Saturday, October 22, 2016

Lesser of two evils, 2016 episode

In the interest of full disclosure, I did not support Mr. Trump.  I was hoping that we’d nominate one of our extremely successful governors, from Bush to Kasich to Walker to Perry.  I eventually voted for Rubio in Texas because all of those others were out and had not much of a chance.
Since early summer, I have been struggling with a real dilemma. However, we must think of the larger picture and voting for Donald Trump makes a lot more sense than electing Hillary Clinton by supporting another option. In other words, someone will nominate Justices to the Supreme Court and I’d rather have Mr. Trump do that.
No one has dissected Mrs. Clinton better than Dr. Charles Krauthammer this week:
The soullessness of this campaign — all ambition and entitlement — emerges almost poignantly in the emails, especially when aides keep asking what the campaign is about.
In one largely overlooked passage, Clinton complains that her speechwriters have not given her any overall theme or rationale. Isn’t that the candidate’s job?
Asked one of her aides, Joel Benenson: “Do we have any sense from her what she believes or wants her core message to be?”
It’s that emptiness at the core that makes every policy and position negotiable and politically calculable. 
Hence the embarrassing about-face on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after the popular winds swung decisively against free trade.
A Trump presidency, with VP Pence, a GOP Senate and House, could actually produce some important domestic results. They could repeal Obama Care and actually replace it with something that puts the patient and doctor in control. They could finally tackle tax reform, something that most of us have been calling for.  Last, but not least, a President Trump could be persuaded by Speaker Ryan to take a serious look at entitlements.
On free trade, I am not expecting much because tearing up trade agreements is a lot more complicated than everyone realizes.  I just hope that Trump’s supporters understand that.
On immigration, I do not really believe that a President Trump will get Mexico to pay for the wall or deport millions.  However, they may do something about sanctuary cities and respecting our immigration laws.
On foreign policy, it will be hell no matter who walks into the Oval Office.  President Obama is leaving such a mess in the Middle East that it won’t be pretty, from Syria to Iran.
My point is that there is hope with a Trump presidency to get some things done.
On the other side, there is no hope for governing if Mrs. Clinton wins.  There are also going to be some huge battles in the Democrat aisle because the left and Mrs. Clinton are not going to enjoy each other at all. The left is not a happy bunch these days as Politico wrote.
Yes I am voting for Mr. Trump, the lesser of the two evils this time around.
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