It is getting time to cast your vote in the presidential election. As I did in 2016, I am using this column to communicate who is getting my vote and why. There are several people who I would strongly support for president, unfortunately none of them are named Biden or Trump.
Joe Biden is a genuinely nice guy but he does not generate much real enthusiasm. We desperately need a president who can inspire the population (think FDR or Ronald Reagan) and the former vice president does not fill that order. Plus, there must be concern about his being driven to the left by progressive Democrats, if he is elected with their help.
Except for Presidents Ford and Reagan, I have had major disagreements with every president since I first voted in 1964, yet no president has angered me as often and as seriously as has President Trump. Forgetting about his bullying tactics and statements, I am most troubled by his ignorance. I even wrote a book, “Trump’s Ignorance is not Bliss.”
As a teacher, I know that ignorance is the first step in learning, and my concern is that the president, despite being surrounded by resources who can provide authoritative knowledge in areas such as intelligence, the military, economics, science and immigration, he rather seeks information from the likes of Sean Hannity and Vladimir Putin. This should trouble every American.
So, who gets my vote? In 2016, I could not vote for either major candidate, and I cast my ballot for Gary Johnson, which was most unsatisfying. This year I reflected on 1968. That summer and early fall, I was dropping bombs on North and South Vietnam and had little access to the news. I had strongly supported Bobby Kennedy who was murdered right before I left for the war. I had no interest in voting for Nixon, Humphrey or Wallace.
On my trip back from the Pacific, I read an article which recommended voting against Nixon due to his lack of integrity. I did cast my absentee ballot for Humphrey, and was proven right about Nixon’s integrity. Given that lesson, I will be voting unenthusiastically for Joe Biden, to allow Donald Trump to retire and make billions for himself and his family.
I also plan to vote for Martha McSally, despite being disappointed with her performance, to hopefully allow the Republican party to retain control of the Senate, and act as a counter to any lurch to the left by a President Biden. For those who worry about Leader McConnell blocking Biden the way he did Obama, Biden has many positive relationships with Republican senators, and they will work together to compromise in the interest of our nation.