I’ve said this before, so for long time readers, excuse the repetition. And it’s not like the Internet lacks for opinions on the Clinton/Trump race, but I’m a citizen, and this is important. So once again:
Trump is dangerously unqualified. His temperament is unstable, he lacks knowledge, he lacks the inclination to obtain knowledge, and he will not take direction from people who know what they’re talking about. I happen to think Clinton is very qualified and that the criticisms of her are probably overblown. But, even setting that aside, her flaws are ordinary political flaws. She’s not dangerously unstable.
And that’s where my analysis pretty much ends. Trump is dangerously unqualified and unstable, and his Presidency would potentially pose an existential threat to the country. Clinton is none of those things. I have gathered enough information that I could get into a nuanced debate about this or that issue, but what’s the point? If you have one candidate that’s a threat to the future of the country and another one that isn’t, any rational voting algorithm tells you to stop there and vote against the one who can’t credibly do the job and vote for the one who can credibly do the job.
This isn’t a game. It’s not cheering when your team scores or the other team fumbles. It’s choosing the leadership of the most powerful country in the world. Someone who, in a very real sense, has power over life and death. As citizens of that country, we have a duty to vote rationally and not based on our tribal affiliations or emotions. If the Republicans had nominated a plausibly competent candidate, this would be a tougher decision. But they didn’t, so it’s not.