by David Barton

I keep having people tell me that in this election, the only choice we have is to vote for the lesser of two evils. So, let me see if I have this right:

One is pro-abortion, one is pro-life; so both positions are evil, but one is lesser so?

One is pro-gay-marriage, one is pro-traditional marriage; so both positions are evil, but one is lesser so?

One is pro-Muslim, one is pro-Israel; so both positions are evil, but one is lesser so?

One is for increasing debt, one is for reducing debt; so both positions are evil, but one is lesser so?

One is against increased energy exploration, one is for it; so both positions are evil, but one is lesser so?

One is for violating the rights of religious conscience, the other for preserving it intact; so both positions are evil, but one is lesser so?

One is for dramatically cutting the size of the military, the other for strengthening it; so both positions are evil, but one is lesser so?

One is against parental empowerment and school choice, the other is for it; so both positions are evil, but one is lesser so?

One is for appointing judicial activists to the Supreme Court, the other for original intent constitutionalists; so, both positions are evil, but one is lesser so?

One is for the government takeover of private businesses, the other for entrepreneurship and free enterprise and private ownership; so both positions are evil, but one is lesser so?

One is for an expanded role for the United Nations in American affairs, the other for a reduced role; so both positions are evil, but one is lesser so?

One is against American Exceptionalism and wants to be like Europe, the other promotes American Exceptionalism and America as a unique, special, blessed nation; so both positions are evil, but one is lesser so?

I’m not sure that I get the “lesser of two evils” thing, unless folks are deliberately excluding all of these (and many other) serious issues and just looking at the ones they want to pick and choose. The fantasy of “two evils are our only choice” can be sustained only if one denies the above issues.

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