I owe some people an apology. Early on in this ongoing bowel movement that has been the presidential election of 2016, I spoke freely and openly about the idiocy of Bernie Sanders and socialism in general. At the time, I really didn’t grasp that some of my adult friends would actually be voting for Bernie in the primary. Looking back now, I realize that my remarks probably gave the impression of calling people stupid for supporting Bernie. For that I apologize. My intent is almost always to be critical of thoughts and ideas without being overly critical of those who buy into them. But I know it doesn’t always come across that way. I apologize.
I’ve followed along pretty closely through the primaries, with hopes of a candidate with true conservative values winning the Republican nomination. Maybe someone who possesses wisdom, integrity, honesty. Someone who understands the dangers of an ever-expanding federal government and the exponential rise of the nanny state. Gee, maybe even just someone who has genuine leadership skills. Someone that will be a president even for those who didn’t vote for them. That just didn’t materialize.
Before our eight years of Obama, I was never overly concerned with who out president was. My main concern has generally been for what Americans believe and not so much for who our supposed leader is. But it is now my belief that no American president has ever done a more masterful job of negatively influencing the thinking of an upcoming generation and effectively silencing and shaming dissenters.
From Obama’s ongoing narratives, racial division has been re-ignited and disrespect for law enforcement has been energized. Climate change is a new religion. Work ethic steadily dies along with personal responsibility, as he pushes for equal results under the disguise of equal opportunity. Affordable care act has basically made healthcare more affordable only for those who aren’t paying for it anyway. The “everybody deserves” movement has never had so much momentum. It’s probably safe to say that no president ever has done more to lay the groundwork for outright socialism (Obama and Hillary both love socialism, but only Bernie has the courage to call it what it is). So yes, my attention level has risen.
So where does that leave conservatives? Between Hillary and Trump, it may be a race between socialism and free markets. That’s enough to make me vote for Trump, almost. I don’t feel it’s necessary to hash out a laundry list of what I don’t like about Hillary (being conservative should explain why I could NEVER vote for Clinton). Suffice to say that both candidates face a continuous onslaught of negative publicity, simply because that is the true path their life has taken and the malodorous trail that is left behind. Plenty of folks have done a fine job of laying out a case for not voting for either one of them. Yeah, I get that loud and clear.
Can I vote for Trump? At times I thought I could, simply because of what I was voting against. I was undecided until today.
I don’t say this to get others to follow along. And I certainly don’t want to present my position as the right position or one that Christians should take. But I have a feeling that many others feel the same as I do. Unsure.
I have 10 & 16 year-old sons. I care deeply what the United States of our future looks like. I care deeply what our younger generation believes in and where they lay their hope and their trust. My hope is that they place their trust is Jesus Christ as a savior who gives them hope, strength, and guidance. I have a family to raise and a family business to run…..no matter who is president. And regardless of who our nation’s leader is, I can use my life and my words to make an impact for Christ. We don’t need a perfect environment to practice Christianity or to raise our family in God-honoring ways. We don’t need an intrusion-free business climate to keep the doors open and keep the bills paid.
Yes it’s wise to be informed and concerned. But I refuse to resort to hand-wringing about who our next leader is. I refuse to buy into the perspective of “we’re doomed if _____ wins.” Maybe for Christians, we’re not doomed, but we are seriously distracted from the life that God desires for us when we allow ourselves to become overly distraught about election results. Again, I’m not trying to shame anyone for a level of passion that they may have reached. I’m just telling people where I landed.
As a business man, I’m thankful that I don’t conduct business and treat people the way Trump has a history of doing. And as women, I’m just forever grateful that my wife and daughters are polar opposites of the person that Hillary is.
But still, I could vote against Hillary and vote for Trump.
Except that I have two daughters of voting age (18 & 20). And if they ask me who they should vote for, I could not with good conscience tell them to vote for Trump. But they didn’t even ask me. And perhaps that is the deciding factor that speaks loudest of all. My girls spend their time in the Bible seeking God’s direction in their life instead of following the biased hysteria of CNN, Fox News, and social media. They are more concerned with God than they are about political and economic circumstances. Pretty sure my wife feels the same way. I’m following their lead.
For all you folks that have done such a fine job telling the world why we shouldn’t vote for either, I commend you for a job well done. You win. I will vote for neither.
Like a good friend of mine has always said when left with choosing between two bad options………..
“You’re just trading poop for sh*t.”
In the end, you can choose to call your prized pile of manure something else. But it still stinks.
Don’t bother telling me I have to choose one. No, I don’t.