What to do? “No pro-life reason to vote for Trump” July 14, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, contraception, disconcerting, error, foolishness, General Catholic, It's all about the $$$, sadness, secularism, sickness, Society, The End.
That’s the title of the very long article I was sent by reader MFG earlier this week, expostulating an extremely long pro-life defense of refusing to vote for Trump. I’ll only excerpt a little bit of the article, both because it’s too long to effectively condense to a reasonable-length post, and because I’ve already said much of what the author claims.
I’ll just add this – for the first time in my adult life, I am considering not voting, at least at the presidential level, this November. I am having a hard time not viewing voting in the presidential election this year as pointless. There is simply no morally acceptable candidate to choose. I certainly don’t want Hillary to win, and view her as the absolute worst possible option, but I simply cannot accept Trump’s deplorable personal morality – of which he remains shamefully proud and defiant – and his contradictory claims regarding abortion and other moral issues. The Libertarian candidate is also a pro-abort, which is simply an ender for me. I guess I’m down to writing in somebody. I’d say Darrell Royal, but he’s dead, God rest his soul. Or, I simply won’t vote at all.
Having said that, I think if the party tries to steal the nomination from Trump at the convention next week, that will only insure Hillary’s election. Trump won the primary by a substantial margin. Like it or not, Trump is the candidate, and attempting to “correct” the expressed will of the people – and I’m aware of all the problems and even contradictions in that statement – is a formula for suicide. Trump may or may not receive majority support and win the election, but what support he does have is very often extremely fervent and these people would be completely livid if the party stole, for lack of a better word, the nomination from him.
For those who don’t want to read further, it is hard to find a more succinct or accurate distillation of the development of my thought than that offered by Ben Sasse’s spokesman after the Senator met with Trump this week: “Mr. Sasse continues to believe that our country is in a bad place and, with these two candidates, this election remains a dumpster fire. Nothing has changed.” I heartily agree.
There are no conditions at this point under which I could possibly vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. [That’s pretty much my point of view, at present. It could change, but I doubt it.]
So, no, I won’t be voting for Hillary. Trump, then? No, not him either.
I have heard every argument defending voting for him over the past six months. I remain as convinced as I ever have been that there are no grounds on which it is permissible or morally licit for a conservative Christian to lend their support to Trump by voting for him.
In fact, I think it is obvious that no one should vote for the Contemporary Falstaff. However sophisticated the rationalizations for Trump become, they do not overcome the single, basic fact that he has done nothing in his personal life nor his professional career to demonstrate that he is fit for the highest office in the land. I take it as a given that nominating an unfit person to such an office would be a grave danger to American security and interests.
So there is no world where I will think that the political calculus and rationalizations add up to making voting for Trump permissible, save the world where Jesus appears in the flesh and tells me it is. And that is not this world, despite the earnestness with which many Trump supporters have assured me it is.
Now, having included that quote, I am not certain I could go so far as to say that I there are no grounds under which it is morally licit for a Christian to vote for Trump. Hillary is so deplorable, so criminally minded, and so evil in intent and action I can understand those who would support Trump simply to keep Hillary from being elected. I’m not in that place, but I can understand it. I also can understand – though I think it quite wrong – the mentality that the political elites in this country are irredeemably corrupt and self-interested and that Trump represents the best shot at shocking the current system and hopefully reforming it. There is also Trump’s seeming ability to repudiate cultural marxism that is attractive. I can understand all of these as rationale’s for voting for him, though they don’t personally move me to be able to support him, for a variety of reasons.
I also basically disbelieve Trump’s occasional (and often self-contradicted) claims to opposing abortion or being pro-life, among other moral issues. But I find declaring support for him to be immoral to go a bit too far, unless that statement hinges on his personal morality, in which case I’d be in general agreement. Regarding policy, however, since he’s been all over the map in his statements, my first question would be: which one?
Personally, I’m really not certain what I’m going to do. I increasingly feel that these elections are pointless, that this republic has passed the point of saving by political action. The very fact that Hillary and Trump are our two major candidates is a damning indictment of this nation. Even twenty five years ago, the scandals attached to these two people would have made their election as president impossible, but Americans seemingly no longer care about things like faith, morality, or even criminality. In fact, most people seem to expect it of “high” personages.
I’m sort of wandering. The only way I could possibly vote for Trump is out of sheer spite/fear/disgust for Hillary. At this point, however, I will probably just write in Michael Rodriguez or something like that – not that he would appreciate it! I just cannot be convinced that Trump is not a pro-abort, pro-sodomy, bad policy immoral dude. I feel his rhetoric about a border wall/immigration control is empty. I feel his campaign is just a massive vanity project, an ego trip on an epic scale.
Please don’t take my (or anyone else’s) criticism of Trump as an attack on you. As I’ve said, I do understand why many support him, though I cannot. If he is elected, I’d love to be proven wrong. We shall see. It seems the e-mail/influence peddling scandal may have hurt Hillary more than many thought – her support has seriously eroded and many polls now show the race tied or Trump in the lead.
However, I’m afraid the Simpson’s writers were right, if a bit premature:
Maybe I should run a poll to see how many readers are supporting Trump.