My Lunch with a Passionate Voter Who Nonetheless Doesn’t Plan to Vote

I write this about an hour after finishing lunch with an old friend of mine, while our conversation is still fresh on my mind. Let’s call her Louella (that’s a safe pseudonym, considering I don’t have any actual friends by that name).

Louella and I haven’t caught up in awhile, so we spent most of the conversation trading stories about ourselves and our families. Then, politics entered the mix somehow. Contrary to what some folks may think, I don’t make a point of discussing politics in social situations. In fact, I often try to steer clear of it. Because a good part of what I do for a living is teach, write about, and analyze politics, I try to avoid it during my time off. But Louella brought up Trump and Biden, and given my neverending interest in voting behavior, I had to ask: “who are you voting for?”
A minute earlier Louella had said “Trump’s going to win, because Biden’s awful, but I’m not looking forward to it.” She elaborated: she thinks Biden’s a horrible president for the same reasons I do – rampant lawlessness, criminal transnational trespass, absurd levels of wokeness, and alarmingly high prices in the supermarket and the gas pump.
“So then you’re voting for Trump,” I interjected, looking for a quick “yes” so we could move on to more pleasant topics, like summer travels. “No,” Louella said. “If Trump wins, he’ll feel as if he’s been given a license to be an ass****.”

I couldn’t very well disagree with that – though I think the point is exaggerated – and so I asked whether despite what she thinks Trump would be, wouldn’t it be better by comparison than the state of our union under Biden? Louella’s answer was twofold, and quite revealing.
From a practical matter, Louella is convinced Trump’s going to win because “everyone hates Biden.” Accordingly, Louella feels she has the luxury of not voting, because her vote’s not going to matter one way or another, and so she’d rather not waste it on a ‘lesser of two evils candidate’. Secondly, Louella’s not inclined to vote because she doesn’t have faith that Trump will be able to correct the aforementioned wrongs, which she agrees are Biden’s fault. “Once prices go up at the supermarket,” Louella said, “they never come back down again. As for gas, I think it’ll come down, but I really don’t drive that much so it doesn’t affect me.”

Given her responses, I presumed Louella is a very demanding voter and won’t cast her ballot for just anyone. Accordingly, I rephrased the question: “when was the last time you voted in a presidential election?” Louella gave it some thought, and replied: “I voted for the Bushes, both of them.” That would mean she hasn’t cast a vote for president in 20 years.

As a voting behavior analyst, that intrigues me. But as an American who, despite studying presidents in great detail and being hesitant to form premature and extreme opinions of them, nonetheless believes that Biden may possibly be our worst president ever, I am greatly concerned. Louella hopes electing a “normal Republican” is not too far into the future, and fears that a second Trump term would make that difficult; she thinks if Trump flops, the Democrats will probably regain the White House in 2028. Without an ideal candidate in the race, Louella is staying home; but I’m not.
Though Louella and I largely agree on the issues and the candidates, I see three main reasons why it’s vital to vote for Trump: 1) by reversing the policies that enabled wokeness, transnational trespass, and astronomical food and gas prices, Trump will not make things worse; 2) for that very reason, it’s reasonable to assume that he’d make things better; and 3) beyond Trump or his policies, if he’s elected in November it will be a tremendous victory against governmental bullying and browbeating – in this case, in the form of bogus scandals, impeachments, and indictments.

My final question: “what about Bobby Kennedy Jr.?” Louella said she wouldn’t vote for him because he has no chance of winning.
I’m troubled about how many potential voters out there think like Louella and will skip the election. I wish I could make the moderates among them realize that Biden is not a ‘safe’ Democrat such as Bill Clinton, or Barack Obama (yes, Obama. He’s nothing like Biden and is absolutely not “secretly running things” from behind the scenes). And it’s not that Biden is ideologically dangerous, it’s that he has neither the energy nor the inclination to contain those who are.

Louella has a valid concern about whether Trump can really fix the things most Americans think are broken. Will shoplifting and suckerpunching in major U.S. cities really stop? Will patrol agents really get the border under control? Will drug and human trafficking significantly subside? Will families stop dreading every time they have to fill up the car or go grocery shopping? Will younger students stop meowing and barking in class, depending on the non-human species with which they identify? Will their older counterparts stop sleeping at campus encampments and chanting “death to America”? Will the roles of Don Vito Corleone, Zorba the Greek, and Tony Montana ever again go to actors like Marlon Brando, Anthony Quinn, and Al Pacino, respectively, even though they don’t share the same ethnicity as the film characters they portray? Will biological males be banned from competing in women’s sports?
We can’t be certain that Trump will cure all these ills, but we can bet the farm Biden will fix none of them.


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