This week, in my high school Economics I class, I was told that I had to research both presidential frontrunners and their stances on six main issues: economy and jobs, national security, immigration, taxes and deficits, health care, and energy and the environment for our unit on the election. After collecting our research, we were told to write a paper which compared and contrasted each candidate’s views on the six issues and share who we would vote for and why. We were not only told to pick one of the two only, but we could only state our opinions of them based on issues and stances alone. I don’t know about anyone else out there who votes, but I am not one to choose who I would vote for only based on how they lean. It’s a package deal for me; they have to represent my principles and have a sound moral code.
For me, it was nauseating having to pick Trump or Hillary. In that paper, I realized how sickening choosing the “lesser of two evils” really is. In my concluding statement of my paper, I was sure to mention that I sided with Trump very reluctantly:
“As a former Republican, and looking at strictly issues, I believe that I would vote for Mr. Donald Trump because, based on my research, he holds more of the same views as I do than Secretary Hillary Clinton holds. Examining issues and ‘claimed beliefs’ only, my research was mostly consistent with my views of both candidates, and I…already knew most of their stances from volunteering for Senator Cruz in April and May and from conducting my own research in the past. Overall, though, I do not believe either are fit to become the president of our country because neither have the character nor the history of conservative values that I seek. I believe that a president should be honorable in both word and deed at the very least, and neither candidates have strong history of either traits. I personally am willing to accept an honorable candidate who may not have all of the same values as I do, as long as they are willing to defend life and liberty for all, and both frontrunners do not fit this description, in my opinion.”
I had a hard time siding with Trump for obvious reasons, whether the paper focused strictly on issues or not. I also do not completely agree with him in regards to policies in the first place, so it made it even more uncomfortable. Even if I did agree with his stances based on the research I collected, who knows for sure if that is what he actually thinks? He has flip-flopped multiple times on multiple issues, so who is to say he would not do it again in the future?
What made it all worse was that class’ lessons today. After conducting our research, all of the Economics students had to watch the first presidential debate in order to analyze the issues touched upon and relate them to our research. When talking about taxes on wealthier classes, my teacher asked everyone, “Why should the wealthy not pay their fair share in taxes to help those in need?” No one could answer the question. I believe the problem is rooted in education, not lack of taxation of the rich, as shown by my peers’ inability to defend their positions. After their dead silence and even some nods in agreement with his position, I asked my teacher, “Why is it the federal government’s job to determine if someone is paying their fair share of the money that person possesses?” He never really gave me a complete answer.
It is far too obvious that progressivism is winning in our society today. This “binary choice” system is their ploy, and it needs to stop. The liberals and Trump’s neo-Republican brand are turning over America, leaving conservatives in the dust with no way to stop them. A new conservative party must collapse the walls of the two party system. It is time to get rid of the old ways that are not working and replace it with something that can effectively combat the infectious liberalism in both parties. Our fight can no longer be brought to a two party system with expectations that it will result favorably. We must hold true to God and to conservatism, and the faster we unbind ourselves to corruptness, the quicker we can establish new grounds and restore respect to the Constitution and to Christ.