As a Christian, and as an American, I cannot vote for either Trump or Clinton.

Her threat is great … in terms of international bluster and clout, and in terms of control and intimidation of powerful people here at home – including the media, and the national security apparatus.
It’s my opinion. We may disagree, and you may have arguments against my positions. But this is what I think. And that’s partly why we have (some of us, for now) freedom to vote, and to vote privately.

Trump is erratic and a bully.

  • He has a terrible, public record of encouraging and practicing insult and abuse toward a wide range of minorities, from women to Jews, from “Mexicans” to non-right-wing Christians, including the mega-“minority” of people who don’t have as much money as he does.
  • He has bad history, morally and financially.
  • They say that Trump “says what he thinks” – but it seems he often says it before he thinks, and doesn’t care.
  • That is attractive to some people, but would be a very scary trait to have in the most powerful government position in the world.
  • His personality and his campaign have encouraged bullying talk and behavior – all across the country it seems.

I fear what his election would set loose in certain of his followers.

Clinton is a bully, and has a public record of extreme irresponsibility

  • She has endangered us all by her style in managing her high-level responsibilities, as publicly attested to recently – for one example – by the director of the FBI. [Note added Nov 1: He said this weeks ago, long before the recent letter regarding continued investigation.]
  • She has deeply enmeshed financial entanglements with some of the most wealthy and dangerous people around the world.
  • She seems to like war, and even more, the threat of war.
His personality and his campaign have encouraged bullying talk and behavior – all across the country it seems. I fear what his election would set loose.

Clinton may be less dangerous right away in my neighborhood than Trump – maybe – but her threat is great at higher levels, both in terms of international bluster and clout, and in terms of control and intimidation of powerful people here at home – including the media, and the national security apparatus.

They are both too unpredictable and too extremely dangerous

for me to lend to either the approval of my vote.  The campaign is very educational – it shows clearly that our election / party system has become pretty much useless as an exercise in democracy.  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may well represent American politics at its current very low place, but they do not represent the values of what Lincoln called “the better angels” of the American tradition.

 


 

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