Ten Reasons Why You Should Support Evan McMullin

So a lot has happened in the weeks between my last post and today, and now that the busy summer schedule is finally winding down I’ll be back to writing more frequently – and I’m pumped about it.

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So, what all happened during this eventful break? Well, the conventions for both parties took place, and the narratives were surprising; the Left embracing a progressive quasi-patriotism it has been lacking, and the Right a stench of authoritarianism like we’ve never witnessed from a candidate – with any chance of ever winning – in American politics. The former lacking a candidate of character and as misguided in policy as they’ve been for many years, the latter utterly devoid of any principled foundation befitting a party prepared to lead the free world. Yet the people – adorned in their red, white, and blue apparel, some bathed in the artificial patriotism sold to them by an angry snake oil salesman – celebrate.

“The war for our soul has just begun,” we preach. A sobering set of words repeated ad nauseam from those – like myself – in the political trenches, found somewhere between the radical camps of big government, messianic certainty, socialism, nationalism, tyranny, and bitter ignorance. Many repeat the wishes of a redo as we as a country tear through the warning tape, and speed past the vast number of cautionary tales being replayed in our minds while a small portion of the nation celebrates in their reckless abandon, shaking the severed brake lines in their children’s faces.

I feel like the nerdy white girl version of Maximus from Gladiator, “ARE YOU NOT DEPRESSED?!”

So now that we’ve taken a glimpse at the dumpster fire that was July politics, let’s get down to business. A lot of individuals are considering staying home in November, and feel lost in the political wilderness, per se. The unrepresented masses are willingly being dragged along by a small minority of the people – and their pet fascist – like spineless hostages. It’s like peer pressure on steroids, except instead of involving a poorly rolled joint you share with your friends behind Walmart, it involves nuclear weapons.

However, my friends, we do have options. So today I bring you a top 10 list.

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Support Evan McMullin

1: The two party system is screwing us over, and we need to punish it. 

Our Democrat and Republican choices honestly couldn’t be any worse than they are. You’re the boss, guys. Roughly 14 percent of adults (eligible voters) in  America chose Hillary and Trump. *Taps microphone* FOURTEEN PERCENT. That means roughly 86 percent of those who can vote either stayed home or preferred someone else. Sure, some gleefully jumped on both trains when their candidate failed to win, but the people who don’t regularly sniff lines of Fun Dip dust and Comet are voting for the nominees because they think they have to. It’s tribalism at its worst.

Let me channel my inner Nancy Reagan: Just say “no” to tribalism.

If more people would detach themselves from a soul sucking party affiliation, people would start realizing that there’s more of us than them.

2: He was a senior adviser for the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives on national security issues, was the Chief Policy Director with the House Republican Conference, and is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In short, the man knows his way around foreign policy like Trump knows his way around bankruptcy laws. Below is a video of him in May speaking on mass atrocities, and addressing the lack of follow through in the “never again” movements.

3: It’s the closest we’re ever going to get to voting for Jack Bauer (I can’t stress this one enough). 

Evan worked for the CIA from 2001 – 2011, specifically on counter-terrorism and intelligence operations in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Not only was he nose deep in foreign affairs from a legislative level, but he has first hand experience on the proverbial front lines.

Let me reiterate: It’s like voting for Jack Bauer.

Unfortunately, it’s without the hacksaw and Tony Almeida, but let’s be reasonable here… only so many of our dreams can come true.

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4: He doesn’t pander to your unwarranted paranoia. 

McMullin worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as a Volunteer Refugee Resettlement Officer in Amman, Jordan.

In short, the man knows his way around refugee issues like Donald Trump knows his way around failed business adventures and broken promises.

 “I spent ten years, over ten years, in the Central Intelligence Agency, serving overseas and in the Middle East, and let me tell you, if you’re a terrorist and you want to come to the United States, the worst possible way to try and do it is as a refugee. You’ll go through a year and a half to two years of vetting. If you want to come to the United States and you’re a terrorist, you’re much better off just coming through on the Visa Waiver program from Europe, or just walking across the border in Mexico. So, I think there’s a lot of hysteria, unjustified hysteria around the refugee situation. And I think we need to be more careful, and thoughtful, and accurate with the way we talk about that issue, because it has implications for a variety of other interests that we have overseas.” – Evan McMullin during a Special Report Interview with Brett Baier

Watch the entire interview below:

5. He has a solid grasp on how to defeat ISIS. 

“The problem is the pace of what we’ve been doing. President Obama has articulated a containment strategy that sort of has this other slow road towards defeating ISIS. The problem is that when you allow ISIS, or any other Islamist terrorist organization, to have a safe haven the size of the one that ISIS has, you buy them time to plot and plan the kinds of attacks that have happened in Europe and the United States, and elsewhere, over the last year. So the pace needs to pick up, this isn’t something that we can get around to casually, and that’s my objection with what President Obama is doing… I don’t think we should take anything off the table, but there are a lot of better options for us to turn to before we put traditional troops on the ground. I think we need to use CIA operations, and we need to use our Special Forces. I’ve been there, done that, we’re very good at this… We need to exhaust some of these things before we put traditional troops on the ground. I don’t think it’s necessary, I think we can defeat ISIS through other means.” – Evan McMullin during a Special Report Interview with Brett Baier

In short, the man knows how to handle terrorist organizations like Donald Trump knows how to find younger wives.

6. He ACTUALLY says what everyone else is afraid to say concerning immigration. 

“I’m not for deporting 11 million people, I think it’s ridiculous. It would cause so much trouble economically and in other ways. It’s a ridiculous idea, and I oppose that. I think what we need to do is for those here illegally but not criminals, and who want to stay, there should be a path towards a legal presence here in the United States.” Evan McMullin during a Special Report Interview with Brett Baier

He also says other amazing things with – dare I say? – Jack Bauer swagger.

(I want you to know right now that I will never move on from my 24 fixation.)

“As a former intelligence professional, I find it alarming that Donald Trump is receiving a classified intelligence briefing. Trump, his campaign chairman Paul Manafort and General Mike Flynn are all compromised by the Russians, and this briefing will be an intelligence coup for Vladimir Putin’s SVR and GRU.” – Evan McMullin during a CNN interview with Jake Tapper

It’s like Cheng Zhi vs. Bauer all over again.

7: Win or lose, he has the power to carry the conservative principles away from the shark infested waters and to the shore.

If it’s down to Hillary and Trump, Trump is taking a loss. It would require a miracle for him to win (one that’s not beyond Hillary, I suppose). Just going off of 2012 numbers (Check out this article), let me put this in perspective: Based on voting records and data, there are over 85 million people who don’t normally vote in any election, over 100 million who are ineligible (children, felons, etc.), and roughly 133 million who will vote in the General (give or take a few million due to new voters or those who stay home in the general). Roughly 73 million of the voters who didn’t find it in their hearts to go to the booths in the primary will join the 60 million who did vote in the primaries come November (based on previous elections).

So that’s roughly 120 million people who didn’t vote for Trump in the primary, and 117 million who didn’t vote for Clinton, who will vote in the general. Now within that 120 million/117 million, respectively, you have tribalists who will jump on due to party affiliation (more so for Democrats), but in that 120 million/117 million, you have demographic numbers that you MUST hit. One important demographic is the female vote – which accounted for over 53% of the vote in 2012 – and Trump’s negative ratings with women are 20% higher than they were with Romney… and he’s running against a woman. I won’t even go into the numbers in the African American or Hispanic communities because, well, it paints a very sad picture for those poor White Nationalists who keep saying they want to deport me when their guy wins and kicks us liberal [insert various creative expletives here] to the curb – despite the fact that I was born in Texas, the daughter of a 30 year veteran, cry when Lee Greenwood sings, and love Apple Pie more than some people love their children – come November (I don’t think they grasp the transitional period between November and January yet).

See, I went through all of that to show you that those in the GOP who refuse to vote for Trump aren’t a swaying factor in regards to individual vote count and the electoral college. As much as I’d hate to see so many sexists, racists, and fascists – those who have become the personification of dyspepsia – curl into the fetal position and cry in November, it’s more than likely going to happen.

Aaaaand the point here is that Hillary has already won if you think the only options are her and the Lord of Darkness. The odds are that bad. If I were obnoxious – like some supporters on the dark side – I might even say that a vote for Trump is a vote for Hillary. Regardless, Conservatism needs a dog in this fight because not only would we like her to lose, as well, we can’t allow conservative ideals to be mistakenly chained to Trump’s ankles when he and his campaign are sucked into the deepest and darkest political black hole in November. We need to separate out the ideals, we need to be able to say, “This over here is Conservatism, that over there is Fascism.” Having someone in the race who represents conservative ideals – more so than many of the other candidates we had, I might add – is going to help us achieve that goal.

We need to focus on the future like Donald Trump focuses on Miss USA pageant contestants… and probably laser pointers.

8: He isn’t a career politician, and he truly isn’t beholden to anyone – unlike both Clinton and Trump.

I don’t think anything else needs to be said on this, so here’s my favorite John Wick GIF:

9: History. History. History.

He hasn’t destroyed thousands of jobs.
He hasn’t ignored increased security requests.
He has sued zero little old ladies.
He hasn’t praised Putin.
He hasn’t praised Saddam Hussein.
He hasn’t lied to the families of dead American heroes.
He hasn’t donated to people who lied to the families of dead American heroes.
He hasn’t lied under oath about deleted emails.
He hasn’t used bankruptcy laws to harm innocent families for his own personal gain.
He hasn’t talked about wanting to bed his offspring.
He doesn’t refer to women as a “piece of a**.”
He doesn’t intend on forcing our troops to commit war crimes.
He knows what a war crime is.
He knows the difference between Kurds and Quds, and what a “Nuclear Triad” is.
He hasn’t demonized rape victims.
He wasn’t involved in Watergate.
He hasn’t hired “all the best people” only to fire “all the best people,” over, and over, and over again.
He hasn’t lied about sniper fire for attention.
He hasn’t been disrespectful to the military, veterans, and their families. (See what I did there? That one is funny because you can’t tell which one I’m talking about.)
He hasn’t made plans to attack religious freedom.
He hasn’t made plans to attack the First Amendment.
He hasn’t made plans to push more gun-control.
He hasn’t made plans to grow the size of government. (Look, I did it again.)
He hasn’t put national security in jeopardy. (Oh, there’s another one.)
He hasn’t lived a life of corruption. (I can’t stop…)

Alright, I’m having too much fun on this list and should stop before it becomes a book and you stop reading. Point is, he’s a clean slate with an impressive background. That’s better than the two current leaders in the race who, like other breathtakingly horrible human beings, happen to have resumes that read like the character description of an evil dictator in a dystopian novel.

10: He keeps things in perspective.

While I take a moral position – like everyone else – on societal issues, the GOP has lost its way by putting all of their eggs in that particular basket. We need to be focused on the benefits of the free market, responsible foreign policy, and reasonable spending cuts. We need to sell our ideas and values, not shove them down their throats.

Example: Same sex marriage debate.

The truly small government position on same sex marriage would be to ask why the government is involved in marriage at all. It shouldn’t be “I’m right!” or “You’re wrong!” It should be “why did we ever make this a government issue in the first place.” Evan is smart to brush off this topic as a hill that is not worth dying upon. Additionally, he recognizes issues that many in the GOP need to start coming to grips with:

BONUS ROUND: He’s good for down-ballot races.

Let’s be honest, there’s a lot of people staying home, and the legislative branch is in jeopardy. We desperately needed to give people a reason to go to the voting booth, and Evan gives them that reason. I was always going to go to vote, but now I’m excited to vote for someone who represents my principles.

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I don’t know what happens after November, guys. I just don’t. I don’t know what principled conservatives will call ourselves when this mess is over and the fallout hits, or what politicians will be on our side. However, there is one thing I know: Evan McMullin saw a deep void in this election and he stepped up when no one else would.

Back in June I compared our situation to the book Fahrenheit 451. I drew a parallel between our conservative principles and books, and used various excerpts from Bradbury’s masterpiece. “There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”

The woman refused to leave her kerosene soaked books behind, and while the firefighters were ready to forcefully remove her as they prepared to set the home ablaze, she opened her hand and revealed an “ordinary kitchen match.” I ended the post by explaining the predicament we are in:

As you shed off your principles, even if you think it only temporary, you shed off your reason to fight. Unlike books, principles can only go up in flames if you abandon them. To walk out of your home, away from your principles – and watch as they are soaked in fuel before going up in flames – only to boast that you survived, is not winning. Sometimes when the enemy is dousing your ideals in kerosene, and taunting you with the only option available – to join them in the abandonment of reason – it’s best to simply open your hand and reveal an ordinary kitchen match.

Listen, Evan is just a man. I don’t plan on blindly worshiping him, or pretending as though he’s flawless like Jack Bauer (I’m so sorry, I can’t stop). Anybody who reads my blog is well aware that no one is beyond reproach on this page. I do, however, believe that he’s standing up for the conservative values currently in jeopardy, and I believe he is a man of good character who has spent his life helping others, and that’s a foundation worthy of applause.

I know many of you are voting for Trump because you feel like he’s the only hope of a GOP president being in the White House in 2017, but those hopes are gasping for their final breath, and the only thing you’re ensuring at this point is that your character, principles, and credibility are gasping along with them.

There’s another choice.

If you’d like to help share the real message of Conservatism, I encourage you to sign up to volunteer here.

If you’d like to sport a fancy Twibbon on your social media pages, you’ll find them here (this is the lovely border Twibbon I have on my pages) and here (Official campaign Twibbon).

Now, go forth and try to be as awesome as Jack Bauer.

I mean you’ll fail, but you can try.

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34 thoughts on “Ten Reasons Why You Should Support Evan McMullin

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  2. I can and often do make a valid argument about historical marriage and our system of government but right now that’s WAY down my list of priorities. Let’s get busy saving the nation from Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum first, mmmmmkay ?

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  3. This is the BEST blog post I’ve seen about McMullin yet!!! I love the way you write! Posted it on FB & Twitter! I’m going to follow you, ma’am. Thanks for the link to the frame Twibbon, BTW. I had the official one. Now, I have both! 😉😊💙

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  4. Let’s make this go viral !!!!!!!
    You are absolutely right!! We do N O T have to fall in line, party lines!!!!
    Come on dissatisfied Clinton and Trump supporters! Let’s give Evan Mcmullin every last electoral vote.
    When I watched Mr. Mcmullins demeanor, composure, restraint, respectful nature; and listened to his intelligent, common sense, straightforward and honest answers to the media who pummeled him with questions sometimes 4 on 1! I said outloud to myself. C O N T E S T O V E R ! !
    I see Evan as Superman swooping into save us all. Those who question his motives are blinded by his true bravery and altruism.
    Power to and of the people…….let’s use it and have a real person as President. We’ve been spoon fed a disgusting diet for months.
    WE DONT HAVE TO TAKE IT ANYMORE.
    WE C A N MAKE IT HAPPEN.
    ELECT EVAN MCMULLIN TO THE OFFICE OF
    PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

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  5. I have to correct something you said, or ask for clarification. I checked to see if he is a member of the CFR (if he is, that would be a bad thing, they are the same top advisors to Trump and Hillary). He isn’t an official member, where did you hear that he was?

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    • Evan has served as a term member since 2011, and while most sources note him as simply a “member,” I’ve added that clarification to this post. It is a bipartisan think tank, and I caution individuals in regards to passing judgement on those who get involved with bipartisan projects. We WANT our people in the room when such issues are discussed, regardless of who else is in there.

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  7. You have expressed so many of my thoughts and worries about the election and the worrying future of conservatism. I also feel the Evan McMullin is the answer to bring those true conservative ideals into the forefront. Thank you for what you have written! This is my first time reading your blog and I look forward to more.

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  8. Great post, great list!
    I’m voting for McMullin with pride [and relief]. I was actually in the room when he made his historic announcement to run for President. I decided to gather signatures to get him on the ballot in Utah. It is exciting to be a part of the democratic process, and to be supporting someone I can honestly believe in. There is no doubt he would be a truly great President, and a wise Commander in Chief.

    I am loving all of the major network and press coverage he is getting. Every hour it seems there is another story. People are desperate for someone they can vote FOR instead of trying to choose the impossible “lesser of evils” route to vote Against, or simply not voting at all. He does actually have a chance. It might seem like a long shot, but it’s a chance that we could actually help make a reality. Best of all, he offers hope. I will vote with a clear conscience knowing I stood for someone who would unite and not divide our country, protect our country and defend our Constitution. #StandUpWithEvan

    Keep speaking truth to power. Keep the faith. Prayers for America.
    Holly

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  9. His foreign policy (Which is arguably the most important issue when looking at a president) brings nothing new to the table. He has a level headed demeanor that people like, but that doesn’t change the fact that he advocates the same fundamental approach to foreign policy that has been applied for about a century. How will he get different results with the same approach?

    Attacks will continue, new ‘terrorist’ groups will emerge and people like him, and Trump, or Hillary will always be beating the same drum. As someone who worked for the CIA you would think he would be well aware of the damage caused by that agency acting in unison with the military as the worlds ‘police’. Damage to the lives of millions overseas and damage to reputation of this country and its people. Yet he spouts the same kind of talking points. But hey, at least he sounds like he knows what he’s talking about…

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  10. You say Jack Bauer, but Clancy’s Jack Ryan–like Evan McMullin–was a CIA agent… who (in the books) eventually became President of the United States. So, enjoy this clip of Harrison Ford telling truth to power.

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  12. I just spent the whole weekend running a booth for Evan McMullin in Denver, Colorado. It’s easy to stand up for someone who is a man of integrity and strong character. I felt I got a pulse of how people were feeling, especially as the “tape” was being rolled out. This is what I saw:

    About 1/3 of voters who passed me said they were voting for Hillary. Only about 1/8 said that they were voting for Trump (and those people always looked really negative and mean btw, interesting). The rest of the folks I talked to were so relieved, excited, and interested in Evan and what he was doing. I had a lady collapse on my shoulder in relief when she found out about him, no joke. I had another lady say she was going to vote for her dog…I’m glad I gave her a better choice. These people were very sincere in researching him and vetting him, and that is what we encouraged. It was a very positive booth and I was proud to introduce him to voters. All the vendors around me engaged in the conversation positively and I don’t think they will forget his name 🙂

    I’m so glad I don’t have to remove my integrity to vote for someone who has none. Trump and Hillary are both sooooo BAD for our country.
    Principle should always come before party.
    Thanks for writing this great post, you nailed it!
    And thanks Evan McMullin for standing up!

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  13. He now has write in instructions on his site which stress that even In Nevada you can write him in. Check out the post on his site it explains it much better then I could. Thank you for writing this. I hope, no I PRAY that all of those who feel they have no choice, no voice, will know of this new, breath of fresh air, option.

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  14. Interesting choice; I had not heard of Evan (or at least don’t recall) prior to your excellent blog. On the surface he seems like a veritable savior compared to Trump. Of course, King Julian (Madagascar) would be a better president than Trump (or Hillary).

    I disagree with Evan’s point in #4. Our enemies have always been prepared to take the long view when it comes to getting assets into the USA (Think Soviet sleeper agents). Having lived in the Middle East for ten years (non-military), I can tell you, the Arabs will always think about the future. They have a much deeper motivation than Evan’s comment regarding any thoughts of using refugees as a conduit might presume.

    That said, I enjoyed reading this and look forward to peeking in again, now that I know you’re here.

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  15. I have always voted as a Democrat, and would love to see a woman president, but not THIS woman! Donald Trump isn’t a viable choice and any woman who votes for him either has no brain, self worth or is afraid her husband will find out she didn’t and beat her! Evan McMullin is the thinking man’s(and woman’s) candidate. I don’t agree with him on everything, but he’s a moderate & willing to discuss the issues. He will win the state of Utah(he’s a Mormon for God’s sake) and with luck throw the decision into the Senate. It may take them till Christmas, but eventually they will have to pick the compromise candidate.

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