This will be my one and only political post on my website. I wasn’t really planning to post anything about the election, but with two weeks left to go before the United States of America chooses its next President, I felt the need to explain why this Former GOP supporter has chosen to cast her vote for a 3rd party candidate.Why this former GOP supporter is voting for a 3rd party candidate. Click To Tweet
There was a time — earlier in this very election — that I would have said you were throwing your vote away if you didn’t vote for one of the major candidates (i.e., Democratic or Republican). In fact, only a few weeks ago, I stated that I was voting for a platform, not a person, and in my mind, that meant I would vote for Donald Trump. To me, the most important thing has always been who is sitting on the Supreme Court bench. So, having a conservative president who places high value on the Constitution of the United States, and who is Pro-Life, was the driving force behind my vote.
But, there has never been an election year quite like this one.I am stunned that out of all the potential candidates, we ended up with Trump and Clinton. Click To Tweet
I am still stunned that out of all of the potential candidates, we were left with a choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. (Yes, I realize Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are also candidates, but neither of them appealed to me or seems to have any numbers behind them.)
So, let’s deal with this at the beginning. There is a theory being spoken of often — especially on social media — that McMullin is being paid by the Clinton campaign to split the vote and prevent Donald Trump from reaching the 270 electoral votes necessary to win. Not only is this an incredibly unbelievable scenario, but frankly, Donald Trump does not appear to need any help losing votes. He has been doing an excellent job of trashing his campaign all by himself.
I find it more believable that Donald Trump as a (former?) friend of the Clinton’s was convinced to run in order to throw the election to her.
They do look like they are enjoying each other’s company, don’t they? Somehow I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Trumps were invited to dinner at the White House early in the new year if Hillary were to win the election.
But Can McMullin Win?
The only way Evan McMullin would end up as president in 2017 would be if no one managed to get the required 270 electoral votes, he won Utah, and the House of Representatives was given the task of choosing between the top three candidates.
Let’s take a look at that scenario. We currently have a Republican majority in the House. It is highly unlikely that they would choose a Democratic candidate given another option. Throughout the campaign, Trump has attacked his competition, and anyone who has withdrawn their support in the wake of his numerous, highly-publicized screw ups. I have to wonder if they would choose him either. That leaves us with Evan McMullin. Formerly in the CIA, formerly in investment banking, formerly a foreign advisor to the House of Representatives and formerly Chief Policy Director for the GOP. He may be a long shot. But stranger things have happened.
Why Vote for Evan McMullin?
So, why vote for Evan McMullin? First and foremost, I like what he stands for. His platform is reminiscent of what the GOP platform used to look like.
He is not a career politician. This might equate to some as a negative, i.e., lack of experience. In the early days of our country, our elected officials were simply men who believed in the principles this nation was founded upon. Let’s face it, there is a lot of corruption in politics. Having someone who isn’t involved in that mess, someone with a fresh point of view and without obligations due to favors, might be just what this country needs to get us back on track.
But, what do we really know about Evan McMullin?
I agree, he is an unknown. Dark horses usually are. We have not had the benefit of seeing him and learning about him throughout the campaign because he only recently stepped up to the plate. I’ve heard that this is suspicious (conspiracy theory again) or that he is just being opportunistic — even that he is narcissistic for thinking he could be elected President of the United States. I suppose that could be said for anyone who runs for that position.Is either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump fit to be President? Click To Tweet
The point is, we know quite a bit about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Do you honestly believe either one of them are fit to be President?
Almost daily, we find out more about Clinton’s campaign tactics, her flagrant disregard for security protocol — but only as brief footnotes while what would seem to be newsworthy and important information for the American public gets buried by other news stories. This is a party that wants to rewrite the constitution — particularly the 2nd Amendment — and misinterprets the 1st Amendment to ban religious freedom instead of protect it. This is a party that believes abortion is just another form of birth control, and that murder of the unborn is a woman’s “choice”.They believe abortion is birth control and murder of an unborn child is a woman's choice. Click To Tweet
Is Trump any better? Honestly, the thought of Donald Trump as President is almost more frightening. I can no longer believe that he will take advice from people in his cabinet, because he obviously does not value anyone else’s opinion now. When I see Trump, I see a man who is power hungry, who listens to no one because he thinks he knows best, who doesn’t have the slightest hint of diplomacy and speaks his mind with no regard for the consequences of his words, and who openly disrespects soldiers, the disabled, and women. He should not be allowed to hold the highest office of the land, and be our representative to the world.
The Religious Right
I know I will be looked down on by many Christians who feel that as a Christian, I have the obligation to vote for a Republican for President. Evangelicals will be quick to point out that I am making a grave mistake by not doing so. I’m sure my salvation will be questioned by some.
The truth is, I’m held to a higher authority. I have not made my decision without prayer and meditation. In the end, I have to follow Paul’s advice to Timothy on leadership. Yes, this is written specifically about choosing church leaders, but I believe it applies to all leadership decisions. So, here is my criteria from 1 Timothy 3:Let's apply the Apostle Paul's advice to Timothy on leadership to Election 2016. Click To Tweet
Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
Above reproach, faithful, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money, a good reputation with outsiders… I do not find these qualities in either Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton.
I have to vote my conscience. What I don’t see in scripture, is that Jesus ever felt the end justified the means. He was all about doing the right thing for the right reason.I will cast my vote for Evan McMullin, because it's the right thing to do. Click To Tweet
After posting this, I ran across a far more eloquent article on Christianity Today that says everything I tried to say, but didn’t say nearly as well. Here is a taste of what O. Alan Noble wrote:
…evangelicals are still a big enough voting bloc that we could prevent either candidate from winning the election.
Let that sink in. If evangelicals just said, “No, I refuse to be coerced into supporting candidates who do not meet a very basic standard,” we could swing the election. You probably read that sentence and immediately dismissed it, thinking something like, “That is a fantasy. The reality is people are going to vote for one of the two major candidates.”
People won’t vote for a third party candidate because third party candidates don’t win because people won’t vote for a third party candidate—which is great for the two major parties because they don’t really have to even try to address the concerns of voters.
I invite you to read the full article. It won’t take long, and it’s an excellent read.