I am confident that I am the only person in America who has personally seen Hillary Clinton six times, Donald Trump five times, Bill Clinton twice and Chelsea Clinton once at campaign rallies. Power Line blog published my reports. I write with some authority on the topic of the 2016 Presidential election.
My first impression of Donald Trump was that he was a crass and rich blowhard. His presentation was the opposite of my then preferred candidate, the polished CEO Carly Fiorina. I did, however, admire his success in business and liked the fact that he was a political outsider. Over time I have come to the conclusion that while Trump might not be the President you want, he is the President that America needs at this time.
Trump’s signature issue is illegal immigration and two stories from the campaign trail illustrate why I think he should be elected.
The first time I saw Trump was in blue collar Sioux City, Iowa. I had a long conversation with “Janet Jackson.” Janet told me how she was the only American citizen working the production line of a local meatpacking plant and that she had to pester human resources for months for the job. All of her co-workers were illegal aliens. She needed the job to pay for her family’s health insurance premiums. She also told me how she met her husband in the 70’s when she was then driving her new convertible. I doubt she could afford a new car today as all wages have been flat for years.
The plant where she worked was raided by ICE. When it was re-opened the same illegal aliens returned to work (according to her) but with new names and Social Security numbers, albeit at lower wages.
Janet had no ill will towards her co-workers but she knew deep down that illegal aliens suppress all wages and deprived her fellow citizen neighbors of jobs. She was enthusiastic for Trump because he was her voice that had been unheard in DC for decades.
The other illegal immigration story relevant here happened in Omaha and not more than ten miles from where I write this. Sarah Root of Iowa had just graduated from college with a perfect 4.0 grade point average when she was hit and killed by a drunk illegal alien in Omaha.
Sarah Root is everyone’s daughter or sister. Burn that into your brain. And the tragic fact is that her death never should have happened. That’s because the Obama Administration refuses to enforce the law and the illegal alien should have been returned home to Honduras when he was first caught in Arizona in 2013 by the Border Patrol.
I know how the Left works. They assert that people die all the time in car accidents. “It was an isolated incident!” Wrong. The legal concept of proximate cause overrides this fallacy. But for the Obama Administration’s open borders policy, Sarah Root – and hundreds more like her – would be alive today. In other words, the open borders policy has inflicted a crime wave upon America that we should not have had to suffer.
Trump will stop the open borders policy. He will restore the Rule of Law in this country. I have long been of the belief that if America doesn’t have the Rule of Law, then we have nothing. That’s a big part of what the Founders gave us and we better keep it or we lose our country.
On the other main issues, I am in agreement with Power Line’s John Hinderaker. Trump has a chance to do some good for America. Our taxes are too high, the tax code is a mess and that constrains macro growth. Obamacare has failed and it needs to be replaced. Clearly we can do better on trade deals. Our enemies need to fear us again and with our depleted military that is no longer the case. ISIS needs to be defeated so soundly that even they will know they are beaten. Our bountiful American oil and gas resources need to be unleashed. Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that we are on the wrong track. Trump is an agent of change. He can put us back on the right track. Hillary Clinton is more of the same.
From the outset of the campaign I opposed Hillary Clinton on both policy and character. My opinion has become stronger as the campaign advanced.
In the words of Richard Nixon, the American people need to know that their President is not a crook. Well, Hillary Clinton is a crook and I don’t make that charge lightly.
It is now clear that the FBI intentionally did not perform a proper investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server and her gross negligence in handling our national security secrets. Apparently the thinking of FBI director James Comey was that he was going to let the voters decide if they wanted a lawless President and he would give them just enough information to reach that fair conclusion.
But for me the larger issue is why did Hillary Clinton setup a private server from day one at the State Department? Partly to avoid FOIA requests but, in my opinion, the primary reason was to conduct her secret bribery scheme with the Clinton Foundation. It is called by the press “pay for play” but let’s be honest here: It is bribery at the highest levels. Quid pro quo.
The Clintons and their cronies are sharp. I suspect that in the bowels of the Clinton Foundation there are memos from attorneys Cheryl Mills, Bruce Lindsey or the law firm of Williams & Connolly outlining the appropriate federal statutes and case law and how to avoid indictment for bribery. But the thing is that in any criminal enterprise mistakes are made. An errant comment is made in an email. Some one lower down the food chain makes a mistake or doesn’t know the law. Many of the money payers to the Clinton Foundation were foreign countries and they don’t have our Rule of Law tradition so admissions against interest might be found in the emails.
So the damning emails had to be kept off the government servers in the first place and then destroyed after Congress subpoenaed them. And that, ladies and gentleman, is the cover-up and the crime of obstruction of justice.
The media has mostly ignored and downplayed Hillary Clinton’s lawlessness. The Clinton campaign has rolled our the biggest red herring in political history: Donald Trump’s alleged nasty behavior and words towards women. The cruel cynicism of this ploy is that it might persuade some women and moral values voters to elect a woman who covered for her alleged rapist husband and together – the two of them – have contributed to the decline in public morality while they grifted their way to millions. Sad!
On the issues, Hillary Clinton has nothing to make America better in the future. Politics, at its core, is about the future. I never heard one inspiring point or program from her. It was all vapid pap. What does “Stronger Together” mean when half of the country strongly opposes her?
One of her main platform points is solar and wind energy. This means more federal tax subsidies to her friends and punishment to her enemies in coal and oil states. The remarkable thing here is that wind and solar energy has failed in Europe and the prices are way higher than here. It makes no sense that America should not exploit its natural resources and tech advantages. See, Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations.”
Hillary Clinton has touted her record at the State Department. “She has experience! She flew lots of miles!” Any objective observer would have to conclude that she was a massive failure in foreign affairs. Libya remains in chaos and by all reports that was her baby. In Syria the number of people killed is roughly equivalent to the population of Omaha and millions have been displaced. The use of “smart power” at the beginning in Syria would have avoided much death and destruction.
Carly Fiorina called out Mrs. Clinton and asked what did she accomplish at State. There was no answer of substance. At one point I heard about her hiring new people at the State Department to advance the rights of women in foreign countries. Not too effective given the rapes of women and head chopping by ISIS.
The entire world will rue the day that the Obama Administration cut the Iran deal. (Unconstitutionally done, in my view, as it was effectively a treaty that should have been ratified by the Senate.) Iran is not like other countries. It does not play by the rules of the international community. It wants to become great again and President Obama has helped Iran enormously. We had Iran on the mat and we should have stepped on its throat when we had a chance. When one is up ten with three minutes left in a basketball game, the coach doesn’t quit coaching to win.
Hillary claims she is the champion for women and in the last debate she said she would see that women get equal pay. The first time I heard that out of her mouth in Iowa I thought where was the Obama Administration the last seven years on this issue?
We learned from Wikileaks that Hillary Clinton favors open borders. What that means is another 10 to 20 million people in the next four years and more “isolated incidents” like the tragic death of Sarah Root. We have no moral or legal duty to admit anyone into the United States and the President’s first duty is to advance the economic well being and personal happiness of its citizens. Citizens, not foreigners. The interests of certain corporations and the Democrat party, however, are contra.
Another thing we learned from Wikileaks is that Hillary has private and public positions. She told Green groups “to get a life” but publicly she opposed fracking and Keystone XL. What is it?
On another life and death matter, Hillary Clinton with a series of tweets was able to knock billions off of the market capitalization of biotech companies. What does that mean to the average person? It could translate into no IPO or secondary stock offering needed by an unproven biotech company to discover and test drugs to cure cancer. Her friends on Wall Street know that but they also know that they can pay off the Dems and work around it. That’s how the corruption game is played today.
Finally, my main concern is that Hillary Clinton will be immune from conviction upon impeachment regardless of what crimes might later come to light. She will become America’s unaccountable Queen. The media, of course, will cover for the historic first woman President who happens to be the spouse of the last impeached President. Given the corruption we have seen, I doubt there is any evidence that would persuade a Democrat Senator to vote to remove her from office. And Hillary knows this and she will act in a lawless and unaccountable fashion. It will be four years of law breaking, drama, conflict, stagnation and angst. Fires on all fronts in foreign affairs while our enemies try to exploit her weakness. We can avoid this. With Trump, there is at least a chance of making America great again.
David D. Begley, Omaha, Nebraska