How about none of the above?

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Mar­garet Col­lier, Hunt Val­ley

What’s a mod­er­ate Re­pub­li­can to do in this year’s elec­tion? For decades, I have sup­ported the Re­pub­li­can plat­form of re­duced spend­ing, gut­ting the bloated fed­eral govern­ment, lower taxes and a strong Amer­i­can de­fense. This would mean that I can­not vote for Hil­lary Clin­ton and her pro­pos­als to in­crease spend­ing, de­crease com­pe­ti­tion and le­git­imize myr­iad en­ti­tle­ment pro­grams that dis­cour­age hard work and bank­rupt the sys­tem.

But, on the other hand, is­sues aside, I can­not vote for Don­ald Trump ei­ther. As Michael Dou­glas’ chief ex­ec­u­tive said in “The Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent,” “be­ing pres­i­dent is not, to some ex­tent, about char­ac­ter, it’s en­tirely about char­ac­ter.” And nei­ther can­di­date mea­sures up on that scale.

Nev­er­the­less, I have never shirked my priv­i­lege and re­spon­si­bil­ity to ex­er­cise my fran­chise in four decades of op­por­tu­nity — un­til now.

Vot­ing for the Lib­er­tar­ian can­di­date doesn’t send the mes­sage I want to con­vey. I wish there were a choice on the bal­lot that said “nei­ther can­di­date,” so that I could say, loud and clear, “I’m still vot­ing, but nei­ther can­di­date meets the gold stan­dard of char­ac­ter.” I won­der, re­ally won­der, what per­cent­age of vot­ers would pull that lever this Novem­ber.

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