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?
- 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.
- 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