For many people who know me personally, this article will likely be an unprecedented shock. I grew up in the inner-city of Indianapolis, IN, in a family whose political affiliation has always been with the Democratic Party. However, I have always been somewhat a “free thinker”, in that I have always had a hard time simply believing whatever I was told. I’m the kind of person who enjoys the freedom, and flexibility of watching the evidence, listening to the facts, and drawing my own conclusions. If that means I am out of step with mainstream thought, or ideology – so be it! This is my life, and I refuse to live it in the confines of what someone else thinks, or believes. This is why I am an “Unaffiliated, Moderate, Citizen” as my choice for political allegiance.
My latest deviation for the assumed-norm, is my support for the 2016 Presidential Candidate, Donald J. Trump. How did I get there? Well, the ride has been fairly up-and-down, meaning, I did not support Mr. Trump initially, and for Gods sake no, I did not support Hillary Clinton; although, for many African Americans, Mrs. Clinton is the logical best choice – just not for me. I originally supported Bernie Sanders, and even sent donations to his campaign. I liked Sen. Sanders because he was not afraid to reach for necessary changes, even though unpopular with the Democratic Party. This made Bernie the perfect choice for someone like me, because he was not concerned with the “status-quo”, mundane message expected from a Democrat, instead, he wanted to revolutionize the American political system, and honestly, that is exactly what America needs. Unfortunately, establishment Democrats have thrown their considerable weight behind the Clinton legacy, and have secured very early in the primary season, an overwhelming majority of Super-delegates for the Clinton campaign. Sorry, but this summarily ends the viability of Sen. Sander’s run for President.
But my hopes are not completely ruined, because on the Republican side of the process, there is one person who is not in lock-step with the traditional inadequacies of the American political system – Donald Trump! No, Mr. Trump does not meet all my expectations in terms of Education, and Healthcare, but I do believe he will address both in a way that most, if not all Americans will have some degree of benefit – I refuse to believe Mr. Trump would leave millions of individuals, and families without healthcare, and millions of children, and college students without access to quality education. This would mean Mr. Trump is a self-serving, opportunist, and in my opinion, nothing could be further from the truth.
What makes Donald Trump really appealing to me is his stance on border security, and yes, if building a wall is the only way to make that happen, then so be it. Let’s be honest, illegal immigration causes major problems for America, and her citizens; not the least of which are:
- Increased crime, committed by those illegal people who are so inclined to misbehave in such a way – NOT ALL IMMIGRANTS!
- Lack of jobs for American citizens, due to illegal immigrants’ willingness to take much lower wages, and consequently, lower wages for American citizens.
- Despicable disrespect, and unfairness to the millions of American citizens, who were themselves immigrants who followed the legal process to citizenship.
Perhaps the biggest reason I support Donald Trump is his heroic stand against the failed, and failing trade relationships we have around the world. Mr. Trump is right, we are not winning in any of these relationships, rather, America, and Americans are the biggest losers as a result!
We need fundamental change in Washington, and I believe Donald J. Trump is the man for the mission. Could I be wrong, sure! All of us can, no matter who we support, because they are all just human beings like the rest of us. But if I had to cast my vote for someone I believe would be best for our country, it would be cast for Donald Trump, and in the upcoming Indiana primary, that is exactly how my vote will be cast.