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.

So You’re Stuck with McCain

Polls these days suggest that there are still somewhere between five and eight percent of the population that hasn’t decided on who to vote for.

Let me make this easy for you. Do NOT vote for Bob Barr! It’s true that you probably agree more with Bob Barr than John McCain; however, voting for Bob Barr will only create a repeat of the 1992 election in which Ross Perot handed the election to Bill Clinton.

All kidding aside, I understand that none of the undecideds are considering Bob Barr. Even though I agree with  much of what Bob Barr says I could never throw my support behind a candidate that aligns himself with the Libertarians . But that’s a subject for another post. The real issue is more serious.

How can a person be undecided? The differences between McCain and Obama are dramatic. I certainly don’t want to get into a lengthy discussion of all the differences but I would like to point out just a few of the obvious ones. Or at least the ones that matter most to me.

  • Abortion – Obama has even argued for murdering children born after unsuccessful abortions (more on this later)
  • Income redistribution
  • Personal Responsibility

Whenever I hear someone from the Obama campaign (or any other Obama supporter) get asked about Obama’s support of infanticide they always say the same thing: “Oh, come on! Do you really believe Obama wants to kill babies?” They never deny it and they cannot dispute it. Although not exhaustive, FactCheck.org provides a reasonable introduction to the discussion. Even if this is inaccurate (which I don’t believe it is), the fact of the matter is that Obama’s stance on abortion is appalling.

I’m a little confused that there are so many people with either missing or broken moral compasses (another topic for an upcoming post). If you believe in life, freedom and all the other wonderful things the United States has to offer then you only have one choice. No matter how hard it is to put a check mark next to McCain’s name.

McCain the Pain

Until recently I haven’t had a strong opinion about who should win the Republican nomination. It seems that much of the debate surrounds the question, “Who can beat Hillary?”

Let me say this: If McCain wins the nomination then it doesn’t really matter whether we beat Hillary or not.

If Mike Huckabee didn’t make me a Romney supporter, then John McCain sure did. Huckabee looks rational and smooth on the surface, but he has shown his tolerance for attacking the Mormon faith as a way to try to gain support in the South. Whether slandering Mormons personally or allowing others to do his dirty work, Huckabee shows that he truly embraces the beliefs that so many Baptists share. This is certainly not who you want to have in the office of the President. What will be his first action? To reinstate the “extermination order“? This is ridiculous, of course, but it’s a good example of what happens when people with extremist views come into political power. Huckabee seems to be sinking like a lead weight, so the discussion is superfluous anyway.

Although the continuing failure of Mike Huckabee seems natural, the rise of Senator McCain seems entirely unnatural. Besides his anger management issues, he seems to regularly speak before thinking. He also seems to support some pretty crazy ideas. While I give him full credit for his stance on abortion and the war, I think he’s way off in areas of immigration, free speech and tax cuts. The issues of the war and abortion are more important than the other issues but I don’t believe McCain offers anything that Romney doesn’t.

As I’ve written previously, I have a problem with the fact that Romney was previously pro-choice; however, he has stated repeatedly that he is now pro-life and his record supports that claim. As for the war, I believe Romney will do just as well as McCain at fighting the terrorists. In fact, I think Romney’s demeanor is an asset compared to John McCain’s Howard Dean-esque style.

McCain has a few strengths, but he has an overwhelming number of weaknesses. He is no friend of the Republican party. If he wins the nomination then I don’t care who wins in November. Hopefully McCain can count on the Democrats and independents, because with Hillary or Obama as the other choice I probably just won’t vote…