What If the Choice Comes Down to Hillary or Trump?

It’s not a happy scenario:  What if, next November, the choice comes down to voting for Hillary Clinton or for Donald Trump?

It’s almost too late to avoid that fate; but if there is anything that could work, I think this might be it:  Marco Rubio and John Kasich could pull out of the race NOW. Ted Cruz could advance toward the presidential nomination, and could unite with Rubio as his vice president. Together, the two could overtake Trump for the Republican nomination.

But let’s consider the alternative, which seems more likely every day:

Trump secures the Republican nomination, despite opposition of party leaders. And unless the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails moves quickly to expose fraud or criminal negligence, she vaults ahead to the Democratic nomination.

So in November 2016, Americans go to the polls and choose between a potty-mouthed womanizer and a nasal, self-absorbed abortion rights supporter.

What’s a Christian going to do?

Here’s what I’m thinking: Both are frightfully opposed to my values.

Hillary Clinton is wedded to abortion on demand. In fact, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, recognizing Clinton’s inestimable value to that organization, campaigned for Clinton over the weekend in St. Louis.

But Donald Trump is a loose cannon–a vulgar, unpredictable and vindictive man who viciously attacks anyone who has the gumption to disagree with him. He has reinvented himself through this campaign: “You don’t want vulgarity? Okay, I don’t talk like that any more.” “I am pro-life; but Planned Parenthood does many great things.” “You want someone who’s more presidential? Lookie: I’m presidential!”

There is a very real possibility that the 2016 election will force you to choose between two undesirable candidates. What can you do?

  1. You can stay home. Some on social media are threatening to do just that–thereby shirking their responsibility as citizens and allowing others–perhaps individuals with a very different worldview–to determine the course of our nation.
  2. You can vote for a third party candidate or a write-in candidate. Some on social media have pledged to do that. Again, throwing away any power they may have had to build society in whatever way they can.

Or, there’s another option. Let me suggest that the best course, if we really end up with that unfortunate scenario, is to vote for Clinton.

The way I figure it, Trump is so outrageous, so dangerously vindictive, that he is not to be trusted with the nuclear pass code. If that other weasel over in North Korea makes a joke about his toupee, we may find ourselves in a trade war or worse, an actual war.

But Clinton, as whiny and pro-abortion as she is, is also sort of lazy and self-absorbed, and she’s not likely to catapult us into World War III. It would be a difficult four years of avoiding her, but she could be a useful placeholder until a conservative statesman emerges in the next election.

As I said, I hope we don’t have to go there. But just in case…. I thought I’d share my battle plan.

What will YOU do?


Donald Trump, By Gage Skidmore

[CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Hillary Clinton, By United States Department of State (Official Photo at Department of State page) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By |2018-01-27T17:39:35+00:00March 15th, 2016|Politics & Culture|


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  3. David M Paggi August 29, 2016 at 12:37 am - Reply

    Old post – new reality!

    Kathy, let’s not forget Ms Clinton has had Catholic Health care in her cross-hairs for decades. I believe she is also much more focused on policy than is Trump, who is just as likely to get something right as wrong. Hilary is a more certain choice – it is absolutely certain she’ll be wrong!

  4. C. Green June 28, 2016 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Kathy, sadly your stance is worse than you may think. By taking a public stance on the “lesser” of two evils you actually encourage abortion. Those needing strong examples, receive instead cover; for what is an abhorrent procedure.
    I believe, support for the murder of preborn children; directly or indirectly, results in self excommunication for any Catholic.

    • Kathy Schiffer June 28, 2016 at 7:43 pm - Reply

      This is an older article. In later posts, I have reasoned that Trump’s promised Supreme Court appointments and advisors have tempered his unsteady rhetoric, and I am less fearful that the world will end on his watch. Your comment points out to me that I need to go back and add an addendum.

      It’s a pretty sad election season in any case, isn’t it?

  5. The Dude May 3, 2016 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    All I care about is, “Is it a mortal sin to vote for Hillary, since she’s a die-hard pro-abortionist?” If so, I can’t do that.

    • Nica Para May 29, 2016 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      DUDE, Trump was really pro choice, has been “fake”pro life since he wanted the right wing vote
      and remember many republicans have abortions, even many so called religious ones

  6. Katholikos April 11, 2016 at 3:51 am - Reply

    Hillary Clinton has the experience and the intelligence — and the sanity — to be president. Her pro-abortion stance is abhorrent but expected for a Democrat and quite common in the GOP, too. It shouldn’t be but it is.

    Trump has made a lot of money but what does he really believe? One day he says one thing, then he says the opposite at a later date. What would he do as president? Can we trust him to avoid starting a nuclear war?

    As Emma Goldman said early in the 20th century, “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”

  7. johnnyc April 11, 2016 at 1:52 am - Reply

    This is the second woman who claims to be Catholic that I have read this same suggestion. Here’s was my reply to her…..

    Lol…..wow now there’s some liberal double speak gobbledygook….. We have an anti Catholic, pro contraception, pro abortion, redefining marriage, supporter of the Planned Parenthood that you’ve seen in the latest videos government. The Democratic party is pretty much laying waste to some essential teachings of Jesus e.g. the five Catholic non negotiables and what’s the advice….let’s do it again…..oy vey.

    I do wonder if some Catholics who claim to be pro life really believe that abortion at any stage is evil. Your worried about WW III and you don’t realize it’s already here in the form of abortion.

  8. Joe April 4, 2016 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights,” Clinton said in an interview with the Weekly Standard on3 April 2016. This isn’t surprising since she has always been for mothers killing their children. What surprising is that a professed “Catholic” is supporting her. Further proof that liberalism is a religion that Trumps all others.

    • Kathy Schiffer April 5, 2016 at 12:11 am - Reply

      What? “Liberal”? That’s sure the first time I’ve been called that, Joe! And No No No, I am NOT “supporting” Hillary. I can’t stand her, and I pray for the opportunity to vote for Cruz. My problem is that I think Trump is a madman. This is a sad time for America.

      • johnnyc April 11, 2016 at 1:55 am - Reply

        Trump is a madman but Clinton isn’t a madwoman? And if you vote for her you are supporting her who are you kidding.

  9. Joe March 27, 2016 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Kathy, a Christian can NEVER cooperate with evil even if it is for a good end! This is a basic principle of Christian Morality. Clinton is a known committed Pro Abort no christian can vote for her period. Trump is an unknown on many levels and therefore a “potential evil” at worst but perhaps he’ll support pro-life postions, so to say it is okay to chose an unknown over a known evil is both morally wrong and politically irresponsible

  10. NIdahoCatholic March 16, 2016 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    It’s not a choice between Mussolini and Hitler, it’s between Mussolini and Stalin. At least with Mussolini the trains will run on time, no waiting in line for toilet paper, and Il Duce won’t actively be working to further erode what little remains of the Constitution.

  11. Dennis Neylon March 16, 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    I find it hard to imagine that we would be better off electing someone as ethically and morally challenged as Mrs. Clinton has constantly proven herself to be, rather than electing Mr. Trump, who is loud and acerbic but is actually attracting voters who feel disenfranchised by the political establishment in both parties. The idea that Mrs. Clinton would serve as a “placeholder” until, maybe, in four years, the Republicans might find a candidate that voters and the party leadership will like (something they did not manage to do in 2008 or 2012 and do not seem to be doing in 2016 [as voters go for Mr. Trump and party leadership is desperately seeking a candidate who can challenge him]) is foolishness. The foreign and domestic policies of the last seven years (which Mrs. Clinton would continue) should show us that Christians will be in even greater danger, both domestically and overseas than they are now. At least Mr. Trump acknowledges that radical Islam is a problem that must be addressed.

  12. Steve Kellmeyer March 15, 2016 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    IF the choice is Hillary vs. Trump, there is no choice. It’s a choice between Mussolini and Hitler. No, we don’t vote for either one.

    IF that is the choice, it’s just choosing between different genocides. At that point, we imitate Thomas More and retire, we walk away from the entire situation.

  13. Jerry Kliner March 15, 2016 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    As I replied on your “Facebook” page, Kathy, it is unclear exactly what Trump is “against.” We know that Hillary is all about unlimited abortion on demand…heck, it is impossible to be the Democrat candidate with any other stance. But Trump has supported Planned Parenthood in the past; he lauded them publicly, he has given money to them. Just because Cecile Richards isn’t out campaigning for Trump doesn’t mean he isn’t on Planned Parenthood’s side. As a matter of fact, Trump has refused to repudiate Planned Parenthood even for the sake of his campaign…he usually just side-steps the issue. So, yes… To vote for Clinton may be no less odious than to vote for Trump; at least we KNOW what we’re getting and can continue to fight her. But if we put Trump into power and he comes out even more vigorously as an advocate for Planned Parenthood…then what?

  14. Bill Beckman March 15, 2016 at 11:57 am - Reply

    It’s not just about Roe. Tell me about the likely Clinton Supreme Court appointees. Will she really keep us out of war? Take a look at her tenure at the State Department — Syria and Libya are disastrous. Does more of that sound like a good idea.

    The idea that we can somehow find her acceptable until a “Republican statesman” emerges in four years is a ridiculous, contorted fantasy.

    • Jerry Kliner March 15, 2016 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      Bill, let’s ask the same questions of Trump… Do you believe that Trump will “keep us out of war?” Let’s look at Trump’s record of how he handles conflict and confrontation; do you feel at all reassured that he will not embroil us in war and conflict unnecessarily? Trump scares me from “top-to-bottom.” And I am no Hillary supporter. I am a Conservative who has found even the GOP to be unsatisfactory because of their ineffectiveness and compromise on principles.

  15. Guy March 15, 2016 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Kathy, it is a difficult scenario. A third party vote is not in line with On Faithful Citizenship. I agree with your analysis. There is no reasonable likelihood that a Trump presidency would change Roe law any more than a Clinton presidency but Clinton is far less dangerous on the international scene.

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