Clinton is terrible, but Trump is far worse.
Both are hostile to freedom. Clinton’s highest priority is to gut the First Amendment in order to settle a personal grudge about a video she wanted to censor. Trump ‘s highest priority is to exercise dictatorial power. Both want to escalate the current set of undeclared wars. Both want to use the terrorist watch list, a set of secret accusations that you can’t defend yourself against, to restrict people’s freedoms.
But they aren’t the same. Clinton knows some limits. Trump is a plain thug. Either he physically assaults people or he lies to make people think he did. He expects the military to obey illegal orders. He has said he will launch massive, nationwide raids on his first day in office. He intends to use his executive powers to jail his opponent, and one of his advisors wants her executed. (I’m not opposed to criminal charges against Clinton, but the chief executive has no business officially instigating it, and the charges certainly don’t rise to the capital level.)
We can endure four years of Clinton. If Trump is elected, I’m not sure there will be a free election in 2020.
I’m voting for Johnson. The Democrats and Republicans are using every means at their disposal to convince Americans that there are no other legitimate candidates besides their two. You must vote for someone you despise, they say, or you’re “wasting your vote.”
Voting for Trump or Clinton is the real waste. The Democrats are Republicans will maintain the cycle of war, terrorism, surveillance, and reduction of freedom forever if they can. I’m not thrilled with Johnson and Weld as representatives of libertarianism, but if the Libertarian Party evolves into a true liberal party, it might provide a viable broad-based alternative to the Democrats and Republicans.
Normally I consider voting a proxy attempt to coerce others which degrades the voter. This year, though, we’re looking at the prospect of outright dictatorship. I want to see Trump not just beaten but overwhelmingly crushed in the election. It doesn’t matter whom you vote for. If you think it’s necessary to vote for Clinton in order to stop Trump, do that. Write in Mickey Mouse if you want. Just vote against Trump.