Letters to the Editor

In 2016 election, character matters more than policies, politics

A supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and a Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump supporter hold signs as they attend a Memorial Day parade Monday, May 30, 2016, in Chappaqua, N.Y. Clinton and her husband former President Bill Clinton, along with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, walked in the parade.
A supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and a Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump supporter hold signs as they attend a Memorial Day parade Monday, May 30, 2016, in Chappaqua, N.Y. Clinton and her husband former President Bill Clinton, along with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, walked in the parade. Associated Press

I despise both presumptive presidential candidates.

Why do I despise Donald Trump? Because he is an arrogant bully and a narcissist. He denigrates entire races and religions because of the negative actions of a few. His only God is money, which he worships religiously. I could never trust him to lead our nation.

Yet Hillary Clinton is just as bad. She is an amoral sociopath who threw relatively helpless women under the bus when their accusations threatened her own career aspirations. She is mean-spirited, vulgar and dishonest. Regardless of her supposed intelligence, she is a person without morals, without integrity.

I could never vote for either one as president.

So what do I do?

Don’t suggest that I vote for the lesser of two evils. That would still be voting for evil. Don’t suggest that I don’t vote. Voting is a sacred privilege.

I might have voted for Bernie Sanders. At least he has integrity. I might vote for the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson.

Or I might write in a name. Someone I would trust to lead this wonderful nation with integrity.

The bottom line? Character matters more to me than policies or politics. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have none. Neither will ever get my vote.

Steve Sainsbury, San Luis Obispo

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