The Election of Hilary Would Mean All Out War On People Like Us
Although I would never vote for or support Hillary Clinton, I cannot in good conscience endorse Donald Trump. I have stated my reasons for that position in various writings and interviews and won’t repeat them here.
But, lest there be any doubt, I want to make clear that I am aware of what a Clinton presidency, should it happen, would mean—especially coming atop eight years of Barack Obama’s rule. It would mean all out war on people like me, the values we hold, and the freedoms we cherish. It would mean a Supreme Court and a lower federal judiciary that is aggressively hostile to our convictions and disrespectful of our rights.
It would mean the continuing abandonment of, and a deepening assault on, fundamental constitutional principles. These points are often made by those urging us to hold our noses and vote for Trump. That’s why I do not criticize nose-holding Trump voters. They have their reasons.
For those of us who are Trump-skeptics and critics, and who fear that a Trump presidency would bring many betrayals and its own disasters, it is important to avoid imagining that Hillary Clinton, if she is elected, “will not be so bad.” She will be. It is, in my opinion, wishful thinking to suppose, as the estimable P.J. O’Rourke supposes, that she will be wrong “within the normal parameters.”
She will blow past the normal parameters and we will need to oppose her and her administration forcefully and at every turn. We will be in for the fight of our lives, with no guarantee of victory. Still, I don’t think this is “Flight 93 election.” If Trump wins we will have a huge task in maintaining the integrity of our causes and advancing them.
The Trumpification of the Republican Party and the conservative movement would have serious long-term consequences. If Clinton wins, it will be the moral equivalent of guerilla warfare. Either way, our mettle will be sorely tested, but we can, with God’s help, come through it.
Robert George is Chairman at United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, McCormick Professor of Juriprudence at Princeton University, Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, and author of Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism.