Gary Bauer is the founder of the Campaign for Working Families, a political action committee dedicated to electing to federal and state offices ‘pro-family, pro-life and pro-free enterprise’ candidates. He is also the president of American Values, a non-profit organization ‘committed to defending life, traditional marriage, and equipping our children with’ conservative values.

He served under Ronald Reagan as Deputy Under Secretary for Planning and Budget in the United States Department of Education, from 1982 to 1987, and as an adviser on domestic policy from 1987 to 1988.

He wrote an excellent article for the Christian site Charisma News in which he says that many of Donald Trump’s positions are ‘better than today’s “conservativism”‘. I urge everyone to read it, especially churchgoers concerned about the Republican candidate.

Excerpts follow, emphases mine:

I believe this election may be the last chance we have to stop Obama’s fundamental transformation of America, and restore our nation and the values we cherish.

In the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, some Republicans say they may stay home or vote for third party candidates. Some say Trump really is not conservative. But I believe Donald Trump is, on a number of issues, better than what passes for conservatism today.

These include Trump’s support for life, his defence of the freedom of speech and his intention to appoint sensible Supreme Court justices. Furthermore:

  • He has made corruption in Washington, D.C. a major theme of his campaign.
  • He rejects nation building in the Middle East—a utopian, not a conservative, adventure that ignores Islam’s incompatibility with the basic tenets of freedom, including religious liberty and the equality of women.
  • He exhibits Ronald Reagan’s caution on the use of military force, coupled with Reagan’s firm belief that when we do use force, we fight to win.
  • Trump is confronting the putrid globalism that believes secure borders are passe and that all cultures are equal. He believes in American exceptionalism and the rule of law.
  • Lastly, but certainly not least, Donald Trump’s selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence to be his running mate was a grand slam home run. Mike Pence is a Ronald Reagan conservative who describes himself as “Christian, a conservative and a Republican—and in that order!”

He also spells out Hillary Clinton’s platform before concluding:

This November, voters who cherish faith, family and freedom have a very clear choice: Voting for Donald Trump gives us a chance to restore America. Not voting or dividing the conservative vote by supporting a third party candidate only empowers the left, and likely means the end of conservatism in America.

I hope the debates will change many undecided or anti-Trump voters’ minds in this regard.