Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are very flawed candidates and flawed human beings, which means Americans of good conscience should refuse to vote for either one of them, right? After all, choosing the lesser of two evils is still “choosing evil.” Right?
Wrong, says award-winning journalist David Kupelian, who goes so far as to call such thinking “deluded.”
During a recent appearance on theDove TV, Kupelian mocked those who proclaim, “I don’t like either one of these people; I’m not going to vote.”
“That is – pardon me – immature, infantile thinking,” Kupelian told host Perry Atkinson on the program “Focus Today.”
Kupelian, WND’s managing editor and the best-selling author of “The Snapping of the American Mind,” was discussing a recent viral commentary he wrote, titled “Trump, Clinton and ‘the lesser of 2 evils’ foolishness.”
During wartime, Kupelian said during the TV broadcast (watch it below), conscientious leaders are daily forced to choose between the lesser of two evils. For example, he said, when the U.S. bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II, killing over 200,000 people, President Harry Truman was choosing the lesser of two evils. The greater evil would have been to invade Japan, which would have caused much more death on both sides – an estimated 400,000 to 800,000 American fatalities and up to 10 million Japanese deaths.
Likewise, the U.S. allied with Stalin during World War II, even though he was one of history’s worst mass murderers. But at the time, partnering with Stalin represented the lesser of two evils, since it helped America defeat Hitler’s cancerous spread.
So, squeamish Americans need to show a little moral courage and vote for the “lesser of two evils” this November, according to Kupelian, who says it’s pointless to waste a vote on a third-party spoiler candidate.
Of Trump and Clinton, Kupelian said, “We’re going to have one of these two people, and one is clearly better than the other, and we need to face that and stop being babies.”
Kupelian implored people to realize that choosing the “less evil” candidate is exactly the same as choosing the candidate with more goodness in him or her. The author said it would be one thing if Trump and Clinton were equally evil, but that, he said, is very far from the truth.
“To look at the current election between Trump and Clinton and to conclude they’re both equally evil, now it’s not so much an issue of the lesser of two evils argument, it’s more a matter of delusion,” Kupelian argued.
He said there’s no way a rational person can regard Trump and Clinton as equal options. Clinton promises to continue the disastrous policies of Barack Obama that are crippling America both domestically and around the world, while Trump promises to move the country in a new direction by putting America first again.
“Somebody who makes the case that these are equally evil, I say, respectfully, there’s something seriously wrong with their perception,” Kupelian stated.
He warned evangelical Christians not to sit out this election as in 2012, when 42 percent of them didn’t vote. Evangelicals represent a large natural Republican constituency, and Kupelian urged them to realize a President Hillary Clinton would be antithetical to their values.
“Somehow their emotions have gotten in the way,” said Kupelian, “because this is a common sense thing. We have two candidates, you pick the better candidate, you vote for him, otherwise you’re saddled with the worse candidate, and you are condemning your children and your friends’ children to grow up in a country – you’re bequeathing to them a different country than the one your parents gave you. It’s not fair.”
Kupelian said he received a strange email from a reader recently. The reader claimed to be pro-Trump but was rooting for a Clinton victory because Hillary’s ascendance to the presidency would hasten the Second Coming of Christ.
As a veteran journalist, Kupelian knows there are plenty of Americans who think like that. They believe they will soon be in heaven if only they allow certain foreboding events to unfold on Earth now. But he says this is exactly the wrong way for Christians to think and behave.
“It’s fundamentally a selfish way of looking at things,” Kupelian admonished. “If you see a little old lady who falls down in the street and cars are coming, you’re going to help her up and help her get across the street, even if the end of the world comes the next day. The farmer’s going to be out in the field harvesting even if that afternoon it’s the end of the world, because we’re not meant to know when that is, for one thing, and we’re also meant to do right and live unto God and love our neighbor.”
Kupelian said Christians must not expect a perfect candidate to come along, because all human beings are flawed. Therefore, all Americans are responsible in some part for the brokenness of their country.
“We cannot be so self-righteous to ignore the fact that we are partly responsible,” he said. “Even if we are ‘righteous Christians’ now and not lost in gross sin or however you want to call it, we were not always that way. There was a time for most of us where we did wrong, we acted immorally, we took drugs, we got impatient with our children … We have been part of the brokenness of our world.”
Therefore, Christians are in no position to grumble that Donald Trump built casinos or dissed Ted Cruz’s wife and father.
“Knock it off!” Kupelian exclaimed. “I’m not defending the worst things that Donald Trump has ever done, but the fact is, we have the candidates we have because we are a very broken country.” Nevertheless, Kupelian believes Trump could well become a truly great president.
Examples of America’s “brokenness,” the author said, include rampant abortion, sexual anarchy and the redefining of gender and marriage.
“We are ignoring the Sermon on the Mount and the Ten Commandments. I say ‘we’ – I mean as a society, our laws, our culture, everything reflects it. And yet, still 75 percent of us Americans self-identify as Christians! So there is something wrong. We have not just an un-Christian but an increasingly anti-Christian culture and laws and government and values and all the rest. [Christians] have to take some responsibility on some level.”
Americans don’t need to beat themselves up, Kupelian assured, but they do need to recognize they live in an imperfect country. Therefore, they must have the humility to vote for the good rather than holding out for the perfect.
“Let’s pick the better candidate,” Kupelian said. “There is goodness in Donald Trump. I don’t know if there is or not in Hillary; I’m not going to condemn her. I don’t know where she’s going when she leaves this world, but right now, just taking her at her word, at what she says she’ll do, she will destroy the country.”