By Alden Benton
Author’s Note: My apologies for the length of this post. I encourage you to read through to the end. I have suffered, along with most of you, through the tedious primary process. I am tired and fed up. As a nation we’re in trouble. We have been presented with two substandard, evil candidates who are unfit to occupy the White House. There is, however, a way to fix it. It will take the effort of large numbers of principled people to accomplish. It is in this light that I pose the issues and offer my solution in this post.
While the president golfs and worries about which bathroom a minute fraction of the population should use, the People’s Republic of China is busy restructuring and modernizing its military to better fight a war, according to the Washington Free Beacon. The article discusses a Defense Department report to Congress assessing the capabilities of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The article is here and the complete Pentagon report is here.
The so-called mainstream media is mute on this as well as other existential threats such as ISIS and radical Islam. Like the president, they are obsessed with the notion that guys who think they are girls should use the women’s restroom or vice versa. At the risk of being called some kind of phobic epithet, I think the nation has far larger problems than this. It is a non-issue manufactured by the president and his supporters as a distraction.
During the current presidential campaign, the leading candidates from both parties have ignored the increasing threats both China and ISIS pose, and have instead, like playground bullies, chosen to argue and call each other names while our nation suffers internally and is threatened externally.
The only candidates who spoke to the issue of defense and national recovery were Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, both of whom were shouted down by the bully tactics and sound bite half (or less) truths of Trump’s waffling, lies, and obfuscation.
While Trump refuses to put forth any rational, legal, or ethical plan for anything, Hillary Clinton is pandering to the entitlement “gimme” class, trying to outdo her admittedly socialist opponent by promising even more “free stuff,” things any rational person knows are, in reality, not free.
Defense and national recovery and prosperity are not on Clinton’s mind either, after all, as she infamously told a Congressional hearing into the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya, including the U.S. ambassador, “What does it matter?”
Clinton, and her successor, in instituting the agenda of the president, have alienated allies, placated and emboldened our adversaries, and handcuffed our military in its fight against a terrorist enemy that the president refuses to even name, let alone acknowledge.
National security and national recovery have become nothing but convenient sound bites to lure unsophisticated and low-information voters to the respective camps of the candidates.
Principles and civility have been placed in the trash as both candidates demean themselves, and the nation, with profane and inane utterances meant only to massage the gullible and dupe the rest of us.
Neither candidate wants to return to economic prosperity and ordered liberty where the Constitution, the rule of law, and honest competition prevail.
Other than their sex and political label, Trump and Clinton are basically identical, two sides of the same coin, a coin minted in Barack Obama’s image. That image is of two Machiavellian narcissists; vain, self-absorbed individuals who place political expediency above morality and use lies, corruption, and deceit to carry out their policies.
According to Guttmacher.org, from 1973 through 2011, there were 53 million abortions in the United States. That is 1,394,737 babies murdered per year in every one of the 38 years since Roe v. Wade made abortion a “right.”
Both candidates are just fine with the murder of millions of unborn children and funding it through the government — our money given to Planned Parenthood and forced subsidies of abortion through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and its forced premium participation.
Obamacare is neither affordable, nor providing care. In fact, Obamacare is rationing care to seniors on Medicare by encouraging hospitals to provide less care by giving bonuses to the hospitals that spend the least caring for the elderly. In California alone, this evil practice has resulted in more than 11,000 preventable deaths.
Trump is happy with this massive boondoggle and Clinton wants to expand it.
Neither candidate has given any thought to reducing or eliminating the economy-killing, unaccountable administrative state that is micromanaging our lives and businesses.
Clinton is poised to spend us into oblivion with her “feel good free for all” policies. Trump, on the other hand wants to inflate our way out of debt, ruining both our national credit and the economy, and he proposes to finish the job (pun intended) of killing our economy with restrictive trade and tariff policies.
Both candidates have the potential to turn the United States into a third world nation, if they don’t destroy us in an outright global war first.
In a previous column, I said that I had no answer to the dilemma of which candidate to vote for. I now have the answer that I alluded to in that post.
One of the checks and balances written into the constitution is representative government. We chose our members of Congress and they represent us. In fact, until the ratification of the 17th Amendment in 1913, U.S. senators were chosen by state legislatures, who were in turn elected by the people.
While the 17th Amendment diluted this check by allowing direct election of U.S. senators, one very important check remains: the Electoral College.
The Electoral College was a compromise between direct election of the president and Congress electing the president to maintain the idea of a constitutional representative republic.
Electors are chosen by the states and each state has electors equal to the number of Congressional districts, plus one for each of the state’s two U.S. senators. The ratification of the 23rd Amendment also gave the District of Columbia three electors.
The Electoral College consists of 538 electors and a majority of 270 electors is required for a candidate to become president. If no candidate gets the required majority, the House of Representatives will elect the president from the three candidates that received the most electoral votes. The Senate will elect the vice president from the top two vice presidential candidates.
Sadly, the election to choose the leader of the free world has deteriorated into a brawl between two cults and their celebrity idiot idols. This election has taken the democratic processes of our constitutional republic, and turned them into the chaos of mob rule that is pure democracy.
To salvage this election, and perhaps our nation, I have chosen to follow Charles Spurgeon’s advice: “Of two evils, choose neither.”
I am not advocating staying away from the polling place. Rather, I am advocating an unofficial third party vote to elect a ticket of Cruz and Rubio.
Vote your ballot. However, instead of voting for the evil that is Clinton or the evil that is Trump, write in Ted Cruz for president and Marco Rubio for vice president. If enough people choose to write in these men, the election could be denied to both Clinton and Trump.
This provides a chance to elect qualified men of virtue and honor rather than making an unconscionable choice between two lying, unprincipled, narcissists bent on destroying the United States. It also offers a constitutional work-around to evade the two-party system that has consistently rewarded the pimps, panderers, and lobbyists.
Life offers no guarantees, nor does my plan. However, writing in two highly qualified candidates to attempt to prevent our destruction at the hands of either the evil of Clinton or the evil of Trump is well worth the risk.
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