It’s too late for God to help us now.
“God help us if our two choices for President are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.”
This was my final sentence in a blog post titled “There’s Nothing Reaganesque About Trump” that I wrote on June 16, 2015, the day Donald Trump came down the escalator and announced his bid for the Republican Party nomination for President.
Well, nearly a year later, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (despite a persistent Bernie Sanders) are our two choices for President and not even God can help us now. Frankly, I’m sure if we were to ask The Almighty for guidance He would tell us, “You made this mess entirely on your own. Keep me out of it.”
Frankly, I cannot think of two people who I would least want to be stuck in an elevator with for an hour much less pick to lead what’s left of the free world.
As I see it, Donald Trump is a buffoonish, lying, narcissistic bigoted bully without a smidgen of character or virtue.
Disagree with John McCain all you want but Trump isn’t worthy to lick McCain’s boots. Trump wouldn’t have lasted five and a half minutes at the Hanoi Hilton much less five and a half years. If Republicans had any pride in our country and our military they would have dismissed Trump the moment he denigrated McCain’s valor.
Disagree with George W. Bush all you want. But for Trump to blame Bush for the attacks of September 11, 2001 and assert that he knew there were no WMDs in Iraq is a sentiment one would expect of Noam Chomsky or Michael Moore, not the presidential standard bearer of the Republican Party. The only people who are to blame for 9/11 are al Qaeda. To suggest otherwise amounts to defamation of those who died in the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, nearly 15 years ago.
Disagree with the aims and objectives of Black Lives Matters all you want. But any Republican candidate who hesitates to condemn David Duke or any other person associated with the Ku Klux Klan or any other racist organization is fundamentally indecent and un-American and thus unworthy of the Party of Abraham Lincoln.
Now that Trump is assured of the GOP nomination I guess we will be spared the riots he suggested would happen should he fail to win the Republican nomination. Any Republican who engages in coercion, intimidation, or threatens grievous harm to those who dare to disagree with him deserves neither our respect nor our legitimacy.
For these and many other reasons, I am now and forever #NeverTrump.
Naturally there will be Trump supporters who will say, “You’re for Hillary Clinton.”
While there will be some conservative voters who will see fit to cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton, I will not be among them.
Hillary Clinton is a lying, conniving shrill shrew who views Herself to be above the law. She too is a narcissistic bully without a smidgen of character or virtue.
If you, me, or anyone out there reading this article had set up a server in our homes which received classified e-mails, we would spend a good portion of our adult lives in prison. But Hillary can do so out of “convenience.” Either we are all subject to the law or there is no law.
Any public official who tells those who lost loved ones that a filmmaker was responsible for the Benghazi attacks and that he would be arrested and then says they were all lying is no friend of our military and diplomatic personnel and their families.
Any presidential candidate who boasts about putting coal miners out of business and then tells an unemployed coal miner worried for the future that she feels “a little bit said and sorry that I gave folks the reason or the excuse to be so upset with me,” is no friend of American workers and their families.
For these and many other reasons, I am now and forever #NeverHillary.
So where does that leave me?
I do plan to vote. I’d rather have my say than none at all. In all likelihood, I would vote for the Libertarian presidential candidate. Or perhaps the Constitution Party.
You can say that I am wasting my vote. But it is my vote and neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump is entitled to it. My vote is my own and can use it as a form of protest if I see fit.
Yet no matter what happens this November, I will be unhappy with the outcome. During more than seven years in office, President Obama has tarnished America at home and abroad and both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton can only make things worse.
Perhaps we get the President we deserve. But will our country survive the next fool we choose to put into the White House?