If you are of the mind, like Peter Robinson, that Hillary is evil, and that this is a binary election where you only have two choices, I can respect the decision to take what you think is the lesser evil, and go with Trump.
Just do it with eyes wide open. You don't know what you're getting, and you may (indeed, I think you absolutely will) get something much different than you bargained for.
If that's all you want out of this post, to get my rationalization for why it's ok for YOU to vote for Trump, stop reading. That part of the post is over.
The next are some of the reasons I find Trumo unpalatable, and why I am unlikely to pull the lever for him. I'll caveat that as a Georgia voter, Trump will either not need my vote, because he's going to win Georgia handily, or, a vote for him will be a futile gesture, because he's losing so badly. Yes, that makes sticking to principle easier for me. The joys of geography.
What makes Trump so awful?
- He's not a conservative. I am a conservatarian. I grew up in a conservative family. We read National Review. Witness was a book displayed in my home. Ronald Reagan was the greatest president we ever saw. As I got older, I leaned a little more libertarian, but in the classical sense, not in the pot-smoking Gary Johnson sense.
Trump is not conservative. He's alien to conservatism. He does not speak of Freedom, or the Constitution. He seems not to understand what makes America great, only that it should be great. Donald Trump will not "make America great again," because he doesn't understand what makes us great to begin with.
Being anti-immigration, anti-trade, and parroting the caricature of conservatism doesn't make you one. Trump's not, and I am. Period
- He's intellectually lazy. The guy could have studied the issues and brought a knowledge of the issues to the GOP primary and still have been outspoken and outrageous. He chose instead to be a boob. He doesn't even understand the nuclear triad, which has been the cornerstone of deterrence for almost 60 years now. He seems to think he can just say something is going to happen, like wipe out gun free zones and 20 minutes later it'll be so. He thinks he can get things done by executive fiat not because he wishes to flaunt the Constitution, but because he seems ignorant of its protections against such thing.
- The alt-right. In case you don't know, the alt-right is those group of anti-semitic, racists, xenophobes who you often associate with Nazis. These people are the scum of the earth and they see in Trump a sort of saviour for their White Nationalism. His refusal to disavow these people is troubling, and their behavior online is that of people I do not wish to be associated with. I wonder if these people know his daughter is a convert to Judaism?
- Shifting positions. Don't like one of Trump's positions? Doesn't matter, in his transformation from businessman donating to Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, to faux conservative, he's taken pretty much every position on every issue. Of course, he's been steadfast in his love of Planned Parenthood and that they do great things.
- Fake Christianity. Come on, this is the guy who's grandmother like to read from Two Corinthians and who's Easter Message, instead of being about the Grace of God and the Miracle of the Resurrection, was about how beautiful the Church was he was attending on Easter Sunday. And this is a man wooing evangelicals while claiming he's never asked God for forgiveness.
- The Childish Behavior. I like the idea of giving his opponents nicknames to define them, but lets agree that he's wiffed on Bernie and Elizabeth Warren. Bernie should be "Bat Shit Crazy Bernie" and if he had half an ear attumed to conservatives, he'd drill in Fauxcahontas for the fake Indian. These aren't bothersome so much as his fixation with his own hand size, and really, did we need a Presidential candidate lecturing us at a debate about the size of his manhood? Really?
- Do you need more? Ok, this was the coup de grace for me was when he suggested that he'd order the military to murder the wives and children of terrorists, and that "Yes, they'll do it." Because, well, Trump.
These are just in my memory. If I did any actual research (see the masthead), I could probably get 20 reasons why this clown is not my pick and unlikely to get my vote. Feel free to call me names, or whatever, I really don't care. Trumpkins created this monster you own him.