5 Conservative Reasons to Vote for Hillary Clinton
3. The Alexander Hamilton argument.
A wise man once wrote, "If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures."
Federalist Alexander Hamilton wrote this in his cryptic endorsement of Republican Thomas Jefferson over the candidate supported by many Federalists, Aaron Burr, in the historic election of 1800. The parallel is not perfect, because Burr was actually a Republican, running as Jefferson's running mate. The original electoral system allowed every elector to vote for two presidential candidates, and a majority backed Jefferson and Burr. All but one was going to vote for both, but that's not how it turned out.
After both Jefferson and Burr received the majority of electoral votes, the presidency went to the House of Representatives. There, Federalists argued for Burr, because he was the only alternative to Jefferson. Like Republicans seemingly selling their souls for Trump, Federalists sold their souls for Burr, because they thought the vice presidential candidate lusted after money and power — and they thought they could buy him off.
But Hamilton could see through the dichotomy, and he knew that both Jefferson and Burr were nearly equal threats to the country from his party's perspective. If a foe of the Federalists had to be president, they might as well accept Jefferson, so their party would not be blamed as if Burr represented them.
Hamilton's argument is actually stronger against Trump than it was against Burr. Trump may tout conservative ideas now, but not only has he backed liberal causes in the past, but he has actively sought to abuse the law for his own personal gain (see "eminent domain"). As stated above, he has bragged about bedding other men's wives, and remains unrepentant. If conservatives — who attacked Bill Clinton as a moral reprobate in the 1990s — must have a liberal, corrupt, and morally questionable candidate, they might as well be able to blame liberals and Democrats for producing her.
Yes, Clinton may end up being worse for the country than Trump, but if she is, at least it will be Democrats' fault.
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