Opinion: Will you, should you, vote in November?

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 03, 2016 / comments

"Voting is our responsibility as citizens of this nation. It is the responsibility of our political parties to give us choices of the best our nations has to offer – and they have tragically failed us"

By Frank Stephens -- This is an election that is shaping up to be a loser for citizens no matter which candidate wins. If Republicans lose, however, it may be the end of the Republican Party. If the Democrats lose this election, with Trump beating Hillary, it may not be anything more than losing this election with Democrats just regrouping for the next election.

But if the Republicans lose, it can be much more serious for them and for the country. As columnist Thomas Sowell noted, “if Hillary Clinton inspires distrust, Donald Trump inspires disgust, even among many Republicans.” If Trump goes down to defeat, his antics may taint the whole Republican Party for years to come, costing them the House and Senate now and future elections for decades to come.

Trump’s reckless, ugly, and boorish words will live in to eternity in videos that can be used to paint Republicans as the party that chose such a shallow egomaniac as its candidate for president of the United States.

What stigma might a President Trump create? We should pray that he would be sobered up by the responsibilities of the presidency and realize this is not a reality TV show seeking ratings. But someone who has not matured in 70 years seems unlikely to grow up in the next four years.

With Hillary Clinton as president, and Democrats in control of the Senate, she can appoint Supreme Court justices with as much contempt for the law as she has demonstrated. Democrats have already shown their desire to stifle the free-speech rights of people who disagree with them on global warming, health care, and other issues. Hillary Clinton has made no secret of her desire to have the Supreme Court reverse its decision that corporations and labor unions both have free-speech rights.

The Obama Department of Justice has already been looking into ways that anti-racketeering laws can be used to threaten individuals and organizations that challenge the global-warming scam that has been used to promote more government control over all aspects of our lives.

The Second Amendment right to have a gun has already been declared dead under a Clinton presidency as has the First Amendment right to free speech if she gets to pick Supreme Court justices. The lifetime tenure of federal judges means that whoever is President for the next four years can change the course of American law for decades to come, and quite possibly losing our freedoms irretrievably.

And just how much does all of Hillary Clinton’s “government experience,” that President Obama brags about, count for? Well, it is experience where she has been proven wrong, time and time again.

As a Senator she opposed the military "surge" in Iraq that rescued that country and defeated the terrorists. As secretary of state, Hillary carried out foreign policy decisions that led to major setbacks for American interests worldwide -- whether in Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Ukraine, North Korea or China. This is the kind of "experience" we must reject in a President.

Voting for an out-of-control egomaniac like Donald Trump would be like playing Russian roulette with the future of this country. Voting for someone with a track record like Hillary Clinton's is like putting a shotgun to your head and pulling the trigger. And not voting at all is just giving up.

But voting is our responsibility as citizens of this nation. It is the responsibility of our political parties to give us choices of the best our nations has to offer – and they have tragically failed us.

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(Frank Stephens is a former government affairs director for construction trade associations in California, Republican county central committee member, and California Republican Assembly 1st Vice Chair. He may be reached at frstephens@msn.com.)