For those who do not recognize it, the title above is a Quote from Oliver Cromwell (Letter to the general assembly of the Church of Scotland, dated 3 August 1650). It’s something all Conservatives should keep in mind over this long hot summer of our discontent.
It came forcefully to my mind as I was reading a recent post by Andrew Klavan:
BY ANDREW KLAVAN, PJ Media
I have never declared myself #NeverTrump. My reasons are two-fold. One, in a binary race, a conservative’s non-vote for Trump really is a vote for Hillary. This equation is brutal and ugly — especially when hurled at you by some ill-mannered lout on the #altright — but essentially correct for all that. That means it would be absolutely moral not to vote for Trump only if you believed Hillary and Trump were equally bad or that Trump was worse.
Those who have read my posts here on Wizbang know that while I too have “…never declared myself #NeverTrump” I differ with Andrew on his view of the election being a binary one, as I explained back in early June. Andew continues:
Second, I can’t quite convince myself that Trump is worse. While I agree with every single insult the #NeverTrumpers heap on this bizarre and awful man, I’m not sure I can go along with P.J. O’Rourke who says of Hillary, “She’s wrong about absolutely everything, but she’s wrong within normal parameters.” It seems to me that the “normalcy” of Hillary’s wrongness is an illusion. It’s the same illusion that allows someone to wear a t-shirt (or make a movie) featuring a flattering depiction of the brutal Communist murderer Che Guevara when they would never do the same with Nazi Heinrich Himmler. Che was a brutal murderer “within normal parameters” only because western culture has granted socialism a respectability it in no way deserves. Bad is bad and Hillary is really, really bad — corrupt, inept and mentally and morally unbalanced — and there’s not one damn normal thing about her.
I further concede that his condemnation of HRC is spot on, while not sharing his opinion of the relative merits nor of the wisdom of voting for the lesser evil where both are still, well…
Andrew concludes with:
Again, the thing about hard decisions is: They’re hard. A little respect for differing opinions among conservatives young and old may help us rebuild from whichever no doubt ruinous disaster is about to come crashing down on top of us.
Thus my title.
I will continue to point out that Civic Duty does not recognize this election as a binary choice and that the top of the ballot candidates are execrable. If this election is not presenting you with a difficult set of choices then you are remiss in your duty to be an informed citizen. If you are reflexively voting for a party, you may be part of the problem. But have a care, we may both be mistaken.