This election cycle has been a long and tough one. Especially when you are less than enthusiastic about both candidates, as I was, and as were most Americans. One thing I have come to notice is that truth has been thrown the window during this cycle. People were lying on both sides, and it especially bums me out as a conservative to see fellow Republicans go to the level that usually only the left goes down to. That being the level of propping up a candidate no matter what they do, and lying about them. It’s perfectly okay to support a candidate, as long as flaws can be acknowledged. What is not okay is to lie about them. What happens to morals in this country if we vote solely off the basis of party platform? If this becomes reality, can we be surprised if elected officials do terrible things? I have no idea what’s in store for the next four years, yet I’m cautiously optimistic. I have my own quarrels with Trump, particularly because of his lack of conservatism. Really, his lack of republican morals as well. Considering his anti-free trade position, his somewhat acceptance of Obamacare, and the fact that he was a democrat until five minutes ago, we conservatives may be in for a big surprise. He could very easily swing our way as well. I have no idea. Maybe I’m being to idealistic, and constitutional conservatism will never be as popular as it once was. Why that is, I don’t know, and it bums me out. But obviously people are more divided now than ever before (special thanks to the current administration), and we need to fix that. However, the first thing that has to be done is to put truth back into the equation. Whether it be to stop people from lying about government corruption, or about the morals of their candidate. Otherwise, the “lesser of two evils” argument may be the norm. I will continue to fight for conservative ideals, call out Trump for errors, and cheer him on when deserved. But this whole idea of party politics and latching yourself to a candidate, no matter how corrupt or wrong, is dangerous. I hope that one day constitutional conservatism will resurface, and that maybe, just maybe, integrity will be right there with it.