David L. Hunter / Jun. 21, 2016

Presidential Voting: A Fate Worse Than Death?

Almost 6 months out, in the most polarizing and unconventional (read: Trump’s Revolution) contest in modern times, both major party nominees are widely disliked by the electorate. In another bizarre twist, Americans are voicing their unvarnished displeasure with our broken political process in a new way: through their obituaries. Indeed, who would not prefer a heavenly “check out” rather than vote for a corrupt, treasonous “devil” like Hillary Clinton? Well, that part — at least — is understandable!

As a case and point is 68-year-old Mary Anne Noland. Dying in hospice care, this clearly spunky lady had had enough. Not of a deadly illness, but of Washington politicians. And in the Obama years of overspending, habitually lying Democrats — and do-nothing, gutless Republicans — who blames her?

One rapidly approaching death tends to speak truth. She told her husband the only bright spot would be not having to vote for anyone “in this crummy election.” Thus was born her attention-grabbing obit: “Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, [Mrs. Noland] of Richmond chose, instead, to pass into the eternal love of God….” Well, onto eternity. You go, girl!

This unusual trend of using obituaries as a campaign mechanism has increased from 5 during Bush-Kerry (in ‘03-'04) to 119 with present-day Trump-Clinton. Don’t like the candidates? Skip the absentee ballot and drop dead — literally!

While I champion Mrs. Noland’s right to express herself, that view is overly cynical. Even before impending departure to the pearly gates, there’s no excuse in a democracy not to vote. That better choice is clear: plain-speaking, pro-American Donald Trump. While imperfect, he’s a vast improvement over scandal-laden Hillary. She — an angels to no one — never says die politically.

David L. Hunter is an associate editor at Capitol Hill Outsider. He’s on Twitter and blogs at davidlhunter.blogspot.com. He is published in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Patriot Post, FrontPage Mag, and extensively in Canada Free Press and American Thinker.

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