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AC editor encourages voting for “The Donald”

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ASHTABULA_The idea of the American political system has always been more of an abstract idea to me. I never felt like the system gave me any real say in what was happening in my country. None of the politicians on the ballots – from the local level up through the national level – ever represented me. None of the issues they argued about had anything to do with me as an individual American citizen. Worse, I don’t understand how someone can win the majority of votes yet lose the election.
If the majority of the people who voted chose one person, why should the other person win just because the majority of people in the states with bigger populations voted a certain way? Why are the votes of people in more populous areas more important than the people of less populous states? Are the people of Ohio really more important than the people of Maine? In a government of the people, by the people and for the people, the voices of the majority of the people can be ignored because a handful of states had a majority of people vote the other way.
I was disenfranchised and, as long as I was left alone, I kept myself out of the equation all together.
Then, something funny started happening. My beliefs started to get attacked. I was labeled a racist, a sexist, a bigot, a person who was anti-gay and someone who hated the poor or less fortunate. Being a patriot was now somehow wrong. I was said to be pro-anarchy and violence. Essentially, the narrative became that I was heartless.
The funny part is that not a single bit of it is true. There is not a single action in my past that would back up any of the accusations being made. The small circle of people I keep close can attest to that.
The problem wasn’t my beliefs. It was the fact I stood up for those beliefs that made people say those things. Making intelligent arguments counter to a certain group of people all of a sudden made me Public Enemy No. 1.
I started to voice these concerns to friends with similar beliefs and it became clear I wasn’t the only person experiencing this problem. That’s when I began to closely pay attention to the political climate while taking stock of my own beliefs.
I could sleep no more and neither could those who believe the same as I do.
The first realization I came to was that Barack Obama was not my president.

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

Nor is he the president of countless millions of others who live in this country. I didn’t vote for him in the last election and he certainly did not represent my beliefs. It’s painfully clear he takes great pride in representing the people who are exactly opposite of myself and those like me.
The actions of Obama and his supporters suggest they are against everything I believed made the United States of America great. The Constitution. The Bill of Rights. Patriotism. A strong military. The belief in God. Capitalism. Picking yourself up by the boot straps and fighting to the top. Jobs, promotions and rewards based on merit. Criminals are in the wrong, not the police. Standing up for what you believe in. Education that actually teaches kids something. I could go on and on.
The bottom line is because of those beliefs and my need to stand up for them, I’m a curmudgeon (at 39, mind you), a delusional angry old white guy (the words of an Obama follower and friend). It’s OK to express my freedom of speech, but only if I agree with the liberal narrative.
For those reasons, millions of others and I am voting for one Donald Trump. Like us, he’s been labeled every -ist name in the book (and a few more may have been invented for him). Like us, he’s none of them. Like us, he believes it’s time to stand up for ourselves and return the United States of America to what it once was.

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

And, like us, he is perceived to be the problem and not the solution by a certain faction of people because he speaks up.
Case in point – the Chicago rally that was shut down after protestors took to violence. Trump was blamed. However, it wasn’t Trump who organized the protest. He didn’t carry it out.
Those protestors were agitators who wore shirts supporting Bernie Sanders while being paid by billionaire financiers of Hillary Clinton – a group that included Jonathan Lewis and George Soros, according to a radio interview given by publisher and columnist Michael Caputo.
That protest was illegal according to current federal law (H.R. 347), which does not allow for protesting of any type in an area under protection by the Secret Service.
As journalist Dahlia Lithwick and First Amendment lawyer Raymond Vasvari had said in 2012, when the federal law on trespass was quietly amended by H.R. 347 — it became a crime, punishable by up to a year in prison, to “knowingly… impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions” in locations guarded by the Secret Service, including places where individuals under Secret Service protection are temporarily located — the revised statute made it “easier for the government to criminalize protest.”

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

What that means in practice is that campaign rallies for Donald Trump, who was granted Secret Service protection in November, and Hillary Clinton, who will be guarded for life as a former first lady, are the very opposite of free speech zones under federal law. (The restrictions also apply to all appearances by former presidents and first ladies, as well as those of two other candidates, Bernie Sanders and Ben Carson, who are currently protected by the service.)
Not to mention, Trump’s First Amendment right to free speech was violated when the group tried to prevent him from speaking.
Caputo had said the group was ready to “rush the stage from different angles.” The protestors had linked arms and marched through the Trump supporters. It was most certainly not a peaceful protest.
How is Trump to blame for these actions by people paid by backers of a potential opponent for the presidency?

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Since when is it remotely right to take action and blame the person you took action against? Last I checked, each person is responsible for his own actions. We’re not robots, after all.
“Donald Trump has created a toxic environment,” Trump opponent and Ohio governor John Kasich said. “There is no place for a national leader to prey on the fears of people.”

Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

No, Mr. Kasich, what Trump has done is voice the concerns of millions of people who have remained quiet and gone ignored for far too long – a group of people that now has a candidate to stand behind, a candidate who will represent us and who will stand up for us, a candidate who finally represents me and my beliefs.

 

Publisher’s Note

Mr. Ettinger’s views are not that of AshtabulaCurrent. Mr. Ettinger’s support of flying the Confederate battle flag and the recent anti LGBT legislation signed into law in North Carolina may have led to him being labeled a racist, bigot etc.

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