I hardly ever have a hard time making a decision. When confronted with a problem my inner problem solver takes over, and as I’m listening to the problem I am processing every viable solution. This year I have a difficult task to figure out. I have the duty, and privilege, as an American, to vote in this year’s election. In previous years I have not had a difficult time voting because there was always someone running that I felt could possibly be representative of what I believed, and wanted for our country.
This year the task is a strangely difficult one. It has come to the point that I have accused myself in my own mind of being a flip flopper. I’ve gone back and forth in my mind endlessly. Although I was originally a Republican I have been an independent for many years, mainly because I didn’t want to be put into a box, and labeled something that I, at times, was not fully comfortable with.
I’m sure, or actually, I know, that many people out there are having the same difficult time. This must be what people in “fake democracies” feel like. The decision for them is “Who do we want to screw us over, and lie to us for the next few years?”. During this election, I’ve tried to keep an open mind, I’ve gone back to old interviews on YouTube, I’ve listened to NPR, Hannity, CNN, Fox, etc. I’ve read Breitbart, Huffington, BBC, Cosmo, Al Jazeera News, Rolling Stone, and others. I’ve dug deep into the archives of the web looking for articles written many years ago just to refresh my memory about the two candidates that we have to choose from, and the only certain conclusion I have come to is that I will not, and cannot vote for Hillary. To me, she represents all that is wrong with government. She is the personification of cover ups, deceit, disregard, and a shady career politician. What I can’t understand is why are there so many people that can’t see through the veil, at least sufficiently to say “okay, she sucks, but that’s all we have”. I’ll take that over those that look to her as if the savior of humanity. As if she was going to take control of Washington and make all the promises, and hopeful expectations of her constituents come true in one shake of a wand. What she hasn’t done in almost 30 years. Her’s is the candidacy of HOPE. She hopes you will forget the things she’s done. She hopes that you won’t listen to any opposing views. She hope that you don’t hold anything you may hear against her. She hopes that you won’t realize who she really is. She hopes she can still convince you that she is working for you, and not for herself. She hopes she can pull off this one last scam. That is the hope she offers. Just because I’m not voting for Hillary, doesn’t mean I’m thrilled about voting for Trump. I would vote for the Libertarians who I tend to identify more with, but that would surely guarantee a vote for Hillary, and Johnson doesn’t thrill me either.
So I delved deeper into my Trump investigation. Being a sarcastic person myself, I can identify on a miniscule level with some of Trumps remarks, because some are true, and obvious. I did check out many things, and I also saw all his debates and town hall meetings, as well as Hillary’s. In Trump’s prior interviews from back in the 80’s he was eloquent, well spoken, and came across as an educated man. I realize that in the beginning he had to be outrageous because even negative publicity is better than no publicity, especially if it’s free, ask Dr. Carson who could have used more of it. But when he achieved the nomination leaving 16 opponents in the dust, I thought, well okay where is the Trump I had seen on Oprah? Where is the educated, well- spoken man who said he loved this country? I would have thought it was time to let him out.
In observing what the media says, I find many things ludicrous. The most entertaining is “He’s crazy he’ll push the button”. For those who are not voting for Trump only for this reason. Trump is not a dictator. There is a Vice President among other members of government who would have to be equally as crazy as him to follow through on the “button” idea. Additionally, we do have the 25th Amendment. Look it up, it is there. It kind of protects the country if your leader goes off his rocker.
For those who say he is a racist, I did my own searching, in case my own memory failed me because being a Hispanic, I would be apprehensive about voting for someone who disliked people of my heritage. I couldn’t recall any instance where it was written somewhere that Trump was a racist, but just to be safe, I searched. Usually when a person has been a public figure, for as long as he has, comments will be made, something, somewhere will be written about it, especially racism which is such a hot topic. I cannot say I found anything noteworthy other than his recent comments. I remember seeing Trump on Oprah, and other shows, including his own, and he never rubbed me as a racist, but apparently now at 69, he is, according to mainstream liberal media, and maybe even some Republicans that are shaking in their boots, and still bitter about the massive loss.
The media indicates that Trump is using fear to obtain followers. I don’t see any fear mongering. He states truths. We need to enforce immigration laws, very true. Even the most well intentioned illegal immigrant will do something so slight such as driving without a valid driver’s license or insurance. This is an illegal act. Some will use social security numbers that don’t belong to them just so they can work to provide for their families. It would be great if the social security number didn’t already belong to someone else. Unfortunately for these hard working people with no papers or permits to work in this country, this is called identity theft. So even if all illegal immigrants aren’t murderers, rapists or drug dealers, they do commit other illegal acts that could affect one of our legal members of society. There are endless comments about how illegal immigrants do jobs that no one wants. While that may be true when it comes to farming, all illegal immigrants are not employed on a farm. So what damage can this do? Since they are willing to work for less just to have an income, then that takes away jobs from those who are in this country legally, leaves them unemployed because they couldn’t possibly live on the wage that the employer is paying the illegal.
Obviously I don’t feel that deporting 11 million people is the answer, but we do need to crack down on the problem, and first ensure that our borders are better protected than what they are now. There is no point in having hundreds of border patrols, if they are instructed to let the people go through, even the drug dealers, who will come, and go as they please. You might as well send the guards home, and not spend the money. It is not a lie that we are housing thousands of illegal immigrants in our Federal facilities. This is taxpayer money going to mainly private facilities that are making a pretty penny just to keep them there anywhere from 6 months to 2 years at a time until they get processed. Some use the system as a frequent flyer program. Come in, work or whatever, send money home, get caught doing whatever, stay for a while for free, and get a free bus pass home. Turn around a couple months later jump the fence, and do it all over again. It is no lie, do the research. They are arrested as re-entries after deportation.
When Trump says that we need to stop Muslims from coming into the country, that is what the media prints, they don’t print the rest of what he says, that this is until we know who the hell is here, and why. What is wrong with this position? Would I have an open house party in my home and not wonder or want to know, who is coming and going, and what parts of my house they are visiting? I think not. What country permits this? Try walking into anywhere, and just going wherever you feel like going. You will be stopped and asked what you are doing there and who or what you are looking for. In many places you even have to produce ID. So why should our country be any different than some businesses or government facilities? We need a head count before more people are given visas, and entry. Unfortunately, due to the slow wheels of anything governmental in our country it takes FOREVER to process things. This is the problem we need to fix, not just bash our own American citizens who want safety, and call them racists. Feeling safe where you live is not a sin, it is a basic need. That is not fear mongering, it’s a demand for a basic right. We have to come to the realization that Radical Islamic Terrorists are Muslim. They are not Christian, they are not Buddhist or Jews or anything other than Muslim. Do I think all Muslims are evil, no, I do not. There is good and evil in all religions, even atheism.
The problem is that our country is not really that efficient at processing things in an adequate manner. I hope we all can remember that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. That was our “intel”. How accurate was that? Okay, so are we going to trust that none of the people that are coming over are terrorists or have ill intentions whether they are men, women or children. We can’t be ignorant. Our lives depend on it our safety depends on it. What happened in Orlando, and California were planned ahead of time. These people did not wake up one day and say “hey let’s go kill people”. What do we have to lose by doing this? It is a temporary hold. I would put the hold on all visas if you really want to make it fair. We have to keep in mind that this is a country, our country, the place where we live, and breathe. We can’t sell out in the name of political correctness.
When it comes to things Trump says about others, I agree that there is often not a need to be mean or nasty to someone, but by the same token I do find that those who have been subjected to his comments were not sitting at home on their sofas. In the case of the Khans I think if they decided that they were going to enter the spotlight of politics and be political, they had to be well aware, especially being in the legal field like Mr. Khan is, that you are walking into the lion’s den. Things will be said, it’s a no holds barred situation. The same applies to the reporter with a disability. Yes, he has a disability. Yes, it was not necessary for Trump to mock him, but again, the reporter is in a position where he is attempting to get the story that he wants to tell, and clearly it was not a pro-Trump story. He is aware that the political arena is dirty, and mean to anyone and everyone, so he took his chance and got bitten. It may sound bad, but it’s the truth of the situation. Trump did not walk into the reporter’s house or job, and poke fun at him, the reporter walked onto his turf and exposed himself to whatever may come. This kind of holds true for anyone else who he has bashed.
It may sound like I’m defending Trump, and his behavior. I’m not. I am presenting what we have been shown over, and over, and over again in every single format (like a brainwashing) of the transgressions with a more objective view.
My next topic of inspection was his family. He may be whatever people want to say he is but he raised four well educated children who seem to be family oriented and goal driven. I can’t comment on the fifth child because he is still a child. What I have seen is a family that supports one other, and they support their father, who apparently has been there with them their whole life in one way or another. During the times the cameras panned the audience you could see his children interacting with each other like regular siblings. Then there is his wife, who is a beautiful woman, and whether she has a college education or not, she presents herself with a certain degree of class. Being an immigrant herself, with a deep accent, she stands by his side but not overtaking the stage like some of the other wives of previous Presidential hopefuls. She went out there like a trooper despite attacks on her person about her nude pictures, and her immigration status, etc. Apparently she is able to take the attacks in a composed manner. I do find it amusing that the liberals want everyone to forget about Hillary, and her husband’s past transgressions but they bring up Melania’s nude pictures.
So how does a person who is such an incredible jerk still manage to have what appears to be a nice family that work together, and who love him, and support him? That I think is noteworthy.
The next criticism in the media is of his business practices. I don’t know about you, but if you are going to be in business you need to have full knowledge of what your avenues are for any given problem that you may face. His bankruptcies are a big issue. I wonder what those who criticize would you have done? Stayed there and waited for what to happen? Bad business decisions are made every day by everyone, so do you cut your losses or stay the course crashing and burning? Why do we fault someone who did what was legally available to him at the time? He’s ruthless in business. I would be ruthless too. You can’t have a thriving business by giving away the farm. Money is money and business is tough. Would we prefer that he be a really bad businessman? Would that make him more appealing as a Presidential candidate?
One of my favorite comments is that he has no experience, he’s never held office. Well this is the only true statement. Upon observing how apt Hillary has been during her tenure in government, as well as some of the other Presidents we’ve had, I don’t know what would be better. In my opinion the United States of America is a corporation. A very large one, it has budgets, it has accounts payables, accounts receivables, loans, interest and donations. Why not have someone who understands finance? Let’s take a look back, and see what our “experienced” leaders have gotten us so far. You can lie to yourself and say that the budget is not bad that our national debt is fine. Or you can look at it and look around and realize that change needs to occur or people in their 50’s will have a harder time when they retire.
While I believe that political correctness is ruining our country, Trump is the other end of that spectrum. Would I prefer a candidate that was less outspoken, in this regard. Yes. Someone who appears more grounded would be a better option, but we have to understand that he is not alone. Again, this is not a dictatorship. While I think he has said some crazy stuff of the cuff remarks, much of it has been taken out of context and over exaggerated by the liberal media just for ratings and to go against him.
So I wait patiently for the debates, and the next couple of months to pass because you never know what can pop up out of nowhere, but in my mind I would rather have someone that offers something different, than the same of what we’ve had or worse. I’m also hoping that Trump puts his tongue back into its cage for the time being and becomes an experienced teleprompter reader like a regular politician.
The future is unknown, but the only thing we know for sure is that the Republican party will never be the same. I also know, that this would have been a golden opportunity for the Libertarians, to make a real move, and gain some footing, but I think they needed a more charismatic choice as a candidate. Maybe someone as outrageous as Trump in the beginning just to get the word out, and get the free advertising.
If Trump doesn’t win, at least we can say that he got everyone interested and passionate about this country again. We had been through many years of apathy and lack of interest. Its good to see that everyone has finally has woken up.