart, that led him to these ten observations about Washington, the state of the presidential campaign and the state of the Nation generally:

1. Washington isn’t fooling anyone -- Neither political party works. They bicker like children about tiny things, and yet they can’t even identify the biggest issues we face. They’re like a couple arguing about what color to paint the living room, and meanwhile, their house is on fire. They resort to character attacks as step one because they think voters are too dumb for a real debate. They very often prioritize the agendas of lobbyists (for whom many of them will eventually work) over the urgent needs of Main Street America. I signed up for the Party of Abraham Lincoln -- and I will work to reform and restore the GOP -- but let’s tell the plain truth that right now both parties lack vision. 

2. As a result, normal Americans don’t like either party. If you ask Americans if they identify as Democrat or Republican, almost half of the nation interrupts to say: “Neither.” 

3. Young people despise the two parties even more than the general electorate. And why shouldn’t they? The main thing that unites most Democrats is being anti-Republican; the main thing that unites most Republicans is being anti-Democrat. No one knows what either party is for -- but almost everyone knows neither party has any solutions for our problems. “Unproductive” doesn’t begin to summarize how messed up this is. 

4. Our problems are huge right now, but one of the most obvious is that we’ve not passed along the meaning of America to the next generation. If we don’t get them to re-engage -- thinking about how we defend a free society in the face of global jihadis, or how we balance our budgets after baby boomers have dishonestly over-promised for decades, or how we protect First Amendment values in the face of the safe-space movement – then all will indeed have been lost. One of the bright spots with the rising generation, though, is that they really would like to rethink the often knee-jerk partisanship of their parents and grandparents. We should encourage this rethinking. 

5. These two national political parties are enough of a mess that I believe they will come apart. It might not happen fully in 2016 – and I’ll continue fighting to revive the GOP with ideas -- but when people’s needs aren’t being met, they ultimately find other solutions. 

6. In the history of polling, we’ve basically never had a candidate viewed negatively by half of the electorate. This year, we have two. In fact, we now have the two most unpopular candidates ever – Hillary by a little, and Trump by miles (including now 3 out of 4 women – who vote more and influence more votes than men). There are dumpster fires in my town more popular than these two “leaders.” 

7. With Clinton and Trump, the fix is in. Heads, they win; tails, you lose. Why are we confined to these two terrible options? This is America. If both choices stink, we reject them and go bigger. That’s what we do. 

8. Remember: our Founders didn’t want entrenched political parties. So why should we accept this terrible choice? 

9. So... let’s have a thought experiment for a few weeks: Why shouldn’t America draft an honest leader who will focus on 70% solutions for the next four years? You know...an adult? 

(Two notes for reporters:  1.) Such a leader should be able to campaign 24/7 for the next six months. Therefore, he/she likely can’t be an engaged parent with little kids. 2.) Although I’m one of the most conservative members of the Senate, I'm not interested in an ideological purity test, because even a genuine consensus candidate would almost certainly be more conservative than either of the two dishonest liberals now leading the two national parties.) 

10. Imagine if we had a candidate:  

...who hadn’t spent his/her life in politics either buying politicians or being bought 

…who didn’t want to stitch together a coalition based on anger but wanted to take a whole nation forward 

…who pledged to serve for only one term, as a care-taker problem-solver for this messy moment 

…who knew that Washington isn’t competent to micromanage the lives of free people, but instead wanted to SERVE by focusing on 3 or 4 big national problems, such as: 

A. A national security strategy for the age of cyber and jihad; 

B. Honest budgeting/entitlement reform so that we stop stealing from future generations; 

C. Empowering states and local governments to improve K-12 education, and letting Washington figure out how to update federal programs to adjust to now needing lifelong learners in an age where folks are obviously not going to work at a single job for a lifetime anymore; and 

D. Retiring career politicians by ending all the incumbency protections, special rules, and revolving door opportunities for folks who should be public “servants,” not masters. 

This really shouldn’t be that hard. 

The oath I took is to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution. In brief, that means I’m for limited government. 

And there is no reason to believe that either of these two national frontrunners believe in limiting anything about DC’s power. 

Senator Sasse says that his voicemail is overflowing with party bosses and politicos telling him that “although Trump is terrible,” we “have to” support him, “because the only choice is Trump or Hillary,” so his open letter aims simply to ask “WHY is that the only choice?” 

Senator Sasse concludes by saying he believes that most Americans can still be for limited government again -- if they were given a winsome candidate who wanted Washington to focus on a small number of really important, urgent things -- in a way that tried to bring people together instead of driving us apart. 

Ben Sasse, a principled limited government constitutional conservative if there ever was one, says there is room – an appetite – for such a candidate. What say you?

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Bullet Voting

I am astounded that Ben Sasse is actually in our Senate. Has he never heard of bullet voting? If you want to defeat someone you must have everyone vote for one opponent only. If you spread your votes among 3 or 4 opponents you might as well just vote for the one you did not want. Since I assume Sasse does not want Hillary to win, he must support Trump. Any other vote is suicide. Perhaps Sasse does not remember how Ross Perot stole enough votes from then sitting President Bush to hand the election to Bill Clinton. It was a selfish stupid thing for Perot to do, and those who supported him were idiots. Likewise those who stay home and sulk are really voting for Hillary. Mr. Sasse needs to grow up and realize that Trump is the winner fair and square, and we must all get behind him to win in November.

Sasse's proposal for a new candidate now

Why didn't you endorse Ted Cruz, a principled conservative who stood up for the Constitution better than you have done, Senator Sasse? We elected Bushes for 12 years, only to see deficit spending continue to skyrocket and deals with Democrats--like "No Child Left Behind," increase the control of the federal government over all aspects of our daily lives. I'm tired of establishment Republicans being only slightly better than Democrats. Ted Cruz offered our party a marvelous opportunity and you did nothing.

Ted Cruz

Senator Sasse, why didn't you endorse Ted Cruz, publicly, when you had an opportunity to do so? How can you now push for a third party run, having lost the one chance we did have, to elect a true conservative when we had him? We had the opportunity of a lifetime to elect a principled and honorable man in Ted Cruz and I am heartsick over what we have just lost. You never even came out to ridicule Trump's vicious attacks on Ted Cruz, never saying a word of defense for him even then. And this idea of yours now reeks of a plan all along to thwart Ted Cruz from winning the nomination (as well as Trump) just so you could 'parachute' another person in (just as Cruz warned). My wife and I won't be voting for Trump, even though we know that Hillary would be the result. And we will not be voting to 'parachute' in another nominee. Trump is a sick person, and the Republican party is just as sick who has managed to take our country from us, for your own personal gains. You made your bed, I suggest you lay in it, just as you have made us.

America in trouble.

Seems like the majority of Americans are angry at our government which is evidenced by the fact that trump IS now the presumptive candidate for the Republican party because in several states that had open voting there were many democrats and independents who crossed over and voted for trump. If there was no open voting Trump may not have had as many votes or delegates.
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Senator Cruz has been consistent on his positions and was the only Senator to stand against the aristocratic political elite in both parties to stop the over reach and over spending of our government. He had little support and some who agreed with him turned on him during the campaign. In the beginning of the campaign his numbers were high and only declined when trump began the nastiest campaign in recent memory.
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Even last night when trump was asked if he would apologize to Senator Cruz's father about his claim he was involved somehow with the JFK assignation he refused to and again attempted to justify the comment because he said that Cruz was not nice to him.
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The question I have asked and will continue to ask is when Senator Cruz was fighting against the status quo in Congress where was donald trump? The answer should worry all Americans; he was out buying politicians support to take an old ladies home from her under eminent domain.

principled conservative candidate

If what Ben Sasse says is true, then Ted Cruz would now be our presumptive nominee. It is clear that America does not want this type of candidate at this time.

WHO

Who the hell is this guy ??? What is wrong with him ????

Sen. Ben Sasse

I like what Senator Sasse has to say. Frankly, for decades, we've been told we've got to suck it up and vote for the nominee. Our voices are NEVER heard. And things aren't getting better, they are getting worse. With each election, a candidate that has been selected as the nominee is getting worse, not better. At some point, this has got to stop. And I want to remind everyone that contrary to what people think, Trump did NOT get the majority vote. That concerns me that so many voted for someone else other than him, if he were the true choice of the people, if he did speak for all of us, why weren't his numbers higher in each primary election? Frankly, he is NOT conservative, he is now leaning towards the left, of which he has strongly supported most of his life, and he will lean even further. In other words, the Republicans are putting up a Democrat as the nominee. What is the difference between him and Hillary? If we don't stop this course, it's not going to get better, this nation is not going to get better.

Sore loser Sasse

Ben Sasse needs to just shut his trap and go away. The primary is over. The people have spoken, in an unprecedented, overwhelming voter turnout. Many of us held our noses and supported GW Bush, John McCain and G Romney. Because the alternatives were much, much worse. It's not a perfect world. Grow up. At this point if it's not Trump its Clinton or Sanders. Get real.

SASSE REPLY

NOT SURE WHO THIS BIG MOUTH IS OR WHERE HE CAME FROM BUT HE IS ADDING TO ALL THIS TROUBLE. HE CAN TAKE HIS 3RD. PARTY & SHOVE IT. WE THE PEOPLE SPOKE, IT'S OVER

Salesmanship

Gee, with salesmen like these two how can Trump lose?