February 15, 2021
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
I voted for President Trump twice and have no regrets nor disappointments. Like all politicians, he told us what he was going to do; but, as Trump never was a professional politician, he actually DID the things he promised to do. I didn’t vote for him because of his manners or grammatical eloquence, but rather, because he was believable and his message rang true as the best alternative for our nation’s path forward. I knew that Trump had acquired some warts along the way in his first half-century, but didn’t we all?
Most of all, I didn’t vote for him because he was a Republican. I was born and raised as a Democrat and there were elected, Democrat officials in my Dad’s family. Earlier, I voted for a Democrat or two, including JFK and LBJ for president. But as a career military man, I couldn’t stomach the treachery that my Dad’s party visited upon those of who served our country during the latter stages of the Cold War as it played out in Vietnam. So I voted for Ronald Reagan and never looked back. I never really considered myself a true Republican because I saw that there were some good folks among the Democrats, too.
After this weekend’s unsuccessful sham impeachment, the treachery of a number of the Professional Republicans made me sick. What part of their “conscience” did they vote? Was it because they were looking ahead to their own re-election battles and wanted to “be on the record” with being “open-minded” and felt safe doing so, since there were enough “Nays” that his/her betrayal would not matter anyway? Or was it because they wanted to demonstrate their own “purity of purpose” while in a safe seat? Or were they really foolish enough to buy into the Democrats’ and media’s (redundant, I know) ever-growing stack of baloney, character assassinations, misrepresentations, and outright lies?
Our president has been under siege since he first announced his candidacy. Opponents have dogged him and the media have been merciless, yet through it all, Trump has continued to work on our behalf. He’s not had a moment’s rest, but he is fighter, in the best sense of the word. I guess that’s why typical milquetoast Republicans fear him. Imagine, an elected Republican being expected to do what he or she promised? Oh, the onerous burden. Ah, maybe that’s it: Trump’s performance in office has set too high a bar…
Trump and Reagan are a lot alike. And they were (are) both hounded and ridiculed and kept on doing the best for their country – OUR country. Rather than cower like cowards, they stood (and stand) firm and will not turn tail. They were (are) REAL men.