Many of us remember that in 2008 and 2012 the GOP asked for unity after the Ron Paul supporters threatened to vote for third party candidates or not at all. They correctly argued that such an effort would guarantee the election of Obama and result in a pull to policies that would threaten to destroy the nation over time.

Many of us responded to that call. We worked to convince those people that a vote of conscience was not in the best interest of the country. We were called traitors and worse by the zealots of that movement. But, we heeded the call for unity to try and prevent a worse fate.

Fast forward to 2016, the very people calling for unity in 2008 and 2012 are refusing to endorse the presumptive nominee. Their reasons? The exact same reasons as the Ron Paul people gave. The exact same reasons those people dismissed as trivial compared to the threat posed by an Obama presidency.

Hillary Clinton poses the same level threat as Obama to the nation, even greater with the groundwork Obama has put in place. Two of the worst SCOTUS picks in history were put in place by Obama. Yet, the GOP establishment will allow Clinton to make the most important pick of all. They will allow Obamacare to be expanded, driving the debt to new heights. They will let Clinton force more businesses out of the country and out of business with ever increasing taxes. Allow the military to be further decimated by a hostile president. All this and more to protect their pride and egos. The compromises that you need to make are no greater that those you asked of us and the stakes are even greater.

Donald Trump wasn’t my first choice, but he IS the best chance of preventing a 3rd Obama term. Paul Ryan, Bill Kristol etc, it is time to swallow your pride.