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Now is Time for a Unified GOP, Starting With you

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Submitted by LAMJr. (United States), Jul 30, 2016 at 17:13

Let me begin this reply to your column by stating I read it earlier this week in a small-town Pennsylvania newspaper while away on vacation. After reading it, I must express disappointment and outrage that you would even consider turning your back on the Republican Party at this crucial point.

Apparently, the same "boorish, prideful, and arrogant" behavior styles have been exhibited by Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, Al Gore, and countless others; why should such behavior coming from Donald Trump be a surprise?

Who can know if what a Donald Trump presidency has to offer could be undesirable? Starting with the election of another inane and boorish(not to mention amoral/immoral) sot named Bill Clinton, we have seen what can happen if and when unbridled ultra-liberalism(falsely-called "progressivism") is allowed to run the ship of state... higher taxes, hindering the military from doing their jobs correctly, encroaching on health care, making us pick up the tab for others' foolish whims and desires, supporting unbridled and unvetted immigration, catering/pandering to the non-productive and otherwise lower-rung elements among us, and seeking to undermine duly-guaranteed-and-established Constitutional rights and freedoms(such as the 2nd Amendment). Should Hillary win this election(God forbid), I dare to say we may well end up having judges on the Supreme Court and other federal(which I often refer to as "feral") benches who will have our country less resemble the America our founders envisioned... and instead resemble a society akin to either Stalinist Russia or Nazi Germany.

Now... what could be so wrong with the GOP "making its peace" with Donald Trump? Before all the caucuses and primaries, Trump wasn't expected to make it past the first set of 17 candidates. However, people were drawn to what he had to say, because he sounded and presented himself like regular people... as opposed to those on the Dem side who prefer to speak in the nuanced language of "political correctness." Eventually, he made it to the caucus/primary process, he overcame the Iowa Caucus loss, and eventually won the greater number of such contests that the GOP had no choice at all... but to accept him as our candidate(I say "our" candidate because, along the way, I voted for him in the NY Primary, and he won oh so HUUUUUUGE!). The people who voted effectively told the "establishment" bunch this, "We're sick and tired of putting forth uninspiring and boring candidates who seem to tread on eggshells; we want a candidate who will speak OUR language!" The end result is the voters trumping the establishment, which is why Donald Trump is OUR MAN... and should also be YOUR MAN!!

And now, as for your referring to Mr. Trump as "an ignorant, amoral, dishonest and manipulative, misogynistic, philandering, hyper-litigious... blowhard," I understand that Bill and Hillary Clinton are all these unsavory qualities, and then some. Do you not remember the 1992 campaign, in which all Slick Willie's affairs and other mistreatment of women were brought out into the forefront? Have you not yet looked into Hillary, as a lawyer, when she defended an avowed pedophile, in which she mocked and ridiculed the young lady the guy apparently abused? Furthermore, Miss Hillary was a lawyer in Washington, DC, during the Watergate era; her supervisor dismissed her for unethical and otherwise unsavory behavior as a member of that firm.

And yet... despite all the Clintons' unsavory behaviors, along with their myriad of associations with manipulative, dishonest, devious, and otherwise questionable characters... there were more than enough people who decided, "Let's give Clinton a shot." You know what happened... twice, 1992 and 1996.

Okay, I concede that Mr. Trump has streaks of bad and unsavory human behavior, and he is on his 3rd wife; let's be honest. He's no saint; he's far from perfect. However, if people were more than willing to give Bill Clinton a shot in 1992, then we today(and yes, Mr. Pipes, that "we" also means YOU, brother!) should be more than willing... AND FORGIVING... to give Donald Trump that same shot now in 2016! You might decry this as merely, "But he started it." At this point, we've far passed the point of squelching the "But he started it first" argument; let us now embrace Donald Trump as acceptable for the US Presidency!

You need to realize this one thing... either casting a 3rd-party "protest" vote(which essentially says, "I prefer 100 percent of nothing, as opposed to perhaps 40 or 50 percent of something"), or merely not voting on the Presidency, essentially gives Hillary the election by default. Do you want this? I know I don't, which is why I encourage, and urge, one and all(and that means YOU TOO) to vote straight Republican this year. Vote for Donald Trump/Michael Pence, and continue straight on the same Republican line.

The Democratic side is undertaking all they can to rally their people to vote straight Dem, beginning with Hillary Clinton/Timothy Kaine. On our end, we should be no different, and drum up our support even MORE so, for Trump/Pence and the entire Republican line!

This is a time for ALL Republicans(yes, Mr. pipes, that means YOU TOO) to come together with ONE VOICE, ONE MIND, ONE ACCORD, ONE VISION... and come together as ONE FAMILY... to defeat Hillary and all her Dems. This is no time for diluting the vote, for splitting the vote, or for any "protest" vote. Voting all Dem means Hillary's agenda runs unabated. Voting Republican everywhere else, but voting for Clinton/Kaine, means gridlock. Voting Trump/Pence, but voting Dem everywhere else, also means gridlock. However... Voting Trump/Pence, along with a straight Republican ticket, means getting our house back in order.

I understand the idea of "voting your conscience." However, this election calls for using your head instead.

Submitting....

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Thanks for the advice. I do use my head. Here is the analysis: http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2016/07/blowback-from-criticizing-trump#tactics

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