5 Conservative Reasons to Vote for Hillary Clinton
First, a note to everyone who wishes to yell at full volume into each of my ears: I am not actually endorsing Hillary Clinton in this article. I am merely presenting five arguments which a thinking conservative can give for voting for her. Before you shout "Supreme Court" in my face, check out my previous article, "5 Conservative Reasons to Vote for Donald Trump."
And to answer those who chant "Let Gary Debate," I am including not just Libertarian Gary Johnson, but also the Green Party's Jill Stein and independent candidate Evan McMullin in this series. None of these articles is to be taken as an endorsement of the candidate in question, or a full endorsement of the arguments laid out.
Without further ado, here are five reasons a thinking conservative can give for voting Hillary Clinton on November 8.
1. The conservative movement grows under Democratic rule.
Many activists in the conservative movement routinely vote Democrat, especially for the top of the ticket. Why? Because when a Democrat is in office, especially when a Democrat is the president, conservatives have a very public enemy, and they tend to focus on conservative principles.
The tea party movement blossomed under President Barack Obama. The presidency of William Jefferson Clinton gave birth to The Weekly Standard, to Judicial Watch, even to Matt Drudge and the Drudge Report. The Leadership Institute was born in 1979, under President Jimmy Carter. Nothing reminds conservatives of what they're up against more than the overreach of a Democratic president.
Furthermore, one of the catalysts of the conservative movement was the notoriously liberal Warren Court. The Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren set forth the idea of a fluid Constitution, and changed its role from being "an expounder of the constitution" to being "the expounder" of it," according to The Warren Revolution, a book by L. Brent Bozell which helped to define the modern conservative movement.
While a Supreme Court dominated by liberals would be a genuine and lasting defeat for conservatism, it would also enable conservatives to make the case for why they oppose liberal ideology (and, coincidentally, why it really does matter that Trump supported liberal ideas in the recent past).
2. The devil you know.
Donald Trump claims to be a conservative, but he has supported liberal causes (here are 5 videos of him supporting socialized medicine). In August, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough argued that Trump is putting on a show of being a racist, especially on the "birther" issue. "I've known the guy for 12 years, I've never heard him say the first thing that even resembles a racist remark. And he's just the type of person, if you were sitting around the table, and somebody made a racist remark, he would raise his eyebrows and say, 'Are you kidding me? Where are you from, the 1950s?'"
"This candidate is a Democrat," Scarborough said on the same day. "He has been a Democrat his entire life. He has contributed recently to Chuck Schumer. He's contributed to Hillary Clinton, I believe three times. He is a lifelong Manhattan liberal Democrat. We have two New York Democrats running against each other right now."
There are good reasons to disagree with Scarborough — and those Trump statements liberals call "racist" are not actually that way, nor is questioning whether Obama was born in Kenya necessarily racist — but he certainly had a point. Hillary Clinton is extremely duplicitous, but so is Trump.
Trump's dishwashers, carpenters, painters, and even his own lawyers have alleged that the GOP nominee paid them less than he agreed to, and then encouraged them to sue him if they wanted the rest. Trump has bragged about sleeping with married women, cheated on numerous wives — which is why he was married three times — and does not think he needs to ask God for forgiveness.
Hillary Clinton's evils from a conservative perspective are clear: she advocated universal healthcare as first lady, she now opposes the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal tax dollars from going to abortion, she has adopted many of Bernie Sanders' worst policies wholesale, and of course she has promised to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a key free speech case.
We know why Hillary is bad for the country, but it does not follow that Trump must be good for it. Do we really know we can trust his promises? His first two wives seemed to think so. The devil you know may well be better than the devil who dresses in angel's clothing.
Next Page: If we must have a bad president, it might as well be a Democrat.