As America continues to drift ever closer to her destruction, the opportunity to elect new leadership that could keep that from happening appears to be gone as it looks like our two primary choices for president have been boiled down to a couple of New York liberals – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Or as I call them: Dem and Dem-er.
My position on The Donald is no mystery. I believe that he is a big government, big spending non-conservative who lacks even a basic understanding of the Constitution and how our republic works–Hey, is it my imagination or does that describe the current occupant of the White House?–and for those reasons, I have been and will always be #NeverTrump.
I’ve been taking a lot of heat lately from my friends and followers about my decision, and I would like to respond to a few of the most common accusations and assumptions made against me in a sort of mini Declaration of Voting Independence:
- I reject the claim that not voting for Trump is voting for Hillary. He never had my vote to begin with, so he can’t lose something he never had. And if we use that logic, would not voting for Hillary be a vote for Trump?
- I reject the either/or, lesser of two evils argument. As Charles Spurgeon once said: “Of two evils, choose neither.” Besides, we do have other choices.
- I reject the claim that we need to unite around Trump because we need to beat Hillary. There are so many things wrong with this one that it’s hard to know where to start. It assumes that beating Hillary is the only reason to vote; it isn’t. Voting for liberty, as author Brad Thor recently stated, is why we vote and Trump fails the liberty test. In addition, Trump is responsible for building unity after he demolished his opponents, and he stated as recently as this past weekend that he doesn’t need a unified party because he can do it on his own. And even if we were united, his policies–some of which resemble those of Bernie Sanders–give us the same result we would get under Hillary.
- I reject the claim that we need Trump to save the Supreme Court. Without a 60 vote majority–even the current majority is in jeopardy with Trump at the top of the ticket–no conservative nominee will be confirmed. Besides, Trump has already stated that he thinks his pro-abortion–even partial birth abortion–sister would make a great justice.
- I reject the rationale being offered by my Christian brethren to justify their vote for Trump when they say: God can use imperfect, immoral leaders for His purpose. First: we elect the president, God doesn’t. We need to stop excusing our lukewarm indifference and the consequences of our poor choices as “God’s will.” Second: if you accept the premise that God can use an imperfect Trump for his purpose, you have to, by default, accept the same thing for a President Clinton.
One of the many fallacies following some of the recent victories we have experienced from the T.E.A. Party and other conservative movements is that our work was done once the election was over. But America didn’t become the mess it is under Obama alone; it’s been a long work in progress over the past 100 years or so, and it will take a long time to correct it.
Why does that matter? Because an election or two, win or lose, won’t bring the course correction we need. If I choose not to give Trump my vote in order to promote the need for America to return to our constitutional foundations, that is still a greater good than playing the short-term “go along to get along” game, which is the primary reason we are in the mess we are in today.
Pray! Be bold! Fight! November is just one battle in a long, long war!
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative, your source for opinion that’s politically-incorrect and always “right.” David is also a contributor to RedState.com.
His daily commentary is nationally syndicated via Salem Radio Network.