John J. Hopkins Sep. 1, 2016, 1:15pm


I have stayed away from commentary on the 2016 presidential race, for a variety of reasons. My choices on either side...Marco Rubio ­ GOP, or Bernie Sanders, DEM, could not carry the day. The standard bearers for each party are well documented as having the most baggage in history, the highest negatives, lowest positives. What an apparent disaster for the American Republic. It would seem to the cynical, either choice is no choice.

As Hillary once famously exclaimed... WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??

Well, my dear, tired, frustrated, angry voter, the difference is ­in Trump speak -­ HUGE... I shall explain.

On the one hand, we have the ego-maniacal, narcissistic, bombastic and mercurial Mr. Trump. His multiple flaws need not be repeated here. If you need a primer, turn on any of the six non-Fox main stream media, and just listen to the daily partisan rant against the Republican candidate ­ 50 percent scared, 50 percent appalled...100 percent in the tank for Hillary. Trump is now the Champion of those who feel no connection to power, see corruption as the coin of the realm, but feel impotent to effect change. The Donald has been most correctly described as an imperfect symbol of the coming perfect storm of change. In a so called "regular" electoral season, such a flawed candidate would get no traction. But this creature of reality TV, taking his model and strength from a script set forth by Obama ­ more on that later, on why there would be no fertile grounds for Trump,if not the seeds planted by the actions of President No. 44... sits poised to possibly occupy the White House.

But, for all his problems, Trump does indeed stand head and shoulders above his rival. She, Madame Secretary is simply the most corrupt person to ever seek the Presidency. She is a force of evil, her election bringing the curtain of darkness over the Land of Liberty.

Allergic to the truth, immune to shame and driven by insatiable greed, the Clintons have stalked the American political landscape for five decades. The breathtakingly bad effects of a Hillary Clinton White House ­ with what is so remarkably accepted as the Obama third term, the ascension of Wall Street’s go to politician to the apex of power, and finally shaping the Supreme Court, signifying the essential death note of the 2nd Amendment, will transcend generations, going on for years upon years.

As Shakespeare once wrote, "The evil men lives on after them, but the good is oft interred with their bones." Such will it be so with Madame Clinton.

Bernie Sanders was a schmuck. I am really not sure that he wanted to win, as the nomination was his for the taking. Instead, he inexplicably gave up on the e-mail issue. Pressed to its natural breaking point, who knows the outcome.

Now...I do not want to hear about the whitewash by the FBI. The evidence that the public knows about was more than enough to convict, and the American people know that, in their hearts, in their minds, in their bones. The primary essence of citizenship in the United States is the belief in equal Justice under the Law. Intellectually, we know that it is not always true. The poor are victims, the rich escape. But need not have it rubbed in our faces.

We need not have it played out on the grand stage of the Presidential campaign. We need not have an obvious felon given the keys to the Oval Office. It leaves a taste most foul, a deception so rank, a stain on the concept of the Courts as equalizers. It is no wonder that the critics blast the deck as rigged.. Truth is, it is.

Hillary Clinton has many, many flaws, but she is not shy.

Purposefully, deliberately, willfully...she lied, destroyed and.withheld evidence, all while saying she was being completely cooperative. In plain view, she orchestrated a cover up of crimes that.would make Nixon blush. She did these deeds, as she had in the past, for the same reason. She could. Knowing her willing allies in the mainstream media will not aggressively attack, she rightfully calculated no penalty would be forthcoming. Who ya gonna believe...me or your own lying eyes? It is a depth of cynicism and disrespect for the citizenry, that seemingly knows no bounds. She can only be stopped in November.

A vote for Trump to be the 45th President of the United States is distasteful and ultimately, unfulfilling. But the alternative is so much, much worse. Madame Clinton must be stopped, the menacing beast at the door must be destroyed. It can only happen with courage, with hope that this is the better of two lousy choices. A vote off the grid is a vote wasted. A vote for Trump invests in the future of a safe and prosperous America. It is that simple. Step up and be counted. Be not afraid.

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