By Tom Quiner
I received this reaction to my post earlier today: “How I plan to vote in this November’s presidential election:”
“There is no question that the people that handed Trump the nomination have put thoughtful, issues-based Republicans in a very tough spot. I believe Hillary is a crook and does not represent my views politically. That being said I am fully in the “never Trump” camp and would encourage you to also vote against Trump.
I vote Republican because the party broadly stands for limited government, free market economics and respect for all life. The party does not get a free pass to nominate anyone they want and expect me to be a loyal voter. I think in the long run the Republican party will be better off losing this election by a land-slide and re-evaluating what it stands for, rather than electing Donald Trump and opening the White House to somebody that is hostile to women, minorities and as far as I can tell, does not represent anything the party stands for.
Making the case against Trump is easy, but making the case against Trump in favor of Hillary is a little tougher. One thing that is very important in selecting a president is to evaluate their ability to be commander in chief, as he can make use of the military in many instances without congressional approval. Trump is a loose cannon and is unpredictable. The world is a dangerous place and Trump’s unpredictability makes him a serious threat to US security and global security.
I think this is the most compelling case to not vote for Trump. Hillary certainly has a record we can point to as secretary of state. We can pick that record apart and identify serious lapses in judgement and choices that are philosophically at odds with what you and I believe. That being said, I think if the choice is Hillary or Trump, Hillary is a safer bet.
I am still somewhat hopeful that a viable third party candidate will emerge. But this election has gotten to a point where we can’t simply throw away a vote on principle. Donald Trump is dangerous and cannot be president. I would encourage you, if the choice is Hillary versus Trump, to hold your nose and pick Hillary.”