How I’ll Vote (as if you care)

It often seems pointless to discuss politics anywhere, especially on social media. This is true primarily because we usually only talk to people who see things the way we do, and whose minds are already made up. And yet millions of dollars are spent on political campaigns that are designed to persuade.

So, in one sense, I suppose I’m writing this in an attempt to persuade you to my way of thinking. However, I recognize that most who read this either 1) already agree with me or, 2) already disagree and are reading to see how stupid I am.

On the off chance that you are still trying to decide what to do, I offer this little reflection on what I’m thinking and how I plan to vote this November.

A few months ago, before the primaries, when it first became clear that Donald Trump was going to be the Republican nominee for POTUS, I wrote a piece I called Vizzini’s Choice about what I was thinking concerning this year’s election.

Well, as this disheartening and tragic campaign drags on, two things remain clear to me:

  1. I still can’t vote for Hillary Clinton. This piece by Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal outlines pretty clearly why she shouldn’t be president. Travel Back to an Early Clinton Scandal
  2. I still can’t vote for Donald Trump. There are more, but this piece by Mark Salter in Real Clear Politics explains many of my reasons: Why This Republican Won’t Vote for Trump

As a matter of fact, the only real reason I can come up with to even consider voting for either of these two would be to cast a vote against the other.

So I feel compelled to vote against both of them.

As ghastly as this image is, I think it’s a great visual for the choice our two major parties have given us. If you’re a fan of Batman (as I am) you’ll recognize these characters. Two Face is, well, two faced. He’s never quite what you think he is. Joker, on the other hand, is simply crazy. “Do I really look like a guy with a plan? I’m just a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it!


But, as I’m often reminded: “A vote for a third party candidate is a vote for Clinton.”

Or is it “…a vote for Trump”?

I can never remember.

Either way, it makes no sense.

Oh, I understand what these people are saying. They’re saying the same thing I am. They’re admitting that the only reason they have for supporting their completely unqualified candidate is to try to block the other, even more, (in their minds) unqualified candidate. They also assume that they know which of these completely unqualified candidates I would vote for if a gun were held to my head and I had to choose one or the other. I don’t know how they could know that, because even I’m not privy to that information at the present time.

Thankfully, I am not so limited.

At the present time, I continue to stand by Vizzini’s Choice. I intend to vote for a third party or independent candidate. I suppose that could change, but virtually everything Two Face and Joker say or do serves only to strengthen my resolve against them both. I must admit that I’ve found many of Hillary’s television ads against Trump to be quite compelling. They don’t make me want to vote for her necessarily, but they articulate well why I don’t want to vote for him.

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Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president

I’ve flirted with the idea of voting for Libertarian Gary Johnson, but I’m having second thoughts.

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Evan Mcmullin, Independent candidate for president

I like what I’ve read so far about Evan McMullin, but he would have to be a write-in here in Ohio. That doesn’t eliminate him as a possibility.

I would love for one of these guys to be included in the presidential debates. It would be great to have a principled adult on the platform so the other candidates, and the voting public, could see what one looks like. But, alas, it is not to be.

Whatever you decide regarding our next president, I urge you: please don’t just stay home on Election Day. Beyond the presidency, there are many other candidates and issues that we must give our attention to. I believe these are particularly important this year, and this will be a focus of mine. Honestly, these will likely have more direct effect on our lives, anyway. Plus, given the high unfavorability ratings for our presidential candidates, these votes may actually serve to demonstrate the will of the people better than the presidential election.

However you vote, I urge you to join me in my campaign…

My slogan: “Make America good.”



2 thoughts on “How I’ll Vote (as if you care)”

  1. I appreciate your transparency and your willingness to share. I have been aware of the other choices for a very short time now.
    My true struggle with considering other potential candidates is it seems a bit under handed to come into the race so late, when so many candidates have and had been in the trenches fighting for the opportunity to lead our country for close to two years now.
    Why Johnson and McMullin didn’t step up earlier? It wouldn’t read well on any job application.

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