“Anyone but Trump”? No, no thank you, not when a vote for Clinton is a vote for Satan

My political views are very recognizably Right—that’s why I’ve decided to contribute to this site. But they’re also what many on both the mainstream Right and Left would no doubt consider paranoid “conspiracy theory.” However, as our world descends into greater absurdity by the day (and, dare I say, depravity), it’s becoming exceedingly difficult to deny that a force beyond all human calculation and control has apparently overtaken us. Events are unfolding by an anti-logic, a logic denying all rational logic. We are currently witnessing the rise of an all-encompassing control grid; that ol’ Police State everyone used to say was nothing more than the stuff of Orwell’s imagination is now here. Dystopia has become reality. Indeed, things that just twenty years ago many would have ridiculed as “conspiracy theory” have already arrived (mass-government surveillance, phony wars, etc.), or else appear to be shortly on the way (human microchipping, transhumanism, or virtual reality anyone?).

This Presidential election is no exception to the craziness. When the electorate of the most powerful nation on earth has been reduced to choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who will deny that we are living in bizarre times? Leftists know this just as well as anybody else, which is why they’ve found it necessary to parrot their “Anyone but Trump” motto to rationalize continued participation in this bread and circus. Of course, in typical leftist fashion, not only are they using an empty slogan to rationalize their behavior (like last go-round’s “Change We Can Believe In!”), but, in doing so, they also are using it to try to win for themselves the moral high-ground. Voting for Hillary, they really believe, or at least they would like us to think they believe, is some noble action that is going to save the world. Not only are they doing the only rational thing, you see, they’re also heroes protecting everyone else from their own stupidity. Leftists, we know, will never forgo the opportunity to pat themselves on the back, even when the supposed reason for self-congratulation is, as in this case, voting for a criminal like Hillary, whose record makes Nixon by comparison look like a saint. Still, somehow, casting a vote for Hillary, they believe, is the equivalent of staving-off the Apocalypse.

I encounter this deluded smugness almost daily. I am sure many of you do, too. Many of our colleagues, friends, and even family have fallen prey to it, sad to say. A quick anecdote illustrates it. Recently my wife and I had dinner with my in-laws. One is a Noble-Prize nominated academic, the other is an Ivy League educated lawyer. They are the kind of people whom society considers informed, and certainly at the very least sane. And yet, the leftist “idle talk” that leaves their mouth is quite often simply astounding. My father-in-law began by commenting that someone (presumably a Trump partisan) had torn down his front-yard’s Hillary sign. When my wife asked whether there were any Trump signs up in the neighborhood (perhaps the culprit was a local who’d left a trace), my mother-in-law proudly reported “No,” but then concluded on a downcast note acknowledging that “there are probably some Trump supporters out there somewhere…” In a perfect world, you see, there would be no deplorables in those pristine and enlightened burrows of the millionaire leftist elite!

The dinner exchange got me to thinking. Why exactly do rich, educated liberals believe Hillary is the clear moral superior of Trump? Could Hillary do anything to change their minds? She’s currently under FBI investigation. And most of her current supporters were alive and presumably not in a coma for the 90s. So have they forgotten Mena, Waco, Whitewater, Paula Jones and others, and Chinagate? Have they forgotten, or do they just simply choose to ignore, the Clinton Body Count that has been circulating on the Internet for years? For a full summary of what I thought everyone by now already knew about Bill and Hillary, see here.

Donald Trump is bad (which is why I will not be voting for him), but Hillary Clinton is no better, and those on the Left saying otherwise and rationalizing their decision to vote for her are simply kidding themselves. The only moral thing to do, as I see it, is not to participate in this rigged reality of a voting system. We already know, from 2004, that Presidential elections can be stolen. And of course no one will have forgotten what happened in 2000. The thing to do isn’t, as the mainstream Left is currently doing, to deny that Hillary is trying to steal the election. The thing to do instead is realize that these elections are always subject to manipulation and hence aren’t worth taking seriously.

I sometimes wonder: what will it take for people on the mainstream Left (the preferred ideology of your standard-issue university professor) to realize that the current political and media system is bread and circus? Our owners at the top are friends, who openly mock the uninitiated masses for taking this theater seriously.

What kind of world, you ask, would give us the “choice” between Trump and Clinton? Easy: the very world described by a Bible the secular Hillary supporters deride as fairy-tale: a world that “lies in wickedness” (1 John 5:19) and is “ruled by spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12), because it runs “according to the power of the prince of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). In short, a world in which Satan “has blinded the minds of men which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

If you are quick to dismiss the Biblical diagnosis and prognosis of the times, ask yourself: divinely understood, what is the actual difference between Clinton and Trump? I don’t see any meaningful one. I see two spiritless people who do little more than argue about job figures, while accurately observing that the other is a congenital liar. Pardon me for not caring about this election. I think I have every right not to. Consider, for instance, the words of Paul’s second Letter to Timothy, which foretell what people will become as the End approaches:

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:1-4).

Notice what Paul doesn’t say. He doesn’t say, “Well, Timothy, things are going to be very bad one day, and when they become so, just always remember to choose the lesser of the two evils.” No, in the very next verse, the Apostle tells us to put evil things and evil choices and evil people away from us: “from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:5).

The only morally defensible political act in our current political reality is the subversive one of not voting. However, that is precisely what the Left especially this election cycle refuses to accept. Too many on both the Right and Left are refusing to “opt-out” of the system (and no, voting for Trump is not a way of doing so). Every four years, the American people are seduced into participating in a meaningless charade, which is why those who do decide to vote end up having to rationalize the decision with the “anyone but X” logic.

Stop doing that. You aren’t saving the world. You aren’t doing anything noble. You are looking for heroes where there are none. A vote for Hillary is no different than a vote for Trump, since, either way, you’re endorsing a covetous, prideful, foolish, self-involved, greedy liar. And if you’re going to ignore reality and still vote for Hillary anyway, then do it in secret rather than shouting it from the rooftops as if you’re somehow saving the world from evil by opposing Trump. You’re not.

You can’t save the world, but God can save you from it. When you’ve been delivered from this present world, you won’t be wasting your time voting for either Hillary or Trump, because you’ll finally understand that, in the eyes of God, they’re carbon copies. As someone grieved by the intensifying moral and spiritual devolution of this country, I have nevertheless learned no longer to trust the mainstream politicians and pundits on the Right, who only pay lip-service to the values of “God and Country.” I’ve been fooled by their empty promises too many times to allow myself to get up for the letdown again.

God does not call on us to choose the lesser of two evils. He calls on us to put away and rebuke evil. Hillary is evil, which is why voting for her is just as evil as voting for Trump. For the leftist Trump opponents out there who are riding on your high-horses, think again. If you cared about character and reason as you claim, then you wouldn’t be supporting a degenerate like Clinton, much less insisting that it somehow makes you morally and intellectually superior to those who are voting Trump.

To anyone among the Leftist intelligentsia who may be reading, this election, rather than boasting in the self-glorifying silliness of your “Anyone but Trump” slogan, here are words actually worth living by:

Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them (Ephesians 5:12).

Stop squandering the gift of existence obsessing over the phantom that you’re going to save the world on Nov 8 by voting for Hillary Clinton. Tonight, make time to be alone, silence everything, and finally confront what’s truly the most important crisis you’re facing, the one of real infinite consequence–and get right with God.

That Single Individual

Striving to be set apart from the shrewdness of today's world of academic philosophy, That Single Individual does philosophy in the hope that his work might stir others to faith in Jesus. This flippant disregard for career idolatry has made him unpopular in certain circles, a fact he only considers cause for thanksgiving, since it means he knows something the placement directors and esteemed chairs won't admit to anyone, especially themselves: there are in fact fates worse than never becoming an assistant professor!

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  1. What a cop out. Trump is not the ‘lesser of two evils’. No one is looking for a saviour in this election, certainly Trump is no saint. But Christians ought not to sit back and let their world fall into ruin. The Christian must be in the world but not of it- why didn’t you reference that verse? Your refusing to exercise your political right to vote is not “putting away and rebuking evil”, it is putting your head in the sand, it is giving in to apathy. It is completely removing and alienating yourself from the world that God calls his people to witness to. I could maybe understand your position if you were a poor farmer living in a place like Somalia-no hope of a fair system there. But in the US? I think you’ve missed the mark on this one.

    • Tom,

      We agree that the present world is in very bad shape. The Bible says, and I believe, that the world lies in darkness and that many have been blinded by their sin, so they do not realize it, or perhaps do not wish to realize it. I think the fundamental brokenness of this world becomes increasingly clear by the day, at least to anyone who is willing to see the reality around us for what it is. And I believe this election cycle has particularly made that clear to anyone who is willing to accept reality.

      The question, then, is what the individual Christian is called to do about it in response. For my part, there is no need to worry about the world’s falling into ruin; it already is in state of ruin! Our calling, then, is not to fix a world that’s already broken. Our calling is to live holy lives that no longer contribute to the existing brokenness, and to do what we can to reach others, so that they might choose to live such lives, too.

      This is why I very much agree with you that God calls us to witness to the world. God willing, on the day of the election, I’ll be distributing Gospel tracts and doing what I can to preach the Gospel to the lost. Doing that, I believe, is more productive than voting, especially when voting would entail my having to support a very rotten human being in either Trump or Clinton.

      Now, if I were actually presented with the choice of a godly candidate, then by all means I would vote for him. But because no such choice exists, I will not participate. And I don’t expect to ever be presented with that choice, because this is after all, well, the world!

      So to me the question comes to this: who is really the apathetic one? The one who removes himself from the system and does what he can to reach his fellow man by other means, or the one who continues to participate in the system, regardless of how bad that system continues to get?

      We are living in the age of the mass spectacle and the public ritual. Better not to partake it such things (Ephesians 5:7), and instead put the words of Christ into living action, not by voting for someone godless like Trump or Clinton, but by doing what we can to get others to come to the Lord. For some, realizing that this Presidential election is a farce might be the occasion to their spiritual awakening. That anyway is my hope! By not voting for either Trump or Clinton and explaining that decision to the people in our lives, we stand a chance of perhaps winning some of them to Christ. But if we compromise our conscience by voting for evil candidates, then we have no right to witness to the world, since really, all we’ll have shown is that we’re only too willing to throw ourselves right back into it! How could I tell a man to crucify himself to the world and come to Christ, if, as a supposed follower of Christ, I have not yet come out of the world either? Everyone would have every right not to listen to me.

      As I see it (and no doubt many on the Right will disagree), prior to any deep distinction between conservatism and liberalism, there exists a more important one: that between godliness and worldliness. Once we as individuals abandon godliness in our own lives, we end up exactly where we have as a nation: faced with a “choice” between Trump or Clinton.

      • I understand and share your concern. However I do not think the dichotomy that you have set up between ‘removing oneself from the system and reaching his fellow man’ and participating in the system is a true one in this case. I agree it is not our duty to ‘fix’ the world, per se. But how does voting for a candidate who is the most likely to subdue the left and defend traditional conservative values constitute as trying to fix the world? They need not be mutually exclusive, is my point, at least not yet.

        Here is why I think so. There are many moral issues relevant to the genuine Christian in contemporary society that are deeply entrenched in liberal politics such as abortion, gay rights, gender issues, the family, marriage, euthanasia, etc. I fear Christians have done far too little in the past to defend against the evil we now see in the world, and simply choosing not to be apart of it any longer is simply giving in. Christians are called to proclaim the word of God boldly, and in this world that necessarily entails entering politics, for these issues are ones I believe the Christian must stand up for, and they cannot be disentangled from the politics of our present age, unfortunately.

        As a Christian, I cannot simply sit back and watch while my country elects leaders who actively destroy innocent human life, destroy the God-given gift of marriage and family, and turn common sense on its head. If I were an American (I am Canadian, but we have a liberal majority in Canada and see much of the same PC bs up here) In fact, I might go so far as to say I would take it as my moral duty to vote for the candidate who is most likely to counter these attacks on the sanctity of human life, marriage, family, etc.

      • Tom,

        Thanks for this additional reply.

        I understand your take, and I see why you hold it. It’s actually the position I maintained until quite recently. I don’t at all doubt your sincerity in Christ, and I completely agree that we as Christians are called to a life of activity, not quietism.

        But again, to me, the crucial question then becomes what we are to do. In the opening paragraph of my original post (and elsewhere too) I alluded to the fact that our political system is not at all what our mainstream media and social institutions present it to be. Satan, for those who have eyes to see, is the God of this world and the power-structures of this world are his. Paul himself says so explicitly, and indeed Satan says so too (see Luke 4:6). Of course it upsets me to see the many evil things that are occurring in my country: the legalization of abortion, the legalization of gay-marriage, the looming legalization of “medicinal” marijuana (i.e., sorcery), and the rampant materialism and selfishness of mass popular culture.

        But Donald Trump hasn’t even really campaigned against any of these things. When he says let’s “Make America Great Again,” he doesn’t have in mind restoring Christian values. He is not opposing the wickedness sweeping our country and the world; he is just another exemplar of it.

        I think we have to ask ourselves who really runs the mainstream political system. If I thought that there were truly someone who was able and willing to oppose the wicked laws and court rulings we’ve been seeing, then by all means I’d vote for him. But sadly I think there are only harder times ahead for all of us. The darkness is gathering, and the Beast system is really starting to openly unveil itself.

        At this point, I think our energy needs to be put into pointing out the systematic evil of our political system, and doing what we can to call others out of Babylon. We are witnessing a spiritual epidemic: people all around us are being brainwashed into celebrity worship, sports idolatry, pornography, drunkenness, drug use, careerism, and so many other foolish “deceitful lusts” that destroy men’s souls. Politics, I’m afraid, has become a weapon of the enemy. It has become a spectacle that transfixes those who participate, and it puts them to sleep. It really says something about the sinister nature of the modern political system when otherwise educated people are choosing to vote for shameless people like Clinton or Trump.

        Anyway, none of this is to say that those who hold traditional conservative values should give up. I’m simply saying that we need to be realistic about the nature and extent of what we’re facing, and in turn what might well soon be asked of us if we continue to oppose the spirit of the world. With the steady implementation of “hate-speech” legislation and other such legislation, it won’t be too long before real Christianity is criminalized. I don’t see us being able to stop that, and I certainly don’t see anyone (and certainly not Trump) promising to do anything to stop it.

        In any case, blessings and stay strong in the Lord.

  2. I’m with you in part on this. I’ve opted out of this election, but not out of elections in general. However, I am increasingly finding the democratic system to be problematic by nature. It is a liberal idea, after all, based upon a notion of humanity that is inimical to the historic understanding. The only caveat is that the notion of Christians opting out of the institution en masse seems very problematic while the institution is still the operative one. Hopefully soon this dalliance with egalitarian democracy that the world is engaging in will pass.

  3. I believe politics and voting is practical business. So abstinence I think is extremely ill-advised given how much is at stake this election. With that said, I’m not voting because I failed to register in the new state I’m living in. So what do I know.

  4. Single,

    I agree with you that not voting is really not that big of a deal; there are a lot more important ways to be a good citizen than voting. But I’m having trouble detecting an argument for why it’s wrong to vote for Trump. The probability that he will appoint more conservative judges is alone sufficient to justify voting for him.

    “A vote for Hillary is no different than a vote for Trump, since, either way, you’re endorsing a covetous, prideful, foolish, self-involved, greedy liar.”

    Is the idea that the act of voting is an expression of agreement about someone’s character? I think that’s just not true, or at least it’s not true of a great number of people who explicitly say that they are going to “hold their nose” and vote for Trump. They are voting for him because they think his policies will be better while at the same time explicitly condemning his vices.

    This sums up my thoughts perhaps better than anything else:
    http://amgreatness.com/2016/10/24/orthodox-rabbi-supports-trump/

    • Did you not read what I wrote to you yesterday? There is no spot in the ballot box for “against Hillary.” There is no spot for “Trump’s principles.” We vote for people, not policies, which is another reason why the system is abjectly awful (not that a direct democracy is right either, but it’s more rational, even if based on a falsely positive view of humanity). There is no spot on the ballot box which says “For Trump’s policies but against his vices.” There’s only a spot for Trump, take him or leave him.

      The claim that the possibility that Trump might appoint conservative judges is a sufficient condition for voting for him just reveals that you don’t understand what sufficient conditions mean. It means that absolutely anything else can be true, but you’d still be justified in the vote. If that’s the case, then if someone governed exactly identical to Obama except for appointed conservative judges, then he’d be worth voting for. That’s absurd.

      On the other hand, perhaps you aren’t saying ‘If X appoints conservative judges, it’s ok to vote for X.’ Maybe you’re saying If Trump does, it’s ok to vote for Trump. It follows from this that something good about Trump exists that doesn’t exist in the generic X. Then what would that possibly be? If there is something, then THAT would be the actual reason for supporting Trump and not the chance that he (who knows nothing about conservatism) would appoint conservative judges.

      • Pooh Bear,

        I’m not sure if I read what you wrote to me yesterday. In another post? I might not have. So you might have already addressed what I’m about to say.

        Of course it’s not a sufficient condition. That was hyperbole drawing attention to that very important fact.

        I think it’s pretty obvious that Trump policies/appointments will be better for the overall flourishing of U.S. citizens than Hillary. Perhaps you deny that. If so, then, sure, there’s no good reason to vote for Trump. Assuming, though, that you agree that Trump’s policies/appointments will be better for the overall flourishing, I can’t see a good reason that it’s wrong to check the Trump box–a reason that generalizes (not a reason such as that you promised your grandma you wouldn’t vote for Trump and shouldn’t break your promise). Can you?

    • AR,

      Thanks for your reply to my original post. I’ll try to keep my own here brief.

      As I mentioned in both the original post and in my exchange above with Tom in the comments, I have a very different view of the current political system (and society in general) than nearly everyone on the left, but also very many on the right. I no longer take any of it seriously–to me, it is a stage, pure theater designed to distract people from God and reality. It sucks people into a virtual reality that becomes a surrogate reality. People start living vicariously through images and talking heads on the television. People get swept up into the public spectacle and lose themselves.

      When I say that the world lies in darkness, in part I mean that it is an illusion. It presents itself as being something it isn’t. For instance, take the issue of rigged elections, which is now finally bubbling to the surface of public and mainstream discourse, but is a fact that has been widely acknowledged and essentially taken for granted within “conspiracy” circles for years. People are being conditioned by mass media to think that they need to vote for Hillary or Trump because the other option is intolerable, but what people are failing to realize is that Trump and Hillary are just public figureheads of a system that is entirely controlled. I alluded to that true power-structure in my original post by naming some of its most obvious workings–government surveillance, phony wars, etc.

      In my short lifetime, I have seen the Supreme Court push through almost every “progressive” (read: Satanic) social item imaginable. I used to think, well, we need to get the Republicans into power to get some good people on the Court. But now I see that the entire system is corrupt. There are no good people at that level of power. There are simply people, who are willing to do what they’re told.

      Donald Trump, it seems clear to me, is a puppet of the same power-structure that has been systematically dismantling truth for years now. This election cycle, for whatever reason, it’s been decided to give some of the electorate on the right false hope by running an “outsider” (not unlike what was done for the left with Obama in ’08). But it will come to nothing, because it is just more of the same.

      • What you say above makes as much sense as anything else and it resonates with me. What we need is a spiritual solution and not merely a political one.

      • AR,

        Yes, I think you’re exactly right. Before any genuinely good political revolution can come about, there has to be a spiritual revolution in the hearts of men. Dostoevsky, for what it’s worth, famously said so, and the history of the 20th century sadly proved he was right.

        It is always good to thank God and remember that regardless of how evil the world around us becomes, and regardless of how much it might at times frustrate us, we are not helpless or hopeless. The true power lies within us. Each of us has the daily choice to walk with the Lord, and if we do that, then what more is there to do?

        I don’t know whether you’re saved yet; if you are, then stay strong and endure.

        If you’re not, then I my prayer for you (and anyone else reading) is that the current political situation and some of the things I’ve said in this thread about it might lead you to decide to come to the Lord. Everyone knows they are in need of a savior–that’s why campaign strategists always craft ways of triggering that impulse in the voter. But that’s all theater as this current election cycle is showing. Take the real savior–Christ–as yours!

    • For some reason it’s not allowing me to respond to your latest post directly. It seems you didn’t address my claim that there’s no “against” box on a ballot. (This was my response to you on an earlier article that i mentioned regarding “yesterday”) I will say thank you for clarifying regarding the “sufficient condition” situation.

      As I understand it the challenge you put forth is this:

      1: If X is better than Y, we must vote for X.
      2: Trump is better than Hillary.
      Therefore, vote Trump.

      Is this a correct assessment of what you are saying?

      If so, let’s analyze. Premise 1: It is possible that Trump is not better for America in the long run than Hillary. I do not know for sure. It certainly is possible though, that Trump would hurt us far more in the long run than Hillary because to be a conservative will be associated with being a Trumpist (fascist, racist, etc.) such that it will be toxic for anyone to be thought of as conservative in future American politics. There are other ways in which Trump could be worse (i. e. starting a nuclear war because some world leader insults the size of his hands.) Much more could be said on this, but it seems clear to me that premise 1 is ambiguous as regards it’s truth status. (I do agree, that it’s more probably true than false, even if I’m not at all sure of just how probable it’s falsehood is)

      But let’s suppose that HRC is obviously worse than Trump and so premise 1 is true. Is P2 obviously true? I’d say no. For example, suppose that the choices were, instead of Hillary and Trump, substitute Dylan Roof and James Holmes. It’s of course not obviously clear which of these two individuals is worse. The left would probably say Roof is worse because his crimes were done out of racial antipathy. A utilitarian might say that whichever one killed the most people is worse. But doesn’t it strike you as odd that either one ought to be considered worthy of support?

      Let’s make it a little easier: Suppose the choices were between a serial rapist and a serial killer. Most people would think the former is “better” than the latter. Ought we then to vote for the serial rapist to avoid voting for the serial killer? That seems wrong, to me at least. It seems the appropriate choice is to opt out entirely. (Also note that in an election there are other people to vote for too, besides just the (R) and (D) candidate; this thought experiment has removed that option.)

      Let’s change the scenario yet again: Suppose instead of Roof vs. Holmes it’s Dylan Roof on one side and Tim Tebow on the other. (I pick Tebow because almost everyone loves him as a person even if they hate him as a sports figure) Most people now would think that it’s insane to not vote Tebow. Maybe your intuitions were different than mine in case 1, but I suspect many people (even if a minority) would have vastly different intuitions regarding case 3 than they had with respect to case 1. If so, what has changed between the two cases? Has Roof gotten any worse? Obviously not. But the person to vote FOR has gotten significantly better. We might say that the candidate in case 3 has surpassed a certain ‘viability threshold’ above which voting for them seems ok. Trump, in my estimation, has not surpassed that threshold. Therefore he seems inappropriate to vote for.

      • Hi Pooh,

        1: If X is better than Y, we must vote for X.

        That’s not quite what I had in mind. Rather I had in mind something like:

        If it’s reasonable for z to believe that X’s policies/actions would be better than Y’s, it’s prima facie permissible for z to vote for X.

        It may not be ultima facie permissible to vote for X though.

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