This will be one of the most critical elections in our nation’s history. I am not going to tell you who to vote for. I will give you insights that will help you in your decision-making process.
1. The system is broken. When our president attacks our allies and stands up for dictators like Vlad Putin and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, it is simply not right. When Democratic leaders fail to provide specific ideas of what they will do, that is not right. Our election has become one PAC commercial after another harping on how criminal the opponent is. It needs to stop and we need to force our elected officials to come up with solutions, not attack the opponents.
2. We must harken back to the days of 1970’s Silent Majority. Most of us feel afraid to speak up because we will be called out on social media platforms and criticized for our beliefs. People can have, and should have, different beliefs. God created all of us, and He made no junk. But some things we need to stand and defend. When Donald Trump says he will write an executive order to basically overturn the 14th Amendment, he no longer stands for Constitutional government, which he is sworn to uphold. The right of everyone born here to be a U.S. Citizen was established in the 1860’s when African slaves were given citizenship. It was the right thing to do then, and taking offense at mostly Hispanic Americans who were born here is just wrong. He knows he cannot do it, despite his windbag speeches and tweets. The deluge of lawsuits will eventually stop such an executive order, even if it is written. It would be overturned by courts concerned about actually protecting the rights of citizens. I would assert that the majority of Americans believe in diversity. As a white Protestant male, I am ashamed of those who think blacks, Hispanics, and Jews do not deserve their rightful place in our society. And I call on all non-racists to stand up and cry out “Enough is enough. These are our brothers and sisters, do NOT deprive them of the right to vote, earn a living, and protect our nation in our armed services! And do not go into their churches and synagogues and kill them with semi-automatic weapons, rifles and handguns.”
3. Turn back the efforts of the Kansas and Georgia secretaries of state, who happen to be running for governor in close elections, to suppress the votes of minority citizens. They have the right to cast votes, and making it more difficult for ANY citizen to vote is simply wrong and needs to be rooted out and corrected!
4. Bring mental health to the front of the medical care systems in America, because there are way too many folks out there who need it. I’m not just talking about the mass murderers and would-be mass murderers. I am talking about regular citizens who are faced with impossible choices–do I buy groceries for my family or do I buy them the live saving medications they need? That decision is enough to make you go over the edge.
5. Bring universal health care to the nation. It should be a right when we live in the richest nation in the world that no one has to make the decision “Do I have enough money to afford a doctor?”
6. Start making peace wherever it is possible. Instead of stirring up divisions by taking money out of the budget to pay for help in Central American nations. By taking away the aid, you drive more caravans to our country. Let those people enjoy a standard of living that does not involve poverty, drug wars, and health hazards. It is cheaper to do that than send 5200 American troops to the border…especially when so many of the folks in the caravan are looking for jobs and a life in Mexico and will never reach the American border.
7. Stop the tariffs. The main effect is the expenses for so many things that we buy in America is going up because of it. Re-establish trading partnerships, and realize while we do it that having a trade deficit or surplus is not that important. When you buy a Japanese car, you pay a Japanese company $30,000. That puts us at a $30,000 trade deficit. BUT YOU STILL HAVE A CAR! And considering that most things made in China have parts made in a variety of countries including America, is it really even a deficit?
8. Stand up for justice. To say that we are a trading partner of Saudi Arabia does not give their leaders the right to jail and kill their own people, nor ours! If we are such a strong country, stand up when human rights abuses take place and sanction the violators till they clean up their act.
9. Clean up our act. Every time people are murdered here in America in the name of race purity, it drives us back to the cleansing of Nazi Germany, when a very bad man decided that Jews should not live, or be free to do work that actually benefited the country. Every time we defend neo-Nazis and self proclaimed nationalists who are being encouraged to kill or deport everyone who does not match our skin color, it brings shame on the people who have fought for democracy around the world and saved us from the depravities of Nazis, fascists, communists and brutal dictatorships.
I could go on all day, but these are my 9 rules for truly making America great. Anyone willing to make it happen? You have the right to stand up for what you believe. I have already cast my vote. If you have not already done so, please do, because if you remain in the shadows, our democracy and our republic will remain there as well. Thank you.