I have been trying to avoid politics as much as I can lately but I read an article a trusted friend reccomended this morning and found it, to say the least, confusing. In the article, a former nine-term Republican congressman was quoted as saying.
“Given the enormous power of the office, every candidate for president must be judged rigorously in assessing whether he or she has the competence, intelligence, knowledge, understanding, empathy, judgment and temperament necessary to keep America on a safe and steady course. Donald Trump fails on each of those measures, and he has proven himself manifestly unqualified to be president.”
Absolutely correct, I couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately the same person also said.
“I’m just going to hold my nose and vote for Hillary Clinton.”
I understand that everyone in America has a right to vote for whomever they want for whatever reason they want but I never understood someone defiantly declaring that they are going to hold their nose and vote for a candidate they obviously don’t support as if doing so requires moral courage the rest of us don’t have and probably can’t even comprehend. Seriously, I have more respect for someone who says they are going to vote for Hillary because she is a woman or because she was endorsed by Beyonce. Dumb reasons for sure but at least they are honest and don’t reek of intellectual and moral superiority.
If you think about it a holding your nose vote for Hillary counts just as much as the vote of a life long liberal who has been in the tank for Hillary from day one and is, mathematically anyway, an endorsement whether you hold your nose when you pull the lever, vomit, or rush home and take a shower after.
I have been thinking about this quite a bit lately in regards to how I am going to vote and, in all honesty, I am more than a little convicted. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I am going to hold my nose and vote for Trump but if I do vote for him (and I might) it would only be because either him or Hillary has a chance at winning and he, as bad as he is, is by far the lesser of two evils. So, not holding my nose but doing what I believe is best for America.
So would a lukewarm endorsement with a vote mean I want Trump as my President? Not really, it just means I want the other candidate to be president less because she is worse.
If we are talking about rape culture and the victimization women, for example, Hillary Clinton has done much more damage than Donald Trump. As an attorney, she reduced the jail time of rapists and as a wife she has a history of covering up and ignoring decades of abuses by her womanizing pig of a husband. Actions like her’s have caused much more damage than Donald Trump’s locker room talk, regardless of how appalling it was.
If we are talking about Benghazi, email, the Clinton Foundation, lies…well those are other stories but still. Is this someone worth voting for even if you have to hold your nose to do so?
Actually, and this was supposed to be the main point of this post. Why do we have to hold our noses when we vote at all?
As prepared as I am to vote for Trump, I am increasingly more prepared to do what I have always thought was unthinkable with our two party system and not vote at all or vote for a third party candidate who has no chance of winning just so my conscience will be clear. There is, after all, some merit in going against the grain, doing what makes no mathematical sense, and bucking the system, Christians do it all the time.
Years ago my parents bought a house from a family who had recently became Christians and joined a rather legalistic church. The father had a very good paying job at a brewery but, after becoming convinced that he could not, in good faith, continue to work in a sinful industry, he resigned, took a much lower paying job at the Post Office, and was forced to sell a house his family could no longer afford.
Think about that for a second.
From no worldy perspective does giving up a stable high paying job with a clear promotion path and good benifits at a good company to take a lower paying job make sense. Realistically, one could make a very rational, even biblical, case that what this man did was (for lack of a better word) dumb.
Dumb as it may have fiscally been however, his conscience was clear, he did what he believed God wanted him to do and he stepped out in faith; putting all his trust in God and the idea that God would take care of him and his family which is amazing and far more bold than holding one’s nose to do what would otherwise be unconscionable.
Bottom line here is this. Vote for whoever you want people but don’t hold your nose to do it. If your choice stinks that bad, you might want to reevaluate it.