The #Never Election That Is Making Americans Uneasy

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#never elections, #never candidates, and #never voters?

If there is a consensus about the present election, it is that most people are unhappy with the choices. This can be seen in the fact that many voters are identifying themselves with Twitter hashtags by which they become #never voters who vow never to vote for one candidate or the other (or both).

These hashtag-never elections are driven by unseen levels of discontent and uneasiness. People are unhappy to the point that it does little good to try to argue about candidates since so many feel unrepresented by the choices. There is an uneasiness reflected in the fact that two-thirds of Americans believe that something is terribly wrong with the direction of the nation.

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However, this discontent transcends the #never candidates. What needs to be addressed is not only the particular policies proposed by the #never candidates but rather, what it is that is making so many Americans uneasy.

On the surface, there is little to indicate anything unusual in the #never election narratives. The #never candidates are talking about many of the issues that have dominated the messy presidential elections of this twenty-first century: an ailing economy, the jobs outsourced off-shore, the demise of the middle class, unraveling communities, anarchic immigration, the growing threat of Islam, and an increasingly authoritarian government’s assaults on freedom.

Perhaps it is precisely this “business-as-usual” focus amidst an increasingly unrecognizable America that is making everyone uneasy.

Recent American elections have always been more about the nation people desire than the one that exists. This “desired America” most people want is a mix of the enduring fifties paradigm of prosperity and security with varying percentages of the giddy unrestraint of the sixties. In the past, most candidates at least made a convincing pretense of promising variations of this desired order.

Not so in this election. The #never candidates do talk about this desired America. However, instead of reminding the electorate that this desired America presupposes a moral framework that must be maintained by order, virtue, and discipline, the #never candidates simply prefer to live off its memory. They promise all the benefits of this desired America while doling out dispensations from the duties needed to sustain it.

In the face of a decaying society, the #never candidates ramp up the rhetoric, claiming government (more or less of it) can restore America. Simultaneously, they shirk the real spadework—the restoration of morality, without which there can be no social regeneration—and alienate those who defend moral values by relegating them to a very secondary role or dismissing them altogether. As a result, the elections have taken on a shallow and frivolous tone that rings as hollow and superficial as the tweets that drive the election campaigns.

For example, both #never candidates talk about America’s middle-class families as if there were no crises in the family. And yet it is ever more obvious that families are being decimated by divorce, abortion, and single parenthood. So many “families” of all classes are not families in the true meaning of the word, but the remnants of broken families strung together by a third or fourth marriage or no marriage at all.

They talk about helping communities as if the communities of old still existed. Reflecting today’s dysfunctional families, so many communities are ghosts of what they used to be because they are decimated by urban sprawl, inner city meltdowns, uncurbed crime, and rampant drug abuse that has infiltrated into Middle America.

Both #never candidates speak about the American Dream in which individuals are encouraged to realize all they can be, yet they ignore the present reality of people who self-identify as that which they can never be.

Above all, gone is the talk of the much-needed help of God and the return to an abandoned godliness.

Thus, there is a great disconnect between an American society in shambles and the rosy façades of the America promised by the #never candidates. They promise families and communities without commitments, an individual freedom uninhibited by morality, a government emancipated from any higher moral law, and the expectations of a prosperity disconnected from economic realities.

What is missing is order.


In the words of Russell Kirk, order is that first need of the soul whereby people orient themselves. When the orienting principles of society are abandoned, the nation succumbs under the weight of the decaying institutions of an eviscerated order. And this is making many Americans uneasy.

The present order is hollowed out. The discontent comes from the tension of maintaining the fiction of the desired America in the face of a society that has been removed from its moral foundations. The uneasiness comes from the uncertainty of imagining an America outside of the old American order that prevailed for so long.

The result is #never elections, #never candidates, and #never voters. If America is to return to order, the nation must adopt a set of values that reflects #always honor, #always duty and #always love of God.

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  • Fernanda

    I can’t speak for what Hillary is saying. Oh wait, she hasn’t spoken to the press or held a well attended rally in close to a year. But I think Trump is being categorized unfairly. Yes, he talks about jobs, the American dream, and the economy, and about restoring all that, so I get your point that it’s not just about that, but there needs to be a soul revival to drive any kind of lasting improvement. However, I don’t see that as the job of a secular leader to promote. That is up to the Church, meaning us Christians, Catholics in particular. Secular leaders are supposed to attend to the secular matters, and campaigning is about convincing us voters that they will do a good job with the secular matters. I happen to believe Trump will do a better job than Hillary on the secular matters that would be entrusted to the next president of the United States. We’re missing the point if we are looking to our president to also attend to the spiritual matters. That is not his job. Any attempt by the president to do that would raise a red flag in my mind. We call that usurpation and none of us liked it when Obama was kind of doing that with his whole “anointed messiah” motif.

    • Franie

      Nicely put. Thanks.

  • Franie

    To lump both candidates into the same camp is grossly unfair. Hillary hasn’t been out giving press conferences to inform us of what she will do as president for well better than half this year, even though we all know that the failed policies of Obama and his administration will be expounded on and extended with Hillary on steroids picking up with where Obama left off in killing this nation. On the other hand, Trump has been out constantly promoting a better America and how he intends to greatly improve the mess the democrats are forcing down our collective throats. There is no comparison, and for you to lump these two together, just shows me that you’re swallowing hook, line, and sinker what the mainstream media is feeding you and those who refuse to open their eyes. You’re blinded to the truth and you’re exhibiting a hardened heart on this subject.

    • JohnC

      Are you saying that one of the candidates is proposing the essence of Return to Order, a Christian society based on God’s morals? Is one of the candidates basing their candidacy primarily on Christian values, where decisions are made mostly in true Christian families and all immoral activity is called out? Where there is true religious freedom and we shut down all the frenetic spending of our government?

      • Franie

        John, you can best bet that Hillary is NOT even close to anything that Return to Order espouses. There is NOTHING Christian about that woman, NOTHING!! There is nothing moral about her neither, and she denigrates Christians all the while wanting to import a 500% increase in undocumented and unvetted Muslims! Her ‘right hand (wo)man’ is a jihadist Muslim, and she is also another apologist to Muslims like Obama. And you speak of immoral activity? Tell me anything that is moral about Hillary, anything.

        Yeah, Donald Trump is the BEST CHOICE in this election, hands down. It is very unfair to lump him in with a DEPLORABLE woman the likes of Hillary Clinton. She richly deserves to go away for a mighty long time to do time for her immoral, deceptive, unchristian, and her frenetic spending of our tax monies.

        • JohnC

          Franie, I’m sorry that this mess has you in such a bad place… there are many of us having the same thoughts about Hillary. She is evil. That is true and Trump is the choice for Catholics in this election. There is no doubt about that.
          But, to hold Trump up as some kind of moral character? That’s the problem and that is what the article is about. They are both horribly misguided and have not a hint of the Return To Order message and/or what our Church stands for. He’s the best choice right now, but a horrible choice. His life is all about selfish desires, frenetic business dealings, immoral family choices, former (and possibly current) support for abortion, pride, arrogance, etc. Compared to my ideal candidate, and I pray yours, Donald doesn’t check hardly any boxes. He doesn’t even realize he’s a sinner and needs to confess to God. On a political level just yesterday, he proposed another massive entitlement program for maternity leave and child care! He’s clueless if he thinks that’s what any of us want or need. Completely opposite of what John Horvat has been talking about.
          Donald has to be lumped with Hillary and all the other immoral, pandering, power hungry, frenetically intemperant leaders we have today.
          Where we will find a real leader? I’m afraid the real leaders will only rise up after unimagined calamity and chastisement from God. Then, out of crisis will arise leaders that are united with Jesus and Mary.
          In the meantime, we need to pray for Donald and that somehow he is elected and is surrounded by truth that starts to show him what God wants, not what Donald wants.
          Hang in there, Franie and blessings to you,
          John

          • Franie

            Peace and blessings to you too! Thank you.

          • Christiana Weisel

            Do you think Johnson is a good alternative? I know he isn’t perfect, but he doesn’t seem evil like the other candidates (Clinton and Trump ruin anyone who stands in their way!)

          • Anna

            John, Trump can GET THINGS DONE. A super nice and gentle person who has been perfect all their lives is great, BUT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET THINGS DONE AS A COMMANDER IN CHIEF. BATTLING LOTS OF BAD, TOUGH, SMART PEOPLE. YOU NEED A SUPER TOUGH WARRIOR THERE WHO IS PASSIONATELY BEHIND THE RIGHT VALUES. THAT IS TRUMP.

            You do not want a quiet perfect mouse, that is ridiculous!!!!!!

            ALSO, BY THE WAY, YOU HAD BETTER HOPE, FOR THE GOOD OF OUR NATION, THAT HIS ADVISORS ARE COUNSELING HIM TO SAY THINGS THAT APPEAL TO THE MIDDLE UNDECIDED TOTALLY IDIOTIC CLUELESS VOTERS!!!!!!! You must not know anything about politics.

            Personally, I think you have FAR more to confess than Trump, because he is STANDING UP FOR WESTERN CIVILIZATION AND WESTERN VALUES, AND FIGHTING WITH SWORD AND SHIELD TO SAVE WESTERN CIVILIZATION. And all you can do is be a whiner, criticizing him.

            IF YOU WANT A RETURN TO ORDER, AND YOU DONT REALIZE THAT WE FINALLY HAVE A CANDIDATE WHO CAN SAVE THIS NATION AND RETURN IT TO ORDER ——- THE, THE, THE, THE, THE TOP HEADLINE SINCE THE FOUNDING OF THIS NATION ——– THEN THERE IS SOMETHING SERIOUSLY WRONG WITH YOUR BRAIN. IT IS NOT FUNCTIONAL. I am very sorry to say.

            When you are sending people out to war (to politics) to save your nation and culture and your entire civilization from those working to destroy you, you do not send the nice young guy without sin, or the gentle priest, YOU SEND THE SPARTANS LIKE IN THE MOVIE “THE 300”. THAT IS TRUMP. HE WILL SAVE CIVILIZATION. A nice kind gentle stainless wonderful guy is great, BUT YOU NEED SOMEONE VERY SPECIAL TO SPEARHEAD THAT BATTLE. IF YOU DON’T REALIZE THAT GOD HAS SENT TRUMP TO SAVE CIVILIZATION, THEN YOU MUST BE SOME SORT OF SPY OR PAID “CONTROLLED OPPOSITION” FOR CHRISTIANS.

  • Rosech Levy

    This obviously points out that Hillary, Obama and democrats have violated America by attempts to remove quality education, imposing sexual deviations of all kinds, wanting more government control, while We The People ARE the Government, but so many think living evilly and criminally is good. I pray to God that He needs to help us pronto to save this country, stop interfering with religious beliefs but lauding a murdering cult and bringing them to this country, and looking for ways to ignore our Constitution and laws. Since I lived and worked under socialism and my spouse under both socialism and communism, the only viable choice is Trump. We have never had a perfect president as no one is perfect, but are now facing a very evil imperfect candidate and a sick future for America!

  • Donald J. Rothgery

    Do you folks really think Mr. Trump has any clue how he can accomplish anything he says?
    If both houses of congress decide that they don’t want him to get any legislation passed, as they did with President Obama, he will sit around wishing he was still in the bankruptcy arena. That’s exactly how he fixed his business problems.

  • Wilhelm von Rohl

    Obviously both candidates are bad choices. However, Trump is running on the Republican ticket which at least stands for morality. Please research the 2016 Democratic National Platform. If the Democrats get in, our country will move further into Socialism and eventually State Atheism. Also at stake is the Supreme Court Justice nominee. Although we cannot guarantee a good choice, we have a better chance at the right Justice with Trump. We need a Justice that will uphold the Constitution and our founding principles.

  • Anna

    You talk about both candidates as if they were similar, but there is nothing farther from the truth!!!!!! Hillary has (1) as a U.S. state representative, supported several genocides in foreign countries because the dictators donated hundreds of millions to her “foundation” (2) personally had 48 people killed this year who were 1 or 2 days away from testifying for her (3) she supports abortion, late term abortion, and partial birth abortion (4) she has obstructed justice so often that she should be in jail (5) committed OFFICIAL STATE TREASON so many times that she needs to be officially convicted of treason (6) the media CONTINUALLY lies about the fact that she cannot even fill 1/3 of a high school gymnasium with crowds – it has been that way for over a year, since the primaries. THIS IS NOT THEORETICALLY ORWELL – THIS IS ORWELL. DO YOU THINK THAT STATE CONTROL OF 95% OF THE MEDIA IS WORKING OUT REALLY WELL FOR YOU?? It is known news that the polls are frauds and it is well known news that she stole the primary with fraud. She is 95% funded by GENOCIDAL COMMUNIST COUNTRIES INCLUDING CHINA, RUSSIA, and dozens of others. SHE AIMS AT DOING THE SAME THING IN THE U.S., BY TAKING AWAY GUNS SO THAT THE CHICKENS ARE DEFENSELESS AGAINST THE FOXES (GOVERNMENT), so that the genocides going on CURRENTLY in all of those countries, can start going on here now. On a much larger scale. of all those who disagree.

    The ability to vote for TRUMP is a ONCE IN A LIFETIME CHANCE TO SAVE OUR NATION, TO SAVE RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS, TO SAVE FREEDOM, it is a once in a lifetime chance to vote for someone who is NOT IN POLITICS, AND NOT CONTROLLED BY AND BEHOLDEN TO INTERNATIONAL GENOCIDAL DICTATORS,

    The ability to vote for TRUMP is a ONCE IN A LIFETIME AND A ONCE-IN-THE-HISTORY-OF-A-NATION chance, to vote for someone who will save the nation and return it back to the people. AND OUT OF THE HANDS OF THE INTERNATIONAL OLIGARCHY, THEIR NEW WORLD ORDER, THEIR ONE WORLD RELIGION, THEIR GENOCIDES CURRENTLY GOING ON AROUND THE WORLD.

    The ability to vote for TRUMP is a OPPORTUNITY WHICH IS A ONCE IN THE HISTORY OF THE NATION OPPORTUNITY. HE IS THIS NATION’S LAST HOPE AGAINST THIS NATION COLLAPSING UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THE WELFARE STATE, UNEDUCATED PEOPLE BEING BUSSED INTO THIS COUNTRY BY THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS, PUT ON WELFARE, AND VOTING FOR THE HAND THAT FEEDS THEM, THE INTERNATIONAL OLIGARCHY.

    DO YOU THINK THAT THE COMMUNIST-DEMOCRAT PARTY, WHICH WANTS TO ABORT FULL TERM BABIES, AND TAKE AWAY PEOPLE’S 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT — IS GOING TO BE REALLY SWEET TO YOU?

    EVERYONE NEEDS TO SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS —— AND CLEARLY.

    WE ALL NEED TO CALL EVERY CATHOLIC AND CHRISTIAN PRIEST IN THIS GREAT NATION OF OURS AND TALK AND CONVINCE THEM. THEY NEED TO TALK CLEARLY — CLEARLY AND DIRECTLY — TO THEIR CONGREGATIONS AND PARISHES.

    ANY CHRISTIAN THAT VOTES FOR KILLARY AND HER RISING DEATH COUNT IS A TREASON TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.

    ANY CHRISTIAN WHO VOTES FOR THE NEW WORLD ORDER IS A TREASON TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.

    EVERY CHRISTIAN WHO DOES NOT DO SOMETHING EVERY DAY TO WORK TO STOP THE NEW WORLD ORDER —– IS A TREASON TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.

    CHRISTIANS ARE BEING GENOCIDED, KILLED, AND TORTURED AROUND THE WORLD NOW AND THE #1 ENEMY IS COMMUNISM.

    WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MAKE EACH CHRISTIAN PRIEST IN THE u.s. CLEARLY — CLEARLY WAKE UP THEIR PARISH.

    EVERY CHRISTIAN WHO DOES NOT DO SOMETHING EVERY DAY TO WORK TO STOP THE
    NEW WORLD ORDER —– IS A TREASON TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH.

    CHRISTIANS ARE BEING GENOCIDED, KILLED, AND TORTURED AROUND THE WORLD NOW AND THE #1 ENEMY IS COMMUNISM.

  • Anna

    If this country falls to communism, and we see genocides of all the Christians — as in ALL the other countries where communism takes over — then it will be thanks to the Christians who don’t realize that they need to fight communism (democrats) with tooth and nail and passion.

    IN THIS ELECTION, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN OUR LIFETIME, THERE IS THE ABILITY TO VOTE FOR TRUMP, SOMEONE WHO IS A TRUE AND POWERFUL ANTI-COMMUNIST, ANTI-NEW WORLD ORDER, TRUE CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE. SPEAK UP!!!!!!!!! EVERY PERSON IN THE U.S. NEEDS TO GET BUSY. THIS IS IT. THIS IS THE LAST ELECTION – THIS MEANS EITHER THE END OF OUR NATION OR THE REBIRTH OF OUR NATION.

    CALL EVERY PRIEST AND PREACHER – THEY NEED TO TELL THEIR UNINFORMED CONGREGATIONS WHAT IS GOING ON — TO ACTIVATE AS PASSIONATELY AS POSSIBLE FOR TRUMP TO SAVE OUR NATION —- AND NOT TO VOTE FOR COMMUNISM/ KILLARY / ABORTION DURING BIRTH/ GENOCIDE/ NEW WORLD ORDER.

    In many other elections, the “conservative” was actually a liberal that was bought and sold by other countries or special interests. But in this election we have a TRUE CONSERVATIVE WHO IS NOT IN POLITICS, NOT BOUGHT AND SOLD, AND WHO CAN SAVE OUR NATION AND RETURN IT TO ORDER.

    EVERYONE NEEDS TO GET ACTIVE — IT IS PROBABLY THE LAST CHANCE IN OUR LIFETIME AND IN THE HISTORY OF OUR NATION OR PREVIOUS NATION.

  • Anna

    The fact that the entire “Establishment” (and the mainstream media (MSM) that they own) is so against Trump, gives you an idea of how monumental this election is, and how important your vote is, to save our liberties, religion, and everything else about our culture.