My Vote for Trump: Earned Rather than Automatic (Part 1 of 2)

If you were (or are) a Ted Cruz supporter, by now you have no doubt been given “the lecture.” It is the same lecture we conservatives consistently receive every four years around this time. The lecture, usually delivered by a sanctimonious and self-appointed fellow “conservative” Republican goes something like this: “Gee, I am really sorry that your (or our) conservative candidate was defeated in the Republican Presidential primary. However, now it is important for all of us Republicans to rally around the nominee regardless of how liberal he may be since we need to beat those even more liberal Democrats in the general election in the fall. After all, the Republican candidate, while not perfect, certainly represents the lesser of two evils.” In 2016, “the lecture” has been upgraded some: “Hillary Clinton is the personification of evil itself. You don’t want her to be president do you? So any vote not for Trump is an automatic vote for Hillary.” Sadly, if someone will not instantaneously acquiesce to the lecture’s message on the grounds that they still want to stand on the same principles in the general election that they stood on during the primary and they are somewhat outspoken or public in their consistency, they rapidly find themselves isolated from, and in some cases demonized by, folks they thought were their friends and from people that they thought they were on the same page with during the primary season.

 

I have heard this lecture about the lesser of two evils in every presidential election cycle that I have ever voted in going all the way back to 1988. Consequently, from 1988 to 2012, I have done exactly what I have been told to do. I have “held my nose” and voted for the lesser of two evils on the grounds that the Democrats represented a greater source of evil. Well guess what? I am not buying it this time around. For the first time in my adult voting life I am resisting “the lecture.” The lesser of two evils argument no longer holds the sway with me that it once did. Why? What is different about the current state of affairs? Two things come to mind? First, I have to ask myself, from 1988 to 2012, how has routinely voting for the lesser of two evils improved our country? Today, we find ourselves teetering on the brink of financial and moral bankruptcy. All of those years of voting for the lesser of two evils have really not done much to stem the progress of evil in our nation.

 

Second, the Republican Party, this time around, has managed to nominate someone who is just as bad as anything that the Democrats have to offer. In the past, at least some kind of intellectual case could be made that the Republican candidate was at least better than the Democratic one. In fact, four years ago, I published a somewhat widely-read article indicating that we Christian conservatives should vote for Mormon Mitt Romney since his presidency, while not ideal, would at least be better than another four years of Barack Hussein Obama.1 However, the same kind of case is difficult, if not impossible, to make this time around. In other words, the lesser of two evils argument does not work when one begins to perceive that both 2016 front runners are equally evil.

 

You might say, wait a minute! Don’t you know that Hillary Clinton is a godless Christ rejecter? While this is true, so is Donald Trump.2 Don’t you know that Hillary will pack the federal courts with radical leftists and we will lose the Supreme Court for a generation? While this is true, the same conditions will prevail under Donald Trump.3 Don’t you know that Hillary embraces New York values? While this is true, so does Donald Trump. Don’t you know that Hillary Clinton favors socialized medicine? While this is true, so does Donald Trump. Don’t you know that Hillary Clinton favors partial birth abortion? While this is true, so has Donald Trump (at least throughout the duration of his adult life until, quite conveniently, he recently decided to seek the Presidential nomination of the Republican Party).4 In fact, Donald Trump cannot even commit to defunding the tax payer financed baby-killing machine, known as Planned Parenthood.5 Don’t you know that Hillary Clinton favors transgender bathrooms, which will involve men using the women’s public restroom (and vice-versa)? While this is true, so does Donald Trump.6 Don’t you know that Hillary Clinton is a socialist? While this is true, Donald Trump has socialistic tendencies as well.7

 

Don’t you know that Hillary Clinton will continue to grow the size and scope of the Federal government far beyond its constitutionally ordained enumerated powers? While this is true, so will Donald Trump. In fact, during a recent CNN town hall, when Donald Trump was asked what he thinks are the top three functions of government, he answered, “The greatest function of all by far is security for our nation. I would also say health care, I would also say education.” Even Anderson Cooper, the liberal CNN host, seemed confused by Trump’s answer. Anderson then tried to clarify: “So in terms of federal government role, you’re saying security, but you also say health care and education should be provided by the federal government?” Trump replied, “yeah, those are two of the things…there are obviously many things, housing, providing great neighborhoods—”8 In case you did not know, the Constitution only authorizes the Federal government to play a role in providing for the common defense (Article I, Sec. 8) while leaving everything else in Donald’s answer to the individual states (see the 10th Amendment).

 

Don’t you know that Hillary is in favor of a big government tyranny that will trample down our unalienable rights? While this is true, so will Trump, who has actually gone so far as to praise the butchers of Beijing for the Tiananmen Square massacre on the grounds that these jack-booted thugs demonstrated an impressive show of strength.9 Trump has also praised Russia’s Putin on account of the dictator’s strength.10 Don’t you know that Hillary is the consummate insider? While this may be true, Donald Trump is an insider as well. Not only did he bankroll the infamous, pro-amnesty “Gang of Eight,”11 but former speaker John Boehner recently referred to Trump as his personal golfing and texting buddy.12 Don’t you know that Hillary Clinton is a Wall Street insider who is connected to the banks bailouts, Goldman Sachs, and George Soros? While this is true, so is Donald Trump.13 Don’t you know that Hillary is connected to the Council on Foreign Relations and the New World Order? While this is true, so is Donald Trump.14 Don’t you know that Hillary Clinton will leave the unconstitutional Iran deal in place? While this is true, so will Donald Trump.15 Don’t you know that Hillary Clinton’s oppressive economic policies will continue to force American companies to leave the United States thereby shipping numerous American jobs overseas and Donald Trump will bring American jobs back? If the latter was true and Donald has an authentic ambition to bring American jobs back, then why do many of his own companies function overseas?16 Is he going to regulate himself?

 

Don’t you know that Hillary has committed criminal activity and jeopardized the security of our nation with her personal decisions regarding her private email server? While this is true, criminal behavior has characterized Trump as well.17 While Trump has done nothing as of yet to risk our national security the way Hillary has, such is not really a fair comparison. Unlike Hillary who has spent virtually her entire adult life in government, Trump has never held public office. Thus, his illegalities have not yet followed him into government for the simple reason that he has never been a government official.

 

Perhaps the only major difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is on the issue of immigration. After all, Trump wants to build a wall around America. Or does he? In actuality, Trump favors touch back immigration that would allow those deported to immediately re-enter the country.18 In fact, it was this very kind of touch back immigrant that murdered Kate Steinle. As you may recall, the Steinle case is the one that brought Trump much of his pro-borders enforcement persona and image. Moreover, when off the record, Trump gives his fellow elites the impression that he is really not all that serious about all of that wall stuff anyway.19 Does a guy who bankrolls the infamous “Gang of Eight” sound like a guy who is really serious about remedying America’s immigration ills?20 Does a guy who built his signature and self defining piece of architecture, Trump Tower, by employing illegal immigrants, really sound like a guy who wants to clamp down on America’s illegals?21 Beyond this, how do you trust a single word out of a man’s mouth who describes himself as a virtual chameleon that knows how to say anything to any group in order to garner their political support? Here is Donald in his own words: “Once you get to a certain level, it changes [referring to the dwindling GOP field], I will be changing very rapidly. I’m very capable of changing to anything I want to change to.”22

 

While I could go on and on, regarding issue after issue, Trump is no better than Hillary. This is why there exists within the conservative movement “a never Trump” movement. Numerous high profile conservatives have publicly endorsed it.23 Moreover, other high profile Republicans, such as the Bush family, Lindsey Graham, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, have as of yet, not endorsed Trump’s candidacy in spite of Trump’s current status as the presumptive Republican Party Presidential nominee. I don’t recall a “never Romney” movement. The reason being is that the Republican Party has this time around finally reached the bottom of the barrel and is now on the precipice of nominating someone that is virtually indistinguishable from the Democratic front runner.

 

This is why this time around the lesser of two evils argument does not have the influence that it once did. Many conservatives are no longer interested in voting for someone who has values that they are fundamentally opposed to just because they have an “R” in front of their name. If we are going to get a progressive President anyway, at least we will be able to sleep well at night and look at ourselves with self respect in the mirror in the morning knowing that our votes did not put that candidate in office. Alexander Hamilton’s prescient quote provides much needed comfort in times such as these: “If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.” Hey Trumpists, read our lips: “We do not care if Hillary wins the Presidency this fall since Donald Trump is no better than Hillary Clinton!!!”

“Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.”

-Jerry Garcia, The Grateful Dead

The Lesser of Two Evils – Source: https://humoresquecartoons.com

However, there is a catch. There may yet be a path forward where conservatives, such as myself, will board the Trump train. Rapprochement remains a remote yet distinct possibility. I will articulate this prospective path forward in next week’s post.

 

(To Be Continued…)

 

 Endnotes


  1. http://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2012/09/how-evangelical-christian-can-support.html []
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3l0e6nS9oI []
  3. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/423196/trump-praises-his-sister-pro-abortion-extremist-judge-ramesh-ponnuru []
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcUCLwWCihE []
  5. http://www.lifenews.com/2016/03/01/donald-trump-praises-planned-parenthood-again-attacks-so-called-conservatives-who-disagree/ []
  6. http://www.politico.com/blogs/2016-gop-primary-live-updates-and-results/2016/04/trump-transgender-bathrooms-222257 and http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2016/04/21/donald-trump-says-transgender-people-should-use-the-bathroom-they-want/?_r=0 []
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WufiklCobpI and http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2016/04/21/trump-oh-you-bet-i-support-raising-taxes-on-the-rich-n2152154 []
  8. http://www.weeklystandard.com/you-wont-believe-what-donald-trump-thinks-the-federal-governments-top-3-roles-are/article/2001749 []
  9. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/432043/donald-trump-praised-tiananmen-square-massacre []
  10. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/432655/trump-defends-praising-putin-chinas-strong-response-tiananmen-square []
  11. http://www.redstate.com/aglanon/2016/02/11/donald-trump-financed-gang-8/ []
  12. http://legalinsurrection.com/2016/04/boehner-trump-my-golfing-and-texting-buddy-cruz-lucifer-in-the-flesh/ []
  13. http://therightscoop.com/trump-on-tarp-and-stimulus-sounds-more-like-a-crony-capitalist-than-a-conservative/ and http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-05/trump-picks-former-goldman-partner-and-soros-employee-finance-chairman []
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_1eav-I0DI []
  15. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-iran-deal_us_55d0a844e4b0ab468d9d907e []
  16. http://www.forbes.com/sites/stuartanderson/2015/08/17/trump-the-hypocrite-investing-overseas-fine-for-him/#181e802d936b []
  17. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/mar/02/ted-cruz/yes-donald-trump-has-been-linked-mob/ []
  18. http://www.workpermit.com/news/2016-02-16/trump-supports-undocumented-us-illegal-immigrant-amnesty []
  19. https://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/ted-cruz-calls-on-trump-to-release-secret-new-york-times-int?utm_term=.bhB6pA5ZJR#.cs19bXZx4K and http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-campaign-chief-donald-trump-is-playing-a-part/ []
  20. http://www.redstate.com/aglanon/2016/02/11/donald-trump-financed-gang-8/ []
  21. http://www.weeklystandard.com/trump-hired-polish-illegal-immigrants-to-build-trump-tower/article/2001294 []
  22. http://politistick.com/chameleon-trumps-description-of-himself-will-give-fuel-to-his-critics-video/ []
  23. http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/meet-republicans-speaking-out-against-trump-n530696 []

Comments

  1. This article is very well stated. Don’t know if you’re aware, but Trump donated money to the Attorney General of Califonia, Kamala Harris in 2011 and 2013. It was to Harris’ campaign for re-election. Harris is known as the Queen of Sanctuary Cities. Harris’ policys on immigration are what contributed the murder of Kate Steinle. Trump also donated to the Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom in 2009. The city Kate Steinle was murdered in. Gavin Newsom stated shortly before Trump donated to him, “I will not allow any of my department heads or anyone associated with this city to cooperate in any way shape or form with these raids. We are a sanctuary city, make no mistake about it.” – See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/03/trump-donated-to-queen-of-sanctuary-cities#sthash.bg0Id88F.dpuf I don’t know how anyone can justify voting for Trump. After looking at the facts, and information out there about him. Trump and Hillary: Two sides of the same coin.

  2. Amen! I personally think a prerequisit to the presidency should be a test on the constitution of 90% or greater! Trump is not only moral but is a liberal. How the RNC even allowed him to run as a Republican is beyond me!

  3. George Gunn says:

    Andy, this is spot on. The “lecture” does not apply to Trump in the same way it might have with either Romney or McCain. While there may have been some political issues of Romney’s and McCain’s with which I disagreed, they were at least honorable men, men who respected decency and morality. As a Christian, I do not see how I can put my support behind a man who is thrice married, an admitted and shameless adulterer, one who claims to be a Christian and yet claims that he has never done anything for which he needs to ask God’s forgiveness, and who has told blatant lies to denigrate his fellow Republican opponents. God is sovereign in both raising up and putting down rulers. If God pleases to raise up a Donald Trump, as he did with Nebuchadnezzar, He can accomplish that in His own way without my having to put my own personal stamp of approval on a godless, shameless man. If Trump had at least a modicum of decency and morality, I might be able to “hold my nose and pull the lever.” But this man has essentially shaken his fist at God. I don’t understand how any conscientious Christian can lend his support to a Donald Trump presidency.

    • George Gunn You are right on target,trump is so evil ,how can a christian vote for such a venomous person I for one will not put my pen mark on his name or the other two I’m not going to be party to pulling the plug on our country, trump never ,never

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