By, Lorana Hoopes
Remember this famous line from The Princess Bride: “I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.” I feel like this sums up the election of the two major candidates.
As a conservative pro-lifer, I clearly cannot choose Hillary Clinton. She not only believes in abortion on demand, but she wants tax payers to pay for it. It’s funny how being pro-choice only works in liberal’s favor. Women should get to choose to kill their unborn children, but I have no choice in paying for it. Religious organizations have no choice in offering abortion pills as part of their health care package. Because of this and many other reasons, I clearly cannot choose Hillary Clinton.
But if the wine in front of me is Trump, I clearly cannot choose the wine in front of me either. Trump was extremely pro-choice until he decided to run as a Republican. He thinks Planned Parenthood does great things, and he’s said he wants to change the Republican’s stance on abortion. He has flopped on every issue he presented saying “they were starting points.” Trump is all about making deals, so I have no doubt if he could get a deal that would make him money even if it promoted abortions, he would take it. Therefore, I clearly cannot choose Trump either.
To me Hillary is the epitome of Vizzini. She believes she is smarter than the rest of us. It’s the reason she lied about her emails; she thought everyone would just believe her. When we didn’t, she had to claim she couldn’t remember or that she didn’t know C stood for classified. Either she did and she’s a pathological liar, or she didn’t and she’s completely incompetent to run our nation. Either scenario makes her extremely dangerous. She believes she is above the law, and sadly the FBI decision gives credence to that. A leader who is above the law cannot be trusted to do what is right for the country.
On the other hand, you have Trump or Prince Humperdink. He’s loud, self-absorbed, braggadocios, and utterly incompetent. He can’t stay on any topic, meandering down rabbit trails to insult former beauty queens. He thinks his own mind is his best advisor, which ought to strike fear in the hearts of anyone who has ever listened to him try to form a coherent thought. And he won’t follow the advice of people who have been there, who know how to win. He’s out only for himself, though he makes a convincing argument that he’s for the rest of us.
So what is a voter to do?
We need a Westley — the kind, mild-mannered stable boy with sharp wit. Enter Evan McMullin. Even though he favors neither Clinton nor Trump, he hasn’t resorted to name calling like the two of them. There’s been no “basement dwellers, deplorables, fat, or ugly” insults out of his mouth. Unlike the two of them, he hasn’t been making millions off the terrible loopholes set up for the rich to stay rich. (Clinton’s camp is now saying they are just as smart at avoiding taxes as Trump) He doesn’t hold petty grudges from twenty years ago. He doesn’t think raping a twelve-year old is funny or that “she asked for it.” He’s never pretended to be his own spokesperson and then lie about it later. And unlike the two of them, he is adamantly pro-life and always has been. He believes life begins at conception. He doesn’t think Planned Parenthood does great things or that taxpayers should fund abortions. Perhaps the most important aspect is that he actually has a calm demeanor. He doesn’t scream at his aides or go on Twitter rampages at 3 am. Working in the CIA, he had to remain calm in stressful situations, and he was given clearance for national secrets. We can’t trust that Clinton will save our soldiers, remember Benghazi? We can’t trust that Trump won’t tweet out our national secrets, but we can trust Evan because he’s been there before. He’s proven himself already. If a tough decision has to be made, he’s the only candidate running that I would trust.
His opponents would say he has no chance, but the truth is that he does. If pro-life NeverTrumpers would vote for Evan, he could win a few states. If moderate democrats who find Hillary too extreme, too liberal would vote for Evan, he could win some states. If the 47% of people who are dissatisfied with Trump or Clinton voted for Evan McMullin, he could win several states.
If the candidates are denied 270 votes, the vote then goes to Congress. The top three contenders would then be voted on. We have a Republican congress, so they wouldn’t vote Hillary. Though many have drunk the Trump kool-aid, more are realizing how dangerous he truly is, so I don’t believe they would pick Trump. Evan is like a breath of fresh air and would have a real shot. Would it take a miracle? I don’t think so, but it will take Americans standing up and declaring that we deserve better. We deserve better than a pathological liar and an unhinged madman. We deserve a Westley.
As you wish.