BAYHAM: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Accept The Donald

Regardless of how many names might be listed on your particular state’s presidential ballot this November, there are only two choices: the Republican Party’s nominee Donald Trump and the Democratic Party’s nominee Hillary Clinton.

The only difference is Clinton is not just listed under her own name but as a proxy for every other candidate not named Trump.

The Democratic Party isn’t like the GOP or any other political party in America, regardless of similarities in ideology.

As the exposed emails of the DNC has not so much proven but reaffirmed, the Democrats are a racket with ballot access.

Unlike the GOP, which has the burden of having to convince and reconvince the public to support their candidates every election, the Democrats have a network of constituencies who automatically go with them no matter who gets nominated.  Or the number of criminal convictions said candidate has received.

While George McGovern’s landslide defeat by Richard Nixon was a source of embarrassment for the Democrats, it did prove something: the party’s basement was at 37%.  Had the parties reversed their platforms, Nixon’s number would have been below that.

However since that bottoming out, the Democrats have fastidiously worked to improve not only their GOTV operation but changed laws to further enable their constituency hauling.

“Mail voting” is a red carpet for election fraud while and “early voting” is a mechanism built for individuals who had their minds made up on a 2016 election in 1986.

While there are people out there who would for anyone or anything with an “R” next to their name, that group is much smaller than the core Democratic base vote.

So when a reasonable person casts an unreasonable ballot for a third party candidate in November out of protest, vanity, posterity, or some other unacceptable excuse, you’re directly enabling Clinton’s election by denying the only practical alternative a ballot he needs to overcome the automatic constituencies and machine manufactured votes that position even a terrible Democratic presidential candidate at 45%.  To win, the Democrat needs to either channel as many of the true undecided voters to her side to achieve a majority or at a minimum diffuse those votes away from the Republican so the Democrat at least scores a plurality.

Hillary Clinton would be delighted to see legions of self-declared conservatives and non-partisan voters who cannot stomach a vote for her to “Feel the Johnson”.

To be honest, Trump could do a lot of good for himself in limiting that.

I didn’t support Trump in the primaries.  I didn’t even support him at the convention.

I not only voted against his candidacy three times (in the caucus and primary in Louisiana and at the RNC in Cleveland), I wrote numerous columns opposing him.  And I can’t count the less than complimentary Tweets aimed at him.

But there are real consequences with a Hillary Clinton presidency.

It’s not just the supreme court.  It’s everything.

It’s the reality that Hillary Clinton does not believe that there is a controlling legal authority over her conduct.

It’s the foundation and their dealings with large sums of money flowing from the far not so friendly corners of the world while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state (you’d think that would be a basic prohibited conflict of interest).

It’s the lies crafted to protect herself and the Obama Administration related to Benghazi during a presidential election.

It’s the incompetence and ineptitude that has been a trademark of her tenure in the highest cabinet post.  Remember the “joy buzzer” she gave the Russians, without having bothered to proof read the word in Cyrillic?

It’s the emails and the entire reckless rerouting of sensitive communications to a private computer server out of “convenience”.

And it is the realization that Hillary Clinton is not just dishonest but she is probably not very smart either.

Where were her successes at the State Department?

Why did she lose a slam dunk race against Barack Obama in 2008 and got put on the ropes by a guy who’s not even a registered Democrat?

And having an ex-president with severe personal behavior issues returning to the White House is not just weird but will lead to shattering new ceilings of inappropriateness.

I would like to think American exceptionalism means not emulating Peronist Argentina.

There are two recent precedents involving impeachment that truly demarcate the differences in the two major parties.  In 1974, 6 of the 17 Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee supported an article of impeachment on Nixon.  Had Nixon not resigned, he would have been on the wrong side of a bipartisan impeachment and removal.

In contrast, 5 Democrats in the entire House supported Clinton’s impeachment and not a single Democratic senator voted to remove Clinton for his blatant act of perjury.  What’s more, congressional Democrats held a pep rally to “defend the White House”.

The point: Republicans will break ranks based upon the facts of the case while the Democrats will shamelessly defend, demagogue, and defame to the bitter end.  That’s not good for either democracy or the republic.

As we’ve seen with any investigation of Hillary Clinton, despite damning evidence, the Democrats refuse to hold her accountable for anything.  With her track record, that’s more disturbing than the most obnoxious remark to have ever left the lips of Trump.

What ought to be reassuring is the relative ease of a Trump impeachment if he were to so much as jaywalk.  The Democratic caucus would back it unanimously, the Republicans would support removal from office with cause.

Despite the media avalanche of adulation and the rigged system, the American people know Hillary Clinton would not make a good president, thus this is Donald Trump’s race to lose.

Trump has three months to convince America that he would at a minimum be a better president. If he loses, it’ll be his own fault.

If you refuse to vote for Trump you should at least be honest with your intentions and vote for Clinton.  To cast a ballot for a hopeless and hapless Libertarian or Constitution candidate is a weasel way out of facing political reality.

If you are going to enable Hillary Clinton’s election, you should own up to it

I intend to vote for the Republican nominee in November though how hard I hustle for Trump will be determined how he carries himself as a candidate from this point forward.

If Trump is truly determined to lose, then it will be on his doorstep and not on my shoulders.

However if Trump begins to demonstrate growth and maturity, then he should be afforded a hearing.

Rather than clinging to a fashionable #NeverTrump social media pose, I hope reasonable voters will keep an open mind to the very end.  Don’t be buffaloed by memes and celebrities and histrionics (he’s an autocrat they shriek while ignoring Hillary’s actual record of autocracy in government).

America is worth a bit of personal humility, rational thinking, and patience.

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