In the past, I’ve normally kept who I’ve voted for secret. To me, it’s a personal thing that nobody else has any business knowing (kind of like how much you make an hour). But today I’m letting my choices be known because it is such a contentious period in this country’s history and despite what the polls and news agencies have been reporting, it’s anybody’s game. And besides, I have nothing to be ashamed about.
A recurring theme in this blog has been the NFL Kneeler Controversy, kicked off in earnest by Colin Kaepernick. As a veteran, I’m all for freedom of speech. It’s one of the hallmarks if the nation that make it what it is and has shaped society since this country’s founding. But just because you have the right to do something doesn’t mean you should. If you yell fire in a crowded movie theater there are going to be consequences. Kneeling during the National Anthem and disrespecting the flag is a blatant slap in the face to those men and women whose caskets have been draped by that flag, and who continue to offer the ultimate sacrifice on a day-to-day basis in service to this country. While Donald Trump and many other conservatives have lashed out against this practice, the Dems have supported it or have been overly quiet. Hence, Strike One against the left in my book.
Going along with the disrespect factor above, the rioting, flag-burning, and otherwise horrendous displays of anti-Americanism by Clinton’s supporters and the whole “Not My President” bullshit is an easy Strike Two.
Labeling (not by actual party members in general, but by their followers) of Trump supporters as racist and fascist simply by casting a vote is Strike Three. Hell, in reality this is the only reason I need to vote Red all the way, but sadly for the Dems there are plenty of others.
While Republicans have been focused on the nation and doing what they’re there to do, which is lead the country, all the left has been focused on is either trying to derail all of Trump’s progress every single chance they get or engaging in a smear campaign as they prepare (hopefully futilely) to at least take back one of the positions of power in Washington that they haven’t had in quite a while. I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be to not have the Presidency, Supreme Court Majority, House, or the Senate. However, that is no excuse to try to get things done besides bullying the current Chief Executive.
Illegal Immigration. The title alone says it right there. Criminal activity. Trump is sending reinforcements to the border to back up the border personnel and is getting shit for it. Regardless of their intentions, a caravan of literally ten thousand or more is too much for local officials to handle. Multiple times throughout history presidents have sent in federal troops to assist but the left is hell-bent in trying to vilify the military and encourage them to break their oaths and disobey the President in order so that this caravan can cross our borders at full ten-thousand or so strength. Hell no.
The gist of it is is that the loony lefties don’t have their priorities in order. When they rally behind a no-talent, washed up football player with a hairdo leftover from the seventies and label him a hero when there are countless others who are far more deserving of the title (and who don’t resort to disgraceful tactics to earn it), put foreigners ahead of their own people, and are such sore losers that they’ve been neglecting their own jobs in favor of playing devil to the current president, there’s no way in hell I’m voting for ANY Democrat for the national office.
On the state level, though, there is a single exception. As a resident of Michigan, I plan on casting my vote for the Democratic candidate, Gretchen Whitmer. I have not been impressed at all lately with current Michigan AG Bill Schuette, who is the Republican candidate. If it had been anybody else running I’d likely go with them over her, but luckily as far as Democrats go Whitmer isn’t as left-leaning as a lot of them are. And with a promise to work on things like roads (which, trust me, Michigan SORELY needs to work on), water (cough cough Flint), and schools (hopefully she visits the Grand Rapids Public School system, near me) it’s an easier vote for blue than it otherwise would be. But I will be watching her closely, the first Democrat I’ve ever voted for. If she disappoints, I don’t care who the Red candidate is running against her in four years. She will not be getting my vote.