The house my father grew up in didn’t have air conditioning. Instead, there were several strategically placed electric fans. This being before the days of warning labels and safety standards, about the only thing separating the blades of the fan from the fingers of a child was something that kind of resembled a punter’s face mask from the early 1960s. That is to say, not much.
One day my dad asked his mother what would happen if he stuck his finger in the fan. In her typical fashion, my grandmother said something along the lines of, “Stick your finger in there and find out.”
Not wanting to be disobedient, my dad stuck his finger in the fan.
To the best of my knowledge, that was the last time my dad ever stuck his finger in a fan. Lesson learned.
Conservative voters aren’t quite as astute as my father. They just keep on voting for the lesser of two evils. They can’t quit touching the fan and hoping for different results.
Now that it looks as though Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will be facing one another in the general election, people have already started saying that not voting for the Donald is about the same as voting for Hillary. There is no perfect candidate. Pick the lesser of two evils and get along with life.
While I agree that there is no perfect candidate, this lesser of two evils approach begs the question. Where do we draw the line?
This year, voters will be choosing between a loud mouth crooked politician who supports Planned Parenthood and a loud mouth womanizing businessman who supports Planned Parenthood. Which one exactly is the lesser of two evils again? Oh, the loud mouth womanizing businessman who financially supported the loud mouth crooked politician is the lesser of two evils because he wants to build a wall. Got it.
Many have said that the rise of Bernie Sanders is evidence that our government education system, along with a little help from helicopter parents and participation trophies, has failed us. I agree.
But this works both ways.
The rise of Donald Trump is a result of media pundits with no real principle other than being mad at the other party.
If we truly want to make America great again, we need to look beyond the lunatic in the red hat and look in the mirror. We need to stop voting for a party and start voting on principle. The more we vote for the alleged lesser of two evils, the more principle we give away.
When our principles run no deeper than Anyone But The Democrat or I’m Fed Up, Donald Trump is what we get.
Over the years, conservatives have been given big government politicians, big government family dynasties and big government businessmen and been told to just go with the lesser of two evils. Now that’s gotten us a big government reality TV star.
But there is one thing we can be thankful for this election cycle. We should all be glad that another reality star didn’t decide to run for president on the Republican ticket. If Kim Kardashian decided to run as a Republican and said mean things to Megyn Kelly and Rosie O’Donnell, she’d already be measuring her solid gold drapes for the windows of the White House.
And those of us who recognized the absurdity of electing her as our next president would be told to simmer down and vote for the lesser of two evils. “She’s going to build a wall and make Kanye pay for it,” they might say.
So thank you Kim, for not running. My guess is that you’d probably run the country off a cliff within the first week of your presidency. Such an accomplishment will take President Trump a solid month.