It’s been quite awhile since I last posted. I’m busy with a son who’s in school and playing all-star baseball. I just got married. I’m a busy wife and mom, and I love my life. I need to say something about the election this year, though, and I expect that I’ll be posting at least a little as we move toward the election in November.
I look at our choices for president this year and I see a slate of bad choices – Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side and Donald Trump on the Republican side. Make no mistake: this is a binary choice. There really is no other viable choice. A vote for a third-party candidate such as Jill Stein (Green) or Gary Johnson (Libertarian) is vote for Donald Trump. It is absolutely unacceptable that Trump win in November.
Think of the stakes, just in one example. The next president may appoint three or four Supreme Court justices. There is one vacancy now that the Republican senate refuses to fill; there could be two or three more vacancies in the next four years. We cannot allow Donald Trump to appoint justices that will affirm Citizens United and roll back abortion rights.
Whatever you think of Clinton (and her faults are glaring), Donald Trump represents a danger to this nation and to the world. The Washington Post took the unprecedented step of writing an editorial immediately after the Republican convention ended last week in which they said there was no way they would ever endorse Trump. Then they went through all the reasons. They say it a lot better than I would, so I encourage anyone reading this to read that editorial. A poignant excerpt:
The lack of experience might be overcome if Mr. Trump saw it as a handicap worth overcoming. But he displays no curiosity, reads no books and appears to believe he needs no advice. In fact, what makes Mr. Trump so unusual is his combination of extreme neediness and unbridled arrogance. He is desperate for affirmation but contemptuous of other views. He also is contemptuous of fact. Throughout the campaign, he has unspooled one lie after another — that Muslims in New Jersey celebrated after 9/11, that his tax-cut plan would not worsen the deficit, that he opposed the Iraq War before it started — and when confronted with contrary evidence, he simply repeats the lie. It is impossible to know whether he convinces himself of his own untruths or knows that he is wrong and does not care. It is also difficult to know which trait would be more frightening in a commander in chief.
The Supreme Court example is one thing. Another is Trump’s destabilizing words about NATO and possible Russian aggression. This understandably makes our allies nervous. The NATO treaty is clear – if one ally is attacked it is treated as an attack on all. This has served as a strong deterrent for years. In fact, that section of the NATO treaty has been invoked only once. This was after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
There are signs that Trump doesn’t even really want to be president, that this whole farce of a candidacy was an exercise in stroking his “yuge” ego. The New York Times tells this story in an article that really should be bigger news.
One day this past May, Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., reached out to a senior adviser to Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who left the presidential race just a few weeks before. As a candidate, Kasich declared in March that Trump was “really not prepared to be president of the United States,” and the following month he took the highly unusual step of coordinating with his rival Senator Ted Cruz in an effort to deny Trump the nomination. But according to the Kasich adviser (who spoke only under the condition that he not be named), Donald Jr. wanted to make him an offer nonetheless: Did he have any interest in being the most powerful vice president in history?
When Kasich’s adviser asked how this would be the case, Donald Jr. explained that his father’s vice president would be in charge of domestic and foreign policy.
Then what, the adviser asked, would Trump be in charge of?
“Making America great again” was the casual reply.
I’ve only gone through a couple of examples of why Trump is an unacceptable choice for president. Hillary Clinton is the only viable alternative. There is no way Jill Stein or Gary Johnson can get enough votes to win the election. They can’t do much more than play spoiler, the way Nader did in 2000. If they siphon enough votes from Hillary, Trump takes the oath of office next January.
As I said, I completely understand the feelings toward Hillary. I share many of them. She’s secretive and it just looks like she’s always hiding something whether she is or not. It looks like she’s lying whether she is or not. Then there’s the email issue from when she was secretary of state, for which she rightly has been raked over the coals.
None of that changes the fact that she is highly qualified to be president. Donald Trump simply is not qualified by temperament or by preparation. The choice in November is a choice between Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. No one else.