What values are you willing to compromise in choosing who to vote for?

angelam28
Posted October 21, 2016 from United States

I don't know how many of you in the World Pulse community have been watching the 2016 United State Presidential election process, if you have you know that it has been fraught with unexpected twists and turns and characterized by two very polarizing political candidates Democrat Hillary Clinton & Republican Donald Trump.

I started watching the Republicanparty debates in about September of 2015 as I am currently a registered Republican and was very interested in fielding a Republican candidate who best represented my moderate values. I have a strongly held belief that we could accomplish more if we could move past our differences and find suitable compromises that benefit our country as a whole and not just one groups special interest. Thus, I like to think I fall somewhere in the middle of the political spectrum and enjoy hearing other peoples perspectives. I have to admit it didn't take long before I couldn't stand to watch those debates any longer. And, as I have watched over the past year both of the main politicalparties and the country fall into deep lines of division I have been appalled at the behavior of one of the candidates in particular and the country in general.

I now find myself in a de facto battleground state that has traditionally been conservative Republican held territory and an up and coming Independent candidate named Evan McMullin threatening to upset the balance of the vote in my home state. I have been completely enthralled to see how people willjustify their choice to vote for Mr. Trump in particular (as this is a typically Republican held state).

A lot of what I am seeing are people willing to forgive him and minimize his what I feel is incredibly appalling behavior as a candidate for the U.S. Presidency and the lengths they will go to justify their support of him in the face of this behavior. And, further how they attempt to sway each other not to support the Independent candidate as a "vote for Hillary". And, in fact it has been interesting to watch even the two main parties vocally say that a vote for any candidate in a minor political party is a vote for their rival.

I have been surprised at how many people in this deeply conservative state that was founded by members of a persecuted church are willing to overlook his policies on the Syrian refugees because of a deeply held belief about abortion and what potential Supreme Court Judges could potentially be nominated during a Democratic presidency.

Or, that people are willing to overlook incredibly offensive comments about women using the defense that all men talk like that or that type of behavior is less significant than their views on abortion. I am often surprised that a candidate who is so offensive that we have to be concerned about our children watching TV and who threatens the credibility of our entire election process is viewed as less of a threat than either a relatively unknown Independent candidate who I believe appears to have more in common with the values of this state because of the possibility that he won't win or the belief that he joined late so that he could ensure a Democratic victory in this State.

Which leads me to my question for the community how willing would you beto compromise your own deeply held values, belief, mores etc. to vote for a candidate that you believe is "the lesser of the two evils". Or, a candidate that will represent one value that is very important to you while not representing any of your other values. I ask this only because the main argument in my home state to vote for Trump is his pro-life policy position versus Secretary Clinton's pro-choice stance that would uphold Roe V. Wade. And, what I have observed is this willingness to overlook everything else that Mr. Trump has said and done because of this one issue.I don't ask this question to inflame, judge or humiliateone side or the other I simply ask because I am very interested in trying to understand how people come to the conclusions that they are coming to in thisparticular election.

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Elvire
Oct 21, 2016
Oct 21, 2016

Dear Angelam,

Being conflicted from within can be very hard indeed.

Choices are always tricky things to handle and putting together the macro, micro and nano factors is definitely not easy; as you join your fellows to choose your next President, I  wish you all a good vote. May the choice that will be made contribute to build a better place for all Americans, a better world for everybody, and for the generations to come. 

angelam28
Oct 25, 2016
Oct 25, 2016

Thanks Elvire for the vote of confidence. I too hope that whatever the outcome the new President whomever that may be will leave the U.S. and the World a little better than they found it.

Alexandra Fercak
Oct 25, 2016
Oct 25, 2016

You bring up a point I have been thinking about often. We have couple candidates to choose from, but of course each choice will be a compromise. It is fascinating to hear people rationalize their choices based on certain priorities. But yes, on either side, people are making a choice to prioritize their values. Is important to remember that most voters probably don't agree 100% with the candidate they vote for.

Thanks for a thought provoking essay!

angelam28
Oct 25, 2016
Oct 25, 2016

AlexandraF, I am glad to know I'm not alone in wondering this. I have had my official mail in ballot for a week now and I have moments where I think yes this is it, I have weighed all the choices pros & cons of the candidates themselves, their stances on various issues and there my ballot sits on the counter blank...waiting.