In the coming days, the United States will be choosing a new president. In Oregon, where I live, ballots have already been sent out and many have been turned back in. But for the majority of the country (and many Oregonians), voting will be on November 8th. The two (viable) options are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and for many people, it is a decision that comes down to voting for the lesser of two evils.
The lesser of two evils is a term that implies a lot. It implies that both choices are, at their core, evil. The logical conclusion to this dilemma is to not vote at all. I surely don’t want to ever vote for evil, do you? But we are also faced with the fact that it is our duty as American citizens to vote. It is even our duty as Bible believing Christians to vote. This means that we have to either choose someone who is evil, or write in someone who won’t win.
I don’t know where the idea of the lesser of two evils comes from, but I can tell you why many politically minded people like to use it. It discourages people from voting.
When you think over and over that you must choose between two evil people, you are much more likely to just not choose at all. What this does is whittle down the number of voters, making it more likely for a less desirable candidate to win.Instead of voting for the lesser of two evils, vote for the greater of two goods
Instead of voting for the lesser of two evils, I think you should vote for the greater of two goods. When an option of two goods is laid before you, it’s much easier to decide who to vote for. Evil if never a good option, but good is always good.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are not evil people. Before you start screaming at me about how one of them did this and the other did that, just hear me out. During a political cycle, we hear all the worst things a candidate has done. Obviously each side wants us to believe that the other side is worse so they pull out all the stops to make the other look bad. But that isn’t everything about that person. If someone has gotten to a place in their life where they can be even momentarily considered to be president, they must have done something right.
Hillary Clinton has been a pioneer in women’s rights. She spoke in front of the U.N. defending rights of women around the world. She has been our First Lady, a Senator from New York and our Secretary of State. In those roles, she fought for better healthcare and negotiated peace throughout the world.
Donald Trump is an excellent business man. He has been known for decades as a man who can take something worthless and turn it into a huge moneymaking machine. He can and has negotiated deals with people all over the world from different cultures and has come out with what he wanted in most cases. He even had his own TV show!Instead of weighing the bad and voting for the lesser, weigh the good and vote for the greater
Both candidates are a good choice. Neither one is evil, even if they did do all the bad things that they are accusing each other of doing. I’m sure that if we tried, we could dig up some really bad things from anyone’s past to make them look bad, but that doesn’t make them evil. Don’t fall into the trap of trying to decide between two evil people, and look at the good in both of them. Instead of weighing the bad and voting for the lesser, weigh the good and vote for the greater.
It is your responsibility to vote on November 8th. Don’t let the false idea of two evils candidates be the reason you sit this one out.