in which i get political

I’ve always enjoyed politics, and it used to be the topic of many of my posts at my old, now defunct, blog. I’ve often thought I should have studied political science and done something with my interest. But I have to say that I am currently utterly, completely, and thoroughly disgusted with the political climate in the United States of America, and that’s why I don’t bring it up in this space often, other than the occasional link that makes me think. Too much of American life is politicized — you can’t even watch a sporting event on ESPN or a Hollywood awards show without being subjected to political commentary. My Facebook timeline is filled with links and commentary (often angry) all day long. No one is shy about venturing an opinion. Mine follows this paragraph, but don’t worry — this will not be a regular thing around here (is anything regular around here, you might ask? 😉 )

Dennis Prager often says that he’s a member of the stupid party (Republican), and as I lifelong Republican, I totally agree. They have squandered opportunity after opportunity, and the fruit of that is upon us. And while I understand the anger of Trump fans (fanatics?), I think it’s shortsighted and destructive. It’s easy to burn it all down, and much, much harder to build something good in its place. [Note: I wrote this paragraph before Trump was the presumptive Republican nominee, but I still believe what I wrote then.]

The destruction of the Republican party is here, and that may not be a bad thing. But I’m so discouraged because I cannot, under any circumstances, be a Democrat. I’m also not a Libertarian. Where does that leave me?

I know that many Republicans say that anyone who doesn’t cast a vote for Trump is really voting for Hillary. I’m not persuaded by that argument. If Hillary wins (and I think she probably will), I blame everyone who voted for Donald Trump in the primaries. They’re the ones who put us in this predicament. We actually had more than a couple decent choices, and we’re stuck with him.

I’ve read articles pro and con regarding voting for Donald Trump (some theological, some pragmatic), and I’ve listened to people I very much respect differ on him. I’ve heard the “lesser of two evils” argument ad nauseum, and I’ve read the arguments of the #NeverTrump crowd.

I totally understand those who will hold their noses and cast a vote for Trump in November. (That may well be me, as well.)  What really has me baffled (and icked out) are the folks who were not pro-Trump during the primaries but who are all rah-rah now and defend his every outrageous, undisciplined, foolish comment.

I’m now in a position that’s very new for me: undecided. There are still many days and news cycles between now and Election Day, and at this moment I don’t know whom I will choose. I’m 100% certain that I will never vote for Hillary Clinton. But I’m not 100% sure I’ll vote for Donald Trump.

So that’s where I am politically these days. And that’s also why I’ve been reading more for pleasure lately. 🙂

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One thought on “in which i get political

  1. I totally agree with all of this! I don’t think I’m in a state (MT) where my vote will matter much, so I will just pray for God’s mercy and write in someone.

    Have you read Rod Dreher’s interview with the author of Hillbilly Elegy? (Or read the book itself?) Really enlightening (and sad) about all the early Trump voters. Those people on the Trump train now …. Ugh. I’ve been turning off the phone/computer a lot more to stay away from it all, which is something that’s probably much healthier and a better example for my kids anyway 🙂

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