Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief. Jane Austen
By Doug Magill
One of the things that seems saddest to me is those who profess disdain for the available candidates for President and proclaim that they are sitting out this election or voting for a third-party offering. This is often proclaimed in a tone of intended seriousness or anguished thoughtfulness.
While dissatisfaction with the options is perfectly understandable, and most of us probably voted for a different candidate in the primary, this is what we are offered. It is the way our electoral system works, and has always. One can almost hear the anguished moans of citizens throughout history as they complain about having to vote for Adams, or Jackson, or Herbert Hoover. Let alone the modern parade of politicians.
Today’s cry is heard loudly throughout the land: Why can’t we do better than this?
I suppose it is built into the American psyche that there is a desire for a more-perfect candidate, and disdain may be the default for the humanity of who we have to vote for. Sometimes the system does produce a candidate worthy of the office, and we are better off for it.
When all is said and done it is voter vanity at work: I could do better than that guy, I don’t want people to think I would vote for him, I’m too smart to be associated with him, our system is terrible and I don’t want to be associated with it.
It is especially telling when I hear from those who love to profess their own wisdom how stupid Trump voters are. See, I’m smarter than they are. Proving, of course the effectiveness and wisdom of the Democrats’ campaign of attacking Trump and avoiding issues, let alone the qualifications of their candidate. Along with a compliant media which is uninterested in reporting facts, let alone trying to provide clarity on issues.
When the day is done, there really are only two issues, vanity aside. In reading the party platforms one is astonished at the contrast in vision, and the reality of the assault on life, freedom, liberty, and self-determination that the Democrats profess. The platforms represent the core of each party, and the vote in this election really is about what that core will lead us to.
The second issue is the candidates themselves. Trump fires verbal volleys that one has to wince at. But those pale to insignificance when compared to the deep and powerful politicization and corruption in our government, and in the Democrat candidate who wishes to politicize and corrupt it further.
A friend who is generally apolitical remarked that she hopes Trump will win just to blow up the government and bring in people dedicated to serving the county. His outsider status would lend itself to that indeed. As opposed to someone who understands how to use cronyism, bribery and graft to enhance power.
For those who would rather spend time stroking their egos and wallowing in vanity I don’t suppose there is much to be said. Avoiding choices is to make a bad one. For the rest of us, we need to work on and vote for someone who at least understands the need for change, and is comfortable in causing it.
Doug Magill is the Communications Director for the Cuyahoga County Republican Party, a consultant, freelance writer and voice-over talent. he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org