I have been trying to avoid writing about this year's presidential race, mostly because to say that those who attempt to take our Catholic faith seriously are between a rock and a hard place is belaboring the obvious. While I understand that thoughtful people of good will can reach different conclusions, I do not see how I can vote for anyone other than a write-in candidate (I favor writing in "Benjamin Netanyahu," notwithstanding the fact that he is disqualified from holding the office. So is Donald Trump, actually if not technically). The Democratic Party platform, and Hillary Clinton herself, assert positions that are directly contrary to "non-negotiable" positions of my faith (according to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church), including rock-solid advocacy of "abortion rights" and "gay marriage." I don't buy the "seamless garment" theory that permits "Cafeteria Catholics" to allow other portions of the platform to override those two "deal-breakers." In addition, I've long had a problem with Ms. Clinton's character, dating from the early 1990s and my tenure as a legal advisor to the Resolution Trust Corporation's Southwest Regional Office. What I know is attorney-client privileged, but it led me to the conclusion that neither of the Clintons is someone I'd want in the Oval Office, albeit we got one of them boffing interns there for two terms.
No matter what Trump claims his views might be at any one moment, he has demonstrated repeatedly that he's a bald-faced liar who has said, and you can assume will continue to say, anything he thinks you want to hear in order to get himself elected. I've personally watched him contradict himself within the same sentence, paragraph, and day, and from day-to-day. In addition to his other despicable personal traits (and they are legion), anyone who trusts him to do anything he promises to do (such as appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court of the United States) is engaged in wishful thinking. I save my wishful thinking for hopes regarding the Triune God. I have absolutely no confidence that he would be better than Hillary, and might be worse, since he once praised her, contributed to her campaigns, and appears to have lived most of his life as anything other than a "small government conservative." The most powerful elected official in the world is not the position where I want to roll the dice and go against both my head and my gut. Other Catholics are willing to take a chance. I'm not.
My bottom line is that I think that either one of them would be equally disastrous. In fact, I think that they are both evil. I'm not voting for evil, lesser or greater.
The reason I wrote this post is because of my annoyance with friends who are attempting to persuade me to vote for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party candidate. This interview with Tim Carney, as well as my reading of his party's platform, makes him a non-starter. He supports both abortion rights and gay marriage, and is opposed to a religious belief exception. How can a Catholic support that candidate? C.S. Lewis destroyed the entire libertarian philosophy for me in Mere Christianity. That way is trying to sail across the North Atlantic during the winter in a rudderless ship. God bless all of you who can vote for him. I cannot, so stop trying to discuss it further with me.
I do not know what I'm going to do other than pray hard for guidance from God. In the interim, this blog will not be a place for partisan spewing. I do not wish to debate anyone. I have no dog in this hunt. I wish a pox on all their houses. On the other hand, to every one of you of good conscience who comes to a contrary conclusion, I wish you well.
Rant over. Back to poetry, music, art, faith, transcendence, and the permanent things.