There are hundreds of reasons to vote or not vote for either Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump. Regardless of the direction voters may be leaning, the only principled reason to vote for any candidate for any government office is because one sincerely believes that the candidate is best for the welfare of the nation. In years past, too many people have based their decisions on other, ignoble reasons.
All the justification anyone needs to vote for Trump is that if he doesn’t Hillary may win. Hillary Clinton is an unacceptable and dishonorable choice for a number of reasons.
National security. As Secretary of State, Clinton violated U.S. espionage laws and put classified national security information at great risk. Once discovered, she deleted 33,000 emails and destroyed wireless devices after she was ordered to surrender the material under subpoena. She defied Congress. She lied about this to the F.B.I. and to the American people, and she continues to repeat these lies. Mrs. Clinton failed to protect classified information as the Secretary of State. She cannot be trusted with the nation’s most sensitive secrets or the nuclear launch codes.
Despite the fact that national security is the primary responsibility of the federal government, Democrats routinely make massive cuts in defense spending in order to redirect funds to projects designed to buy political support for themselves. The U.S. military has been left to languish and must be rebuilt. The Navy has the lowest number of deployable ships since 1916 and the Army is only at 33% readiness. The world is a much more dangerous place for freedom and America cannot afford weakness. Donald Trump recognizes that peace is best safeguarded through strength and he is committed to keeping our military strong.
Supreme Court. The second highest priority of the federal government is to protect the constitutional rights of the people. Democrats work against this purpose. The next president will likely appoint several justices. Democrat-appointed justices have given us abominable decisions which will only become more egregious. Abortion and same-sex marriage are two of the worst of these. Our freedoms can only be protected by judges who respect the U.S. Constitution as written and who have the integrity to restrain themselves from over-stepping their authority.
Roe v. Wade was a bad decision legally and morally and should be overturned. Obergfell v. Hodges was a gross miscarriage of constitutional law and must likewise be reversed. Hillary Clinton will appoint justices who will weaken or nullify the Second Amendment, restrict religious liberty and religious free speech. She will also attempt to stack the court with judicial activists who will strike down laws that place any limits on abortion, even in the last week of pregnancy which is nothing less horrific than infanticide.
Religious Freedom. With every succeeding Democrat administration, we see attacks on religious liberty increase more and more. Federal courts and state and local governments have begun campaigns of abusing our justice system to compel the acceptance of the perversity of same-sex marriage. The aim is to punish those who dare to oppose the radical homosexual agenda, and it must be stopped. Hillary Clinton will ensure that the attacks on Christians continue.
Donald Trump will appoint federal judges who will end the dirty tricks of persecution by litigation. He has also vowed to repeal the “Johnson amendment” which will end the gag order on pastors and priests by removing from the IRS, the authority to yank the tax-exempt status of churches that advocate for or against political candidates on moral grounds.
Corruption. Hillary Clinton is professionally, ethically and morally corrupt. She is the only First Lady in U.S. history to be the subject of a criminal F.B.I. investigation. Documents reveal that she sold State Department access for hundreds of millions of dollars in donations to the Clinton Foundation. The Clinton Foundation, masquerading as a charity, disburses less than 10% of its assets to charitable causes. The vast majority of funds are used privately by the Clinton family.
In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Secretary Clinton directed contracts for the relief efforts to Clinton Foundation donor corporations in exchange for cash payments. This is not the first time the Clinton Foundation has profited from the suffering of others. A similar scheme was conducted in Nigeria where Clinton Foundation donor Gilbert Chagoury was given a contract for a new U.S. embassy site in exchange for a donation in excess of between $1 million and $5 million. Chagoury is in prison as Hillary runs her campaign.
Dishonesty. Hillary Clinton lies with such regularity and ease, that nothing she says is believable. She lied about landing in Bosnia under fire, she lied about the cause of the attack that caused the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi to the survivors. She lied about her desire to open the U.S. to immigration by anyone from South and Central America. She lied about Trump’s criticism of Judge Curiel who has ties to the militant open-borders group, La Raza, calling him racist. And she lied about being the source of rumors questioning Obama’s citizenship, blaming Donald Trump.
Incompetence. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton ignored 600 requests for additional security from the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi which resulted in the deaths of four Americans. Mrs. Clinton aided in the sale of arms to Libyan and Syrian rebels that ended up in the hands of ISIS militants.
Economy. Despite charges by Democrat politicians that U.S. companies “ship jobs overseas,” the truth is that due to high corporate taxes and excessive junk regulations, Democrats drive jobs overseas. The North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA, signed by Bill Clinton, cost Americans thousands of jobs. Clinton supports the Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP which will drive more jobs out of the country. Donald Trump has vowed to renegotiate NAFTA and oppose the TPP.
Hillary Clinton says she wants to “create 10 million new jobs,” but she has never created a single job anywhere. On the contrary, her Democrat policies have caused jobs to be lost. Donald Trump has employed tens of thousands of people through his many business ventures. Only Donald Trump knows what is necessary to bring jobs back to the United States. Clinton has no experience or knowledge in this area.
Contrary to the crowing of Obama, the recession is not over. While Obama has continued to blame former-president Bush for the recession, the truth is that it was caused by reckless Democrat policies in the sub-prime mortgage industry. Democrat control of mortgage rules compelled lenders to make bad loans to people who could not pay them back, and they have never been held accountable for the single-largest loss of American wealth. Democrats cannot be trusted to get the economy out of a predicament that they created.
Taxes and debt. Obamacare and other reckless government spending programs have blown the national debt to $20 trillion, despite defense department cutbacks. Hillary Clinton proposes “targeted tax cuts for the middle class” but seeks to increase taxes for the nation’s job-producers. Clinton’s claim that the wealthy need to “pay their fair share” is patently offensive and bitterly divisive. Currently, the top 16% of income earners pay 80% of federal taxes. How is that fair? Wealth envy and hatred toward the rich is beneficial to anyone in America, but it is a primary weapon of division used habitually by Democrat politicians.
Clinton’s proposal to expand government-run health care will increase taxes and the debt. The national debt and high taxes are killing our economy and making small business start-ups increasingly difficult. Burdensome employer mandates must be eliminated.
Unfitness for the office. We now know that Mrs. Clinton’s contempt for the “everyday Americans” and for Catholics runs deep. She perpetrated character assassinations against the women who were sexually victimized by her husband. She used her positions in the government to enrich herself at great personal and financial cost to others. The State Department lost $6 billion under her lack of leadership, and it has not been found.
Mrs. Clinton lacks the temperament, the qualifications and the integrity for the nation’s highest office. She has avoided responsibility for her crimes only because of cronyism, lies and corruption within the Obama administration. Hillary Clinton is incapable of honesty and an habitual liar. America will rue the day she ever gains access to any government office.
Donald Trump has admittedly said some horrible things. He has not guarded his words or hidden his carnal thoughts. Unlike Mrs. Clinton who has been plotting and scheming for decades to gain control of the White House, Donald Trump came to his decision to run for president reluctantly, after seeing the destruction caused by the incompetence of career politicians.
Trump has built an amazingly successful business and he has proven that he cannot be influenced by money, power or fame. That makes him exactly the kind of president the founders intended to lead the United States of America.
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