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The (existential) choice

Tomorrow morning, as I’ve done in the last four election days, I will wake up at 5:30 AM and try to be first in my polling place. Exercising my God-given right to vote is as American as it gets. Thank you God, for allowing me to choose my leaders in a peaceful transaction.

I’ve participated in just about every election since I became a citizen in 1983. I’m proud to say that my first (and proudest) ballot for President was cast for Ronald Reagan in 1984. I voted my conscience in 1996 for the late Harry Browne, the Libertarian. (Gary Johnson isn’t worthy to be a hangnail on that man’s hand.) My worst presidential election? Well, I don’t want to talk about that one. In my almost 60 years, tomorrow may well be the most important. It is as existential an election as we can get.

I’m not a fan of Donald Trump. He was not my first choice. He was never even in my top three. However, he won. Decisively. He mastered the others at the debates and persuaded a majority of Republicans to support him. Now, months after the primaries, I think I finally understand why: Donald Trump represents everything the GOP establishment pretends to be but isn’t. We don’t know if he’ll keep the promises he’s made, but I think he’s sincere about his desire to fix the problems that eight years of socialist rule under Obama and the Democrats have given us. I won’t bore you with the list because you all know it as well as I do.

I voted for McCain in 2008. I voted for Romney in 2012. Those two RINOs wish they would have had a fraction of the excitement in the base over their candidacy as I’ve seen for Trump. Put simply, voting for Trump represents a big middle finger (or two) at the GOP establishment’s bullshit stories and their never-ending broken promises. And, of course, to the Democrats. Everything they touch they turn to shit. I don’t want four more years of shit.


Here is the great Michael Walsh from PJMedia with his take on tomorrow’s election. I can’t say it any better:

Forget just about everything you’ve been reading about polls, the candidates, the charges and counter-charges, the FBI, the emails, James Comey, everything. When you enter the polling booth tomorrow, here are the real choices:

  • More of the same vs. an E-ticket fun-house ride.
  • A cementing of Obama’s “legacy” or a chance to uproot it, including the Iran deal and Obamacare.
  • The reinstatement of the House of Clinton, or a cleaning of the Augean stables. Bonus: a repudiation of the House of Bush.
  • Takers vs. Makers
  • Tax recipients vs. Taxpayers.
  • A certification of the power of the American elite vs. the Jacksonian arrival of a bumptious outsider.
  • Another step on the road to a banana republic by electing the wife of a former president, vs. a man with no previous political experience.
  • Supine obeisance to the krack kadres of kampaign konsultants and their mechanistic get-out-the-vote approach that treats sovereign voters as cattle, or the power of a real grass-roots movement out of Norman Rockwell by way of Ayn Rand.
  • Socialism vs. capitalism. There, I said it.
  • A gaslighting media, thoroughly in the tank for the Democrats, vs. political reality, even glimpsed through a glass darkly.
  • An ever-expanding federal government, freed from its constitutional restraints, vs. peasants with torches and pitchforks.
  • The Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party (pictured above) or Real Americans, whose first allegiance is to country, not party.
  • Higher taxes, higher spending, more “services,” in an ever-increasing upward spiral until systemic collapse vs. at least a modicum of financial restraint.
  • The Frankfurt School and its band of cultural Marxist saboteurs vs. western civilization and the high ideals of the Enlightenment.
  • Black robes and imperial presidents vs. the representatives of the people, however unworthy.
  • The Ivy League, which controls the presidency and the Supreme Court, vs. The Rest of America.
  • “Social justice” vs. the Constitution.
  • Loathing of country vs. love of country.
  • Them vs. You.

Robert Frost once said that a liberal was a man too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel.

Whose side are you on?


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An irritable, but lovable, constitutional conservative who loathes and detests collectivists and statists of all persuasions and parties...

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