July 29, 2016
I’m not addressing this to Trump supporters. I don’t think there’s anything left I can say that I haven’t been saying that will matter to you.
I’m addressing this to mainstream moderates and conservatives who don’t like your options right now. This is brief, but something that I’ve been thinking for the past few weeks about how to say.
I will not ever tell someone to vote against their own conscience. I don’t think I have that right.
But…If we were in some kind of inverted situation from that in which we find ourselves presently, in which there were no viable liberal or progressive candidate, and Trump or someone much like him were running in the general election against a more traditional conservative or Republican… Just for instance, Jeb Bush or Lindsey Graham or someone much like them… Someone with whom I had really serious ideological disagreements, but someone who I thought had a basic core respect for the American democratic process, for Constitutional government, for civil rights… Someone who undoubtedly had the experience and temperament necessary to be President,
I would vote for that person.
Given the choice between a conservative with whom I had very deep political disagreements but who I believed, at the end of the day, had a conscience and an ability to govern, and an honest-to-God authoritarian with neither…
Not without a sense of conflict, but I’d vote for the person whose decisions on behalf of our country could even be subject to the effects of legislation, protest, advocacy, evidence, and rational debate.
Just… think about it, is all I’m asking.
July 9, 2016
View from the Ethan Allen Express, stuck just outside of Albany, NY earlier this week.