Meh. I am coming out of the Closet. I am #NeverHillary.
Yes. Unless something downright crazy occurs to make me not vote at all, I am voting for Donald Trump. He was not my 1st choice, but he did get to the magic number of 1237 votes, and has some good ideas. Yes, I know people think that his ideas are not his own, and were written others, so no need to tell me. Still, his stated policies are much better for America than Hillary’s stated policies.
Yes, I have read the comments and worries from other Christians and Catholics, saying that I will be voting for evil, yet I have found the opposite to be true in this article from EWTN, entitled Moral Duties Concerning Voting.
Our Duty to Vote
With the development of popular government comes the duty of citizens to participate in their own government for the sake of the common good. Notto do so is to abandon the political process to those who do not have the common good in mind. Given the nature of democracies this inevitably leads to unjust laws and an unjust society. These may come about anyway, but they should not come about through the negligence of Christians, who would then share in the guilt.
This duty is chiefly exercised by voting, through which citizens elect their representatives and even determine by referendum the laws which will govern them. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
2239 It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom. The love and service of one’s country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity. Submission to legitimate authorities and service of the common good require citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community.
2240 Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country [Rom 13:7]:
Pay to all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. [Christians] reside in their own nations, but as resident aliens. They participate in all things as citizens and endure all things as foreigners…. They obey the established laws and their way of life surpasses the laws…. So noble is the position to which God has assigned them that they are not allowed to desert it. [Ad Diognetum 5: 5, 10]
So, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, of which I am a member, I have a duty to vote. You may not be a Catholic, and/or your conscience may say something different, but I have been very torn for months about voting, and I found the answers in this post.
Who We May Not Vote For
The question arises naturally, therefore, if among a slate of candidates there are those for whom we may not vote, without sinning gravely. Catholic moral theology recognizes, in the writings of approved authors who faithfully represent the theological tradition of the Church, sound guides for forming a Catholic conscience. Two such authors are Fathers Heribert Jone, OFM Cap. and Henry Davis, SJ. Speaking of the duty to vote and when it could be sinful not to, Fr. Jone writes:
- 205. Voting is a civic duty which would seem to bind at least under venial sin whenever a good candidate has an unworthy opponent. It might even be a mortal sin if one’s refusal to vote would result in the election of an unworthy candidate. [Moral Theology (Dublin: Mercier Press, 1929, 1955)]
Similarly, Fr. Davis writes,
- It is the duty of all citizens who have the right to vote, to exercise that right when the common good of the State or the good of religion and morals require their votes, and when their voting is useful. It is sinful to vote for the enemies of religion or liberty… [Moral and Pastoral Theology, vol. 2, Chapter V, 4thCommandment, p. 90 (New York: Sheed and Ward, 1935, 1959)]
Who, then, are the enemies of religion or liberty for whom it would be sinful to vote? Reasonably, it would be those who attack the most basic rights in a society, since all rights depend on those which are logically or actually prior. Among the enumerated inalienable rights recognized by the Declaration of Independence is the right to life. The right to life is both logically and actually prior to all other rights since liberty is meaningless to those who have been unjustly killed. The protection of innocent human life is thus the first obligation of society. This is why protection against foreign enemies is the first duty of the federal government and protection against domestic enemies (criminals) is the first obligation of local government.
And again, there is one candidate that I may NOT vote for: Hillary Clinton. (See above).
So, having the duty to vote, and knowing for whom I must NOT vote, the choice is pretty clear to me, now that Ted Cruz, the candidate I voted for in the PA primary, is no longer in the race.
And please, for folks who may have seen comments on Facebook posts regarding Trump which say: “No good Christian can vote for that evil man…” Please, don’t buy that BS.
That is an opinion, not a fact, and you know what they say about opinions: They are like a$$holes–everyone has one, and they usually stink. If you are confused, pray. Pray about the decision. Get close to God, tell Him your cares, and then you will find the answers.
I am voting AGAINST the person who will unleash the most evil. If we are not Liberal Democrats, we already know that Hillary will unleash more evil upon this world than there already is at this time. She has made numerous statements, saying she wants more abortions, not less, and at any time during gestation. She has stated that “we” must change our traditions, religion, etc. in order to advance her Leftist Progressive vision. And in her book, It Takes a Village, she put forth an argument that children should be raised by the State and its institutions, and that parents are secondary. Also, expect many more foreign policy debacles and negative consequences from open borders and importation of unvetted refugees.
I am not going to post any links to the above info on Hillary. If you are a Conservative/Republican, you most likely already know these things, and if you haven’t yet come across them, google is your friend.
And now, for the sticky part: Most of us, if we have been paying attention, know that Donald Trump is no Conservative. He simply is not a Conservative. He’s…independent. (Yes, I know others say he’s a Democrat.)
The man has taken Liberal positions in the past on different issues. He has been photographed with Hillary & Bill. He said good things about them in the past. Though I understand that Trump has voted Republican more than Democrat, still, his past proclamations have shown that he holds some Liberal positions.
Still… the evil Trump is likely to unleash is less than that of Hillary. If he does even a few things that he has promised, the country will be better off than we are now. So, I’m going with the lesser of the evils.
Now, quickly a few points.
People say: “Trump is a RACIST.” Never mind that every Republican candidate is a racist, and that this is the
boy Democrat Slimeball Hillary-Loving Media crying wolf again like he they always does do. No matter who the Republican candidate is, they will be called a racist. That is just business as usual for the MSM. They’ve been doing it for at least 15 years. Even if the Republican candidate happened to be African American, the MSM would find a way to term them a racist. Also, if Trump picks a minority as his running mate, the person will be called a racist, so get ready to listen to more wolf-crying.
But…I have recently come upon the following article, When Trump Fought the Racists, which makes the case that Trump is the total opposite of a racist, and, in fact, was a champion for minorities 20 years ago, when nobody was paying attention.
The WSJ story that is linked focuses on the battles Trump faced as a new arrival to Palm Beach, including his new competition with the social clubs of the old order. The story, which quotes Abe Foxman, the longtime head of the Anti-Defamation League, says, in part, the following:
Mr. Trump also has resorted to the courts to secure his foothold here, and many residents wince at the attention his legal battles with the town have drawn — to the town in general, and to the admission practices at some of Palm Beach’s older clubs in particular.
…The culture clash began to approach a climax last fall, when Mr. Trump’s lawyer sent members of the town council a copy of the film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” a film that deals with upper-class racism. Mr. Trump then approached the town council about lifting the restrictions that had been placed on the club. He also asked some council members not to vote on the request because their membership in other clubs created a conflict of interest.
Last December, after the council refused to lift the restrictions, Mr. Trump filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Palm Beach, alleging that the town was discriminating against Mar-a-Lago, in part because it is open to Jews and African-Americans. The suit seeks $100 million in damages.
… Mr. Foxman seems pleased that Mr. Trump has elevated the issue of discriminatory policies at social clubs. “He put the light on Palm Beach,” Mr. Foxman says. “Not on the beauty and the glitter, but on its seamier side of discrimination. It has an impact.”
In recent weeks, Mr. Foxman says, the league has received calls from Jewish residents telling of how Palm Beach clubs are changing. Locals concur that in the past year, organizations such as the Bath and Tennis Club have begun to admit Jewish patrons. The Palm Beach Civic Association, which for many years was believed to engage in discriminatory behavior, this month named a Jewish resident as its chief officer.
In other words? In other words, long before he was running for president, there was Donald Trump battling racism and anti-Semitism in Palm Beach society. Using every tool at his disposal.
Some racist. Some anti-semite.
Now that some factual stuff of importance is out of the way, I will revert to my own musings.
Over the past few months, I have watched the increased tension between Republicans/Conservatives who most likely agree with each other on 80% of important issues, as it escalated into something quite ugly. I used to think Conservatives were better than we really are, but now my bubble has been busted. It seems we are no better than they are.
I knew the Democrats were going to have terrible strife within their own party when the Sanders supporters figured out they were being played like the world’s ugliest out of tune violin, as puppet Bernie led them along like a pied piper.
Everyone but the Bernie folks knew the fix was in. Hillary had no intention of allowing “her” crown to be taken from her again, having had it snatched off her head by Obama in 2008. Bernie himself probably knew it. Everyone knew it but his supporters.
(And the crown is even more firmly planted on Hillary’s head as I write this, since today the FBI announced that she won’t be prosecuted for her email/server crimes. But we all knew she would never be brought to justice. We, after all, are not fools).
But back to Republican strife. It’s sort of unhinged at times. So, we are no better than the Democrats in this instance.
Aside: I do not speak of Libertarians here. I have had occasion to talk to several Libertarians at different times about issues that are important to me, a Conservative Catholic, and I have found that we do not have much in common except for gun rights. Each time the right of freedom of religion (a right covered in Amendment I of the U.S. Constitution) is infringed upon by rogue court decisions, the Libertarians either argue in favor of the infringers or remain silent. Ditto with other important issues, such as the attempt to remove separate bathroom/locker room facilities in public and in schools.
And having read the platform of the Libertarian Party, I have no reason to believe they would represent my interests any time soon, so, excuse me if I’m not feeling the Johnson. I have my principles.
And now we come to the elephant in the room: The #NeverTrump movement. Sigh.
I understand completely that people have their own opinions, thoughts, reasoning etc., and I would no more tell someone else who to vote for than I would open another person’s mail. People should vote their own conscience. Your vote is your vote and my vote is my vote. That’s the way it works. That’s why voting is done in private; so coercion cannot occur.
And, I have seen Trump people say that folks need to jump on the Trump Train, NOW. Well… that’s not how it works. Some people have made up their minds, and they are not going to be swayed. That is their business, and I respect them, because they do not dwell on the feuding or inflame it. They allow people like me to do what we feel is best according to our conscience.
The part of Never Trump that bothers me are the elites, be they in media, or friends of friends on social media. The vitriol, disrespect and slurs are disheartening, to say the least. (And yes, I know about the Alt Right Trump Trolls. They are horrid, and I wish they would disappear under a rock).
But Never Trump media figures with huge followings are now acting toward Republicans the way Liberals act toward Republicans, with name calling, insults and slurs. The word “hillbilly” is fashionable for Trump supporters, as are the words “redneck”, “stupid” “uneducated” “trailer park”… blah, blah, blah. Also “cult members”. These sentiments are tweeted by high profile Never Trumpers and then expounded upon by their devoted followers in comments threads… ugh.
(One of the things the Never Trump moment prides itself upon is being principled. Something doesn’t compute here.)
I have also seen people who have done more than many folks to advance freedom termed “immoral” by Never Trumpers. This includes Milo Yiannopoulis, the Conservative Gay British citizen and editor at Breitbart, among others.
Um… hello??? Christians??? Remember that time Christ told those upstanding citizens that they should condemn that prostitute only if they themselves had never committed a sin? And then they all went away and left the prostitute to hear the mercy from Jesus, who said: I don’t condemn you–go your way and sin no more?
What happened to humility?
How many people who lived in the time of Christ or the Bible would make it past the Militant Never Trumpers today? Who made them the arbiter of morality? (And I speak not of all NT folks–only the strident and militant variety who insinuate others are evil, stupid, trashy, and deserve to be attacked at Trump rallies.)
The truth is hard, but it’s still the truth: none of us are without sin. No one on this earth is perfect. Not one of us.
Remember St. Peter? That crude dude? The fisherman who left his nets and followed Jesus for three years, and swore he would die with him if need be? And then what happened… he denied knowing Christ three times, ran away crying, and left Jesus to die on the cross with only his beloved Mother, the prostitute Mary Magdalene, and a teenaged boy, St. John, to stay with him as He suffered.
Did Peter make mistakes? How about St. Paul? That dude was out for everyone. He was responsible for killing Christians. How would he fare today, in the time of social media, 24 hour cable news cycles and sweeping condemnations of folks with whom we disagree politically?
How about St. Augustine, who loved the Lord, but loved his partying lifestyle more, and waited a few years before getting down the business of being a disciple?
Who was perfect? Nobody.
This is why watching this movement is sort of upsetting. What is the projected outcome of the movement? What are its goals, and how will it benefit us? What does success look like?
How can a “Never” (negative) movement produce something positive? The negative stuff is already showing, as described above. But what are the positives?
Again, these are my musings, and yours may be different, but today’s Mass readings really spoke to me, particularly the following verse from the prophetic book of Hosea.
When they sow the wind,
they shall reap the whirlwind;
The stalk of grain that forms no ear
can yield no flour;
Even if it could,
strangers would swallow it.
When reading the above, I did not think of the Democrats, who sow their lies in windy proclamations each and every day. I am used to hearing Democrat windbags, and have gotten used to the fact that they are a part of life for the foreseeable future, especially if the criminal they are running wins the presidency.
No…today the above verse put me in mind of the Militant and strident Never Trumpers. I understand that some of them are even going as far as to vote for Hillary. Though I can’t imagine anyone who understands the ramifications voting for someone who would subvert and demoralize our Great Nation ever further, I must believe that this is true, since I’ve seen multiple trustworthy sources write about it.
So, again… what is the outcome of this movement? I think it is stated above. And I am entitled to my own muse and thoughts.
As to the popular opinion that Trump voters are ignorant hillbillies who don’t know what the hell they are doing, I will link to an article that directly refutes this claim. It was written by someone of high moral fibre, and who certainly cannot be called stupid or out of his damned mind, as someone in this movement recently proclaimed of people who are voting against Hillary.
Please click here.
In addition to other points of note, striking differences between Mr.Trump and Hillary are included.
So, telling me Trump is Hitler, telling me Bush is Hitler, telling me Reagan is Hitler, and telling me the Tea Party is Hitler had etiolated that word of its shock value, to the point where, that I would not believe a Leftist if he told me Hitler was Hitler.
If you think Mr. Trump will be worse than Mrs. Clinton, I ask you to compare: Mrs. Clinton made sure Mark Basseley Youssef was blamed for her failures at Ben Ghazi. He was then and is now in jail, a political prisoner of convenience for the administration. Tell me who Mr. Trump has falsely jailed, and keeps in jail, to serve as his scapegoat?
Tell me the name of anyone Mr. Trump has had shot and the body dumped in Fort Marcy Park?
Tell me the name of even one child rapist Mr. Trump aided to escape the law, or rape victim he intimidated into silence?
Tell me whether Mr. Trump ever violated dozens of national security principles and laws by maintaining top secret and eyes only materials on a private server?
Tell me how much money Mr. Trump has made from private speaking fees and donations to his charitable foundation, money coming from special interests, global corporations, and the House of Saud?
I could go on in like manner for years, but I will spare my patient reader.
Mr. Trump is now the presumptive nominee. Like it or not, the choice is between him, and someone more corrupt and venal than Obama, with a greater need to destroy this country and a deeper desire.
I need to get all of this out in writing, as this is my therapy, and keeping all of this inside is encroaching on my mind to the extent that I cannot concentrate on writing my novel, which I need to finish asap.
But I find that this post has become too long, so I will leave the fisk of this unbelievably arrogant article by Steve Deace for the next post.
I had to read it a few times to be able to believe the prideful arrogance contained in it. Seems the Militant Never Trumpers are planning to overthrow the Republican Convention and stage a coup. They are calling on delegates to revolt, citing conscience. They have not told anyone who they plan to install as the Republican nominee, so I suppose that will be announced at the convention if they manage to get enough votes.
(I’m thinking they will most likely install John Kasich, a man of zero integrity who the Republicans employed to knock Ted Cruz out of the presidential race. Yes…yes, I know… the Never Trump movement is made up primarily of former Cruz supporters. That doesn’t mean they will get Cruz as a nominee though. Kasich is more like it, or possibly Jeb! who insisted he could win the nomination without the party base. The people who are involved in taking Trump out are not going to allow Cruz to be the nominee, and anyone who is thinking clearly must know it).
All of the above is not what makes this article different from scores of others about the conscience of the delegates. (I’m thinking they don’t know that Trump delegates might stick by their own principles, and vote for Trump, as they pledged to do, but that’s neither here nor there.) What makes the above article stand out as a spectacle of arrogance not seen since Obama gently comforted the people who fainted at his many rallies in 2008, is the premise that the Delegate Revolt, and the Never Trump movement, are comparing themselves to the Founding Fathers.
Yes, you read that right. These folks, who have been demoralizing other Republicans and referring to them as ignorant, hillbilly, trailer-trash hicks for weeks, are now touting themselves as the New Founders.
Excuse me while I go throw up.