Now that the conventions are creeping up on us ever so slightly and the party nominations are almost surely decided, American conservatives face a difficult task, who, or who not
to vote for.
Now, there are really only two courses of thought one can take when applying their ideology to the voter’s booth. 1. One can vote for the person who best represents their stances or not vote. Or, 2. One can conform to the “Best of two evils” candidate because many think that voting is essential just because it is an amazing right that some other people do not possess.
Yes, voting is a right for all Americans, and one we should cherish and appreciate, but not to hold in an idolatrous way. What I mean by that is one should not just cast a vote just to vote but to vote for the person who best represents one’s said ideals and stances. In this election, we are faced with two disgusting candidates. One who is an establishment leftist, who lies to her constituents and cozies up to her big donors, and a conniving and calculated ultra-nationalist and populist, who will flip-flop on any issue to gauge the population’s reactions. The election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may just possibly bring the lowest voter turnout in decades, but this is expected because both have unfavorable ratings above 50 percent.
Now more than ever, conservatives face a daunting question. Do we vote Trump because he may implement more conservative policies than Hillary, or do we not vote because no candidates resemble the small government ideology of true conservatives? Voting for Trump because he is the lesser of two evils is a logical debate but counterproductive. If we do not stand our ground with voting, we lower our standards for future positions in politics, and also we really do not have a strong ideology. The right to vote is also the right not to vote, and that discrepancy is very important.
If we want the Republican Party to continue to hold the core staples of conservatism, we must not back Trump just because he possesses the (R) beside his name but rebuke him because true conservatives do not support the populist and racist rhetoric that he uses. Trump is the perfect candidate for the Democrats. He is everything conservatives get labeled as and try to fight against, and a strong grass roots conservative movement is absolutely paramount to counteract the barbaric alt-right super-nationalists that confide in Trump. If conservatives back Trump, he may win and be not as “bad” of a president as Hillary, but all hope is lost for a true conservative movement in the Republican Party.
And always remember, a vote not for Trump is not a vote for Hillary, but a vote for the future of conservatism.
– Andrew Skibbie