Both Republicans and Democrats face a grotesque dilemma this fall; each of the parties has nominated a terrible candidate for president.
The Republicans have nominated Donald Trump; an obvious charlatan who makes bizarre promises he cannot keep. If that were not bad enough; Trump has been accused of making business deals with the mafia, called a racist by members of his party, insulted everybody from veterans to Muslims to the handicapped, and is prone to bizarre behavior and stupid statements on the campaign trail.
To add insult to injury; Trump seems to have no commitment to the ideals of the modern conservative movement. His statements reveal a complete lack of faith in the constitution, free enterprise and America itself. Instead all we have is a vague pragmatism; with no real ethics or ideals, that is white washed with a cartoonish patriotism.
If all that were not awful enough, Donald is also a really lousy politician; who seems incapable of basic stuff like raising money, or organizing an effective campaign. Instead of a united party Trump has turned Republicans against each other. Two of the party’s largest donors; the Koch Brothers have, vowed not to give him a cent, and most of the GOP’s leaders including a well-respected ex-President stayed away from the convention.
Hillary is a Lousy Candidate
To counter the GOP’s buffoon, the Democrats have nominated an out of touch centrist with a long history of dishonesty, arrogance and unethical behavior. Like Donald Hillary is something of an amateur; she ignored basic security protocols, by keeping her emails as secretary of state in a homemade server that was probably hacked by foreign spies. Some reports indicate that Hillary would have gotten more security from a free Gmail account.
Clinton has a well-organized campaign, but she also has no real agenda or platform. Instead all we have are a few vague comments, and some grandstanding on issues like gun control. Hillary has gone out of her way to ignore important issues facing the country such as income inequality, terrorism, trade, our relationship with China and healthcare.
So what is a loyal Republican or Democrat to do? An independent; like myself, has the option of simply casting a ballot for Libertarian Gary Johnson, but what about somebody who believes in the two-party system.
There is an obvious but unusual solution: simply vote for the other party’s candidate. Democrats should vote for Trump and Republicans should vote for Clinton. That would punish the party for nominating a lousy candidate while hurting the other guys.
Why Democrats should vote for Donald Trump
Donald Trump would be a horrible President that would do a tremendous amount of damage to the Republican Party. My guess is that President Trump would completely discredit both the GOP and the conservative movement.
Donald has made a number of bizarre and ambitious promises that the Presidency lacks the power to fulfill. These include the Muslim immigration ban, Obamacare repeal, the Mexican border wall, illegal immigrant deportation and the 45% tariff on Chinese products. When it becomes apparent that Trump cannot deliver on any of those fantasies; his supporters will become angry and disillusioned, and turn on him.
Donald would probably spend most of his time in the White House feuding with the media and Congress, including many members of his own party. My guess is that President Trump would spend much of his time railing against whatever conspiracy he blames for sabotaging his agenda. After a while; he might get bored, and go off and play golf at the taxpayers’ expense for four years.
Along the way there would probably be sleazy business deals and sneaky negotiations. A strong possibility is that Donald will quietly drop all of his plans for a tariff on Chinese goods; after the plans for new Trump hotels in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Beijing, Macau and Nanjing are announced.
At some point at least one Trump family; member probably Ivanka or Donald Jr., will end up under investigation or indictment for influence peddling or worse. Congressional Democrats will have a field day investigating Trump and his family.
All that will completely discredit the Donald and his party. President Trump would end up as the first incumbent since Lyndon Johnson, not to win his own party’s nomination for reelection. That would lead to a Democratic landslide in 2020 – that might give them both houses of Congress and the White House.
Why Republicans should Vote for Hillary
Hillary Clinton is a slightly better candidate than Trump. She at least ha some experience in political office and a well-organized campaign. Yet there are glaring weaknesses the greatest of which is the lack of an agenda or plans.
President Hillary would probably spend her time dodging questions from the media; and feuding with Congress. Some of the biggest battles might be with Congressional Democrats, many of whom are far to the left of her. Major fights over healthcare, Social Security, foreign policy, Wall Street regulation and trade loom within the Democratic Party.
There would also be constant allegations and ethics investigations from Congressional Republicans. Many of these would be directed at Bill Clinton, who would be in a position to abuse his power and influence.
Like Trump there would also be at constant war with the media, because many journalists openly despise Hillary. That warfare would make it impossible for Hillary to accomplish anything; and provide an unending source of ammunition for Republicans to use against her.
The GOP would be in a great position under a second Clinton administration. The first one ended a 40 year Democratic domination of Congress. It also brought in a new Republican Congressional majority – that has lasted to this day with just one interlude of Democratic control.
Like Trump, Clinton II would probably be a one-term President, who might not even get nominated by her own party in 2020. She would also be a very weak President incapable of getting anything done. At least there would be little chance of seeing the Democratic agenda become reality under President Hillary. A major reason for that is there is no Clinton agenda.
Under President Hillary, Republicans would be in a great position to take back the Senate and increase their majority in the House in 2018. More importantly, the Democrats might be completely demoralized and disorganized in 2020 – making it real easy for a serious Republican; like Jeb Bush or US Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), to reach the White House.
This year, Democrats and Republicans that care about their party should seriously consider voting for the other candidate. It would damage the opposition, and send a message to party leaders that you want better candidates.