From:,  by Ammo Grrrll,  on Oct 7, 2016

I know that I’m not alone in enjoying Ammo Grrrll’s writings on Power Line. She is a real treasure who not only tells it as it is but understands what the “it” is. Garnet92.

Ammo Grrrll focuses on the prospect before us in BINARY FOR THEE, BUT NOT FOR ME. She writes:


From the very beginning of the primary contest, I have been confused and shocked by the vitriol aimed at Trump, and only Trump, from OUR side’s sizable glump of #NeverTrumpers. Now, as I have said repeatedly in this column, Trump was not even my 6th choice. I voted for Cruz in the Arizona primary.

But, see, Trump won and faces Hillary. What part of binary decision do “undecideds” and especially conservative #NeverTrumpsters not understand?

For better, or worse, Trump is our standard bearer and our thin, orange line against four more disastrous years of political correctness, open borders, lawlessness at the highest level, hideous Supreme Court picks, gun grabbing, deliberate security breaches, BleachBit, IRS witchhunts, another Affirmative Action hire who can’t be criticized because she’s a woman, and appalling attacks on everything military, law enforcement, traditional, or American.

Apparently, his manifest faults do not resonate enough with the working class to outweigh existential panic over a political elite determined to shut down coal and the pipeline, and to flood the country with more unvetted invaders who either scoop up all the entry-level jobs, or simply sponge off us, hate us or both.

So why do some elite conservative pundits lack the acuity of a Victor Davis Hanson to see, “OK, Donald’s it, and I’m voting for him”? See, being forced to make a binary choice between two unappealing scenarios is an unpleasant fact of life for the average person.

For example, as we speak, my aged father is in our hometown assisted living facility, a lonely widower who lives closest to the youngest family members who are still working and cannot visit often. An option would be moving him to Arizona where I could visit him every day. But that facility is considerably more expensive, he gives up his barber, his banker, his doctors, his beloved caregiver and he quite likely would not see another family member for the rest of his life. Two tough options, but one must be picked. Everybody understands that. We don’t whine that there has to be a third option.

It seems that some of the pundits have lived lives free of the necessity of picking between two unattractive choices. Some may not ever have had to choose between paying the electric bill (or having that shut off) or making the minimum payment on the VISA bill and paying 27% interest.

If you frequently get what you want – choosing, say, between the steak and the lobster in a restaurant – or, what the hey, just having the Surf ‘N Turf together – then you don’t think you deserve to be forced to make a less-than-perfect choice. You can stand on principle. In this case, evidently, the appalling principle of electing Hillary Clinton.

In 2008, 2012, except for the snotty “conservative” Palin-haters who just openly went full Obamabot, the GOP told the Tea Party wing to get out and vote, despite misgivings about Senator-for-Life “Maverick” McCain. And ditto for Governor Romney.

For every election cycle since Reagan, we little people have had to suck it up, and vote for someone who – for the most part – did not reflect our interests. Some people refer to this as “holding your nose” while voting. I not only think that is disrespectful, it is also inaccurate. The problem was not that Mr. Dole, or Mr. McCain or Mr. Romney– none of whom even pretended to promise half of what I wanted– were “smelly”, but that they ran totally cowardly, wussified campaigns and LOST anyway! So at some point many people have to think that if we are going to lose anyway it might as well be with a nasty street-fighter at the helm.

Mr. AG used to coach Little League. And he had one little fellow who refused to swing. He just stood there, bat on his shoulder, and prayed for a walk. Finally, Mr. AG told him, “Jonathan, I don’t care if you strike out, as long as you’re swinging. But, see, you aren’t EVER going to get a hit if you don’t swing. So I will bench you if you don’t swing.” Next at-bat, he closed his eyes and swung; and got a hit!

At least this time our candidate has a bat. And is not afraid to use it. He may go down, but he’ll go down swinging.


As usual, I agree with Ammo Grrrll, it IS a binary decision. It’s either a ONE (and Donald Trump will tell you that he is number ONE) or a ZERO (which describes how many good things will accrue to the country with Hillary Clinton as POTUS).

Trump’s latest shot into his size 12 right foot is the way he described his conquests of females. His choice of words and descriptions might be common to a high school locker room, but scarcely heard anywhere else. We don’t know how accurate or truthful those stories were, it could have been a case of rhetorical embellishment (Trump is known to exaggerate on occasion). The recordings are another unforced error on Trump’s part, it remains to be seen how they will impact voters.

On the other hand, consider Hillary. While the transcripts of those expensive speeches that she gave to financial institutions and corporate offices show that she says one thing to her moneyed benefactors, she says something distinctly different to prospective voters. And the two perspectives are 180 degrees out of phase. We have decades of history and evidence that Hillary can’t be trusted to tell the truth – EVER.

So that my binary choice is simple: there is at least a chance that Donald Trump will do some things that will benefit the country; there is ZERO chance that Hillary will.



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  1. I will happily vote for Trump if someone would promise that I will never have to hear the phrase “binary choice” again.

    With all due respect to Ammo Grrrll, who strikes me as someone I would surely like, I’m kind of tired of people explaining to me that either Trump or Clinton is going to be POTUS, as if this is something I don’t understand. I am painfully aware of what’s at stake in this election. But what I don’t think Ammo Grrrll and others understand about this particular binary choice between the lesser of two evils is that there has been no reconciliation of how we came to be at this point. I’m still back there, trying to understand how we got here, because without understanding that I have no hope for the future of conservatism, which means I have no hope for the future of this nation, regardless of which one of our “binary choices” ultimately wins.

    Ammo Grrrll said (emphasis mine), “Trump is OUR standard bearer and OUR thin, orange line…. WE little people have had to suck it up and vote for someone who – for the most part – did not reflect OUR interests….”

    With the selection of Trump it has suddenly become painfully clear that there is no “us” or “we” any more, and perhaps there never was. “We” are clearly not on the same page. I’m not even sure we’ve been reading the same book. That’s why there’s so much pushback this time around. For me this is not a simple choice between who will do the least amount of damage. By helping to elect Trump I am helping to give a victory to those who threw conservatism under the bus. Hopefully this puts our “binary choice” into perspective for those who can’t understand why this is still a struggle for me.

    One last point on this statement by Ammo Grrrll:
    “The problem was not that Mr. Dole, or Mr. McCain or Mr. Romney– none of whom even pretended to promise half of what I wanted– were “smelly”, but that they ran totally cowardly, wussified campaigns and LOST anyway!”

    This might be a hint as to why we’re not on the same page because Dole, McCain and Romney were smelly, IMO. They were compromisers hand-picked by the elites of the GOP for that wonderful quality of being middle-of-the-road and oh so politically correct. Trump is no better or worse, because what he lacks in proper reverence for the Constitution he makes up for by his unabashed rejection of suicidal political correctness. On that point I vastly differ from other Republicans who disclaim Trump, but I suspect all of us have finally wearied of being used to propel candidates we don’t even like.


    • CW, I understand how difficult this choice is to resolve for those of us who had hoped to finally get a real conservative candidate – and had the rug pulled out from under us.

      You know how much I abhor the thought of Donald Trump as POTUS and even though I feel that I have no choice but to vote for him, I view the binary choice as being simply, “Hillary or NOT-Hillary.” I think that the logic is unassailable that if we choose to sit it out or write in someone else’s name, that in effect, is one less vote that Hillary needs to win. THAT, in my view, is the truly binary choice:

      1) Vote FOR Trump or, 2) ANY OTHER ACTION is the equivalent of a vote FOR Hillary by reducing the number of votes that she has to overcome to win.



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  3. In the words of Monica Crowley – “Russia today essentially threatened the United States with World War III with nuclear weapons, and we’re talking about something Donald J. Trump was joking about 11 years ago? This country has serious problems, and we need to be focused on that.”

    Something that Trump said 11 years ago bothers me very little in comparison to what Hillary has done and will continue to do if elected.

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    • Roger that, Kathy. Too many of us are worried about the wrong things. As abhorrent as Trump’s conservation was, it pales in comparison to Hillary’s actual crimes. He exhibits depravity and stupidity, Hillary exhibits dishonesty and criminal behavior.


  4. Still not with this mind set. It is a binary choice if you think it is. Me? I think it’s not. The winner must have 270 electoral votes.
    Besides, it’s not just what I want. I can’t and won’t betray my code of morals/principles. My vote will not go to a criminal nor will it go to an egotistical maniac who will run a kingdom full of scary surprises. I’ll just worry about senators and representatives etc.


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