Voter Conundrum: To Vote or Not To Vote for Trump?

Barb Wire

Nobody asked, but here’s some election advice. It will require a modicum of reasoning on your part, but you’re up to it.

With perhaps history’s worst and second worst major party nominees competing for the presidency, you may be lamenting.

What can we do about that? What can anyone do?

Here’s the executive summary: Under no circumstances vote for Hillary Clinton. Under no circumstances vote in another way that may help Hillary Clinton get elected. Vote for Donald Trump only if you’re willing to take responsibility for what would likely be the most disastrous Republican administration since Abraham Lincoln. And that’s saying a lot.

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But if you’re in a landslide state like Texas or California vote your conscience.

If you’re opposed to Hillary Clinton being elected, a vote for Trump in California won’t stop her from winning that dark, dark (in so many ways) blue state. She’s going to win the land of fruits and nuts in a monumental landslide. Your vote won’t change that.

If you oppose Hillary and live in Texas, don’t fret. Not voting for Trump won’t help her there. She will lose Texas by a landslide of California proportions despite you not voting for Trump. Trust me. There are ample numbers of conservatives and Christians in the Lone Star state who will choose The Donald over Hillary, many of them holding their nose, but nevertheless they will choose him not her. Your vote’s not needed to stop her there.

Since your vote in California or Texas is essentially meaningless, as well as in other lop-sided blue or red states, you risk nothing by not supporting Trump. For you, a vote of conscience in those already decided states can be valuable, certainly more valuable than supporting a losing cause in California or piling on in Texas.

You can send a message that there are substantial numbers of us utterly dissatisfied with the two parties’ choices for president. Until and unless the parties see how many of us are repulsed by Clinton and Trump, guess what will happen. They will keep giving us Clintons and Trumps to choose from. Vote your conscience and show them enough is enough.

Yours truly is blessed to live in Texas, where my vote isn’t needed to prevent Hillary from winning the state. I will write in Ted Cruz, whom I have supported from Day 1. The result will be Hillary loses and I get to vote my conscience and won’t have to soil my integrity by swimming in the Trump swamp. Perfect.

Understandably, not everyone will be willing to oppose Hillary and not vote for Trump. Some will simply sit out the election, which is the worst thing a voter can do. Not voting only hides your preference from the parties. The only message you will send is that they’ve defeated you.

In landslide states, at the least, write in someone honorable. Or, since we’re talking about politicians, someone at least not repugnant.

In competitive states not voting effectively boosts Hillary’s relative standing. So, there you should give serious consideration to a vote for Trump. Remember, in those states, not voting essentially supports Clinton.

Speaking of competitive states, yours truly must admit that if I lived in one of those states that could swing either way in November, I probably would hold my nose, wash my hands repeatedly, take anti-nausea medicine and pull the level for Donald Trump. Anyone who knows me knows how much I despise Trump and my view that he’s about as genuine as a three-dollar bill. And much more dangerous.

But as many of my Christian brothers and sisters point out, as bad as he is, he’s nowhere near as bad as Hillary Clinton. Moreover, Trump’s essentially an unknown. You’re buying a pig in a poke when you choose him. But in this case better the unknown than the evil you know, at least when it comes to Hillary Clinton.

Others probably have experienced something similar to my experience when attempting to debate Clinton’s merits and demerits with her supporters. In my experience, there is no debate. They answer facts with insults. They call names and change the subject. They retreat into silence as soon as they run out of talking points. And that’s because their talking points are as shallow as a California rain puddle.

In a recent exchange with a friend who also happens to be a Hillary supporter, I repeatedly asked for the reasons she supported Bill Clinton’s enabler. Repeatedly, I got no response. Zip. Zero. Nada.

Finally, I acknowledged my friend’s difficulty: “You can’t offer a defense for supporting Clinton because she’s a career criminal who exalts baby-murder and sinful sex as if they are good things, while insisting that the government forcibly take money from people who earned it to give to people who didn’t earn it, and take away weapons of self-defense from people so the only people who will have guns will be the people who work for her in the government, at the same time using her position of authority to cut shady pay-for-play deals with crooks like herself, peddling access and influence in return for millions of dollars all the while putting the national security at risk and allowing Americans to be butchered in Benghazi without bothering to send them the help they kept pleading for.

“So, I understand why you won’t offer a defense of why you support her. It’s an indefensible position. And that’s even before taking into account her destruction of 30,000 emails to cover her tracks, Filegate, Whitewater, Travelgate, her abuse of the multiple women whose lives she ruined or threatened to ruin to cover for her philandering husband, the lies about landing ‘under sniper fire’ in Bosnia, or the vandalism and theft as she and Bill exited the White House, or her claims to have been flat broke, or that she made $100,000 overnight in a cattle futures “investment,” or getting fired from the Watergate investigation committee by her Democrat boss for her unethical dishonesty.

“I could go on, but I think these few examples explain why you are hesitant to attempt to defend your support of Hillary, whose closest adviser incidentally is a Muslim intimately tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization. I get it.”

This is why I understand my fellow conservatives and Christians who will vote for Trump in those states where it matters because their vote can affect the outcome. The obnoxious, crude, rude amateur demon is still light years better than the devil we know.

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Mark Landsbaum
Mark Landsbaum is a Christian husband, father, grandfather and journalist who has written for a living for 43 years, ever since discovering he had no particular talents. He can be found on Facebook, Linkedin, and in the archives of the Orange County Register where he wrote another column for 10 years. He can be reached at

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