My earnest but painfully deluded coblogger seems to think that this election cycle is just one more in a series of American presidential elections that will have consequences that are neither dire nor or existential, and that a protest vote is an appropriate response to two truly awful choices (I don’t count the Libertarian, who is an idiot)
He is wrong.
The confluence of a truly awful eight years under Obama, who gutted the military, alienated our allies, added huge financial liabilities as deficit, bloated government, and social programs, and the possibility of three Supreme Court choices makes this election rather important. Add to these already significant problems a resurgent Islam, Expansionist China, a Russian empire that refuses to die, and terrible social divisions in this country, and we have an election like no other in generations.
Sitting this one out with a self-indulgent protest vote is virtue signalling of the highest order. “Oh….look at me! I play in the rarefied atmosphere, above the fray.” No….you don’t. You will be suffering — with the rest of us proles — the urban unrest, the lack of opportunity, the shift from Western to non-Western thought, and the host of country-crippling problems that are just around the corner.
Am I giddy with anticipation to vote for the orange-haired buffoon? No. I am disgusted. And in another time, when the country is stronger and more resilient and more solidly grounded in our founding principles I will be right next to you, loudly proclaiming my disgust, and writing in some fine but unrealistic choice for president.
The problem is that we know exactly what we are going to get from Hillary Clinton, and it is a very, very bad thing. She will create a firmly entrenched kleptocracy, weaken our military even more, open the borders to the worst that militant Islam has to offer, and a host of other progressive/corporatist wet dreams that will be the death of America as we know it. Oh…we might struggle along for another generation, but the country will have become something unrecognizable.
I am willing to roll the dice and vote for Donald Trump, in the hope that he doesn’t have it in him to do as much damage as Hillary Clinton; the most crooked, and worst candidate in history. And that’s saying something…just look at our current president!