Our old pal E-Squared’s seeming meltdown during the DNC continues to fascinate me, so I took a gander at Social Conservative Central (Red State) and found a sort of shocking post in which they seem to advocate voting third party:
No, Mr. Trump. No one is under any threat or compulsion to vote for someone who violates their conscience or their principles.
So far, we still have that liberty.
We also have Gary Johnson, Darrell Castle, or Jill Stein to vote for.
I couldn’t ever see myself voting for a Jill Stein, as she would likely kill business in this nation for ages to come with overregulation through environmental policies.
Third parties are an option, however, and one that has long been decried as the “spoiler” option, blocking one of the big two parties from drawing enough votes. Ross Perot was the last third party candidate to really make an impact.
Can a third party win this year?
This seems really odd to me as with most Social Conservatives (and most Social Liberals) the argument that trumps all others (see what I did there?) always comes to the next preznint’s Supreme Court nominees. Trump even makes that explicitly clear:
“If you really like Donald Trump, that’s great, but if you don’t, you have to vote for me anyway. You know why? Supreme Court judges, Supreme Court judges,” Trump said at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
“Have no choice, sorry, sorry, sorry. You have no choice,” Trump continued, calling the late Justice Antonin Scalia a “great guy” and acknowledging tied decisions at the Supreme Court after his death.
Trump said the next president “will probably have three, could be four, could even be five” appointments to make to the Supreme Court, alluding to the ages of senior justices.
Redstate makes clear that this is the real situation, but the GOP is nothing if not on a purity bender these days, and so even losing the ability to stack the Court with conservative activist justices for a generation becomes secondary. The fetus-fondlers must be getting the pitchforks ready, Red State!
Red State’s conclusion ahead of Trump losing the election is that he really is not a conservative and his nominees will not be conservative enough:
To begin, we can’t say who a President Trump would choose, and how it would be any different than having any other liberal pick the judges. The convention for the new Trumplican party was chock full of liberal speakers, liberal ideology, and a total abandonment of any conservative principles.
Conservativism cannot fail, it can only be failed.
But I digress. Back to conservatives voting for third parties:
Anything is possible, long shot as it may be. That being said, it’s not about their chance of winning so much as it’s about the idea that we are locked into the two party system and are being told we must choose one of two evils.
When one who seeks to lead says you have no choice, you should always question why, then explore your options.
We live in such interesting times. We have the dead-ender BernieBros saying essentially the same thing for the same reasons as Red State.
(Full disclosure: I caucused/voted for Bernie, and I consider the Democratic Party Platform to be the very definition of winning. I will vote for Hillary Clinton because when confronted with the Lesser of Two Evils argument, I know enough to realize that the lesser evil is therefore always the greater good. )
(Fuller disclosure: Having always been in solidly blue California until this election, I always voted third party. This was because I would love to break the duopoly. This year, because I don’t know my new state’s politics well, I’m not taking that chance. As I noted at the beginning of the 2016 Goat Rodeo, the primary is when to vote your heart and values, but the general election is where the rubber meets the road.)