So, you aren’t going to vote for President? You can’t stomach either of the candidates, and your conscience won’t let you cast a ballot for either?
That’s certainly your right as an American citizen. And you’ll have plenty of company. Millions of Americans stay at home every election day for every reason under the sun. As a matter of fact, there will probably be more of you sitting at home than there will be those of us who will actually decide the future direction of our country by voting.
Like you, I wish we had better choices, but this is the bottom line: on January 20, 2017, barring some tragic catastrophe, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will put his hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution as our next President. While it may be the first time in a long time that either of them has actually touched a Bible, it will still be one of those two. Like it or lump it, those are our choices. No write-in or third-party candidate is going to garner enough support to win a ticket for the self-guided White House tour that’s free every morning except Sunday and Monday — let alone become the official resident there. It will either be President Clinton or President Trump.
If you don’t vote, that’s your business. But I want to make sure I understand what you are really saying when you choose to sit this one out.
I know that Donald is arrogant and Hillary has more baggage than most major airlines. He has the see-through combover of a man clinging to his teens, and she has the grating voice of a perpetually angry wife. He celebrates family, and rightly so — he has three or four. She makes millions from the financial houses she pretends to condemn. The deeper you look, the more you question how in the world did these two get here?
I’d understand why you aren’t voting if it all ended right there.
But it doesn’t.
Whoever gets the most votes in November is moving to Washington D.C. in January. And they are bringing a whole boatload of people with them.
The outcome of this election will do much more than decide whether it’s Donald or Hillary who will occupy the Oval Office. Will the IRS continue giving conservative Christian groups the run-around, or will a new leader move in? Will the leaders who allowed Americans to die in Benghazi serve four more years, or will a new President bring with him/her a new team who puts lives above politics?
Will this election send leaders to DC who will aggressively respond to those threatening and killing police officers, or will our capital be filled with folks who think police are the problem? Will leaders committed to protecting traditional family values come to town, or will more of those obsessed with gender blending experiments occupy places of influence?
Will our new leader’s team try to spur economic growth by reducing taxes and encouraging hard work, or will they seek higher taxes while pushing for a $15 per hour minimum wage? Will they be tree-hugging, global-warming alarmists, or will they encourage the continued production of our inexpensive fuel sources while newer sources are being developed?
Come January, one of those groups is moving in. But you don’t care which one so you aren’t going to vote?
The vote isn’t just for President. It’s for Supreme Court Justices. You know, those guys who said that forcing American’s to buy health insurance is legal, but marriage defined as one man and one woman isn’t. The new President could appoint as many as four new members of that group. But never mind how that works out, right? It’s not important enough for you to vote.
You say personal convictions keep you from voting for a person who doesn’t hold certain values. Okay. But if being true to your conviction results in creating a less safe, more unfriendly, and more anti-Jesus world for your children to grow up in, well, right there is where I lose you. Sure, you can say that you didn’t vote to let Donald or Hillary move into the White House, but you can’t say that you did what you could to keep the most evil influences out of positions of authority.
It’s so easy to see this election as just choosing either Donald or Hillary. But it’s way more than that. It’s hundreds of bureaucratic leaders, Cabinet officers, and Supreme Court Justices. It’s military readiness, global warming, healthcare revisions. It’s redefining family, expanding sexual experimentation, shrinking Constitutional freedoms.
It’s not just about Trump or Clinton. It’s about the philosophy and future of our country. That’s why, even though I don’t particularly like either candidate, I will cast my vote.