I think I’ve figured out how I’m going to handle the decision of whether or not to vote for my party’s Presidential candidate. And believe me, it’s taken a LOT of thinking.
First of all, I utterly recoil at the idea of Hillary Clinton being the country’s chief executive and commander in chief. She’s a shrill, lying, unaccomplished, self-dealing, loathsome progressive. I’ve often said that Bill would’ve been far preferable to the guy currently holding office, but that sentiment definitely doesn’t extend to his wife. If she’s elected instead of sentenced to prison for her egregious thwarting of the law while Secretary of State, I’ll be ashamed and embarrassed every day of her term.
As a result, I do not accept the “I’d rather have Hillary than Donald” argument from some of the #NeverTrump crowd.
That I’ve been far more critical of Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton is true. This criticism has been directed at me multiple times on social media and in person. But it’s an unimpressive point. All but the most rabid of partisan leftists would have to acknowledge that she’s unlikable and unremarkable. Being critical of Trump is in no way supporting Clinton.
Secondly, for months I’ve found myself being persuaded, on a multiple-times-a-day basis, by both the #NeverTrump and #NeverHillary crowds. When I think I’ve finally come down to a final position, I’ll read a contrary article or come up with my own effective counterpoint.
Quite simply, they either boil down to “I don’t vote for liberals, regardless of party affiliation” or “At least with Trump there’s the possibility he won’t be awful, whereas Clinton most certainly will be.”
Trump, of course, has not made it very easy to give him support. In just the last few days, he’s endorsed some positions that I find reprehensible.
Here’s one example:
He wants to nationalize a portion of the profits from the Keystone XL pipeline:
“I want the Keystone pipeline, but the people of the United States should be given a significant piece of the profits.”
This is not the position of a free-market loving, small-government conservative.
Here’s another one:
He would like to have his own statue in D.C. – maybe alongside Thomas Jefferson:
“I’d really rather have a statue in Washington, D.C.. I don’t want a wall named after me but that’s okay. I want a statue in Washington, D.C! Maybe share it with Jefferson or something.”
Haven’t we seen over the last 7 years that a full-on narcissist does NOT belong in the oval office?
Here’s one more:
His campaign is, in part, built around an appeal to his extraordinary success in real estate and the gargantuan value of his holdings, yet in his property tax filings, he values those same “showcase” properties with far lower numbers. Comparing his public assertions with his property’s tax statements, you’d think they were from two completely different people. In other words, he’s lying on one side or the other.
Considering Hillary for President is almost impossible to do while sober, but every time I start to consider holding my nose and supporting Trump, more things like this come to light. Note that these three stories all hit within the last few days!
Jonah Goldberg recently wrote that he’d reluctantly vote for Trump if his was the decisive vote in the election.
Dennis Prager countered by saying that every vote one casts should be done as if it were the decisive one and therefore Goldberg SHOULD vote for Trump.
Derek Hunter took a more pragmatic and realistic position, saying that he still would not vote for Trump because Maryland is so dark blue and his vote wouldn’t matter or have any effect on the election.
These are the three options the American people have. By virtue of living in California, and because the polls here will be closing later than in most of the country, my plan of action will stem from Goldberg’s point of view. I’m not going to vote by mail–something I’ve done for years. Instead, I’m going to sit in my car in front of the polling place until a minute or so before the polls close. If indeed my vote is the one that will keep Hillary out, Donald will have my vote. If it will make no difference, he won’t.
That’s my plan for the moment, at least. In the meantime, I’ll head over to Gary Johnson’s website for yet another look…
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