By Sal Bommarito
I’ve really taken a lot of heat for my support of Donald Trump. After many conversations and further consideration, I still believe that he has had a positive impact on our election process and opened debate on substantive issues that previously were taboo. Americans should give him one more chance as we enter the debate stage of the campaign.
Hillary Clinton has recently stepped aside and allowed Trump to dig a deep hole for himself with endless blathering on Twitter. Trump’s continuing exhortations on sensitive subjects have enabled Clinton to conceal her misbehavior and her substandard performance as a public servant.
At the same time the media has cooperated with Clinton by minimizing certain actions that should be front-page news, and frankly, serious enough to warrant an indictment. Unlike Trump, Clinton and the future first gentleman have a long history of unethical, illegal and conspiratorial political behavior.
By now we all know that Bill’s legacy includes his uncontrollable libido and lying under oath about his disgraceful relationship with a White House intern. Anthony Weiner’s travails bring back some of those ugly memories.
The Clintons have always used their positions in government to line their pockets. It happened when bedrooms in the White House were rented for political donations, and continued as the Clintons traded access and favors for contributions to the Clinton Foundation. Although the Clintons claim they never received compensation from the foundation, the institution has paid for their lavish travel over the years. Both Hillary and Bill have taken money for speeches from people and groups that they denigrate while on the stump including bankers and foreign leaders of countries that oppress human rights.
The corruption continues under Hillary. She systematically violated specific rules about communication while Secretary of State. By setting up servers in her home, contrary to State Department guidelines, she probably, unwittingly, gave top-secret information to our enemies, as she attempted to keep her activities secret. FBI Director Comey has publicly stated that Clinton’s actions were negligent.
How does Clinton respond to her accusers? She lies. And she regularly gets caught in her deceit without any blow back. The press should be ashamed of itself for allowing this to continue. And, Clinton has eschewed press conferences for many months, which would likely result in embarrassing questions, and more lies.
I wouldn’t be supporting a flawed candidate like Trump if there were an acceptable alternative. There are only two choices- I dislike both of them, but Clinton is a much more dangerous candidate in my opinion. Nevertheless I do appreciate that Trump’s rhetoric gives pause to many voters.
If Clinton is elected she will continue Obama’s failed policies. Nothing has worked out for our beleaguered president. Even his beloved Obamacare fantasy is falling apart, as the truth about health care entitlements are exposed in the press.
Clinton is going to forge ahead with ulta-liberal policies that have given our country financial agita. Further, if Democrats don’t obtain a super majority in the Senate and a majority in the House, Clinton will be up against impenetrable obstacles implementing her proposals.
Say what you may about Trump, but he has emboldened Americans to talk about things that heretofore have been off limits. Let me give you some examples.
I’m in favor of a path to citizenship for illegal aliens. However I do think Americans should appreciate the ramifications of a porous border. The inflow of illegals has created havoc in many municipalities. Schools, welfare, health care and unemployment have been greatly impacted by the loose policies of the U.S. With Trump I’m sure we would at least stop this problem from growing further.
The U.S. has been more than generous financially and militarily to many countries around the globe- at what cost and for what benefits? Trump will examine these burdensome arrangements and demand that beneficiaries at least respect American generosity.
Terrorism has flourished because of weak and ineffective policies. Frankly the U.S. hasn’t been aggressive enough with terrorists in the Middle East. Consider Iraq, Syria, Libya, Turkey, Yemen and the horn of Africa, all hot spots for years. Under Trump the people that hate non-believers will think twice before taking action against the U.S. or its citizens.
If nothing else Trump is an experienced deal maker. He recognizes when a transaction makes no sense (like the nuclear deal with Iran) or has outlived its benefit (too many entitlements). Welfare, military spending, diplomatic subsidies and many other arrangements will be examined carefully. Our past presidents and Congress have done a terrible job spending taxpayer money.
And just more issue. Our economic system is capitalism at its best. The current administration and Clinton’s will erode our economic legacy for populist gains. We need a new tax system, better control of spending and an unbiased person to negotiate between the have and the have-nots in this country.
I am confident Trump will recruit an all-star cabinet to help him govern, similar to to what Ronald Reagan did. I’m confident Clinton will do the same ill-advised things that Obama has done. I’m still planning to vote for Trump in November. Our country needs a change in leadership.