In case you haven’t noticed, tomorrow is Election Day in America. I would guess that many Americans don’t really have great faith in either of the two main candidates running for president. But this choice isn’t about what we used to call “character” in quainter times. It’s more about choosing whether America should change course or continue at breakneck speed in the same direction (which ends us up over the precipice.) Another big question is: Do we even have faith in the electoral process anymore? Many issues are muddying the waters when it comes to free and fair elections. A few of them include: digital technologies susceptible to hacking; the attack on voter ID; and the growing ignorance about the Constitution itself and why preserving it is important. (A few months ago, I also wrote of my concern that our right to a secret ballot could soon face challenges.)
But I think highest on the list of factors that got us where we are is that we are living in a post-virtue society. The culture has become so coarse and our institutions have become so corrupt, that we seem to have lost the capacity to govern ourselves. Such are the conditions that gave us the candidates we now have. I’ve wrestled for a while with the idea of voting for Donald Trump. Yes, he has a penchant for speaking and acting crassly — as do a lot of our celebrities and so many of whom pass today as role models. The reality is that a Hillary Clinton presidency will put us into hyper drive in growing the bureaucratic Borg State. Such a state would end the right to live a private life. It would essentially cancel out the Bill of Rights.
We are where we are.
So the other day, I explained in greater detail why I decided to pull the lever for Trump: to allow for a chance to get some breathing room for the Constitution. You can read it at The Federalist here.