I do understand the “lesser of two evils” argument that I reject. I also feel the force of it. And I remember that I live in Idaho, which is as likely to go for Hillary as for the sun to turn green next St. Patrick’s Day. So I know that compared to my brethren in swing states, I am getting off fairly easy.
There is also some sympathy around here for an Electoral College “Hail Mary” pass—urging every sensible person in Utah to vote for Evan McMullin, and every sensible person in New Mexico to vote for Gary Johnson, and every sensible person in Vermont to vote for Bernie Sanders, etc. They would not be voting for these people, but rather trying to deny enough states to both Hillary and Trump such that they both fall short of the 270 electoral votes they need in the Electoral College. If that happened, the election would get thrown to the House of Representatives, which would be like throwing a pound of fresh hamburger into a kennel with 20 hungry mongrels in it. But at least that would be better than what we have going on now.
So with all of this acknowledged, here are my three basic reasons, crisply stated, for not ordering this meal off the official menu.
- This election cycle has been a race to the bottom. But please note, we are nowhere near the bottom yet. All of us are going to learn a lot more yet, about both candidates. The sort of things that will continue to float to the surface of Sewage Lagoon 2016 may well affect your willingness to continue with the present strategy.
- To vote for Trump as the lesser of two evils is as much to say as there are circumstances under which you would vote for Hillary. She is an utterly corrupt politician, true enough, but anyone who thinks we couldn’t get a worse set of choices hasn’t read very much history. How about Hillary vs. Vlad the Impaler?
- We have gotten down to this atrocious choice because we have been following the “lesser of two evils” strategy for more than a generation. But when we see how the road we are on is taking us very bad places, our response ought to be to turn around. If we are under judgment, then the need of the hour is repentance. That means doing something different. Repentance is inconsistent with doing the same thing over again, only this time at the lowest levels ever.
Now all that said, I would actually prefer it if Trump won. But I would prefer this only because I would rather fight Trump than to fight Hillary. If Hillary wins, we need to be ready for a royal fight. And if Trump wins, we also need to be geared up, ready for a different kind of fight. Preparation for that fight would be hindered, I believe, if it began with me taking down my Trump yard sign.