Voting for Trump (Clear Conscience Not Included)

Do you feel like you’re going crazy? I do. People I thought I knew are ripping away their masks and revealing that they are not, as they led me to believe, human, but rather some kind of weird flesh-eating zombie martians. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I’d be less surprised if that were actually the case.

Do you remember arguing with Obama supporters in ’08? They didn’t know anything about him, but they couldn’t wait to cast their vote for him. Even when facts appeared showing how radical Obama was (is), people shrugged it off. It became an emotional election rather than a competition of ideas. The whole Obama thing became so nonsensical that people resorted to voting for John McCain in a last-ditch attempt to deal with Obama supporters. John. McCain. Do you see where I’m going with this?

This election has become a repeat of the 2008 election in many ways. The only difference is that the Republicans are doing it this time around. Sadly, the result is going to be the same. Possibly much worse.

I’m not going to present a bunch of facts or try to make a lengthy argument against Trump (we’ve already seen that Trump supporters are immune to facts). I’m going to present my opinion as briefly as I can and I would love to hear someone make a logical argument for supporting Trump. Please leave a comment or send me a message.

One of the biggest problems I have with Barack Obama is that he does not recognize anything greater than himself. He’s a narcissist and is willing to do almost anything to get his way. You probably remember when he made this comment: “…I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” It was his way of saying that he doesn’t need Congress – he can simply use executive orders to write legislation as he sees fit. Most countries with this form of government don’t call it a republic, they call it a dictatorship.

Trump fits the profile for a narcissist nicely. In fact, that’s pretty much what he’s famous for. Republicans don’t have a problem with it, though. Trump isn’t even hiding the fact that he would continue to use executive orders, but he says “I’m going to use them much better and they’re going to serve a much better purpose than what [Obama’s] done.” I understand that Bush did it, Obama did it and the next president will do it. The problem is that they are bypassing a branch of government to force their will on people. If the president wants to sign an executive order declaring Talk Like a Pirate Day to be a nationally recognized workday then I’m okay with that. If he wants to sign an order to ban firearms then we have a problem. I’m not comfortable with any president taking it upon himself to create laws, especially when they are contrary to rights protected by the Constitution. Don’t think this would be a problem for Trump? Think about what he has said about Muslims. Does it seem plausible that he could issue an executive order contrary to the First Amendment?

So, the man is a narcissist just like Obama. What about saying whatever it takes to get what you want? Obama has shown time and again that he is willing to say whatever it takes to get his way. There are plenty of articles and videos out there about this so I won’t belabor the point, but this sounds a lot like Trump. Here’s a person who praises someone one day, then turns on them like a rabid dog the next day simply because poll numbers have changed. The only things he remains constant on are the bad things. He has remained true to his beliefs about abortion and eminent domain, but that’s not a good thing. The big thing everyone seems to love about him is his spiel about building a wall and making Mexico pay for it. The problem is that his immigration plan is essentially amnesty. He wants a ‘uge wall (that Mexico will pay for), then he’s going to deport everyone and make them come back through the door. Like the burglar who broke in through your window who must now leave and come in through the door. Maybe that’s a bad analogy, but he’s still a bad candidate.

Trump has a lot of good things to say about Obama. Do you have a lot of good things to say about Obama? Of course Trump would be a big “cheerleader” for Obama. They have very similar political beliefs. Well, they did until Trump decided to run as a Republican candidate for president. In 2004, John Kerry was best known for being a “flip-flopper”. Now, Republicans have embraced the idea of a flip-flopper for president. What changed? Trump was for a Canadian-style healthcare system before he ran for president. “But he wants to repeal it now,” you say. That’s correct. Now he wants to repeal it. Now that he wants to be president. The list goes on an on.

So, why shouldn’t you support Trump? Well, the man is a bully. He tries to demonize and destroy anyone who doesn’t join his team. Look at what he did to Megyn Kelly. Personally, I think he is only running to stroke his own ego. Did anyone ever take Trump seriously before his presidential run? I don’t think Trump hates America, but I don’t think this campaign is about “[Making] America Great Again”. I think it has more to do with “Making Trump Great Again.” Of course, that would imply that he was great at some point. You decide.

There have been several great people in this race who are legitimate conservative/constitutional candidates. Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul come to mind. Rick Santorum, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio might even be in the game. (Note: some of these I still couldn’t vote for for other reasons.) How did we lose Bobby Jindal and end up with Trump in the lead? I’m not going to say anything about the other candidates for now. Maybe that will give me a good reason to come back and pick the issue up again.

If Trump is the Republican nominee, I will not be voting for him. I said that about McCain in 2008 and voted for him anyway, but my views have changed dramatically since then. That’s part of the reason I haven’t been able to bring myself to post articles; because I’ve had some deep internal struggles with what I believe. I’ll say this: I believe it’s time to stop trying to win and time to start doing what’s right. I voted for Bush, McCain and Romney but I was wrong. I will not do it again. I thought Bush would better than Kerry and Gore, but Bush gave us Medicare Part D, TARP and a doubling of the national debt. I’m done voting for someone just to keep a different political party from winning.

I believe Trump will damage this country just as much as Obama (and Bush) did. I don’t believe a Clinton or Sanders would be worse. That’s a game that’s been played my whole life and I’m removing myself as a player. Washington has conditioned each party to treat the other as an enemy. What did Hillary say during a Democrat debate when asked which enemy she was most proud of? “Well, in addition to the NRA, the health insurance companies, the drug companies, the Iranians; probably the Republicans.” I don’t want to be an enemy. I want to be an American. I want us to be one country. I want us to be able to debate and disagree without treating everyone who doesn’t believe the same thing as the devil. This is not Trump. He has enemies. If you don’t believe it try getting close to him in the polls.

More Neglectable Than Electable

This political season is looking pretty grim. Besides the fact that campaigning started way too soon, there just isn’t much to look at with the current contenders.

On the Democrat side the race is between two absolutely unelectable people: Hillary and Obama. Hillary’s policies aside, she is, without a doubt, the most shrill woman on the planet. If people think the world hates the United States now just wait until they have to listen to her. We’ll be in the middle of WWIII before you can blink. Obama is clearly more presidential, but his beliefs are so extreme that I can’t imagine enough people would vote for him. The remainder of the candidates don’t really have a chance against Hillary and Obama. It’s laughable that people like Joe Biden, Bill Richardson, John Edwards and Dennis Kucinich are even running.

On the Republican side the decision is much more difficult since there aren’t any candidates that standout. I want to support Romney, but am finding this increasingly difficult each time he discusses his views on abortion. My primary concern is that he continues to insist that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has no problem with their members supporting abortion. This is clearly not correct. The LDS church has made this official statement on their webpage, which states that the LDS church “…counsels its members not to submit to, perform, encourage, pay for, or arrange for such abortions.” Although the wording says “counsels” and not commands, one must consider that it would not be advisable to go against the “counsel” of the church if they believe that the church is indeed led by God. For Romney to continue to say that it’s okay to be pro-choice is just rubbish. He states that he is now pro-life, so why can’t he just say that he was wrong before? I would support him whole-heartedly if he were to make a statement saying, “I was pro-choice before but I’m now pro-life. I was wrong and deeply regret my mistake.”

The other candidates have flaws that I consider to be fatal. Giuliani is still pro-choice and has strange ideas about gun control. McCain works against the Republicans as often as he works with them. Additionally, he’s responsible for atrocities such as McCain-Feingold. Thompson – besides that fact that he’s in his own little sphere instead of competing – supports McCain-Feingold, which is a fatal and unforgivable flaw. Ron Paul is a little too extreme. As much as I want to agree with him, I don’t think he has a clear understanding of the situation between the United States and the terrorists. The others have issues I like, but don’t have an overall image I can vote for. For example, Tancredo is a stud when it comes to talking about illegal immigration. Besides this issue, there isn’t anything that makes him standout.

One particular issue that distresses me is that some Republican candidates would use ridiculous anti-Mormon tactics against Romney. For example, Brownback had an aide that attacked Mormonism. Other candidates have had similar problems, even though the candidates have stated that they did not condone the attacks. At least three of the candidates are Baptist, a religion notorious for it’s vehement attacks on the LDS church. Although this does not automatically disqualify them in my book it certainly makes me question whether they indeed do not condone the anti-Mormon attacks on Romney.

I’m anxiously watching to see if a candidate will emerge that clearly deserves our support. I would love it if Romney would apologize and make himself that candidate.