Don’t Reward Bad Choices: Vote Third Party For President, Republican for Congress

 

shutterstock_495755698We have come to an election in which there seems to be no way to win. At first glance, the election seems binary and the two choices we are given are unthinkable. In Hillary Clinton, we have someone very probably guilty of crimes not merely of corruption but crimes that endangered our national security. No one that really cares for the country should vote for her to be president. Turning to the Republican alternative, you find Donald Trump. His ignorance of policy issues and his reckless, ignorant, and dangerous foreign policy pronouncements should give you pause about his fitness for office. Looking at his character, you find even more horrifying information. He is a man of  privilege who gained success from gaming the system and legal tricks, and his sense of entitlement leads to his mistreatment of women and gross statements about their treatment at his hands. How can such a man lead a nation like the United States?

Politics is not generally binary and this election is no exception. There are ways to do good with your vote and help our country despite Trump and Clinton. No matter who becomes president we will need Republicans in Congress to put a brake on their excesses. Senators Ben Sasse, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, Kelly Ayotte, and many other honorable men and women need to the leaders in the Senate. Voting for the Republican Senate candidates (and hopefully having them often out-perform Donald Trump in the election) will send a powerful message to Washington. It will give the Senate Republicans the mandate and confidence to oppose the wild excesses of the president.

Even on the presidential level, there are ways to send the message of disapproval. In a blue state, vote Jill Stein to split the liberals in your state; in a red state, vote for Evan McMullin or Gary Johnson to remind the Republican party that the Democrats’ nomination unfit candidates for office is no reason for the Republicans to follow suit. Vote to keep the House because of Paul Ryan’s great work there and House Republicans’ many stands for freedom over the last six years.

Politics are not binary, we can still advance our ideas, and your vote can matter in many different races and speak in many different ways. Make your voice heard: Vote!

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  1. Damocles Inactive
    Damocles
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    Brian Wolf:

    Damocles:

    J. Martin Rogers:

    Kozak:Enjoy the next 4 to 8 years of Hillary.

    You deserve it.

    As do you, if you voted for Trump in the primary.

    This is the thing that seems so weird to me about the never-trumpers. They’re still stuck in the Republican primary.

    Not stuck really. The fate of the nation was unfortunately sealed in the Republican primary. Donald Trump is unqualified to be President, has no ideology or temperament that can help him navigate the difficult waters of the Presidency and so will be a failed President we are just being realistic about that.

    Your optimism is inspiring!  Let’s hope he’s going to be a failed president.  Number 45?

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  2. Brian Wolf Coolidge
    Brian Wolf
    @BrianWolf

    Damocles:

    Brian Wolf:

    Damocles:

    J. Martin Rogers:

    Kozak:Enjoy the next 4 to 8 years of Hillary.

    You deserve it.

    As do you, if you voted for Trump in the primary.

    This is the thing that seems so weird to me about the never-trumpers. They’re still stuck in the Republican primary.

    Not stuck really. The fate of the nation was unfortunately sealed in the Republican primary. Donald Trump is unqualified to be President, has no ideology or temperament that can help him navigate the difficult waters of the Presidency and so will be a failed President we are just being realistic about that.

    Your optimism is inspiring! Let’s hope he’s going to be a failed president. Number 45?

    I don’t hope I fear.  If he wins and I am wrong I will be very happy and very surprised indeed.

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