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I came very close to sitting out the 2016 presidential election. As easy as it was to reject the cynicism and corruption of Hillary Clinton, I considered Donald Trump too much a wild card and a buffoon to willfully pull the lever for him.
As the election neared, it slowly dawned on me that I had begrudgingly decided to vote for Trump — that is, against Hillary — but I had yet to fully admit it to myself. I struggle mightily with depression, and in the days leading up to the election, I began spiraling into paralysis, to the point where deciding not to decide was no longer an option, but simply a reality. I wasn’t going to vote, because I was unable to vote. The lesser of two evils, indeed.
I can’t point to the exact event that ultimately spurred me to action, but I do know its source, and I now recognize that it wasn’t so much an event, but a tipping point. Somehow, my muddled brain stumbled upon the realization that there weren’t only two evils at play, but rather three, and that this third was far more hideous and insidious than the two that had consumed my will.
Presidents and their policies come and go. For all the hype and hysteria over The Most Important Election Ever, our system is robust enough to handle a few misfires here and there. It is designed to handle a few misfires here and there. What it is not designed to handle is a growing, relentless, external threat that goes unchecked and unbalanced. The Third Evil I speak of is, of course, the media: the hyper-partisan, pro-Democrat media.
Once I considered the election in this light, I had an easier time of it. Unlike most voters, I’m content to vote against someone, as long as the lesser of two evils is clear to me. As corrupt as Hillary Clinton was, Donald Trump was (at that time) a bridge too far for me. But the pro-Democrat media? That was an evil I could vote against whole-heartedly.
Four years later and the threat of a corrupt and colluding media is even more apparent. Trump is largely responsible for exposing that, and he’s done a better job on policy than I’d hoped or imagined. Meanwhile, Biden’s faculties have has diminished to an alarming degree. He’s objectively more corrupt than Trump, and his policies are indistinguishable from suicide by government. I will clearly and unhesitatingly be voting for Trump this time. But make no mistake, the real import of this election lies elsewhere.
The media must be stopped.Published in