William F. Buckley famously said, “I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University.” Perhaps it is time for a variation on that, along the lines of, “I am obliged to confess I should sooner vote in a presidential election between two random people in the Hereford, TX telephone directory than in a contest between anyone running for the office today.” Hereford, TX, by the way, recently was declared the most conservative city in the USA.
I am thoroughly sick of this election cycle. Of the four top candidates, Clinton, Sanders, Cruz and Trump, I actually find Sander’s campaign the most appealing. Notwithstanding that, I can’t vote for him because his policies and beliefs will destroy this country. I don’t think I need to explain my objections to Hillary or Donald and to my great dismay, Ted Cruz’s campaign has diminished him in my eyes. I would love to see him as the next Supreme Court Justice and I will probably vote for him in my state’s upcoming primary, but I think that too many times the way he is campaigning is foolish or demeaning. Should a brokered convention declare Kasich or Romney or Jeb Bush or Ryan as the Republican nominee, that might actually lead me to officially change my voter registration to independent or Libertarian.
What’s a girl to do?
This country’s descent into immorality and poverty is accelerating rapidly. Europe’s terrorist eruption will not stay contained and in fact we have had more than one taste of it here. Judge Scalia’s death severely diminishes the group of upright, intelligent and wise leaders our country has. I will continue to support individual candidates and to speak out, because we each have to do that.
Yet, in the final analysis, the truth of the words from Psalms: “Do not rely on noblemen or on a human for he holds no salvation,” (Psalms 146) is hitting us in the face with stark clarity. While that is clearly the truth and the real source for peace of mind, it is late at night and I’m sure things will look brighter in the morning.