For God is not the author of confusion but of peace… Let all things be done decently and in order. ~ Saint Paul
“Let the lie come into the world, let it even triumph. But not through me.” ~ Alexander Solzhenitzen
Of two evils, choose neither . ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
This article will not change anyone’s mind about who they are going to vote for. If you are a Hillary hater or a Trump supporter, nothing I am going to say is going to change your mind. If you hate Trump and love Hillary, the same is true of you.
(Don’t confuse me with the facts, my mind is made up)
I will not be able to convince what we used to call Yellow Dog Democrats to change their vote. Yellow Dog Democrats was a political term applied to voters in the Southern United States who voted solely for candidates who represented the Democratic Party. The term originated in the late 19th century. These voters would allegedly “vote for a yellow dog before they would vote for any Republican”.
To be fair there are Yellow Dog Republicans too.
So this article is not for the Yellow Dogs or the single issue fanatics (pick an issue: abortion, climate change, gun control, trickledown economics, welfare state, etc.). I am writing more for myself than anyone else, but there is a growing group who are repulsed by both major party candidates and are tired of being shamed and put down with the false argument that to not vote for Hillary is to vote for Trump and vice versa.
To that point, the math is not valid that to fail to vote for candidate A means you are wasting your vote and by default you are voting for candidate B. Someone much smarter than me has written and excellent article about the math in that scenario. You can read it by clicking here.
Both major party candidates are flawed in their character and policies that are beyond the pale. You can read a much better article outlining that position by clicking here.
Here is my position: I cannot vote for Hillary because of her hubris to be President, her untrustworthy character, and her rabid support of even partial birth abortion is chilling. Her unequivocal support of extreme LGBTQ issues is a fundamental assault of the traditional family according to the Judeo-Christian values that I hold dear. Her entire public life is strewn with scandal after scandal. The ACLU’s support of her candidacy alone makes me shudder.
I cannot vote for Trump because he behaves like an immature twelve-year-old boy. (apologies to all twelve-year-old boys) He insults anyone who disagrees with him. He mocks women, speaks of and allegedly has assaulted women, mocks fat women, mocks the disabled. He is part owner of many casinos that promote the sin of gambling (remember when Christians were against that vice?) and inside those casinos are strip clubs where women are exploited and objectified. He brags about his infidelity while married. His equivocation on accepting the results of the election are unprecedented. (His extreme supporters frighten me.)
America’s white nationalists have spoken, and they’ve spoken loud and clear: Donald Trump is their presidential candidate of choice.
From former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke on down, the proudly racist fringe of the American electorate supports Trump.
Trump is unrepentant about his past behavior. He doesn’t believe he needs to apologize for anything.
My Christian convictions will not allow me to vote for either of these immoral people, platform or no; Supreme Court Justices or no; executive orders run amok, or no. Decency still matters to me. To vote for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.
Christians, please. Stop viewing this election through the eyes of pragmatism and start looking at it through the eyes of faith. ~ Carey Green
I recently had a conversation that went as follows:
Big Church Pastor: Joe, don’t you think Donald beat Killary tonight on the debates?
Me: No. In fact, I think America lost in the debate.
Big Church Pastor: Don’t tell me you aren’t voting against Killary.
Me: I’m writing in a candidate I’d be proud to have as a president.
Big Church Pastor: By not voting for Trump, you will be voting for Killary.
Me: No. I will be voting for my candidate and sleeping with a clear conscience.
Big Church Pastor: You *purests* are going to hand her the election.
Me: If I’m a *purest* does that make you an impurest?
Big Church Pastor: ____________.
The other day Lynette and I were driving to town and she made a simple, but profound observation. She said there is going to come a day when God and history will look back on this election and see three columns on the ballot. One column will be all those who voted for Hillary. The second will be all those that voted for Trump. But there will be a third column who said to the Democratic party and the Republican Party and to the American people, “No!”
Then she said, “I want my vote to be in the third column; the column for decency.”
There is a painting in which Faust is playing chess with the Devil. Faust has only a few pieces left on the board and seem to be check-mated. The expression on his face foretells his doom. The Devil, who seems to be very much in control, has a sneer of glee.
Through the years people would come to the gallery where the picture was displayed and gaze and ponder the hopelessness of the situation. As they would leave, most left with the sense that the artist had captured the essence of their own situation.
Then one day, a great chess master came into the gallery. He stood for hours focused on the painting and specifically the chessboard. Day after day, he would return studying the portrait. Finally, with a shout that disturbed everyone in the gallery, “It’s a lie! You still have a move.”
Our move is to sign our name in the third column.
Speaking of Faust…
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the White House, and lose his own soul?