Moral questions seem to be tying Republicans in knots. Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire is a case in point.

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She has said she will vote for Trump but not “endorse” him but that voters can count on her to stand up to him. This is pretzel logic. At some point what is good for the country and the world has to come first. There is a basic moral question confronting Sen. Ayotte, other Republicans and our country.

If America stands as the leader of the free world we cannot morally take a chance on unleashing Donald Trump on the world. The world already has enough self-promoting dictators and bullies, many of whom Trump admires. We should be about shrinking that club and not growing it. There is a saying that progress is two steps forward, one step back. In normal times that may be true. These times are not normal. Given the power of the presidency and the moral whimpiness of too many Republicans, Trump may represent more than one step backward.

I no longer engage in political talking points with Republicans. I flat out say that this is a moral question for me. I ask if they have heard the poem by Pastor Martin Niemöller

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – Because I was not a Jew,

Then they came for me – and there was no one left to speak for me.

Pastor Niemöller had several versions of this poem in his lifetime. The point remains, we are confronted with a moral choice and not simply a political one. Vote for Hillary Clinton or don’t vote for president.

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