In the past, whenever faced with the choice between a socialist Democrat (oops — a little redundant there) and a less than conservative Republican candidate for President, I’ve been very comfortable voting for a third party candidate. In fact, I’ll do the same this year in the election for US Representative in my district, given the voting record of Luke Messer. Even the third party candidates are often not that great, especially Libertarians, but I’ve regarded the vote as a statement rather than a realistic attempt to elect a candidate.
There are many reasons to be reluctant to vote for Donald Trump. He has very little in the way of conservative credentials, having donated money to the campaigns of liberal politicians, and supported liberal positions. On the other hand, he so far hasn’t surrounded himself with leftist advisors, such as members of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), and in the current campaign he’s made promises that, if kept, could help to reverse the dangerous course we’ve been on.
Since Trump isn’t the ideal candidate for conservatives, many have suggested that a principled voter should again go third party. As much as I’d like to cast a principled vote regardless of the unlikelihood of electing my candidate, this year I think the situation is fundamentally different. That’s because four or more years of another Clinton presidency would likely give the left sufficient time to “legalize” enough socialist immigrants to build a permanent one-party Democrat political system. It would also solidify the precedent of ruling by executive decree that Obama has run so wild with. Finally, it would deliver the Supreme Court permanently to the progressives. For all practical purposes, that would make this year’s election the last one ever. Oh, there would probably be a few more pro-forma elections, but all conservative parties would be relegated to third party status. What good would my principled vote be then?
It all boils down to the certainty of permanent national disaster under Clinton, and at least a chance that our republic would continue to limp along under Trump. Maybe we can do better four years from now. But this year, our only chance of a political solution to our nation’s decline into a socialist tyranny is the election of Donald Trump.