Another week further into the Vote for the Candidate series and we find ourselves at the newly elected king of the republican party, Mr. Donald Trump. Donald Trump is a very successful businessman, CEO of the Trump Organization, and was the host of the widely popular television show, The Apprentice. Trump has also had many failed business ventures.
Donald Trump has a long history of switching political affiliations. He was an early supporter of President Reagan, an implied Republican, but in 1999 went to the Reform Party. After the Reform Party, he spent seven years as a Democrat. Clearly not a fan of President Obama, Trump switched back to the Republican party in 2008 and endorsed the Republican nominees in both ’08 and ’12.
You can see how it would be hard for him to remember what parties believe what. That’s why he has such a hard time remembering what to say to appeal to voters. For instance, when 62% of Americans are in favor of a flat tax (and many more republicans;) he proposes a still stacked tax code that includes cuts mostly for the wealthy. This plan doesn’t appeal to the conservative that has been begging for a flat tax, and it doesn’t appeal to the liberal that wants the rich to pay their fair share. According to Forbes, Trump’s economic policies will actually hurt the economy. His plans really don’t appeal to anyone.
Not unlike the time he said he wanted punish women who had abortions with some kind of legal repercussions. Obviously this is not a stance even the most steadfast of pro-life voters take. He quickly changed his position. But that little slip up wasn’t the only mix up he had regarding his supposed pro-life views. He also flip-flopped on his stance about rape and incest exceptions.
That’s not all he has flip-flopped on. He’s also a walking contradiction when it comes to healthcare. He says he believes in the insurance mandate and wants to expand Medicare, and then releases a plan far more conservative. I’m not sure why he would try to use a liberal party line about the mandate to get republican votes if didn’t believe in it. It’s nonsensical.
That’s the issue I have Trump. He doesn’t make sense. He won’t stick with a policy long enough to know what he would actually do. And while I’d never actually want to see Hillary Clinton as president, there’s an interesting old saying: “the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.”
Now again, let me be clear, I do not want to see a Hillary Clinton presidency. However, I also don’t want to see a Donald Trump presidency. And I do not believe that “at least he’s not Hillary” is a good enough reason to vote someone. I don’t believe that not voting for Trump is in turn, voting for Clinton. That would mean that my vote somehow already belonged to Trump and I am taking it away from him. I am not. My vote never belonged to Trump. He didn’t have my vote in the primary, and he certainly does not have it now.
You may feel differently. You may feel as if Hillary Clinton would be so bad, you’d rather vote for an Authoritarian candidate like Donald Trump than see her in the White House. If that’s how you feel, that’s your right. Some days, when I am watching the news or reading an article about the sheer ignorance of the woman, I wish I could vote for her biggest advisory. But I can’t. I can’t leave my principals at home when I go to vote. My principals are what I use to tell me who to vote for.
And here’s where party politics can ruin your life, if you let it. If you are voting third party, people that you know and people that you respect – people who are older and more ingrained into party politics – will tell you that voting for a third party candidate is “throwing away your vote.” I’m here to tell you that voting for someone you don’t believe in is throwing away your vote. Those same people will blame you and other’s like you when their candidate loses. But pay no mind, because their candidate isn’t your candidate. Don’t be rude and don’t be arrogant, but don’t let people intimidate you or make you feel bad for your vote. Vote your conscious and then pray hard.
Now, I want to get back to Trump and touch on a subject I that can’t even pretend to understand. I want to talk about his obsession with putting people down and his supercilious behavior. And I really want to understand why people give him a pass on that. Because I just can’t comprehend it.
I’m not the most sensitive of people. I have offended more than my fair share of people, and I enjoy sarcasm. Yet, I don’t understand why that trait would be desirable on a national stage in a leader. I don’t understand why people say “that has nothing to do with how he’ll run the nation.”
Think about like this: would you want the pastor of your church to insult the people in the congregation? How could the pastor lead the church and unite the people in tough times if he has insulted half of the church body?
I wouldn’t want to go to a church where the pastor thought he was somehow better or holier than me and condemned me just because he could. Likewise, I don’t want to live in a country where the President puts down the American people and lifts up himself. I want the president to inspire and unite. Donald Trump is not inspiring, and he certainly is not a uniting figure.
After doing my homework, I’ve decided that Donald Trump is not the candidate for me. If you decided differently, that is your prerogative.