Let’s say you’re undecided about whom to vote for this November because you dislike both candidates.
Consequently, you may decide not to vote, which basically lets everyone else who votes decide the election for you.
Or you may decide to support one of the third-party candidates. But what will that accomplish? You know beforehand that your choice will lose, so all you are doing is telling yourself you just couldn’t make a decision about which major party candidate to vote for.
Why did you vote for Bush, McCain & Romney?
Now, zero in on what you have done in the past. Let’s say you voted for the Republican presidential candidate in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. Therefore, you voted for George W. Bush, twice; for John McCain and Mitt Romney once.
In each case you had no idea what Bush, McCain, or Romney would actually do once elected president. You just hoped they would do what they said they would, or, more likely, you hoped they would do the things you thought were right.
But, in all cases, your hope was—could only be—based only on what they said in their campaign speeches.
Of course we all hope for the best. Therefore basing your vote on hope seems like the only rational option—even if, ultimately, you get conned by the candidate, and he or she does the opposite of what was promised.
You also evaluated the risk of your decision. You believed that should Gore, Kerry, or Obama win, the chances were much greater you would dislike—even detest—the policies they were likely to carry out.
What is the Republican Party?
Now consider your current election options.
If Hillary Clinton wins, do you sincerely believe the country will be better served than if Donald Trump wins?
Some well-known Republicans do. They dislike Trump so much it seems they would prefer Hillary.
Is it because they believe losing will serve Trump right for being such a loudmouth, braggart, and ungentlemanly candidate?
And if that’s their reasoning, does it make any sense? In other words, how does striking back at Trump help America? Isn’t striking back at Trump more about their egos than about what’s best for America?
Perhaps you disagree and think that Trump is simply an intolerable choice. Well, then…
Let’s assume that if enough people think like you and decide: 1) not to vote, 2) vote for a third-party candidate, or, 3) even, vote for Clinton. Then, in a larger sense, they are voting against the Republican Party. Here’s why…
It doesn’t matter if Trump isn’t your idea of what the Republican Party should be. It also doesn’t matter what George Will, The National Review, or anyone else thinks. The Republican Party is what the voters say it is. And this year they want Trump for president. That’s how the system works.
Are you really a Democrat?
And there are rippling consequences, depending on your choice. Even if you think voting against Trump appeases your conscience, your conscience—sorry, Senator Cruz—is not the issue, because the results of the election affect everyone in the country, not just you.
In short, if Hillary wins, all of the policies that have been put into place by Barack Obama will continue because Obama is determined to continue his “legacy” through Hillary and is, therefore, willing and eager to campaign robustly for her election.
Is a third term of Obama’s policies what’s best for America?
If you believe that, then you are a Democrat. No matter what else you tell your conscience.
In other words, if you believe in open borders, higher taxes, more welfare and subsidies, increased debt, some sort of gun control that inhibits ownership, and no serious military buildup or significant military advance against ISIS, you should vote for Hillary.
Why pussyfoot around with not voting or voting for a guaranteed loser?
It all comes down to the same thing: If you vote against Trump, one way or the other, you are directly or indirectly helping elect a president who will nominate more liberal judges and dig this country ever deeper into socialist policies with less individual freedom for everyone.
It’s not a complicated choice.
What’s at stake in 2016?
The reason you vote for the Republican candidate this time is the same reason you voted for Bush, McCain, and Romney, whether you actually liked them or not. You hope for the best, and you don’t want what Democrats are selling.
That’s what the previous elections were about. And that’s what’s still at stake in 2016.
Anyhow, that’s what Socrates would do, if he were a Republican.
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