Dave Miller is a contributing writer on Leavenworth St. He is a former talk show host and has done every media job in-between. He is perfectly aware his personality and opinions are keeping him out of the Nebraska Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
He can be found on Twitter @DaveMedia_LNK
It’s so disheartening. In fact, it’s beyond that, it’s infuriating! It’s hard to believe the American primary process, hell politics everywhere, is just a giant dirt clod fight. Even in Nebraska, Ben Sasse having to stand up to the Republican party and explain why he is #nevertrump seems other worldly. Seriously? You have to explain why? I find myself aligned with Ben Sasse mostly out of sheer principle, and I’m pretty sure I know what I’m doing when it’s time to vote. But why in the world do I need to explain myself, or Ben to his party, at all?!
Let me explain why I can’t see the path to Trump, then maybe someone can explain why he should be considered. Here is a man with NO political experience or foreign policy experience, who has wanted for nothing in life, ever, and Donald Trump wants to fight for me in Washington? Now, given the fact he is a misogynist on a nuclear level, can’t hold his tongue, treats competitors like he is in a grade school booger flicking fight, and thinks any criticism is “unfair”, I am less than likely to vote him into anything. He reminds me of a Batman villain that should be locked up in Arkham Asylum. Now I have laid out why I can’t stand th e name calling, petulant, side show of a nominee. What I don’t have is a good reason to vote for him.
I have friends that give me the argument, “well you can’t vote for Hillary, and a vote against him is a vote for Hillary”. Is it now? Well if you believe there is a one for one equivalent we can have that conversation. If you believe that your single vote matters, we can have that conversation, and I’ll invite the electoral college in to explain why the conversation didn’t have to happen. Here is the problem with that argument: Voting for Donald Trump doesn’t let the GOP know I hate what they are doing. It’s hard to believe 2 years ago the GOP let the media get away with burying the biggest lead of all American voting history. In 2014 the sentiment in the country, and the votes that were cast in November, were the referendum on Washington that the GOP had been crowing about for 6 years. GOP turn out and taking the house and the Senate was a YUGE deal. And what did they do with that victory? They squandered it. Left out in the sun to rot, it withered and spoiled, showing the American people when you vote, we don’t care what the message is. Dems didn’t flinch, and the GOP laughed and ordered another drink, drunk in the celebration of hollow victory for those trying to change the status quo.
I’m tired of the elected officials, all of them, including at the local city and state levels telling US what they think we voted them in to do, after they have voted the way we didn’t want. I’m tired of the same people acting like we are so lucky to have them around to do what’s best for us, when they should listen and work FOR us. Lastly, I’m tired of leadership within any party scrapping like it’s a Michael Vick dog fight, only to keep doing the same thing they’ve done for 30 years, not fix things.
If we the people, really are so disenfranchised that we think a former Presidents liar wife, and P.T. Barnum’s side show monster are the best hope for the republic, then all IS lost. But not if I get to vote, and not waste it. Men and women have died to give me the right to do that. I don’t take this lightly, never have. I take all of this deadly seriously. I will write in a vote. It’s mine after all, to do with what I will. A write in vote is legal, and to me in this election year very necessary. No, Trump won’t get my vote, but Hillary and Johnson didn’t convince me otherwise either. This isn’t a protest, it is a message, that I personally will be sending to Washington. You’re all doing it wrong…deal with it, or I’ll do it for every election. For years you had my money, my attention and my trust. Now you get my scorn. By the way, I know I’m not alone. Let’s wait and see how many like me also refuse to get in line and shut up. The kind of revolution that Bernie Sanders calls for is not reasonable. Yet, he was given more than a pass by the media, because it was cute that he sounded like Larry David’s impression of George Steinbrenner. If that is something that passes for “fun”, American socialism, then no one dare say boo to me about MY vote. If Hillary gets a pass from an FBI deal, then I should be ok writing in a vote without destroying the country. Trump supporters that want to badger me into choosing lamb vs goat feces cologne, don’t get to smell test my motives. I don’t care to debate you or shame you on Twitter, so consider me alone on an island with a volleyball. I’m not voting for you, any candidate, and it’s your fault, whoever you are. Two years from now, will you be able to look at the American flag and say, ”I made the right decision for America”? I great with where my heart is right now.