I’ll list these in no significant order, with the final section of the list following soon.
1. A commenter on this Althouse post (itself a motivation to vote for the President) wrote, “Althouse: ‘I could never lower myself to vote for someone like that. He’s icky. Eew!’” It made me realize that my long-held argument that voting for the President while maintaining my professional standards and integrity was impossible could be fairly accused of having the same motivation.
The election is for the benefit of the nation, not about how my vote makes me feel.
2. Four years ago, on the November 9, the day after Donald Trump’s shocking upset victory over Hillary Clinton, I wrote,
Give Trump a chance, and take note of those who will not. He is now in the most difficult job in the nation at the age of 70, with less relevant experience and preparation than any previous occupant of the office. For once, it’s a good thing that he’s an egomaniac and a narcissist, because otherwise he might be perseverating in terror right now. One cannot say that he begins with the most daunting set of problems any POTUS has ever faced, but it’s close. Give him a chance. Nobody becomes President wanting to fail, and not wanting to do a good job for his country and his fellow citizens. Begin with that, and let’s see what happens.
I took note. Neither the resistance, nor the Democratic Party, nor the news media, nor most of the members of the public that were inclined to believe, trust and believe these voices, gave President Trump any chance at all. No previous elected President had been treated like that, and for good reason: our system does not and cannot work if the nation does not begin each new Presidential administration with the acceptance of its elected leader. The Democrats knew this, indeed they lectured Donald Trump on the subject when they were certain that Hillary Clinton would win.
The Axis of Unethical Conduct, knowing we had elected a President who would need more than the usual amount of support, burdened him further by according him less, hoping for a war, a depression, or a Presidential breakdown.
If this party strategy succeeds in achieving gaining power, it will become the norm. I have no illusions that the Republican Party is motivated by any stronger ethical ideals than Democrats, so if it becomes the norm, the nation is doomed to perpetual division, hate and conflict.
It is not enough to abstain in an election that will decide whether that will the fate of the United States of America. Responsible citizens must vote to reject it.
3. Applying the John Adams (above) test that he once said he applied to his own choices in determining whether they were ethical or not (I mentioned this just two days ago, on the occasion of Adams’ birthday), I find that my voting decision passes. The choice to vote for this President, made public (even in this relatively obscure corner of the web), can certainly have negative consequences for me socially, financially and professionally.
Well, as my tragic Vietnam vet roommate in college used to say as his post-war mantra and life philosophy—when he wasn’t stoned out of his mind— because he had permanently shrugged off all fear and anxiety in the nihilism that engulfed the rest of his life, which ended shortly after we graduated, “Fuck it, right?”
I hear you, Andy.
4. This reminds me of another factor that pointed me to this decision. The Democrats and progressives, using the diminished integrity and reasoning power of the Trump Deranged in the approximate equivalent of the bad guys in “The Walking Dead” weaponizing an army of the zombies they created by killing others, have tried to bully, intimidate, punish and extort anyone who supports the President, defends him, or, for that matter, advocates any position the Left favors. There is such a threat of violence should Biden lose next week that city police departments (like here in D.C.) are preparing for it, and anxious citizens are stocking up on supplies. No equivalent threat is coming from conservatives or Trump supporters.
Joe Biden, meanwhile, has taken no action and made no statements to stop this or mitigate it—after all, those bullies are likely Biden voters.
Moreover, the threat of violence and actual violence are not just a campaign phenomenon, but a pattern of “the resistance” and its allies, the antifa and Black Lives Matter, since November 9, 2016. I’m not going to wear a MAGA cap because a) I don’t wear any clothing with messages on it, and never have and 2) “Attack me and punch me in the face” wouldn’t be my choice of a message if I did. But I have spent the better part of my life, inspired by my habitually contrarian father, to react to coercion by doing exactly what the tiny totalitarians demanded that I not do. This is an ideal opportunity to reassert that philosophy, as well as honor Major Marshall in doing so.
5. A President who has a successful first term deserves to be re-elected. For the most part, President Trump has had as successful a term as a national leader laboring under the handicaps and hate unjustly imposed on him can have, and remarkably so. Even his critics have been hard-pressed to articulate a good faith and objective argument against his Presidency, which is why they have fallen back on a barrage of ad hominem attacks and Big Lies, the latest of which being that he is responsible for the US deaths during the pandemic, AND the economic consequences of taking measures to minimize those deaths.
Despite the (not entirely unfair) talking point that President Trump is a perpetually lying con artist, his record regarding good faith efforts to achieve the policy goals he promised in his campaign is excellent (One judges the success of a President’s term based on his stated goals and achievements, not the goals of those who oppose him.) He did not start new wars, he ended them. He said he would make effective trade deals, and he has. He said he would aggressively constrain illegal immigration, and he did. The President did open up energy markets, and under his leadership the US has virtually achieved the energy independence from the Middle East that once was considered a key Democratic agenda item because it would, we are told, keep the U.S. out of foreign wars.
Candidate Trump said that he would eliminate regulations harming the nation’s economic growth and job creation, and President Trump did. (I know there are various degrees of intellectually honest arguments holding the these were neither as wise nor as successful initiatives as their adherents claim.) We all know that he appointed conservative judges as he promised, and to a remarkable degree. He opposes abortion, an ethical position despite what abortion advocates say, and has used the Presidency to act on that.
The President opposes the ascendant “one world” philosophy and embraces nationalism and American exceptionalism. Never mind that the Left has become increasingly opposed to the idea of the United States as an autonomous, independent and unique force for good in the world: that doesn’t change the verdict that the President has been true to his word. He derided the climate change hysterics, and pulled out of the Paris Accords, while the U.S. continued to reduce its “carbon footprint” more successfully than many of the remaining signatories.
The President promised to abandon the deceitful and dangerous Iran deal, though not before that sinister nation had used the billions it received to spread terrorism and kill innocent people. He promised to take down Obamacare, and has worked diligently to that end.
My personal favorite among his first term achievements may be his emphatic rejection of the Obama Administration Education Departments “Dear Colleague” letter, which pushed colleges and universities to reject basic due process in favor of the “believe all women” approach to sexual harassment accusations that was a Democratic Party’s credo until it decided that only a proven sexual harasser has a chance of defeating Trump.
He promised to make the economy boom, and it did.
There is more, but the point is that it was a successful first term despite a daunting number of obstacles, not the least of which was Trump’s own self-destructive tendencies. The President diminished perception of his administration’s achievements by childishly boasting about it in wildly exaggerated terms: no, it was not the most successful first term any President ever had—that’s ridiculous. For the most part, the unethical and biased mainstream media refused to give him credit when credit was due, while praise would have been lavished on, just to pick a random President out of the air, Barack Obama for less.
But by the standard of first term success, President Trump deserves a second term more than did Obama, either Bush, Clinton, Carter, Ford, Nixon, Johnson or Kennedy.
Reasons 6-10 are coming right up.