“For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.”
By Alden L. Benton
Now that the circus of the party conventions is over, it is time to take a serious look at the candidates they’ve presented to us who want to become the next president of the United States.
A fundamental question arises that all voters must answer: Which candidate represents the vision of America I would like to see? This question transcends politics, personality, and party. Both candidates have flaws. So how should we vote, or should we even vote?
First, yes we must vote. Voting is a right all adult citizens possess. It is also a privilege. We must take extreme care in deciding whom to select as the next president.
The individual voter owes it to the nation to make an informed decision. The greatest danger to our republic and our liberty is the low-information voter, for as John Adams said, “Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.”
In recent columns, I wrote about the lack of principles of the leading candidates and suggested following the recommendation of Charles Spurgeon who said, “Of two evils, choose neither.” My most recent column suggested an alternative solution, a solution that I no longer feel is viable.
After some research and thought, I have decided to go in another direction.
The future of America is at stake in this election and that future is far more important than party or personality.
My vision is to rebuild America, to restore the rule of law, to restore its founding principles, to restore its strength and vitality, to make us secure, and to return control of our lives to the people.
Finally, this election provides Americans the opportunity, perhaps our last, to marginalize those who would enslave us. The so-called Progressives and their programs will do just that for, as John Adams also said,
“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a country. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
We all have been misinformed and, at worst, lied to, and manipulated by, the Progressive propaganda machine that masquerades as the mass media. Conservative and religious thinking, coupled with principled behavior, are enemies of a cause that demands conformity.
Progressives demand conformity through political correctness and silence enforced by shouting down those who disagree. If that fails, they call you a racist or some other form of politically contrived phobia. Finally, if you don’t sit down and shut up, Progressives, like schoolyard bullies when they don’t get their way, resort to violence.
Intimidation, fear, and political violence have no place in a Republic or in any civilized society.
If preserving my vision for the future of America and crippling the Progressive movement means voting for a flawed candidate, then morally, that is what I must do.
Therefore, the only viable choice to make this vision of America possible is to cast my vote for Donald Trump.
I encourage you to read this article by Wayne Grudem: Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice. Gruden, a professor of theology and biblical studies, presents a reasoned, detailed, and eloquent argument for this position.
Finally, to underscore the importance of this election, Dennis Prager wrote,
“… it is vital to understand what will happen if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency. This country will be so far from what the Founding Fathers wanted, so different from what the #NeverTrumpers have always fought for, that it is almost impossible to see how America could recover from her — or any Democrat’s — victory.”
“Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.” ~James 4:17 NASB
“Always stand on principle … even if you stand alone.” ~John Adams
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