On the merit of his candidacy and character, I can sympathize with the NeverTrumpers and their concerns about voting for Donald Trump. Most Republicans would have preferred a less controversial choice , but that was not to be the outcome of the GOP Primary. Trump won amidst great outcry from his detractors. And now the NeverTrumpers are in a quandary as they try to resolve their inner dilemma as to not voting for Trump.
NeverTrumpers are so angry with the faction of the Republican Party that elevated Trump into the nomination that they are more consumed with hating Trump than they are in focusing on the task of stopping Hillary Clinton in her mission to complete Barack Obama’s transformation of The United States of America. While their anger might be justifiable and their resentment legitimate, obsessing on Trump’s flawed persona does nothing for the cause of trying to stop the progression of the Left.
NeverTrumpers are spending their energies sharing their bitterness with those of us who are trying to make the best of a bad situation. Bemoaning Trump’s candidacy is akin to flogging the dead horse. I am really puzzled as to why those Republicans, who are adamantly opposed to Trump, can’t accept the actuality of Trump’s nomination.
I wholeheartedly agree that we are indeed ‘between the devil and the deep blue sea.” The choice of Trump or Clinton is a political crisis. And for most of us, the decision comes down to the ‘lesser of the two evils.” YIKES! The dreaded “lesser of two evils” scenario that drives the NeverTrumpers wild. Using the argument of the NeverTrumpers, ‘Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.’
With no intent to offend those who commonly defend their decision to skip the vote, commit to a write in vote, or vote third party, because to vote for Trump is still voting for evil, I must ask, “When did you vote for a sinless candidate?” I have never had that opportunity. I have always been forced to choose between the two sinners on the ticket, and I tried to choose the one which I could assess as the least repulsive of the two sinners.
And considering that we are talking about politics, absolute power, and men and women who are financed by millionaires, billionaires, media empires, billion dollar corporations, and global powers, the chances of stumbling upon a candidate with an unblemished and virtuous background are slim to none. Leaders of all persuasions have had to bend the rules or distort the logistics in order to remain in the political game. That doesn’t make it right, but it is an inescapable fact.
We all prefer to think of our chosen candidate as a pristine individual whose prime objective is to fight the good fight as we want it fought. We ignore the ugly or less attractive qualities of our favorite son or daughter. We defend our guy even when we are unsure about some of his less virtuous pursuits. And we do this, because we know that they are not flawless and that they have sinned. Somewhere along the way, like all of us, our candidate has sinned. While NeverTrumpers argue their inability to vote for ‘the lesser of two evils,’ I counter that argument with ” If you have ever voted in any election, you have voted for the lesser of two evils.”
It sounds righteous to declare oneself as above the fray of the repugnant sinners, especially of those sinners who are publicly offensive and who sins have been aired before the world. And it’s a darn good thing that the NeverTrumpers of the male population are not observers of ‘online pornography,’ because that just might make them hypocrites.
Donald Trump has most certainly given Republicans every reason to recoil when confronted with the accusations of his wanton behavior. Those who feel inclined to oppose him are without a doubt judicious in their decision. But is it judicious to not vote for Trump when the alternative to a Trump presidency is Hillary Clinton Hell?
If you choose to vote for a third party candidate, you are voting for evil. If you decide to write in your choice for president, you are voting for evil. And if you are definitely determined to not vote for evil in some form, you will never vote in an election again. Every election is a contest between what the voters perceive as the lesser of two evils.
Don’t vote for Trump if you are so inclined, NeverTrumpers, but the self righteous rationalization is a cop-out. Voting for the lesser of two evils is indeed a righteous act if the intent is to save the country. The alternative to a Trump presidency is a Hillary Clinton presidency which will be Hell. You can’t get any more evil than that! Just how righteous can a person be who is complicit in sending the nation on a one way ticket to hell?