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Every day on social media, I’m asked to defend my decision to vote (or not vote) in this election. Depending on who is asking my tone may differ, but the essence of my answer remains constant: I believe voting is an all-important right of every American citizen, and that right should be exercised and informed by principle, even when we may not agree with the chosen nominee.

In California our liberty is constantly under attack. It is dying a slow death, poisoned by a lack of mature leadership and the effects of tyrannical liberalism.

The hard truth is today’s voters are driven not by decisions informed by principle, but by immature feelings and cult-of-personality statuses.

Gone are the days when the reliable grownups were in charge. Even so, does that mean we should give up our principles and the fight for liberty? Not at all.

Voting is a right that is difficult; nonetheless, I do not take it lightly. Founding father Benjamin Franklin knew we would have difficulty when he said we have “a republic if (we) can keep it,” and I am mindful of all those who have sacrificed so much for my right to live and vote in this republic.

However, it is also not enough to simply vote; we must vote informed by our principles or – sadly – we will lose our republic and our liberty all together.

Despite the embarrassing spectacle of the current presidential race, no Republican should feel so discouraged as to refrain from voting Nov. 8.

Indeed, even though we may not like the impossible task of choosing the next president, it is my firm belief that the best route to preserve our principles and our liberty this election cycle is not with our presidential vote.

Rather, it’s with our votes in the down-ticket races. That is exactly why electing solid Main Street Republicans like Scott Wilk for Senate, Cameron Smyth for City Council, and Dante Acosta for Assembly is so imperative.

We must have Republicans like them in the pipeline or we will have no one representing our principles in the years to come.

If this circus of an election has taught us anything, it is that anything can happen because the hour is late and the will of the people is in doubt. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not giving up on liberty — not at all — not even in blue, blue California.

What I am giving up on is the idea that we must vote for the “lesser of two evils.”

That, my friends, is a recipe for failure. It is like dating an abuser and staying with him because his sister is sweet.

She may be sweet, but he clearly is not good for us and we should know better. We must vote, or not vote, based upon our Republican principles.

How we Republicans vote at the ballot box is vital – though having said that, it is equally vital how we respond to tyrannical liberalism in our personal lives. It matters.

It matters greatly because that is exactly how we ended up in this mess. The time for being reserved and polite is over.

We must be unafraid to stand on our principles and articulate them boldly and unabashedly. We must also expect the onslaught of criticism, even from our own side.

We must speak out, educate the fence-sitters and encourage them to vote Republican because we know liberty is the only cure for the poison that is tyrannical liberalism.

To that end, we must vote as many down-ticket conservatives into office as possible, and most importantly, we conservatives must remain to pick up the pieces after this election to nurture liberty back to health once again—and we must do so informed by our principles.

As for the presidential ticket, I leave that to each of you to carefully consider which candidate, if any, will best represent your principles.

One thing, however, is clear: It is crucial on the local and state levels that we continue to elect those – like Wilk, Smyth and Acosta – who will consistently represent our values and protect our liberty well into the future.

Gwendolyn Sims is a project manager at Stark Social Media and a Santa Clarita resident of nearly twenty years.

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  • ronos

    It’s Always the lesser of two evils.
    Saying “Principles” 9 times doesn’t mean that you have any.
    And when Exactly were Republicans “reserved and polite” ?
    They Own Trump, You dear writer Are Trump, everything that the Clown stands for are your “principles”

  • noonan

    Using your logic, you must stand for being a rape enabler, liar, cheater, and thief. You stand for Goldman Sachs and Marc Rich. You think there is nothing untoward about turning a thousand dollars into a hundred thousand dollars in cattle futures. You’re ok with a president being careless and not particularly sophisticated. You’re ok with the President telling it you was a video instead of a terrorist act. You’re ok with a President who can count on the success she’s had in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and our Russian reset. You’re fine with someone who left the white house 16 years ago being “dead broke” and is now worth a quarter billion dollars despite not producing anything. You’re ok with someone that destroys evidence. You’re ok with someone who calls half of Trump supporters deplorable and says Bernie supporters live in their mom’s basement.

    Clown Ronos? Yea ok, you go ahead and rest on your ethics.

  • hopeful

    Hillary’s team colluded with the DNC and Media to ensure the worst Republican candidate won the primary so she would have an easier time winning her ultimate prize of the White House. Yet, Hillary supporters see nothing wrong with this manipulation. Hillary’s team and the DNC made sure to disrupt any chance Bernie had of winning the primary, yet Hillary supporters are fine with this. Hillary admitted that she tells the public one thing while holding different private views, yet Hillary supporters trust her. Hillary has bullied and done everything she could to humiliate her husband’s sexual assault victims, yet Hillary supporters actually believe that Hillary is the champion for women’s rights. As Secretary of State, the Middle East has gone up in flames, our enemies (Russia, North Korea, Iran, ISIS) have become so emboldened that they openly taut and threaten us, yet Hillary supporters think she is qualified to be our Commander in Chief. Hillary purposefully and willfully tried to hide her e-mails by installing her own server, yet Hillary supporters think she is truthful. Hillary lied to the FBI, sent and received classified information, and put our national security at risk, yet Hillary supporters trust her to be President.

    How can Hillary supporters be so naive? I understand that some people might be voting for Hillary as the “lesser of two evils,” but we voters do have a choice that won’t compromise our integrity. I refuse to vote for Trump or Clinton since I think both are horrible candidates. Instead, people can join me in not selecting ANY Presidential candidate.

  • tech

    Concur, Hopeful.

    Both major party candidates are grotesquely awful! I’m amazed that they won their respective primaries. However, to the columnist’s point, we shouldn’t allow the Presidential circus to nationalize our local elections.

    The root causation is a lack of critical thinking skills. A significant percentage of the population is responding to appeals to emotion. It’s tribal rather than rational discourse on the issues.

    Our Republic was designed for and requires an informed citizenry and virtuous public servants. The separation of powers structurally accounts for the imperfect nature of intemperate citizens and whom they elect but there are limits beyond which our nation is damaged. Unfortunately, too many voters accept a celebrity popularity contest as a substitute for actual leadership.

    That’s the road to a democracy of mob rule.

    “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” – H. L. Mencken