Despite the Polls
Now, the media seems to think Trump has tanked; ironically, he’s still only 6 points down from Clinton. With the margin of error, it may just be tighter than the progressives’ knickers. No prognostications here, but I think Trump’s pride will not allow him to lose, and the debates will prove to boost his numbers even more. Trump just had the best week he’s had since he became the nominee (the weeks in between have been one gaffe after another); Erick Erickson had some great insights on that here.
Let me tell you where I sit, I am #NeverTrump & #NeverHillary, and have not been impressed with Gary Johnson‘s Libertarian munchies (although I do hope he gets into the debates just to make things more fun); Evan McMillan is clearly more sane than either Trump or Hillary, but also clearly has the squishiness of the Mormon worldview as his guiding principle, and doesn’t have any interest in overturning the mess that is the Obergefell.
So, what are we constitutional conservatives to do?
We’re left without a political home, in an environment that is increasingly unfriendly to common sense, principle, and the basics of honesty, humility, liberty. We can’t sit on the fence, and we can’t violate our conscience which is more precious than life.
Let me share which direction I’m leaning. Darrell Castle, of the Constitutionalist Party, seems to have a good head on his shoulders, and although he isn’t getting much media coverage, he’s on the ballot in enough states to have (technically) a viable path to 270 electoral votes. However, getting at least 5% of the vote (an admittedly small amount), means that in the next election, that party will receive more federal funds, which obviously bring about more notoriety & name recognition.
Stategery: As W. Might’ve Said
Here’s what I suggest as strategery: many of the deadlines for getting on the ballot are fast approaching, or have past; if you want your 3rd party on the ballot, better act quick, and help out. Second, far as I can tell, there are about 11 states that are going to be swing states this cycle.
However, that means there are 39 states that are either safe red or blue; meaning you’re not throwing away your vote by voting third party, especially in “safe” states. I’m fortunate to live in the red state of Idaho, where Trump is likely to win handily; however, should Darrell Castle get 5% of the vote, that helps the cause of constitutional liberty down the road. This was really helpfully outlined in this article. It breaks out, mathematically, why voting third party is NOT a wasted vote. Crazy… arguments involving facts; rare thing these days, I know.
Get What You Pay For
One of the only semi-compelling reasons we are being adjured vote for Trump is in order to ensure conservative Supreme Court appointees. This is argued with the goal of ensuring that the constitution is protected. This is a weak argument, we are being asked to elect someone without a track record of constitutional loyalty or understanding, in order to protect the constitution. My proposal is voting for someone who understands what it means to protect and defend the constitution. Sounds crazy I know.
You get what you buy, in other words. For the long-term health of our nation, and the preservation of the liberty which the constitution ensures, you ought to vote for someone who gets that. Lip service is cheap, and error in these matters is expensive.
To the Trump supporters who wandered over here, how much would it take before you admitted you boarded the wrong bus? I’d recommend sometime before it launches over the cliff.