Why I voted for Donald J. Trump

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







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6 Responses to Why I voted for Donald J. Trump

  1. J Hanson says:

    No prophet is accepted in his own country

  2. markadams99 says:

    If Hillary wins then the nation of laws is no longer. It means there’s a plurality of vultures sufficient to elect a vulture as queen and there’s no basis of consent for a United States.

  3. catl in atlanta says:

    “With Trump, there is at least a chance….”

    Exactly. Which has been the point Publius Decius Mus has been making all along. I can’t stand Trump but have no reason to believe that he won’t deliver on his repeated promises about SCOTUS nominees. Indeed, I think he’d make sure to deliver if for no other reason than to say, “See? I told you so. Look at how great I am!” (and to otherwise play to his fans).

    We know what a Clinton presidency will bring.

    Thanks for all the time you’ve spent as an observer of this campaign.

  4. roc scssrs says:

    Hello, Cornhead, I came over from neo’s, didn’t know you had a blog. Always appreciated your commentary. It’s taken me a while, but I have at least one foot on the Trump train. He’s said many things which not only are true, but PC culture prevented anyone from saying them for way too long. If you don’t have borders, you don’t have a country. ISIS is something out of the Middle Ages. Damn right we should favor American workers. I’m coming more to trusting his instincts. I’ve always been a Rick Santorum guy, I guess I’m predisposed to someone who appeals to working people.. I like to think Trump learned a lot about people collecting rents door-to-door in his father’s apartments. He seems to have a touch.

  5. J.J. says:

    Excellent post, Cornhead. You covered all the bases very well.

    Trump is not my candidate of choice. However, when put on the scale and weighed versus Hillary, Trump is the better of the two. I cannot vote so much for Trump as against Hillary. May God save us all.

  6. Gregory says:

    I agree that Hillary should not be president, for many of the reasons you state. But Trump’s election would be a disaster; he is unfit to lead any human enterprise. I am proud of my country. I have spent over 20 years as a teacher, trying to model for my students not only good study habits, but a civil approach to problem solving and social interaction. Trump has the emotional constitution of a two-year-old. If he doesn’t get what he wants he whines like a child. He insults anyone who dares disagree with him. He is a bully. That is what he models.

    One must be at least 35 years of age to assume the office of president. Maybe when Trump grows uo I will consider voting for him. I cannot look at him as a model to hold up to my three young children. Grab some pussy!!!! You are out of your mind! I have two teen-age daughters! This is what we admire in a man with power??? What have we come to where a person of his character could even be considered for the office of president. George Washington, by the age of sixteen, wrote out 110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior. Those were assigned to my entire school as summer reading and we discussed them upon returning in September. And now we are offered Trump as a presidential candidate – what a fall from grace for this great country!

    Sad story about the factory worker. But I bet if they fired the illegals and were forced to hire legal citizens at a decent wage they would instead close the factory and move it overseas! It’s all about the bottom line for the owners and shareholders. Who cares about American workers? Only at election time – like improving education, it always sells.

    Trump will look out for Trump, always has, always will. You have been duped if you think he will do anything other than that. He has little knowledge about most areas of expertise the job requires. The country can’t afford the kind of HUGE mistakes he has made in business. Who is going to bail him ( the USA ) out? We can’t wait 18 years for him to break even again after he screws up.

    Clinton should be serving some consequence for her actions instead of running for election. What a terrible bind we are in. The opposition needs to come to their senses and offer sound, electable alternatives to Democrats at all levels of government, especially in 2020’s presidential election. That is the only hope. Electing a media creation as president would be a disaster, there is no substance. Trump’s history is all about changing his position from what suited him yesterday to what suits him today.

    Trump’s election would likely inspire acts of cruelty throughout the country similar to his treatment of his opposition, both his primary foes and Hillary and Bernie. It would now be presidential – at school, for instance – to openly mock students with disabilities, to make up derisive monikers for kids you didn’t like and refer to them that way in conversation, such as Lyin’ Ted. And just walk up to girls and kiss them, they will love it! And grab yourself some pussy.

    Either way, we are in for a hard four years. It had better be spent recovering our senses and finding alternatives to right the ship and move ahead into a stronger and brighter future.

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