I am a lifelong Republican and conservative. I first became eligible to vote on Nov. 3, 1964, and I proudly cast my ballot for the late, great Barry Goldwater. I have voted in every presidential and congressional election since then. Not once have I voted for a Democrat for president, the U.S. Senate or the U.S. House of Representatives. Until now.
President Trump is neither a conservative nor a Republican. He is an opportunist, misogynist, racist and draft dodger. He prattles on about his devotion to the Second Amendment while at the same time taking every opportunity to undermine our rights under the First Amendment which guarantees freedom of speech, of assembly, of religion and of the press.
As both president and a candidate, he has encouraged his supporters to harass and rough up those who protest his policies, as well as those who do no more than report the news. He called it a “beautiful moment” recently when a reporter was hit by a police-fired rubber bullet while covering a demonstration. Hitler had his Brownshirts and Stormtroopers; Mussolini had his Black Shirts; and Trump has his Proud Boys on standby.
While he talks about protecting the religious beliefs of his evangelical supporters, he would run roughshod over the rights of those who don’t share those beliefs, especially with respect to abortion and gay rights.
Like a Latin American dictator, he threatens criminal charges against those who oppose him, demanding that federal prosecutors pursue fake charges against Obama, Hillary Clinton, the Bidens and Comey. As president, he has scorned the democratically elected leaders of our allies while embracing dictators like Putin, Erdogan, and Kim Jong Un. Under Trump, Russia’s influence in international affairs has soared, while American influence has plummeted. No wonder Putin supported Trump in 2016 and is doing so again now.
Now Trump says he may not accept the results of any election he loses. Fact is, he wants to be a dictator and stopping him trumps all other issues in this election. Even though there are many issues where I agree more with Trump than Biden, I also know that the end does not justify the means and that nothing is more important than protecting our Constitution. Joe Biden for president.