Why I’m Voting For Donald Trump
I am your typical Republican. I grew up idolizing Michael J. Fox’s money-loving Alex P. Keaton on Family Ties every Tuesday night. I came of age watching Ronald Reagan stick it to the Ayatollah, then Moammar Qaddafi, then Daniel Noriega, with the ultimate climax of seeing the Berlin Wall fall. I got a good — then great! — paying job in the booming tech industry. In the 80s and 90s, there were two kinds of politicians: Democrats wanted the rich to be poor. Republicans wanted the poor to become rich. That changed with the century. And with it, so began the demise of the old Republican party. That’s why I am voting for Donald Trump, because he believes in an America that is as great as the one we had back then, when everyone had the chance to be safe, secure, and successful, and not be penalized for doing it.
Vice President Dick Cheney introduced us to a concept called Neo-Conservativism. On the outside, it meant something quite logical: the world would be a better place if more countries shared America’s values. But it was really a veiled attempt to shift the Republican party to global mercantilism — and enslave America to big corporate interests. To that end, the George W. Bush administration pursued wars in the Middle East that seem to have been ill-advised. We attacked Iraq, even though Iraq had nothing to do with bombing of the World Trade Center. We went to war in Iraq, trying to fight an enemy and not hurt the people, in a land of people who already hated us. Republicans started becoming significantly more corporate minded. Every piece of legislation was either more police weapons and surveillance tools against terrorists, or more tax breaks for wealthy folks and businesses.
The people who lost out most during the Bush presidency were people like me, folks who had been considered “upper middle class.” Folks like us saw all our management jobs be completely dissolved, as companies merged and tightened their belts: they still needed the workers, so the administrative layer of companies went away, and with them went pensions, retirement funds, and — for an enormous amount of people — dreams of upward mobility. Republicans said “Oh, we’ll just lower your taxes.” Sorry, guys. Lowering my taxes on stagnant wages and rising prices across all sectors just didn’t cut it.
Republicans started courting illegal immigrants, because big businesses needed cheap labor for those parts of their empires they couldn’t ship overseas. That killed the lower middle class, and Washington DC created the bald faced lie “jobs Americans won’t do.” That was bullpuckey when it was first uttered, and it still is. Americans would absolutely do any job as long as there’s a decent wage and adequate benefits. That’s not the fault of Americans. It’s the fault of corporations unwilling to pay a fair price for their laborers. Republicans said they’d meet this challenge by passing immigration reform — something they never came close to doing in the last 16 years.
So here I am, a Republican who was no longer being represented by Republican politicians anymore, who won’t vote Democrat, because Democrats believe they’re Santa Claus. “Want free health care? Here you go! Want a free iPhone? Here you go! Want all the food stamps you can eat? Here you go! Want free abortions? Here you go! What do you mean ‘How are we going to pay for all this stuff?’ That’s what rich people are for!” Democrats — most of them far wealthier than 99% of their constituents, demonized the rich, even as they became wealthier themselves and sidled up to the rich ones willing to chunk over money for social causes.
And there I was, stuck, until just about one year ago today, when Donald Trump walked down those stairs at Trump Tower and said, “I have had it with Republicans. We need a wall. We need to enforce our laws. We need to restore our nation.” Before he even got to his confirmation that he was running, I was crying like Rene Zellweger in Jerry Maguire with “You had me at hello!” Trump was saying everything I’d been saying for years, but he was saying it on television. He was saying it as a Presidential candidate. And while all I had was my friends and family to support me and my views, Trump had a billion dollars and a raucous persona guaranteed to get cameras on his mug anytime he wanted.
I don’t care if Trump lies, embellishes the truth, or is just plain wrong about some of his opinions. That’s actually true of most politicians.
I don’t care if he has a coarse mouth and offends folks with his words. I was in the Marine Corps. My own mouth has that same problem.
I don’t care if he has attracted the vote of skinheads and other racists. They’re Americans too. As long as they’re not committing crimes, they’re allowed to vote, whether you agree with them or not (I don’t).
I don’t care if someone gets punched once or twice for protesting at a Donald Trump rally. Cops are being murdered on the streets and I’m supposed to be upset at folks shutting up someone who went out TRYING to start a ruckus?
See, here’s what terrifies the left. Donald Trump speaks for the silent majority, and that’s a crucial, MUCH LARGER group than you’re being allowed to imagine. He speaks for every single American who is terrified that terrorists are going to open fire on their hometown mall and kill 80 people, while the President does nothing. He speaks for every single American who has been affected by the wage and quality of life degradation that millions of illegal immigrants have brought to the United States. He speaks for the businesses hurt by cheap imports, the moms who have to see their sons come home in body bags, and the religions who get mocked and denigrated every day even as Islam is given special regard. He speaks for racists, and bigots, and misogynists, and homophobes, and creationists, and straight white men, and ANYONE who feels like the great American Machine has crushed them in the big turning gears of a country run by politicians who do not give one single damn about us. He speaks for ALL Americans, even the ones the left wish you’d forget existed because they HATE those Americans.
He speaks for us.
And here’s why he’ll be better at running this country than the folks who currently do would: Every single politician in Washington DC has a primary job. That primary job is getting reelected. Everything else they do comes second. All of their advisers, all of their mentors, all of the money men siphoning cash away from Americans in order to line their reelection war chests are teaching them what they need to do to get reelected.
Trump isn’t a politician. He’s never been a politician. But he’s been something even better, even more important than that: he is a man who spent the last 40 years figuring out how to make sure the government gave him as much as it possibly could, while costing him as little as possible. In other words, Trump mastered the Washington game. He learned and beat the system. He buys things as low as he can. He sells as high as he can. He works his people hard, rewards them well, and prospers with it.
Do some of his businesses fail? Yup. That’s part of being an entrepreneur: being willing to take risks — something most politicians are so afraid of, they won’t even discuss the topic. Trump is willing to take risks that every politician trying to get reelected would run terrified from: building a secure border wall. Blocking Muslims from entering the US until better terrorism screening processes can be made. Negotiating deals that benefit the United States.These are risks that most Republicans — and, we hope — many Democrats will find worth taking.
Unlike Mitt Romney, who seemed like a good choice for President until he opened his mouth, and unlike John McCain, who seemed too old to be President, I am excited to vote Republican for the first time in over a decade. Trump and Trump’s candidacy motivates me to excel and succeed and find new ways to succeed beyond my original goals like no Republican since Reagan. For the first time I feel brand new, like there’s an air of hope and possibility in America that we can become a nation where everyone in the melting pot has a chance to succeed without someone arbitrarily taking away those chances and shipping them off to another country in the name of religion, war, or profit. A place where anyone who needs a hand getting out of poverty will get it, and the people who do succeed are not punished for it. We have been handed a chance to completely rewrite a Republican party that utterly forgot the people it was representing. I’m going to make sure they get forgot too.
And that’s why I’m voting for Donald Trump. I sincerely hope you will too.