My Statement On the 2016 Election

I have been placed under much pressure and intimidation lately. This would happen every time when I shared a link on my Facebook page expressing a concern about the presidential fitness of Donald Trump. The same happened, even more forcefully, when I shared a couple of articles, written by friends, with favorable views of Hillary Clinton. Although I’ve never myself written an affirming article about Hillary Clinton I was repeatedly labeled as the Hillary’s promoter.

So I have to say the following: I am not endorsing any of the two leading candidates. I do not endorse Donald Trump because everything about him radiates with nightmare and insult to any sense of human decency. With all due respect for my friends who might think otherwise, I cannot find even a single thing about him that would attract me to approve of him as the next President of the US.

I find Hillary Clinton less troubling. However, I am hesitant to endorse her either because I believe that freedom of religion and conscience, and respect for human dignity and sanctity of human life do matter profoundly. All of those, plus gender clarity, are fundamental pillars of our freedoms and moral stability of our society; and all of those are very likely to be manipulated under her presidency.

I am not yet eligible to vote in the US, but if I were, I would not have voted for any of the two. Instead I would have selected a third candidate as my personal statement that I do not approve of the system that does not allow the best among the best to advance to the top of the presidential electoral ladder; regardless of the fact that the third candidate would not stand a chance in the election. I do not believe, as many Evangelicals do, that running away from Hillary Clinton must lead one by default into the lap of Donald Trump.

Finally, whoever wins, we have to brace ourselves for a bumpy ride. The 2016 presidential election will be followed by the unpleasant consequences of deepening disunity, political spite, and very likely the atmosphere of retaliation. America should have never allowed itself to come to the point of cornering itself with the two current candidates. Much prayer and eyes wide open will be needed, for none of the two leading candidates, whoever becomes the President, will be a genuine friend of the core human values, rights and freedoms.

For more insight into my concerns and views read my article “Specks and Planks” released two weeks ago.

About Tihomir Kukolja

Tihomir Kukolja, born in Slavonska Pozega, Croatia in 1954. Studied, lived and worked in Yugoslavia, Croatia, United Kingdom, Australia and the US. Education in theology, communications, and radio journalism. Worked as a church pastor, media professional, radio producer and presenter, journalist, religious liberty activist, and reconciliation and leadership development activist. Lives in Baytown TX, USA with professional ties with Seattle WA, USA and Fuzine, Croatia. Currently serves as the Executive Director, Forum for Leadership and Reconciliation (Forum), and Director of Renewing Our Minds (ROM) initiative. Loves photography, blogging and social media. Views, opinions and interests expressed in this blog are those of the author and contributors alone, and do not necessarily represent the views of organizations with which the author is or has been associated in the past.
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One Response to My Statement On the 2016 Election

  1. Sue Cox says:

    Blessings to you, Tijomar,for your courage in expressing your opinion.

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