And not just someone who might be a really bad president — we’ve had plenty of those, and we have survived; but someone who is, as Orin says, a genuine threat to the constitutional foundations on which our country has been built. I know too many Venezuelans — who also thought “it can’t happen here, not with our strong democratic institutions, our Supreme Court, our rule of law” — not to be genuinely terrified of that prospect.
And if your vote is based on a deep concern about the effects of a Clinton presidency on the composition of the Supreme Court and the other federal courts, I can only repeat what Alan Gura — a lawyer in Washington, D.C. with impeccable conservative credentials, having argued (and won) the landmark District of Columbia v. Heller Second Amendment case in the Supreme Court — said about that:
I have no illusions about what Hillary would do to the federal bench. Sad! But there is something deeply contradictory about the notion of electing a power-hungry strongman on the theory that he’ll appoint judges that respect and enforce constitutional limits on government. Did Hugo Chavez appoint great judges? Did Putin, Mussolini, or Erdogan?
When the last two remaining giants of the Revolutionary generation, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, died on the same day, a day (July 4, 1826) which happened to be the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, many people took it as a sign the new republic was truly blessed, safe under the protection of the Almighty. I hope and pray they were right.
Like Orin, I doubt that the above will change many, or any, minds. But I offer this for my grandchildren, just so they’ll know, when they grow up, that I did what I could.