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We can no longer "Wait for Godot"

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Submitted by Rich Mc (United States), Jul 22, 2016 at 14:05

Dr. Pipes,

While I respect you and MEF, I strongly disagree with your view on Trump and, frankly .... The two major political parties in America today have become almost indistinguishable in terms of blind fealty to special interest groups, lobbyists, and wealthy donors – all functioning tidily at the expense of the American People. This must stop, and no electable incumbent politician is sufficiently motivated or capable of doing it. Trump is our only short-term hope to re-shuffle a badly stacked deck.

I was actually quite surprised you professed to be a Conservative; I have not seen this perspective in abundance in your columns. I have been a registered Republican and a Conservative all of my adult life, but have concluded that seeking another Ronald Reagan for the Presidency is akin to Waiting for Godot. I am now quite willing to trade some Conservative orthodoxy for proven effectiveness, and Trump WILL get important things done. Building The Wall, defeating ISIS, reducing trade deficits/ growing domestic jobs, preventing Jihadists from entering our Country, and invigorating the economy by lifting oppressive regulations, reducing onerous taxes, and removing investment uncertainty, are all well within his capability to spearhead, build consensus toward, then achieve. (Hillary Clinton is opposed to all of these Conservative measures.) And appointing Supreme Court Justices that will actually abide by a literal reading of the Constitution they are sworn to uphold. (Trump provided an impeccable list of SC candidates.)

Yes, the man has a few rough & tumble edges, the kind academics' typically find crude & offensive, but he also has a superb work ethic, a stellar record of business accomplishment (the non-personal bankruptcies were strategic) and an indomitable, fighting spirit. We need these attributes in our next President. As to the open question of his inner character, one need only look toward his articulate, accomplished offspring (from 3 marriages) to discern that he is a disciplined, yet sensitive & caring father; I believe these characteristics translate to an implied sense of empathy and concern for the less fortunate, but without a penchant for increasing dependency and government hand-outs. (As a Conservative, I'm sure you understand & appreciate this.)

Finally, November's Presidential vote will present a BINARY decision, one that should be made in the clear light of day. While I respect (& share) your professed aversion to Hillary you are smart enough to know that not casting a vote, or voting for a third-party candidate amounts to a defacto vote for her. Your 'Pontius Pilate' stance (that you implicitly model to others) simply lacks credibility. While Trump may be a 'wild card' regarding a few issues, Hillary is a highly-known Far Leftist entity, unspeakably corrupt and absolutely dreadful as SOS, and her potential election to POTUS should be an anathema to any self-professed Conservative.

I respectively suggest you take a deep breath and re-think your position, experience an epiphany, and cast your newly enlightened vote for Donald Trump.

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