In a column in the National Review, Thomas Sowell mourns the choice that the Republican and Democrat primaries have left America with in 2016 and doesn’t mince words:
“We must frankly face the fact that the front runners in both political parties represent a new low, at a time of domestic polarization and unprecedented nuclear dangers internationally. This year’s general election will offer a choice between a thoroughly corrupt liar and an utterly irresponsible egomaniac.”
Sowell acknowledges the fears of a Hillary appointed Supreme Court driving even anti-Trump Republicans to grudgingly supporting the GOP nominee. But he warns that Trump’s downside may be almost as bad:
“nuclear annihilation is one of the few prospects that are even worse — and a man with a runaway egomania may not have the finesse or the depth to steer through troubled international waters that include a nuclear Iran and a nuclear North Korea.
If a man in his sixties has not yet matured, he is unlikely to grow up in his seventies. This is not a question about whether Donald Trump is as evil as Hillary Clinton. He may well be the proverbial “lesser of the two evils” in that sense, and yet be the more dangerous president to have in the White House.”
The third party candidacy Sowell proposes to throw the presidential Election into the House of Representatives is unlikely to materialize, although influential conservatives such as Bill Kristol have supported such a strategy and 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney has yet to support the Trump.
Sowell closes with this sardonic rejoinder:
“More than two centuries ago, Thomas Jefferson said, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” If so, can people who cannot be bothered to look up from their electronic devices expect to remain a free people?”
Read the whole column.