I can’t remember ever being so pessimistic about America’s future.  This train wreck election is finally upon us though how effective American democracy will be in the next few years, regardless of who wins, remains very much in doubt.

Political junkies keep talking about the “undecideds” as if there could still be any at this point.  Yet, hard as that is to imagine, it is even harder to imagine anyone truly being enthusiastic about either P.T. Barnum or the Hildebeast.  Voting for either one as a lesser of evils is an understandable act of desperation.  But actual enthusiasm for either one is just inexplicable.

So what to do?  Your humble correspondent seriously considered sitting this one out but ultimately decided that such a course was a self-defeating, head-in-the-sand reaction.  We are citizens and citizens should vote (after showing a photo ID, of course).

So Trump or Hillary?  And forget those ridiculous “third party” non-options. 

Yes, Trump is coarse, vulgar, and boorish, though when did that start bothering Democrats?  JFK was an absolute hound and LBJ once bragged that he had “had more women by accident than Kennedy did on purpose.”  But the clear winner in the Vulgarity Sweepstakes is Hillary’s husband whom Democrats still loudly excuse and defend. 

Trump has said some ugly things about women though nothing that anyone who has spent time in a barracks hasn’t heard. Some of the groping allegations are probably true.  But Bill Clinton has credibly been accused of multiple sexual assaults and even rapes.  Hypocritical Democrats, including Hillary, loudly condemn Trump but just shrug off Clinton’s much worse behavior.    No one who excuses Clinton’s sexual misdeeds has any standing to criticize Trump.

And, on some important issues, Trump is right.  Illegal immigration must be controlled.  American military strength (and, therefore, diplomatic influence) must be rebuilt.   And absolute free trade doesn’t work.

What can be said of Hillary that hasn’t already been said?  She is an utterly corrupt scandal machine.  The only success she has had in her entire career has been to stay out of jail (though she’s very good at that).  But this great icon of I-am-woman-hear-me-roar feminism simply latched onto her hubby like a remora on a shark and has picked up the scraps he left behind. 

She has never gotten a significant job on her own.  The New York state Democratic Party handed her a senate seat as a stepping stone to the presidency.  Barack Obama stopped that in its tracks but then gave her the State Department so as to keep her on a short leash. 

What has she ever accomplished?  Remember all that significant legislation she sponsored in the Senate?  Neither do I.  Remember the Russian reset?  Iraq?  Benghazi?  The deliberate mishandling of highly classified information on a private, illegal server?  Using the Clinton Foundation as a family endowment?  It never ends with that woman.   She is, as William Safire wrote way back in 1996, “a congenital liar.” 

Even more importantly, she will continue to keep the hammer down on the progressive demolition derby that has given our society “inanities like 32 ‘genders,’ elective bathrooms, single-payer, Iran sycophancy, ‘Islamophobia,’ and Black Lives Matter.” (See http://www.claremont.org/crb/basicpage/the-flight-93-election/).  How can any person of conscience support her?

As a lifelong Republican, I hate what is happening to my party.  But perhaps (he said hopefully) this is one of those upheavals that “if it doesn’t kill you, will make you stronger.”  We know that Hillary will drive this country ever leftward to the cheers of a thoroughly corrupt leftist establishment.  That is an absolute certainty.  Whatever else might be said of him, Trump is shaking up the GOP at a time when it desperately needs to be shaken up so as to be able and willing to fight back.  Maybe some good may come of it.

Like it or not, this election is about choosing the lesser evil.  And that means Donald Trump.