After Indiana’s primary, Ted Cruz made the decision to suspend his campaign. I don’t think it was his loss in Indiana that did it. I think it was the attacks Trump used against him, but that’s not what I want to talk about tonight.
I want to ask a simple question:
Who get’s the nukes?
Putting Things in Perspective
That is what we vote on in November. Yes, we can’t forget about other issues, like the economy, or healthcare, or immigration. They’re all important, and I don’t mean to say that they don’t matter, because they do.
But the President of the United States, as the commander, has control of our nuclear bombs. They have control of our military, and that kind of puts things in perspective.
I did not support either candidate in the primaries. In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ll state that I voted for Bernie Sanders. I don’t agree with everything he said, but I felt he was the best choice for me. I don’t like Hillary, but I’ll never support Trump.
Our country uses “First Past The Post” (FPTP) voting, also known as winner take all. Because of this, I’ll likely cast my vote for Hillary this November. Not because I support her, but because FPTP makes strategic voting necessary. There are a reasons to not look forward to a Hillary Clinton presidency, I share some of those doubts. But, even if she does every terrible thing you imagine, the alternative is Trump.
Even if Hillary wins in the end, the election is likely to be a bloody one. With the GOP now completely behind Trump, be ready for some terrible ads.
This has Hillary Clinton entering the White House to a combative, GOP controlled congress. These congressmen are free to oppose Mrs. Clinton because the people who voted for them oppose her.
Hillary will have to fight for every inch of change she gets with congress. It’s in their best interest to oppose her, so the only way stuff will go through is if they see the benefit for them.
She might get two supreme court justices, but only after fighting for them. This means choosing two moderate candidates.
Every bill she suggests, contested. Every proposal, by definition, must be a compromise. The absolute worst (from the GOP point of view) that Hillary could be is another four years of Obama.
If that frightens you, consider the alternative.
Like Hillary, if Donald wins the Whitehouse it won’t come easy. There’s a lot of dirt to go around for the reality star. Surveys show that President Trump would be the least popular candidate in modern times.
But once he’s elected, things change. Now, the voters who put Mr. Trump in office are the same voters who put the congressmen there. If they oppose him, they risk losing their own seats.
This means putting a tax policy in place that would make our national debt 80% of the GDP by 2025.
Donald Trump would also have the ability to nominate two supreme court justices. In a recent interview, Mr. Trump said he might even consider Ted Cruz.
And through it all, Congress would be have the incentive to give him what he wants. Because Donald Trump understands the media, he understands the people voting for him. If the GOP opposes him, they could find themselves challenged. Not at the election, but in the primaries against reactionary insurgents.
Maybe Congress would take the high road to protect their voters, but I won’t hold my breath.
The absolute worst (from the GOP point of view) that Donald could be is four years of how he ran his primary campaign. Only this time, he commands our military.
We Cannot Sit This One Out
I have a lot of friends who, like me supported Bernie Sanders. I have other friends in the Republican party who supported Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, or even Ted Cruz. I’ve seen a lot of talk from my friends about sitting this election out. They’re disillusioned with our primary system, and have no love for Hillary Clinton.
I get that. Our election system is a mess and we need to fix it. But we can’t fix anything if Donald Trump gets into office and our congress refuses to fight him. Making the choice to vote is a personal decision, but before you choose ask yourself one question:
Who get’s the nukes?