Over the past couple of days, I've seen this piece by Wayne Grudem pushed on social media. It is entitled, "Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice." I read it. I am not impressed.
I find myself--like many, I think--unimpressed with either of the major-party candidates for President this year. I feel like I've had the same conversation over and over again with people in the past couple weeks:
"Who are you going to vote for?"
"Ugh...I don't know. Both choices stink..."
"Yeah, but you have to vote for someone. ______ is the lesser of the two evils, right?"
And there is the problem: the lesser of the two evils.
Is that really how we're voting this year?
I've seen the arguments: "You can't vote for a third-party candidate; that's throwing your vote away!" and "Voting for Clinton is morally irresponsible, because she supports abortion!" and "Voting for Trump is morally irresponsible, because... <fill in the blank with whatever morally-reprehensible thing Trump has said or done lately>."
These are the candidates we have, I get it.
So here's my wondering and request for you all: Can you make a favorable argument for a particular candidate?
This is the biggest problem I have with the Grudem piece linked above; he isn't really arguing that you should vote for Donald Trump. His central argument is that you should vote against Hillary Clinton. (And the way you do that is by voting for Trump.) I'm sure there are pieces written the same way from the opposing viewpoint--that you must vote against Trump, by voting for Clinton.
But what I'd really like to hear is a positive, affirming, favorable argument for either Trump or Clinton. Why are you going to vote FOR your candidate of choice?
How about this...can you argue for your candidate of choice without mentioning the other candidate? This is a real, sincere plea on my part; I would truly appreciate hearing your reasoning. Thanks in advance.
|I snapped this picture while on a bike ride through town the other day.|
There are precious few Clinton signs in this town...but not many Trump
signs either, actually. So this is sort of fascinating to me...