When “Forget it” isn’t an option: Decision time for 2016

This election season has been unlike any other in my memory. On the Democrat side of the aisle, the choices were between 2 old white people – a fascinating development for a party that make regular proclamations that old white people are what’s wrong with this country. One of those was an avowed socialist whose platform centered on how much “free” stuff he could give away, heedless of the fact that his programs would quite literally double the national debt the instant they were enacted. The other is a confirmed liar and cheat whose inaction, negligence, and careless led directly to the deaths of 4 Americans in a terrorist assault on a US Embassy. She has engaged in willful violations of this nation’s laws and government policies, exposing critical national security information to compromise and loss so as to cover her own misconduct.

For the record, the lying, cheating, criminal was nominated by that party. 

But enough of their problems: there’s plenty to be had on my side of the aisle. The Republican Party had no less than 17 –  seventeen – candidates available. Most were basically conservative but had different emphasis on what part of conservatism held their highest interest. That’s a good thing. They ranged in experience from sitting Senator to former Governor – and two members of the executive business community, one of which possessed a penchant for saying offensive things, calling names, and generally acting like a boorish ass. 

Guess which one came out of the primary season on top. My colleagues on the generally-Republican side of the aisle passed up actual government experience, solid records of conservative action and voting records, and any semblance of likeability to select a bombast who couldn’t even be cordial to other members of the party he allegedly claimed membership in. Hell, they even passed up a wonderfully capable woman, throwing away the opportunity to negate the “woman card” as a feature of the election cycle. (Disclosure, in case you missed it: I was and remain a supporter of Carly Fiorina.) The entire nomination process made me very bitter, and the continuous dissmive and antagonistic attitude of Donald Trump’s supporters didn’t help. I have never in my adult life failed to vote in any election in which I was eligible to participate but this one… this one brought me very close to saying “forget it” (or some variation of that) and staying home on election day. But there are too many reasons to stay engaged and my pride isn’t a good enough reason to overcome those. So, with that, what now?

There are matters in every adult’s life that calls for a decision to be made and there are many, many decisions that have to be made between options that are not what we wish they were. When some highly-used system at the house breaks – a door lock or a shower head or a phone – and you need to replace it right now, there’s no guarantee that whatever store you have to go to will have just the thing you’re looking for. Sometimes, you have to replace it with something that will do the job and get you along to the next opportunity to replace it with something better. Sometimes, you have to make the choice between the options that are available and pick the one that is  best capable of meeting your needs, even if it doesn’t meet all of them or meet them in the way you’d prefer. I believe the election decision of 2016 is one of those matters. 

Hillary Clinton is confirmed to have mishandled critical national security information. She’s lied repeatedly about what she did and we have undeniable evidence of that. The people supporting her don’t care about that or are willing to overlook it. I’m not and they shouldn’t be either. She will continue Obama’s policies and programs which will cause even more damage to the fabric of this nation. She will accelerate our deepening debt and continue to undermine our rule of law. She will seek to put people into the Supreme Court whose aims are not to uphold the Constitution, regardless of their oaths to the contrary, but to abuse their judicial power to push their own edicts onto the rest of the citizenry of the United States, a group they clearly have no respect for. She is completely unacceptable as a President.

Donald Trump was never my first choice as the nominee for the Republican Party. His support for the practice of using eminent domain to claim property that will then be used for private economic development is something I stand vehemently against. I am unconvinced that his support for the exercise of 2nd Amendment-protected rights is solid. And I have little faith that he will attempt to reign in government expansion and cut spending in areas where the Constitution have given the federal government no authority to operate in the first place. But… there is a chance that he will measure up in all of these areas. He stands a chance of finally starting to get a handle on the runaway bureacracy that is Washington, DC. He has already demonstrated his skill in dealing in matters of international diplomacy, an area in which the alternative candidate has demonstated an utterly dismal lack of ability. 

Is he a wonderful candidate? No. Does he show qualities that I prefer in a President? Not much, no. A decision must, however, be made and I’m adult enough to weigh the options to come up with a decision that best meets the needs. So, no more caveats, no more qualified statements. Donald Trump is the best candidate for President in 2016 and I’m going to vote for him. I know there are those who are angry over the process and I agree with much of their anger. As I said, I’m not going to allow my pride to keep me from supporting the people who are best able to carry my concerns forward. I urge those who would otherwise be inclined to vote Republican to join me and vote for Donald Trump in November.