I Like Ike.
I’d vote for Ike this year, but he isn’t going to appear on the ballot for some reason; I’m pretty sure he’d win a third term in his third landslide if he wanted the job.
Sadly, he’s been term limited.
As a consequence, we’re stuck deciding between the Donald and Mrs. Clinton.
This is my third ramble about the election, and I am pleased to announce that it is also my last. In the beginning I wrote about how unimpressed I was by the debate performance of both candidates. In my second, I shared some of my thoughts on the coverage of the campaign. In this third and final post dealing with the election, I thought I’d share my struggle deciding who to vote for and the reasoning that has gone into my decision. I do this not because I expect anyone to care who I vote for, and most assuredly not because I expect you to make your choice with my influence… don’t do it! I think I’m writing this more to see if I change my mind after I see all of this in black and white.
To begin with, I don’t want either candidate to be our president, but one of them will be, and I have the chance to get my little two cents in on which one I like less, which is to say that for the first time I can recall, I am voting against and not for a candidate.
So here goes: I am going to vote against Mrs. Clinton.
To be perfectly honest about it, I really can’t imagine a scenario in which I would ever vote for Mrs. Clinton, and there are two reasons for this. First, she and I have different philosophies on the role of government. The second reason is that I do not trust her. When you read that, you might wonder what the struggle is that I have been having this time around. The struggle is that the same two factors apply to the Donald in my mind: We have different philosophies of government and I don’t trust him.
So here’s how I made my choice:
Mrs. Clinton is mired in scandal. It is almost unbelievable that she is still in the race, and I would go so far as to say that nobody who has ever run for the office of president before would still be in the race. With each passing week, the information we have grows more serious, and over the last two weeks, it appears that the wall of coverup is beginning to crack. The main (but not only) reason I say this is that the Director of the FBI had a sit down with the Congressional leadership this past week, in violation of Justice Department policy, to inform them about the status of their investigation, letting them know that it has now reached the highest priority. Since this is the same Director who swept over a hundred counts of National Security Act violations under the rug in a televised news conference just last summer, this action against DOJ policy tells me that he isn’t covering up for Mrs. Clinton any more. With this in mind, I considered this question:
Suppose Mrs. Clinton takes office on January 20, and suppose that I thought she had the best solutions to the problems this country faces; how much time and energy could she focus on solving our problems when she must keep the lid on her many scandals and huddle with her team of lawyers in an effort to save her skin?
My answer is: Not enough to get anything done.
Then my decision got a lot easier to make.
As for what anyone else should do, all I can say is pray, and follow your conscience.
After that, I’m sure you’ll agree with me:
“We Like Ike”.