Having come to America in 1936 as a refugee from Nazi Germany, I have strongly felt that it was both a privilege and an obligation to vote in this great Democracy of ours. I have voted in every presidential election ever since I voted for Harry Truman in 1948. Of course, I also voted in local and state elections as well. I am sorry to say that I no longer plan to vote for president in the November 2020 election.
Three years ago, I held my nose when I voted for Trump. Actually, I did not vote for Trump, I voted against Hillary. I thought the two nominees -Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton – were the worst choices for president this country ever had. I chose the lesser of two evils.
To be fair to President Trump, he has accomplished much more in his first three years as president than did his predecessor, Barack Obama. Trump has been pro-police whereas Obama was antagonistic toward the police. He stopped the Justice Department’s race-driven investigations of police agencies that were ordered by AG Eric Holder at the direction of Obama. Trump has been the most pro-Israel president since Truman whereas Obama was unfriendly to the Jewish state. He recognized Jerusalem as the eternal capital of the Jewish people and moved our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. And Trump’s policies have resulted in a booming economy with the highest employment rate in years.
But along the way, to me at least, he’s proven himself to be a jerk. Although his supporters love the constant barrage of tweets bad-mouthing his critics, many of Trump’s tweets are beneath the dignity of the president’s office.
And the Trump-haters have been very unfair to the President. Trump has been bashed daily by the Democrats and the media because he defeated their beloved Hillary. They are determined to destroy the Trump presidency. The media is adhering to the Goebbels principle by smearing him over and over and over again, hoping that the public will thus come to believe that Trump is a racist and a lawbreaker who has no regard for the Constitution.
The impeachment proceedings in the House have only on goal, and that is to end the Trump presidency prematurely. In my opinion, the accusations made against him by Adam Schitt (oops, typo) and Jerry Nadler are not grounds for impeachment. Neither is the fact that two whistleblowers are horrified over the phone call Trump made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
It was dumb of Trump to ask Zelensky to investigate his possible opponent next year, Joe Biden. But being dumb is not an impeachable offense. Then, instead of putting the fire out, Trump threw gasoline on it by publicly asking the Chinese to investigate Biden. Dumb and dumber. Trump obviously never enrolled in Firefighting 101 – never try to extinguish a fire with gasoline. The Democrats accuse Trump of asking the Ukraine and China to interfere in our election, but trying to dig up dirt on Biden is a far cry from that.
For me, the straw that broke the camel’s back was Trump’s decision to pull our troops out of Syria, a move that leaves the Turks free to slaughter our close allies, the Kurds. For four years the Kurds have been fighting alongside our troops against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. They have shed blood that would otherwise have been shed by American soldiers. Senator Lindsey Graham, one of Trump’s closest allies called Trump’s decision “a stain on America’s honor.”
Within days of Trump’s announcement, the Turks started to bomb Kurdish positions in Syria. Reports say that in a phone call, Trump gave Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a ‘green light’ to attack the Kurds. Trump denies it. But if it’s not true, then why did Erdogan’s forces start attacking the Kurds so soon after Trump’s announced decision?
Trump reacted to criticism from Graham, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley and other Republicans by inviting Erdogan to the White House. Shame on top of Shame!
Erdogan is an Islamist slimeball who has vowed to exterminate the Kurds and who is vying with Iran for domination of the Middle east. Although elected president, Erdogan is a despot who imprisons any of the opposition leaders to his regime. Invite a despot who wants to exterminate our Kurdish allies to the White House – how disgraceful and disgusting!
And then, in defending his betrayal of the Kurds and leaving them to be slaughtered by the far more superior Turkish forces, Trump said: “They didn’t help us in the Second World War, they didn’t help us with Normandy.” Fake news? No, he actually said it on Wednesday at a White House bill-signing event.
The Kurds didn’t help us with Normandy. What a jerk … no, make that an idiotic jerk! Or is Trump no longer of sound mind?
But what about the Democratic presidential candidates? For starters there is Joe Biden. He does not want to put anyone in jail. That makes him almost as crazy as Crazy Bernie. And the media has buried the fact that when he was Obama’s vice president, he demanded to have Ukraine’s top prosecutor Viktor Shokin fired if the government wanted $1 billion in U.S. aid. At the time it was rumored that Shokin was investigating corruption involving Biden’s son Hunter.
Biden’s quid pro is exactly the same as the quid pro the Democrats are blistering Trump for.
As for Crazy Bernie, his socialist agenda is why he’s called crazy. Now that he’s had a heart attack, his chances of being nominated as the Democratic president are slim to none.
Elizabeth Warren? Forget that Pocahontas crap. She’s got a bigger problem now. She can’t make up her mind why she left a teaching position. Warren, who graduated from the University of Houston, has been saying on the campaign trail that in 1971, she was fired from a teaching job in Riverside, N.J. because she was visibly pregnant. But in 2007, she gave an interview at the University of California at Berkeley which indicated she left her teaching job by choice. Warren said:
“I worked with the children with disabilities. I did that for a year, and then that summer, I actually didn’t have the education courses, so I was on an ’emergency certificate.’ I went back to graduate school and took a couple of courses in education and said, ‘I don’t think this is going to work out for me.’ I was pregnant with my first baby, so I had a baby and stayed home for a couple of years, and I was really casting about, thinking, ‘What am I going to do?’”
Aside from conflicting tales about leaving her teaching job, Warren’s socialist agenda closely resembles that of Crazy Bernie.
Then there is lunatic Beto O’Rourke who wants to confiscate our AR-15s and AK-47s. He belongs in the funny farm, not in the White House.
And there is Kamala Harris. She appears to have had her 15 minutes of fame when during the first Democratic debate she attacked Biden for supporting two racist senators when he was in the Senate. She’s been fading ever since.
Pete Buttigieg, an Afghanistan war veteran and two-term mayor of South Bend, Indiana, isn’t going anywhere. And Corey Booker, who has proposed a national license for gun owners and a clemency plan that would shorten the sentences of and release 20,000 ‘non-violent’ inmates from federal prisons, is all but out of the race.
Amy Klobuchar, Julian Castro, Tom Steyer, Tutsi Gabbard and Andrew Yang also made it to the next Democratic debate, but they are also-rans with about as much chance of getting the nomination as a snowstorm in hell.
From here it looks like either Biden or Warren. Rumors have it that Hillary Clinton will present herself as an alternative candidate during the nomination process. Don’t count the Hildebeast out.
João Lemos Esteves, a lecturer in the Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon and a contributor to two major Portuguese newspapers, says: “Democrats have all but lost their minds – this is not a biased or partisan assumption; it is a fact which is right in front of us. And the strangest thing of all is that [Stormy] Daniels could actually be the most decent and competitive Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, considering the real potential nominees.”
So, in November 2020, we will be confronted with a Democratic candidate who is absolutely unacceptable to me and a Republican jerk who this time I don’t think I could vote for even if I held my nose again.
God, why couldn’t former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley be the Republican nominee?
Next year, if I’m still alive, it will be none of the above as I cast my vote down ballot.