It's no secret that some high-profile Southern Baptists are pushing evangelicals toward a #NeverTrump position. Among the more aggressive top-tier influencers (especially among younger evangelicals) stand Denny Burk and Russell Moore, both Southern Baptists, both #NeverTrump members, both employees at entities owned by the Southern Baptist Convention--The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission respectively. Many Southern Baptists think their posturing toward #NeverTrump to be either misguided or unstudied. Below is one response to the third-party, write-in candidacy both Burk and Moore have recently promoted.
First, let's consider our presidential political landscape for a moment.
While, all things equal, it's hardly difficult to make a strong case as to why Donald Trump makes an unsuitable representative of Reagan Republicans, political conservatives, and traditional evangelical concerns, it becomes next to impossible, at least from many evangelicals' point of view, to make a case at all against Donald Trump when he's the only viable option to soon-to-be Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton. I've said often in conversations that knowing what we actually know about Ms. Clinton's political record is why we can be reasonably confident that what we don't know about Mr. Trump's positions can be cautiously but decidedly discounted. Clinton will definitively take this country in a far, Leftward swing in only four years--not to mention two terms in office--a swing from which we may not recover for generations to come.1 High-profile leaders like Burk and Moore know this to be true. Thus, we're almost on the same page here.1a
But the tragic irony is, both Burk and Moore are now encouraging voters toward either a third-party, a write-in, or, in some cases, forget voting at all in November. For them, some things are more important than politics--a good conscience.
In the end, Burk and Moore's #NeverTrump party is willing to bet their chips on either a) Clinton will not be nearly as bad as she's been described; or, b) a third-party candidate or write-in will somehow miraculously save the political day (not to mention their troubled conscience).
Well, there's good news for Russell Moore, Denny Burk, and all #NeverTrump evangelicals out there!
A hopeful candidate who desires to kickstart a third-party exists!
Finally, a candidate #NeverTrump evangelicals like Burk and Moore can sink their teeth into and push for president of the United States.
Freed at last!2
So, there's no need to write-in or stay home come November.
Mr. Drake's platform precisely meets Burk and Moore's core complaint about neither Republican nor Democratic nominee's acceptability for president. From the introduction to the platform for a Wiley Drake Administration:
"A new Godly party is urgently needed today because the leaders of the two existing parties, Democratic and Republican, have deserted the principles and traditions of our nation's founding fathers. Both of the existing parties have become the proponents of big government, crushing taxation, dictatorial federal power, waste and fiscal irresponsibility, unwholesome and disastrous internationalism, compromise with our nation's enemies, and authoritarian regimentation of the citizens of this Republic. Control of the government, under the domination of these two existing parties, has left the hands of the people our government was created to serve."
In addition, no moral scandals so far as we know have plagued the longtime Southern Baptist pastor. Thus, lying, gambling, womanizing, among other moral flags that have driven Burk and Moore to an incorrigible #NeverTrumpNorClinton position can hardly apply to Dr. Drake.
So, here's Burk and Moore's opportunity to promote, for president, one who fits their criteria to be President of the United States.3
1Interestingly, here's a vdeobite I watched after I made the claim of not being able to recover from a Leftward shift a Clinton presidency would involve:
1aI say "almost" because Burk suggests we're not certain Clinton would be a worse president than Donald Trump! Here’s my response to Burk.
2I originally had this statement immediately after: "Freed at last from a #NeverTrumpNorClinton ticket-trick the Devil himself apparently pulled on our sovereign God while asleep on the job!" I chose to take it out since the very first comment was not about whether Wiley Drake is a suitable candidate as POTUS for Burk and Moore; rather it questioned what the statement meant. Sheer distraction. So I thank the commenter "Chris" for bringing it up.
3please know I'm in no way "poking fun" at Reverend Drake. He is certainly fulfilling his duty as an American citizen in running for president if he's so inclined. Would I recommend voting for Drake as POTUS? I would not, for the very same reason I would not tell people to stay home on election day in November. A vote not cast in November 2016 pragmatically implies at least a larger window for Hillary Clinton to become the 45th POTUS, while a vote for Drake would undoubtedly produce similar results for Clinton. Furthermore, I'm inclined to think Burk and Moore's rhetoric about a "third-party" candidate is just that--rhetoric...empty rhetoric. There's no real seriousness to it. Perhaps I'm wrong. Time will tell...