Random Ramblings: November 5, 2016


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”.



About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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16 Responses to Random Ramblings: November 5, 2016

  1. Russ P. says:

    I couldn’t have said it any better myself since I am of the same opinion as you are. Well said.

  2. photojaq says:

    Wish I could copy your whole essay on my FaceBook page, but I will be satisfied with the link. WHY are we having this election when NO ONE WANTS EITHER CANDIDATE? How did they get there? Is some cataclysmic thing going to happen the night of the election? I’ve seen cartoons showing a calendar page of November with numbers up till the 8th, and then blacked out after that. I voted (by mail) as you will, for the least horrendous.
    Oh for Ike, or Daniel or Joshua or Nehemiah….even Nebuchaneezer (whom God changed in the end). Sigh

  3. Tom says:

    Thanks, Don. I barely remember Ike which is still more than most of your readers can say. Yes, Ike was a good man and America was running on all eight cylinders back in the late 50s, at least for White males anyway. Me? I can’t bring myself to vote for either of one these dreadful candidates.

  4. I hear you, I am also voting (first time) against a candidate rather than for one.

    I liked Teddy R., first off, how can you not like someone named Teddy? It’s cute, cuddly, cozy. Second reason is that he’s an outdoorsman, as am I. I enjoy the National Park system that he created. I live in Pa, where one of the oldest state parks (Valley Forge) exists. I am attempting to visit every state park in Pa, and have visited a number of National Parks. I think I’d rather be there than in a voting booth this year.

    I have been tracking the ads this year instead of the candidates, and the media coverage. I have decided to vote against Hillary because of both. At least where I live Trumps ads contain fewer lies than Hillary’s. What has bothered me about this years media coverage is that it is more one-sided than it has ever been. When the video with Trump’s comments about women came out all of the media here jumped on him with some of the hardest reporting I have ever seen. Yet, not a single word about what Bill DID to women, nor that Hillary stood behind him. How can you come down on one person because of what they say, but not come down on another because of what they did. Far too much bias for me to be able to accept.

    • Don Merritt says:

      Didn’t somebody name a bear after TR? 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts of PA parks, and that other stuff. I have also visited some of your parks in PA, and they are awesome.

  5. Mel Wild says:

    I like Ike too! He was president when I was born so I didn’t vote for him then. I agree with you. I can’t remember an election where the choices were so dismal on both sides. I will vote…reluctantly.

  6. Steve B says:

    I am Australian so I can’t vote. If I could it would be the Don all the way 🙂

  7. dwmartens says:

    I remember having an “I LIKE IKE” button pinned to the wall next to my bed in my elementary school days. That button just might yet be among some of the old things I’ve kept.

    As for voting, I’ll be voting for the platform, and maybe because of who was chosen as the vice presidential candidate, rather than the presidential candidate who claims to stand on that platform. Who the candidates have been counseling with is also a major consideration in my decision.

  8. DGHDelgado says:

    I’d really like to vote for Martin Sheen, a.k.a. President Jed Bartlet from The West Wing.

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