Marc & Helen Sabin, Colorado Springs
The greatness of the USA has been predicated on individual freedom, free markets, an increasingly educated populace, a representative democracy based on a Constitution that recognizes unalienable rights, the need for limits on Government power and a balance among the branches of the government to constrain the abuse of the powers granted by the people.
In the current political state of the nation, we have lost sight of these fundamental tenets and the nation’s freedom, prosperity and security are diminished because of it. Today’s election season shows a need for change, but who will be best able to bring this change about?
Hillary Clinton’s progressive policies diminish freedom as Government becomes more overbearing and intrusive in its control of most aspects of our daily lives. Current government policies, which she will prolong if elected, no longer respect the unalienable rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. Government for, by and of the people is being supplanted by an elitist class that considers itself smarter than the citizens it is supposed to represent.
Dissembling, even outright lying is the modus operandi in the political class. Most of their statements don’t pass the smell test. Consider the selling of the Affordable Care Act as affordable and improving the availability of heath care when compared it to its current reality with huge skyrocketing costs and the exodus of personnel from the field. Consider the $400 million payment to Iran in the dead of night without Congressional approval or notification to the American public. Consider the President calling the Cambridge police stupid for doing their job. Consider that Hillary Clinton refuses to deny that she either lied or broke the law with her mail server, despite being excoriated by the Director of the FBI as being extremely careless. The extent of this deceit is reflected in the diminishment of an educated population important to a representative democracy but compromised by a failing education system that serves up ignorance, propaganda, and revisionism.
An activist judiciary, an aggressive law-breaking executive, and a compliant Congress have weakened the protections embedded in the separation of powers between the three branches of Government. Voter fraud does exist and compromises faith in election outcomes. The unfortunate result is that there is a significant loss of trust in our government among the citizens. The President elects to enforce only certain laws and the Justice Department refuses to go after elitists who break the laws. Consider the Clinton compromise of national security by conscious use and covering up her unsecured cell phone transmissions, actions that would result in fines and/or imprisonment for people not part of the elite establishment. Clinton broke laws, yet because she is part of the elite establishment, she was not indicted for her carelessness in handling classified material. Consider her and President Obama’s failures to fulfill their responsibilities to protect and assist four Americans who died in Benghazi. Worse, she lied to the parents of the men who were killed in Benghazi. If she will lie to one American, she will lie to millions and has done so throughout her time in politics.
Progressive policies over decades have diminished our prosperity as government consumes evermore of the fruits of our labors. Taxes and onerous regulations abound, resulting in the economy showing poor performance over extended periods. Today’s economy is characterized by a historically low labor participation rate, by the lowest rate of home ownership in half a century an by an anemic GDP growth rate. Not to mention a rapidly expanding national debt that will soon exceed twenty trillion dollars.
The Heritage Foundation ranks the United States 11th in economic freedom and prosperity behind Asian and European countries such as Switzerland.
Welfare spending has exploded to sixteen times its original size since the War on Poverty began under President Lyndon Johnson. President Obama has only increased it. To show the imbalance that exists in this country, America has spent more on welfare than defense since 1993. The War on Poverty has cost $22 trillion dollars. This is three times more than what the government has spent on all its wars in American history and that doesn’t include the state governments that spend $1 trillion in taxpayer dollars on many of America’s means tested welfare programs annually. Approximately one third of all Americans receive benefits from at least one welfare program. Personal responsibility is disappearing as entitlements proliferate.
Job creation is low and generates too many low-paying, part-time jobs with many of them taken by non-citizens who are delighted to do so as they still make more money than they could in their home countries. This acceptance of low pay drives down wages for Americans. The American dream has been trampled by the progressive policies of the American left.
The national infrastructure is allowed to deteriorate as money is wasted on trying to implement progressive policies and programs that have been tried in the past and in other parts of the world with poor, if not disastrous results. Additional money is wasted on efforts such as the many failed solar companies into which President Obama put hundreds of millions of dollars.
Most of the large cities in this country that are in economic difficulty have been led by democrat mayors who implemented progressive left policies for many years, even decades. Consider Detroit for one sad for instance. With 32.5% of its people below the poverty level it is the poorest large city in the US. Democrats have controlled the mayor’s office of Detroit since 1961!
Progressive policies have diminished our security as family and legitimate authority is denigrated while political agendas are advanced. Progressive policies are behind our government’s unwillingness, even inability, to recognize and address the grievous threats from the radical Islamic terrorism. Consider the treatment of Israel as compared to Iran. Consider that our allies, or what remains of them, are demeaned while adversaries are appeased with treaties that give them everything they seek.
Progressives will not make hard decisions to end those federal programs and departments which are not productive or even legitimate and refuse to address the real problems of our citizens, including veterans who have sacrificed so much to keep us free. Consider the large influx of immigrants in an uncontrolled manner that wreaks havoc on the citizens living along our southern border and brings in unknown or previously conquered diseases to run rampant in our society once again. Consider the costs of accepting large numbers of poor and uneducated people who will not be productive for a long time, if ever. Consider the security risks of allowing, even fostering un-vetted or inadequately vetted refugees from bastions of terrorism to come into the country and be spread around the nation.
Unfortunately, we have but two major parties. The Democrats are solidly behind the demonstrably failed progressive policies that have been tried around the world, including the US, without success. The GOP is ostensibly for policies that support the freedom, prosperity and security that have been the hallmarks of American life but its leadership, not infrequently, loses sight of the principles it espouses as fundamental to their position. When primaries are closed to voters not registered in the party, there is little choice but to affiliate with one or the other in order to have a vote in the selection of candidates for office who will then have the support of party infrastructure and finances.
The current conundrum is how to fix the mess the country is in. We register Republican when we believe it necessary to allow us to participate in the discourse of the primaries. We register unaffiliated at other times out of frustration with the GOP.
What we need is change, but change must be in the right directions.
A Clinton-led Democratic administration will not be a change agent for the good. Her progressive policies are those that have exacerbated our situation and failed time and again, though she blames conservatives. She is the purveyor of a failing status quo or worse. Her speech on the economy on 11 August is but another example of her commitment to progressive policies: the government knows best on all things, not the people.
Trump is the best promise we have for such a change agent. Successful in many endeavors, he is not of the establishment and is instead a pragmatic businessman focused on reality rather than utopian dreams. He is a leader who initiated dialog opening up new approaches to issues such as vetting refugees, which the current administration has failed to do. Such a failure by European leaders has brought turmoil to Europe. His assessments have been repeatedly shown correct by later events.
While sometimes plain, even gruff or acerbic, he forthrightly speaks his mind and is not subservient to the demagogues of political correctness. Trump’s willingness to talk often and at length with Americans about his thoughts and their concerns, combined with his focus on doing the necessary things to fix our problems contrasts starkly with the deviousness of Clinton-led democrats. Trump’s approach promises a more free, more prosperous and more secure future for us all.
This is why we will vote for Donald Trump as President.