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Why Vote for Trump?

Posted by Warren Peterson on July 28, 2016

I haven’t posted to my blog in a long time but this election is so beyond belief it is impossible to stay silent. To leave no doubt where I come from, put me in the “Never Hillary” camp. I plan to write in John Kasich in November unless (in the unlikely event) Washington State is in play. If it is, I will hold my nose and with a shaking hand mark my ballot for Trump. In a choice between two extremely flawed candidates there are two reasons that tip the race to Trump.

First, is the appointment of two to three Supreme Courts justices. Trump has provided a list of eleven conservative sitting judges any one of which is qualified to serve. Hillary would almost certainly select court candidates from well left of center. The new base of the Democrat party is socialist and they would demand justices in the mode of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The long range damage a leftist court could do to the country out weights any potential harm from a Trump administration.

Second, Republicans will most likely retain the majority in the House of Representatives. While the House largely failed to check Obama’s policies, they would get Democrat support to mitigate any Trump excesses. Hopefully we would not have to endure another impeachment drama but should the House impeach Hillary, senate Democrats would lock up against conviction but if Trump was in the docket, Democrats and Republicans could very well join to remove him from office even if it meant Democrats would have to accept a conservative Mike Pence as president.

It is absolutely amazing that in a nation of 320 plus million people we can’t find two better qualified presidential candidates. But the nation is divided. The political process carries some of the blame but the politicians from both parties hold the lion’s share. They did not recognize the undercurrent of dissatisfaction, mistrust and failure to forthrightly address the issues that spawned groups like the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street and ultimately Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

We will have to play the hand we have and hope the change it brings is not worse than what we have undergone in the last eight years. Pray.

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