Voting for Donald Trump is the Only Real Option for Those Who Want to Prevent Hillary from Being Elected President and Appointing Liberal Supreme Court Justices
By Lee Enochs
(NEW YORK, NEW YORK)
In less than two months the United States of America will elect a brand new President. While there are things I like about Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson such as eliminating the travesty of America’s $19 trillion dollar national debt, abolishing the Patriot Act, the TSA, NSA and IRS, the former New Mexico governor has very little chance of being elected as our next commander-in-chief.
The reality is that barring a catastrophe of biblical proportions, either Republican nominee Donald J. Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will be our next President.
In this essay, I would like to postulate and argue that voting for Donald Trump is better than voting for Gary Johnson who has no real chance of being elected President or Hillary Clinton who is simply evil.
for what I call “Libertarian realism,” which I define as a Libertarian who represents the election situation accurately in a way that is true to life.
As a Libertarian realist, I accept a situation as it really is and am prepared to deal with this reality accordingly. The philosophical doctrine known as universals or abstract concepts has an objective and absolute existence. That these universals have their own independent reality is often described as “Platonic Realism” in that is was first delineated by the Greek Philosopher Plato in his doctrine of “forms” or ideas.
Now, “Libertarian Realism” needs to be further defined, qualified and differentiated from any species of pragmatism, an approach that says something is true simply because it works and assesses the truth of meaning of a theory in terms of the success of their practical application. That is, I am not arguing that we Libertarians should vote for Donald Trump simply because he has the best chance of winning.
I also reject the ideology known as Realpolitik is politics or diplomacy based primarily on considerations of given circumstances and factors, rather than explicit ideological notions or moral and ethical premises.
In this respect, it shares aspects of its philosophical approach with those of realism and pragmatism . It is often simply referred to as pragmatism in politics, e.g. “pursuing pragmatic policies.” The term Realpolitik was made famous by Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and is sometimes used pejoratively to imply politics that are coercive, amoral or Machiavellian.
Henry Alfred Kissinger is an American diplomat and political scientist. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as United States Secretary of State in the administrations of presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and tended to not pass moral judgments on
In this context, the policy meant dealing with other powerful nations in a practical manner rather than on the basis of political doctrine or ethics—for instance, Nixon’s worked for diplomacy with China despite its communism and human rights abuses.
A Libertarian Realist genuinely believes in essential core political values of Libertarianism such as non-interventionism, limited government, free market capitalism, constitutional fidelity and financial prudence but sees the political situation in America as they actually are and not as they could be in some hypothetical and theoretical sense.
As a Libertarian Realist, I have decided to vote for Donald Trump as opposed to Gary Johnson and Hillary Clinton because I believe Governor Johnson has no real chance of winning the election based on every poll in existence today and because Hillary Clinton’s views are antithetical to the any semblance of Libertarian ideology.
Now, it also could be argued that there is very little difference between the statism and neo-conservative interventionism of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. I also understand that many Libertarians have decided to vote for Gary Johnson even if he has no real chance of winning the election since it may help further the cause of Libertarianism in the future. Gary Johnson argues that a wasted vote is voting for “somebody that you don’t believe in, and if we’re going to continue to vote for the lesser of two evils, that’s still evil,”
I understand Gary Johnson’s position here but it is not convincing. The reality of the situation is either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be President.
The reality is that if Hillary Clinton is elected President, she will attempt to appoint, in the liberal tradition of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court and attempt to almost certainly to undermine our Second Amendment rights.
While Donald Trump is far from perfect and non-Libertarian on many issues, the likelihood of him appointing conservative Supreme Court justices is very high.
Thus, because Gary Johnson has no real chance of being elected President and Hillary Clinton will almost certainly undermine the Constitution on very important issues pertinent to both Libertarians and Conservatives; we are better off voting for Donald Trump who has promised to appoint conservative jurists to our nation’s highest court. If Trump is elected President and in turn appoints liberals to the Supreme Court, he runs the risk of alienating the very people that elected him in the first place. Thus, the chance of Donald Trump appointing liberals to the Supreme Court is small.
Now, my “Libertarian Realism” may in the end be a form of pragmatism, but the likelihood of Trump appointing conservative Supreme Court justices as he has promised is much higher than Clinton not appointing Liberals to the bench. Because who replaces Scalia on the bench is of absolute critical importance, voting for Donald Trump seems to be the most advantageous and morally correct decision.
Lee Enochs (B.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Editor-in-Chief of The Libertarian Shaman and the author of “The Case for Rand Paul.” Lee is also a graduate student at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.