Disclaimer: I have already early voted in Florida for Hillary Clinton. Until this year of 2016, I was a registered republican of the ilk like Colin Powell. I am now a “Nasty Woman” and an “Independent.”
Personally, I am primarily concerned about Donald Trump’s threat to our national security. There is a reason that the majority of republicans in the U.S. Intelligence field are strongly against him becoming our next U.S. President.
It is alarming to me to observe his pro-Putin stance and rhetoric while Russia has been hacking the DNC; Hillary Clinton’s Campaign manager, John Podesta’s emails; and the US State Department, in an attempt to cause mischief with the 2016 U.S. election season. Russia’s President Putin would love to have Donald Trump as an ally for weakening the powers of NATO.
Here are some additional facts: His former campaign manager, Paul Manafort has ties to Russia. He was the campaign manager for the former pro-Russian Ukrainian President, VIktor Yanukovych and Mr. Manafort received $12.7 million dollars in cash for his services from pro Russian agents. It is also true that Roger Stone and Paul Manafort are longtime friends and were former business partners. It was Roger Stone who encouraged his friend, Donald Trump to hire Mr. Manafort as his campaign manager. The former U.S. General Mike Flynn who is his foreign policy advisor is also a frequent guest on Russian RT TV shows. Then there was the successful maneuver to remove wording on the republican platform allowing the U.S. to sell arms to Ukrainians who are opposed to becoming part of Russia.
The Russian connection is real. The odds of Russia grooming DT for anything would make them absolutely nuts. After talking to Paul Manafort, they would know better. But they wouldn’t hesitate to use and play him like a violin. He is like the mouse crossing the river on the back of a fox. He wouldn’t last long. But the U.S. national security interests could be harmed in the process.
Note: The below list is not an exhaustive one because that would be “mission impossible.”
There is an endless list of reasons to not vote for Donald trump is partially reflected in Eugene Robinson’s latest Op-Ed piece in the Washington Post:
“This is no ordinary election. Time for a reminder of what’s at stake:
Climate policy and the clean-energy economy:
“For anyone who accepts the scientific consensus that global warming poses a clear and present danger, there is only one choice. Hillary Clinton will continue along the path laid out by President Obama and other world leaders. Donald Trump has claimed, ridiculously, that climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese.”
“For the first time, the three nations most responsible for spewing heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — China, the United States and India — have all formally agreed to curb emissions. The landmark Paris agreement is the biggest and most important step taken to date. Clinton would honor the accord; Trump would renounce it on his first day in office.”
“The rest of the world is moving rapidly toward renewable sources of energy, which recently surpassed coal as the largest global source of power-generating capacity. According to the International Energy Agency, last year an estimated 500,000 solar panels were installed worldwide every day. Clinton would encourage the growth of the clean-energy sector, which has the potential to create millions of jobs. Trump promises a renaissance of fossil fuels — mining more coal, pumping more oil — even though the electric-power industry is moving on.”
The Western alliance:
“Since the end of World War II, NATO has been the globe’s most important military alliance, a bulwark against Soviet — now Russian — expansionism and a source of peace and prosperity. It is no accident that the United States and Europe are the world’s biggest economic powers.”
“Trump has repeatedly and consistently expressed a desire for an alliance with Russia, even after it seized Crimea from Ukraine and intervened to save the murderous regime of dictator Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Trump often voices his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin — who, according to U.S. intelligence analysts, has deployed an army of Internet hackers against the Democratic Party in a shocking and unprecedented attempt to meddle in our election. Trump has done nothing to refute Clinton’s claim that he would be Putin’s “puppet” in the White House.”
“An estimated11 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States, most of them from Mexico and Central America. Clinton supports common-sense immigration reform that would secure the southern border, modernize our system of legal immigration and bring undocumented people out of the shadows by giving them legal status and a path toward citizenship. Trump does not.”
“Trump launched his campaign by saying of Mexican immigrants: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” He has called for building a physical wall along the entire border with Mexico and absurdly said that Mexico would somehow pay for it. And he pledges to deport all of the undocumented, in what would amount to a massive campaign of ethnic cleansing. Doing so would require a gargantuan and intrusive deportation force the likes of which this country has never imagined, let alone witnessed.”
The social fabric:
“The country is undergoing inexorable demographic change. By 2044, if not sooner, according to the Census Bureau, there will be no racial or ethnic majority; non-Hispanic whites, in other words, will be less than 50 percent of the population, becoming a minority just like every other group. This is already the case in California, Texas, New Mexico and Hawaii, and nationwide among children younger than 5.”
“Clinton understands and embraces these changes. Trump, by contrast, has become the champion of those whites who, like King Canute, would hold back the sea. It is no accident that he is avidly supported by the likes of David Duke, the unabashed white nationalist, Holocaust denier and former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. When Trump says “Make America Great Again,” many minorities hear “Make America White Again.”
“Clinton proposes new spending — including to improve the Affordable Care Act — that would increase the national debt by $250 billion over the next decade, according to the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Trump’s combination of huge tax cuts and increased spending, however, would balloon the debt by a crushing $10 trillion over the same period.”