Editorial: Republican Party is in trouble

Is this the end of the Republican Party?

Billionaire Donald Trump is now the presumptive candidate after Sen. Ted Cruz lost in Indiana and suspended his campaign.

Thanks to open primaries and constant free publicity, Trump, who hosted a popular TV show, managed to emerge from a field of 17 candidates to win the nomination.

It’s clear that the Republicans, Democrats and Independents who voted in the Republican primaries wanted someone independent from politics. They chose Trump, who has never held political office.

And once again, for at least the third time in a row, conservative, Christian Republicans won’t have a candidate who represents their views.

Sen. John McCain in 2008 was a moderate. Gov. Mitt Romney, a Mormon, created the model for Obamacare in Massachusetts. And now Trump, who is not a true conservative and who builds casinos for a living, will be on the ballot with Hillary Clinton.

The choice will be a liberal Democrat or a former liberal Democrat who says he is a conservative Republican.

Conservative Christians will have to hold their nose and vote for Trump or Clinton. Or they might not vote – like three to four million did in 2012 – and that will help elect Clinton (and insure four more years of Obama’s failed policies).

More Christians are registered Republicans than Democrats because the GOP platform is much more conservative. Trump sees no need to conform to the conservative parts of the GOP platform.

America may be beyond having a conservative, God-fearing president like Ronald Reagan. In an age of entitlements, moral depravity and secularism, a nominative Presbyterian (Trump) and a humanist Methodist (Clinton) may be the top choices we will ever get.

Maybe it’s time for a third major party.