Yes, Voting In This Election Is Necessary

Yes, Voting In This Election Is Necessary


It is not often when I disagree with His Excellency Rene Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi. However, in light of this post of his (ARE DONALD TRUMP AND HILLARY CLINTON [EQUALLY] EVIL PERSONS?), I must. [Or with similar neo-Catholic/neo-Conservative posts such as RACHEL LU’s Donald Trump and the Catholic Vote]

I see two flaws in his [and similar #nevertrump] post(s):

First, there is this notion that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are equally evil. I think that has been amply demonstrated by enough people that simply isn’t the reality of the situation. Hillary has already proven her depravity during her public career – and her record includes a trail of dead bodies. A commenter on the bishop’s post asked for a list of Trump’s evils, mentioning that no list was necessary for Hillary. When such a list can be produced (I mean actual evil committed, not just verbalized) that is comparable to Hillary’s, then I’ll concede that the bishop has a point.

Second, the bishop seems to think that in the matter of this election, that our action of voting isn’t necessary. I hold that it is very necessary, for one simple reason. Of the two unequally evil outcomes, one will inevitably occur. If the bishop is implying that we don’t have a positive moral duty to at least mitigate the harm done, then he may inadvertently be justifying and even advocating a sin of omission on the part of Catholic voters. The act of voting is, in and of itself, a moral good. Its morality can be impacted by the intended aim of the voter. We also know that in the poll, we can vote so as to oppose a candidate as much as to support one; the bishop himself acknowledges that fact as he suggests a “write-in” for Cruz.

When we deliberate any action, we must consider any foreseeable consequences of the action. We cannot act in reckless disregard for these consequences, even if we don’t deliberately intend them. To do so would be a sin against prudence. Too many of the #nevertrump crowd are engaging in such sin – and they seem to be quite proud of it! Go figure! They refuse to learn from history! Look at what happened when they refused to vote for McCain eight years ago and Romney four years ago! What kind of “principles” allow these folks to disregard such foreseeable disasters as they deliberate how to cast their votes? Must we have a repeat of these last eight years? Must we allow Hillary entrance into the White House where she (and her husband) can complete the work of dismantling the United States (and probably adding to their body count [see comment below])?

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3 comments on “Yes, Voting In This Election Is Necessary

  1. [Hillary and Bill’s body count – so far]

    The Suicidal Whining Of The #nevertrump Crowd


    Some seriously individuals, deluded by their own frustrations, have decided to jump on a bandwagon with the hashtag #nevertrump. I and others have commented on this mental disconnect.

    With some variations, what we hear from them is this: “My favorite guy didn’t win! Therefore I will not vote or write my favorite in or otherwise waste my vote. Who cares about the consequences?” This is quite similar to the pouts we hear from small children: “I don’t like things here so I’m going to take my toys and go home! So there!” In one Facebook discussion I asked why I’m not seeing any of the #nevertrump folks sport hashtags that say #neverhillary. The response is rather telling:


    Clearly we have a “cut off the nose to spite the face” mentality. Not only are they refusing to bring logic and reason to bear on the matter, but they actually seem to hold logic and reason in disdain.

    One individual on Facebook who is associated with a leading Catholic site, posted, “You know, I think I’m ok with Hillary for four years, if that means that the GOP gets its shit together.” Perhaps we can cut him some slack for he is Canadian, but a reasonable person will not be ok with Hillary in light of what I found on another Facebook post. Here is a list of associates of the Clintons who, over the years, met with “untimely” deaths. To wit:

    1- James McDougal – Clintons convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr’s investigation.
    2 – Mary Mahoney – A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown .. The murder happened just after she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.
    3 – Vince Foster – Former White House councilor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.
    4 – Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died. A few days later the air Traffic controller committed suicide.
    5 – C. Victor Raiser, II – Raiser, a major player in the Clinton fund raising organization died in a private plane crash in July 1992.
    6 – Paul Tulley – Democratic National Committee Political Director found dead in a hotelroom in Little Rock , September 1992. Described by Clinton as a “dear friend and trusted advisor”.
    7 – Ed Willey – Clinton fundraiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved in several Clinton fund raising events.
    8 – Jerry Parks – Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security team in Little Rock .. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little Rock Park’s son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.
    9 – James Bunch – Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a “Black Book” of people which contained names of influential people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas
    10 – James Wilson – Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater..
    11 – Kathy Ferguson – Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases, as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.
    12 – Bill Shelton – Arkansas State Trooper and fiancee of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancee, he was found dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his fiancee.
    13 – Gandy Baugh – Attorney for Clinton’s friend Dan Lassater, died by jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a convicted drug distributor.
    14 – Florence Martin – Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal, Mena, Arkansas, airport drug smuggling case. He died of three gunshot wounds.
    15 – Suzanne Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.
    16 – Paula Grober – Clinton’s speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978 until her death December 9, 1992. She died in a one car accident.
    17 – Danny Casolaro – Investigative reporter. Investigating MenaAirport and Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He slit his wrists, apparently, in the middle of his investigation.
    18 – Paul Wilcher – Attorney investigating corruption at MenaAirport with Casolaro and the 1980 “October Surprise” was found dead on a toilet June 22, 1993, in his WashingtonDC apartment. Had delivered a report to Janet Reno 3 weeks before his death.
    19 – Jon Parnell Walker – Whitewater investigator for Resolution Trust Corp. Jumped to his death from his Arlington , Virginia apartment balcony August 15, 1993. He was investigating the Morgan Guaranty scandal.
    20 – Barbara Wise – Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang. Cause of death unknown. Died November 29, 1996. Her bruised, nude body was found locked in her office at the Department of Commerce.
    21 – Charles Meissner – Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.
    22 – Dr. Stanley Heard – Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee died with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash. Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton ‘s advisory council personally treated Clinton’s mother, stepfather and brother.
    23 – Barry Seal – Drug running TWA pilot out of Mena Arkansas, death was no accident.
    24 – Johnny Lawhorn, Jr. – Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair shop. He was found dead after his car had hit a utility pole.
    25 – Stanley Huggins – Investigated Madison Guaranty. His death was a purported suicide and his report was never released.
    26 – Hershell Friday – Attorney and Clinton fundraiser died March 1, 1994, when his plane exploded.
    27 – Kevin Ives & Don Henry – Known as “The boys on the track” case. Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas airport drug operation. A controversial case, the initial report of death said, due to falling asleep on railroad tracks. Later reports claim the 2 boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a Grand Jury.

    28 – Keith Coney – Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck, 7/88.
    29 – Keith McMaskle – Died, stabbed 113 times, Nov, 1988
    30 – Gregory Collins – Died from a gunshot wound January 1989.
    31 – Jeff Rhodes – He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989.
    32 – James Milan – Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death was due to natural causes”.
    33 – Jordan Kettleson – Was found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup truck in June 1990.
    34 – Richard Winters – A suspect in the Ives/Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up robbery July 1989.

    35 – Major William S. Barkley, Jr.
    36 – Captain Scott J . Reynolds
    37 – Sgt. Brian Hanley
    38 – Sgt. Tim Sabel
    39 – Major General William Robertson
    40 – Col. William Densberger
    41 – Col. Robert Kelly
    42 – Spec. Gary Rhodes
    43 – Steve Willis
    44 – Robert Williams
    45 – Conway LeBleu
    46 – Todd McKeehan

    That of course doesn’t include the Benghazi Four, or the millions of dead babies whose murders were facilitated by both the Freedom of Choice Act and Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act that Bill Clinton signed. Here’s some more food for thought to illustrate why her presidency would be an unmitigated horror for the United States.

    Trump, for all his admitted faults, has no dead people to his charge as do the Clintons. In many ways he is a wild card, true. But we know what Hillary would do, should she win. To my #nevertrump friends: please cease immediately your petulant whining. Ted Cruz (for whom I voted) is not the candidate. Please put on the big boy/girl pants and work to deny Hillary the White House.

  2. First, there is this notion that Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are equally evil.

    This does not capture the bishop’s argument. He defines the state of being an “evil person.” Given this discernment, there is no way to defend voting for such a person. You may disagree with the bishop, but please represent his argument correctly.

    Second, the bishop seems to think that in the matter of this election, that our action of voting isn’t necessary.

    Again, this doesn’t capture the bishop’s argument. He says it’s not necessary to vote for Trump or HRC. He doesn’t say voting is unnecessary.

    I don’t think the bishop has sufficiently delineated the evil of DJT, but he may be choosing not to go there. But then, he shouldn’t expect us just to take him on faith. I’m not as convinced as he is. But DJT is a disgusting ogre, philanderer, sycophant, and possibly a narcissist.

  3. I got a mailing from SSPX that I think I can render accurately as stating the same traditional Catholic principle that Bishop Garcia did, that we are not obligated to choose between two evils, we only must choose the good when there is one. So I think this post is wrong insofar as it does not argue that Trump is a good, but dismisses the principle itself.

    If Trump were to say to the public, now: I have been running my campaign as if it were a reality show, but this is what I actually believe and will follow it in my presidency, and then listed the things that could conceivably make him ‘good,’ then there might be an argument. But even though he might do that, the list of things that Trump would actually pursue in his presidency are not the important ones. Even building a wall–a small google search will quickly reveal that Mexicans are going home, not coming over. It’s the truth. We can address immigration now the very best by encouraging marriage and discouraging contraception. But Trump’s not for that. He will never support stopping abortion, or stopping divorce, or stopping bank fraud. The real Donald Trump, rhetoric aside, is liberal. (Just like Benedict is.)

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