I agree with the recent op-ed by Mac Stipanovich about GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump, to a point.
I also agree with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and many others who profess their unwillingness to vote for, or support, Trump.
I too have disdain for Trump. His words, his actions and his demeanor, in fact, everything about him is devoid of presidential timber.
He’s a politician in the worst sense of the word. He says one thing and then does another.
He’s against free trade but uses foreign workers to make his signature line of clothes, just like Ivanka.
He didn’t create jobs, he exported them so that he could become wealthy.
He won’t raise taxes on the rich, he won’t be mean-spirited about Hillary Clinton unless they attack him first. He won’t incite violence at his rallies, on and on, and then he goes right out and contradicts himself.
He is exactly like the worst politicians. No different.
So what that he’s not a career politician, big deal. He’s still an embarrassment to all of us who expect the best out of our elected leaders.
I know that many of us feel like we’ve been screwed by career politicians, but whether it’s a career pol or an apprentice salesman, nevertheless we’re still getting screwed.
And for God’s sake, his own children didn’t vote for him. I don’t care if they forgot to register, it just tells me that this is all a joke, a nice façade.
Don’t think for a moment that Trump won’t become even more wealthy as president when his children are running The Trump Organization.
He cares about the little guy? Ha! All he cares about is making money and closing the next deal.
Trump is certainly not a statesman either because a person who is a statesman doesn’t need to tell you he will act presidential when it’s necessary. He will act that way all of the time.
Did the “political class” bring this upon themselves? Of course they did! They said one thing and they did something different, or nothing at all.
But is this really the person we want to be our next president?
For me, he is -- if the alternative is Hillary.
I’d rather have a buffoon running our country, than a woman of very questionable character, who purposely misled Americans on Benghazi, who lied about her “secure, never received a top secret email, never been hacked, unilaterally deleted all emails she thought were personal” private email server, who helped to funnel money to her family’s private foundation for the enrichment of herself, her husband and her daughter and all of their closest hacks.
Never in American history have two individuals – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton -- reached the pinnacle of their political careers as their respective party nominees-to-be, been so disliked by their own party members!
I’m happy to finally see “political correctness” be emasculated, because I’ve waited too long for Americans to get so upset they would revolt over the media’s tell-tale, extreme-left pronouncements about everything we should all feel guilty about because of the past sins of our countrymen.
I enjoy even more Peter Alexander of NBC News reporting earlier this week on the evening news that Trump was showing “flexibility” over his “new” position in favor of raising taxes.
For anyone else, they would have accused him of being a hypocrite or a “flip-flopper” over taxes, generally the worst sin a politician can commit unless he gets caught cheating on his wife or having nonconsensual sex with children.
But the national media WANT Trump to be the GOP nominee, so they give him a pass.
Mac, Paul, Jeb and the rest of the GOP establishment, you’re right to question Trump’s conservative bona fides because only a New Yorker could stake positions to the left of Hillary and still say he’s a conservative, and the press will happily go along because they’re giddy that Trump is going to be the GOP nominee.
In my mind, the GOP establishment has every right to withhold their support and their money and hell, yes, even their votes.
That’s what has made America strong from the very beginning; that you’re not compelled to go along if you don’t want to.
And Sarah Palin, if you don’t like it, then tough. You’re not even elected anymore, anywhere.
The Donald has to earn people’s respect in this country. It’s not an automatic just because he's the nominee.
You’re not a traitor to your party if you don’t support the party’s nominee. That’s what freedom is all about.
To prove my point, how do you think we got stuck with “Hope and Change” Obama? Conservative Republicans sat out the election cycle when John McCain and Mitt Romney were running, so Obama won.
Yet we can’t afford a “third term.”
So yeah, I’ll vote for Trump, but I will do it only because the alternative is Hillary.
Trump embarrasses me. But Hillary scares me!
I know I’ll be accused by all of the lefties of being an “angry, old white guy.”
I’m not angry, I’m just pissed.
But I’m not stupid enough to throw away our country’s future on a woman who promises us a third term of Obamanomics.
Barney Bishop III is a serial entrepreneur, a conservative Democrat who believes that the cornerstone of our democracy and our freedom is a strong and vibrant private enterprise system. He can be reached at Barney@BarneyBishop.com