An Easy Choice

Posted By on Oct 10, 2016 | 0 comments


After watching the second presidential debate, I kept hearing this phrase run through my mind like a catchy jingle from an irritating radio commercial that just won’t go away:

“Out of 319 million people these are the best two we could find?”

Even the most die-hard partisans have repeated these words, albeit silently in their thoughts or in private with trusted friends or family. In this election, not only are voters having to choose between the lesser of two imperfect candidates, but they have the unenviable duty of choosing between an un-prosecuted criminal and someone we can’t trust to be alone in the same room with our wives. As citizens, however, vote we must.

That makes the choice easy for me. I am voting for Gary Johnson Evan McMullin for U.S. President.

Here’s why.

I cannot imagine a circumstance outside of a science fiction movie under which I would vote for Hillary Clinton. Despite the fact she is the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party (although not the first woman to run for president), she is pathologically corrupt, has sold American political interests for private profit while she was Secretary of State, lied to the FBI, lied to the country and threatened victims of her husband’s sexual assaults. Never mind that today’s Democrat party has moved so far left it is unrecognizable from the party of which I was a member for decades. Like many Americans, I am strongly in the “Never Hillary” camp.

I cannot imagine a circumstance outside of a science fiction movie under which I would vote for Hillary Clinton.

I refuse to vote for Donald Trump. He is everything my wife and I have tried to teach our kids not to be. My views on Trump are well known, having published a blog post on his candidacy last August. That not even Trump anticipated that he would capture the GOP nomination speaks to how badly we both underestimated the depth of the working class anger and frustration that propelled his candidacy. We always knew Trump was a poor role model at best, but the cumulative evidence of his callous, ego-driven stupidity is just too much to feel comfortable with him holding high office.

I refuse to vote for Donald Trump. He is everything my wife and I have tried to teach our kids not to be.

Although no one among us is without sin, America deserves better than these two deeply selfish candidates with such glaring character shortcomings. Neither candidate is trustworthy and if either one takes the oath of office, then it will be a sad day for America.

Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton deserve 270 electoral votes, and I plan to use my vote strategically in a scenario that provides principled Americans some hope.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, 24% of voters in New Mexico support Gary Johnson, an incredibly strong showing for the former two-term governor of that state running on the Libertarian ticket. Importantly, in a four-way race Johnson leads the field among independent (or unaffiliated) voters with an impossible-to-ignore 42%, besting Clinton, Trump and Stein by wide margins. Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling, Inc., told the Albuquerque Journal that Johnson’s presence in the race is hurting Clinton more than Trump. Among other reasons, he noted Johnson had earned the support of 31% of New Mexico Hispanics, who traditionally vote Democrat.

Neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton deserve 270 electoral votes, and I plan to use my vote strategically in a scenario that provides principled Americans some hope.

Perhaps the most glaring recent example of ethnicity failing to predict party preference can be found in the historic 2013 Colorado recalls. Despite Democrats outspending their opponents nearly ten to one, then Colorado state senator Angela Giron, a Democrat, lost her seat in a district having a large working class Hispanic population. It can be done, especially with a candidate as weak as Hillary Clinton.

I have to anticipate that the polling is similar in Colorado, where Bernie Sanders won the popular Democrat caucus straw poll and a state whose Republicans opted strongly for the maverick Ted Cruz. Additionally, other polls give Johnson a significant showing in Arizona and Alaska.

After I originally published this blog post on October 10, I heard an interview on local talk radio with Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin. McMullin is on the ballot in Colorado, and I appreciate his liberty minded views and common sense approach to policy. A recent poll showed McMullin leading both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Utah.

I am under no illusion that either McMullin or Johnson can win the White House. Mathematically, they can’t, but if enough “Never Hillary” and “Never Trump” voters opt for Johnson and hand him a win in Colorado or New Mexico, and McMullin wins Utah, then neither one of the flawed front runners will automatically win a seat in the Oval Office. In that scenario, the election will be decided by the House of Representatives, something that hasn’t happened since 1825. Since the House has a strong GOP majority, it is almost certain that a Republican would prevail. The most likely winner would be VP nominee Mike Pence, the Republican governor of Indiana who has proven himself a sane and steady hand in the political hurricane that is the 2016 election.

I am under no illusion that either McMullin or Johnson can win the White House. Mathematically, they can’t, but if enough “Never Hillary” and “Never Trump” voters opt for Johnson and hand him a win in Colorado or New Mexico, and McMullin wins Utah, then neither one of the flawed front runners will automatically win a seat in the Oval Office.

I encourage principled Americans to consider the choices, and realize that they do have a sane alternative on November 8, or sooner if your state permits early voting. Use your presidential vote to block Trump or Hillary from sitting in the Oval Office and send the decision to the House of Representatives.

As a significant side note, consider those who call The Constitution an outdated, obsolete document because it was written by mostly Christian white men, some of them slave owners. Remember that the Founders were products of their day, as we are of ours, but the wisdom written into that document transcends time, gender, race and class. The Constitution provides the people relief at times when it becomes clear that corruption, ego and selfishness has overwhelmed their best interests and now is one of those times. All Americans should thank the Founders for creating a system that gives us a choice.

Choose wisely. Choose #No270