Why I’m Voting for Trump
John Biggs

I’m not here to debate Hillary vs Trump. And I do appreciate you laying out reasons for your choice instead of spewing emotion-based rhetoric. Seems to be the case on both sides.

My main observation is that voters in the US and here in Canada continue to hope and trust that a fresh/new/different candidate is going to change their lives. And cycle after cycle our lives don’t substantially change and we don’t learn. We continue to (want to) believe that this time will be different.

African Americans thought Obama signaled a new dawn for their fortunes and in 8 years not much has changed on that front.

Same will be the case for Trump (or Clinton). The rhetoric from candidates is not much more than branding, words designed to gain your votes. Sure it is based in some degree in authenticity, but no President — by design of US system of government — has the capacity to effect the changes promised or to the degree that you would like. I would offer that your Congressman or Senator has more power because in these houses the legislation is passed. I’d be focusing more intently on those races.

As a side note, I’m baffled by the irony of the criticism of Clinton’s honesty as a reason to back Trump, a candidate who’s words prove to only be about 10% factually true. But I digress….

Keep in mind that there is an organic reformation of the House and Senate depending on the polarity of the President. The election of a black President caused an unprecedented swing to Republican majority in both houses. I would offer that the election of Trump would have a similar but opposite response. Dems will surely rule such that I might suggest that gun control legislation for example is more likely to happen with Trump as President than Hillary, strangely. He’ll be able to get little of his personal agenda passed.

Last point. Inasmuch as Trump among the two candidates seems to have the capacity to effect positive change for you, he is also the candidate of the two whose policies stand to have the more destructive potential. Feel free to vote for him but do yourself a favor by understanding both sides of the equation so that you are committed to having a significant appetite for risk of outcomes, either way. Because once you vote for a candidate, you own that decision. You can’t unvote.

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