OK. So the title is intentionally misleading....I will NOT be voting for a presidential candidate this election...not even Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate who I voted for in 2012. I could talk about a list of reasons why, but I'm just gonna keep this post about the candidates themselves.
Let's start with the Donald. I have WAY too much to say so forgive me if I don't expand on each claim I make in this post. I don't want this to turn into a 50-cubit long scroll that only Gandalf has enough time to read, so if you have any questions about why I think a certain way, feel free to ask. ANYWAY....Trump......
So I do NOT think he is a racist, contrary to what CNN would tell you. I think he is painted in a bad light by the media in general. Most of it is nonsense. I hate how so many people say "I don't trust the media" then turn around and trust every damn thing the media say. CNN said Trump is a racist, so it must be true. MSNBC said Trump says all Mexicans are rapists, so it must be true. CBS says Trump is a warmonger, so it must be true. The list goes on and on and on, of course.
The reason this pisses me off so much is because there are so many REAL, LEGITIMATE things to hate about Trump. Barely anyone ever talks about how he says he thinks we should kill the families of terrorists as a strategy against terrorism. That is absolutely terrible. In my mind, that should instantly disqualify him in the conscience of any voter.
He thinks we should ban all immigration of Muslims (at least for a time). To be clear again, this is not a RACIST stance....as Islam is not a race but a religion....yet it is still a collectivist mindset that is extremely dangerous. People should be judged as individuals, not by what group they "belong" to, or more often than not, what group we ASSIGN them to.
I DO think he is extremely egotistical. He is kind to his friends, but vicious to his enemies. Christ teaches us to love our enemies. He seems to favor vengeance over forgiveness. He is rude, cocky, arrogant, dishonest, unprincipled, and an overall mean guy. He has no principled philosophy that guides his policies. He just says what sounds good, and people eat it up.
Man, I could really dig deep into Trump, but I don't want this post to be a hater's ball. So I'll slow down. I would just recommend listening to what Trump actually says in context and making a judgment off of that. You guys are smart enough to think for yourselves.
Though I dislike Trump and could never vote for or support him unless Jesus Himself specifically told me otherwise, I do indeed think Hillary Clinton would be a lot worse.
Hillary Rodham Clinton. I straight-up actually believe that she is probably guilty of murder. No joke. I do adhere to the concept of "innocent until proven guilty." With that said, I am not calling for her imprisonment or a death sentence on her head (I'm against the death penalty anyway), I am just saying it gives me great pause in wanting to vote for her or support her as President. Anyone who pays close to attention to politics, news, or just Hillary in general should be able to EASILY discern that this woman is nasty. Everything she says in public is so scripted and phony, it's ridiculous. We know with CERTAINTY that she and the DNC colluded to steal the nomination away from Bernie Sanders. Ya know what, I won't even go into the trail of blood in Hillary's past, her endless history of scandals and criminality, or that of her husband's....instead....let's talk about policy.
Let's just say that everything I believe about Hillary's character is false....and that she is actually a dedicated servant to the people; her policies would still be an absolute disaster for the country and the world.
Her foreign policy is exactly that of the neocons and Bush regime. We would guaranteed be involved in more endless war. Look only to her role in Libya, Iraq, and Syria as both Senator and Secretary of State.
She believes in higher taxation. More government intrusion into the economy. She is totally pro-state, anti-choice. She basically believes that the only time Americans should have a choice is when it comes to whether or not women should be able to abort unborn children. Her policies sway with the winds of political expedience.
Her tax plans are ridiculous and, as taxation is obviously theft, I am against any form of involuntary taxation, let alone a massive increase of them.
She is an authoritarian, just as Trump is. They both want to use the power of government to dictate morality and lifestyle. She wants to use the power of the state to dictate what marriage is (as does Trump). She wants to use the power of the state to dictate peoples' health insurance (as does Trump). She clearly stole the nomination from Bernie Sanders, not just with DNC collusion, but also with voter fraud.
Again, I could dig a lot deeper, but let's just leave it here and move on to my man Gary Johnson!
Gary Johnson - Libertarian
I voted for Gary in 2012. I would have written in "Ron Paul," but my understanding at the time was that state law in Oregon discounted write-in votes....so I chose GJ instead.
Let's begin. I am a libertarian. I adhere to the Non-Aggression Principle. Gary does not. I believe the NAG is essential to libertarianism. I would, of course, rather have GJ in the White House than Donald or Hillary, but not enough to vote for him. I vote my conscience. It tells me I cannot support GJ. I think he is a terrible flag-bearer for libertarians. He is more like a mix of democrat and republican. In fact, he seems to think that being "fiscally conservative and socially liberal" is what libertarianism is all about. He thinks that being libertarian means mixing the "good" parts of the Democrat and Republican parties. He is very wrong. Dems and Reps are two sides of the same fiat dollar bill. Libertarians are a bar of gold. We stand against violence. We don't think violence should be used, even if by the government, to solve problems.
Gary Johnson thinks that Christian bakers should be FORCED BY LAW to bake a cake for a gay wedding. Libertarians are SUPPOSED to say the opposite. It is called freedom of association. Under the same grounds, Jews would be forced to bake a Nazi cake, Muslims would be forced to bake a cake of Muhammad, etc....
One thing I'll say, and this is kind of out of left field, but Gary Johnson admits to being an atheist, or at least agnostic. I respect that. I am a Christian....and deeply so. I prefer that our president would also be a man after God's own heart. However, I respect that GJ tells the truth about his beliefs. I won't name names, but I would say that probably 90% of politicians who say they are "Christians" are only claiming so for political points, not out of servitude to the Lord. "By your fruit you shall know them."
I respect Jill a great deal. She is honest, forthright, principled, and genuine. I put her in the same category as people like Bernie Sanders and Dennis Kucinich. I respect her, I just disagree with her philosophy.
She believes in government to do good. I do not. I believe that the only way for government to be effective in solving the worlds' problems is to give it great power. I believe that power corrupts and that the corrupt crave power. It is like the One Ring in Lord of the Rings. People might seek to do good with it, but, in the words of Aragorn, "You cannot wield it! None of us can! The Ring answers to [Satan] alone!" I replaced Sauron with Satan, whatevs. It felt right. Anyway.....
Jill Stein is cool and well-intended and sincere about solving real problems, I just disagree with her vehemently on how those problems should be solved.
OK!!!! I think that concludes why I will not be voting in this election. I will abstain my vote just as I abstain my consent. I do not desire a king, for I already have one. His name is Jesus and he is super tight. You should meet Him if you don't already know Him. I promise you will love Him. :)
P.S. For the record, the only two people who I considered maybe voting for this election cycle were Rand Paul and Ben Carson. I respect both of them greatly.