Letter: Chris Stevenson, Purcellville

Editor: Many voters with conservative principles are thinking to cast their vote for Mr. Trump so that a Republican president can nominate the next Supreme Court justice. While this could be, on its face, a reasonable and honorable concern, upon further scrutiny it appears to be selling one’s political soul for a mess of pottage.

That is, beloved American governing principles of goodness, constitutionalism, decency, intelligence, equality, wisdom, honesty, beauty, humility, morality, equanimity, peaceful transfer of power, due process, and the freedoms of religion and the press, among other things, would be sold for the tempting mirage of a political Supreme Court as the final defender of a nation’s morals.

Such a sale impoverishes the “city on a hill,” and such pottage undermines the rule of law, one of America’s greatest and most enduring achievements.

In this and all things, Mr. Trump represents a new and terrible and calamitous thread, imperiously demanding to be woven into the divinely beautiful American fabric. But judge not that ye be not judged.

Nonetheless, history and wisdom seek a familiar and durable thread this November, to heal and perpetuate the delicate and fracturing American experiment in self-government.

Chris Stevenson, Purcellville

2 thoughts on “Letter: Chris Stevenson, Purcellville

  • 2016-10-27 at 7:59 pm
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    Well, Chris, upon further scrutiny of your letter, it is obvious to me that you yourself are NOT a conservative, which explains your inability to understand why conservatives would vote for Donald Trump.

    I must say, it is rather deceptive of you to present yourself as one who is concerned for conservative values, but it seems that deception is the “new and terrible and calamitous thread” woven into the fabric of the Democrat party these days.

    Any conservative would recognize that it is Hillary Clinton who threatens all of the “beloved American governing principles” for which you feign concern.

    Hillary Clinton has already proven NOT to be good, decent, wise, honest, or humble. She has violated laws, lied to the American people, accepted money from foreign countries in exchange for political favors, and has avoided being held accountable for any of her actions simply because she is rich and powerful.

    As for “constitutionalism,” Hillary Clinton has very little regard for our founder’s original intent and has promised to appoint justices to the Supreme Court who share her radical views. And, unfortunately, as we have seen in recent years, the Supreme Court can force radical changes upon American society simply because they declare those changes to be “constitutional.”

    So, yes …”history and wisdom seek a familiar and durable thread this November, to heal and perpetuate the delicate and fracturing American experiment in self-government” … and true conservatives recognize that this is best achieved through a Donald Trump presidency.

  • 2016-10-24 at 4:59 am
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    Chris – can you please explain to me, after jumping ship and switching sides, how voting for Hillary Clinton will improve things as the Supreme Court, DOJ, FBI, IRS, and many other agencies have already been corrupted by the current White House.

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