Well, now we have a Republican nominee. Officially. No matter how hard anyone may try, unless Trump takes himself out of the race, what we see is what we got.
Now, by “we” don’t be confused that I mean the Republican Party. For one thing, there is no Republican Party anymore. All that’s left of the once- “Grand” Old Party is some sad, scared politicians still wearing the “R” on their lapels like a talisman, hoping it will ward off the wrath of the irrational, mercurial dysfunctional head of the party and his dazed and abused henchman, Reince Priebus. And an increasingly small cadre of voters that used to stay hidden during the primaries because primary candidates usually weren’t their brand of racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, off-their-meds psychotics. But this time, one was. And now they are discovering that the rest of America is…not quite like them.
Another reason that “we” is not “Republicans” is that I am part of “we”—but I ditched the dumpster fire that was the Republican Party once the mocking strains of “You can’t always get what you want” playing the nominee through his hail of balloons made it clear that there was no salvation to be had. No trapdoor had been triggered during the convention, cooler heads had not prevailed, sanity had not returned.
It was Trump.
Trump would lead the new GOP—the mob of vulgar, vindictive “Evangelicals,” and “conservatives” screaming “Lock her up!” like the evil little boys in Lord of the Flies. This petulant man-child—embroiled in lawsuits, incapable of honesty, devoid of moral character or the capacity for shame—was now the face of the GOP.
Within the traditional two-party system, we have a choice of two people who have no executive experience in government. One (him) has a checkered past as a business executive, though many of his businesses have been embarrassing failures, and he is currently being sued on both coasts for fraud and, er, rape…of an underage girl. In that last one, his co-defendant is his infamous friend, Jeffrey Epstein. A…convicted pedophile, registered in New York as a Level 3 sex offender.
On the other hand, we have her. She has no executive experience, but she has been in government. First Lady at two levels of government, Senator, and Secretary of State. She has already been investigated by the FBI and is being sued by the parents of people killed by terrorists, who blame her for letting their loved ones die.
Both are despised by alarmingly large portions of the population (he more than she). Both have uncomfortably comfy relationships with dictators, are closely tied to Wall Street banks, spent decades helping far-left liberal politicians and causes (she voted for and with them, he funded them.) He funded her; she went to his third wedding.
In the 1990s, both defended her husband and publicly trashed his accusers. On crime, she echoed contemporary sociologists and called for action against “superpredators”, which urban fatherlessness was allegedly breeding (largely debunked since then). He took full-page ads in the New York papers calling for a reinstatement of the death penalty for five black youth accused of rape, before they were tried (since convicted, then exonerated, sued the city and won a joint $40 million settlement for their prison time. He penned a 2014 op-ed denouncing the settlement.)
While a lawyer, she defended a rapist she apparently believed to be guilty and pursued a scorched-earth defense against the young accuser. While a businessman, he advocated for a community service sentence (boxing for charity at a Trump venue) for rapist Mike Tyson after he was convicted, and considers him a friend now.
She complains that, after the presidency, she and the ex-president were “practically broke”, despite their wealth relative to most Americans. He claims not to have inherited much, but to have gotten “a small loan of a million dollars” from his father, ignoring all the advantage and power his father brought to bear with his connections and political influence.
Both lie. She lies instrumentally, to cover up things she has done wrong, mistakes she has made, or (as did her husband) relationships she wants to hide. He lies pathologically, about big things and small, about things he knows and things he can’t possibly know, about himself and others—easily debunked lies—and then lies about lying, as though he is incapable of telling the truth.
She is abrasive, artificial, and dull. Her personality is one of her greatest drawbacks. He is bombastic and confident, but his personality is literally disordered. He is the textbook definition of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
I’m done with it. Not my circus, not my elephant and donkey show.
I am not a Democrat. I left that Marxist, crackpot, abortion (not “choice,” abortion)-loving, God-hating party 27 years ago, and never looked back.
I am not a Republican. I believe too much in limited Constitutional government. The Republican Party has chosen a candidate that will limit government only when Congress or the Courts attempt to limit him. As president, he will “open up the libel laws”, so that the media won’t be able to say anything he disagrees with. He will “loosen up” the Geneva Convention rules so that he can do whatever he wants to prisoners he considers eligible to be treated inhumanely. He will appoint Supreme Court Justices based on whether they will “sign” the “bills” he likes and whether they will “investigate” Hillary Clinton.
So, no. I can’t support a candidate who will shred the First Amendment, earn condemnation from every civilized nation, and probably sanctions from the United Nations, and pick Supreme Court Justices based on his expectation they will roam into areas of activity that are not in their (pun intended) jurisdiction.
I cannot vote for Donald Trump because he is a vile, vulgar, deceitful deadbeat. He does not pay his bills. He does not treat people with decency and dignity. He is a bully and a coward and a pathological liar. If my children wanted to play with a child like him, I would say no.
But he is not asking to play with my children. He is asking me to trust him with their future.
Again, I say no.
Instead, I will support and vote for a team of two governors, formerly Republican, who each have the experience, intelligence, and temperament to be president. I am voting for the candidate I trust to be neither corrupt nor insane. I choose to put my shoulder to the wheel on behalf of the choice that will neither invite impeachment nor suddenly vault the Resolute Desk to stick a pen in the neck of the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
I am voting for government that minds its own business, and stays in its lane. I am voting for Common Core to be ended—not because of populism, but because of principle—the same principle that will abolish the Department of Education.
I am voting for a president that will obey the will of the people as expressed through laws previously passed and will wait for Congress to bring bills he will sign or veto. Yes, Gary Johnson, I’m in.
I am not with her. I am not with him. I am with them. Because they stand unapologetically for liberty. And—finally–so can I.