A lot of us--supporters and detractors alike--were interested in watching the process as the Republican party sorts out who to nominate for President of the United States in 2016. I never thought any of you were perfect, but I was (and remain) keen to learn more about you all and watch the whole thing go down. I was even starting to put together a bracket, since there's sixteen candidates and all.
Then Trump happened.
This whole thing is going down in smoke.
Maybe it won't matter. Maybe, even if he wins the nomination, the Democrat wins, or the Independent Socialist wins, or the Libertarians candidate wins, or Jesus returns and we never get to Election Day 2016. But, what if it does?
Not only did this Trump guy totally screw up the Sweet Sixteen bracket, but this guy's not even a Republican. He's changed parties at least four times in the last sixteen years, for crying out loud. Google his name, key words for the topic of your choice, and pretty much any year that isn't 2015 or 2016, and you're likely to find quotes that are in stark contrast to anything this guy is saying now.
That isn't to say that the problem is that he isn't a Republican. The problem is that the guy's a total blowhard, a narcissist, a loose cannon, and quite possibly holding the potential to be the worst President in the history of Presidents. Nobody knows what we'll get.
This might be obvious, but, umm: Stop him.
There are a whole bunch of articles online (you know how the Internet works, I presume) about whether or not Trump can be stopped and what any of you might do to win the nomination for yourself. It looks like a bunch of hoping. If you care about your country at all, roughly fifteen of you need to be patriots, drop out, and rally around someone that wouldn't be a complete disaster.
Photos of Republican Candidates: New York Times
Photo of Mike Lyons: Bree Lyons