I wanted to take the time to formally outline the heart of my argument for not supporting President Donald Trump’s reelection. As I wrote here, I don’t think his administration has been all that bad. The word I used to describe it was “fine”. Lots of bad. Lots of good. The reason I’m not supporting his reelection is the flaws he has. Here is a syllogism laying out my position.
Premise 1: Joe Biden is a traditional left-liberal Democrat– ie he has conventional political views.
Premise 2: I am not a left-liberal, so I do not support his political views.
Premise 3: America is a pluralistic democracy, so politicians with political views I do not support will frequently come to power
Premise 4: A politician being elected with conventional political views I disagree with is a simple reality in a pluralistic democracy so there is no point in getting too worked up over a single election.
Premise 5: President Donald Trump has certain flaws that I generally find unacceptable in a candidate for public office.
Conclusion: While I do not accept the political views of Joe Biden, I accept those with his views will be frequently elected to lead our country so it makes little sense to oppose him too strongly in a single election and Donald Trump has certain flaws I can’t get past. Therefore, while I don’t support Biden, there is no reason that should move me to support Trump.
Here are some of those damning flaws Trump has:
- His embrace of political violence by his supporters
- His refusal to accept unfavorable election results
- Admitting to sexual assault (ie the Access Hollywood tape)
- Strong arming the President of an allied country to attack your most likely political opponent in the Presidential election over phony accusations
- Trying to get the current US Attorney General to launch an investigation into your opponent in the Presidential election two weeks before the election