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Election 2016: Preserving founding principles ‘trumps’ political pedigree

James Kellogg
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It seems everyone in the news business has criticism for Donald Trump’s combative personality and media-dominating mannerisms, calling him unfit for the presidency of the United States.

Many of those pundits praise Hillary Clinton’s political pedigree and alleged accomplishments, opining it’s just her time.

Casting a vote for president isn’t a referendum on social graces or an ostensible coronation. The president should be the candidate who will preserve the founding principles of America.

Donald Trump has a no-nonsense, in-your-face style when dealing with critics and opponents. While he does possess keen political instincts, he’s prone to off-the-cuff commentary that can come off as politically incorrect. His words aren’t focus-group-tested, and he is unabashed in his stance that America has veered off-course. Critics call him a loose cannon, a one-trick pony, a racist and a bigot. In sum total, Trump is deemed as “unpresidential” by the media machine.

Commentators and columnists call Hillary Clinton tough and wise, though concrete examples of exemplifying achievements are lacking. During her term as senator from New York, she was said to be hard-working, but she authored no significant legislation.

She’s been praised for meeting with world leaders as secretary of state, but the only thing notable about her tenure is Benghazi. Yet there are assertions that Hillary Clinton has paid her dues, and it’s just time for a female president.

The election of Barack Obama proved that breaking historical ground was more important than experience or competency. But is the office of the president simply a vehicle for social justice? Has it become more about the candidate than the country?

The president is supposed to serve the American people, not the reverse. That means every candidate must be scrutinized on his or her desire and ability to protect the life and liberty of Americans.

In the Declaration of Independence, the founders of our nation asserted that all people are created equal and endowed by God with “unalienable Rights.” These include “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The Constitution of the United States is the framework for a government to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

Our government is subject to the limitations of a republic that reflects the will of the people. Regardless of race, color or creed, every citizen is free to pursue his or her dream. Our free-market system creates more wealth and opportunities than any other economic system. Limits on government interference allow capitalism to stimulate creativity, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Assaults on the Second Amendment undermine the entire premise of our constitutional rights. Legislation, such as Obamacare, grants government control over our lives and personal choices. Excessive taxes and anti-capitalist policies weaken our economy. President Obama’s refusal to enforce border security and immigration law jeopardizes citizen safety and national sovereignty.

Donald Trump appears to possess leadership skills, entrepreneurial experience and a desire to “make America great again” with a return to our founding roots.

Regarding the Second Amendment, he declares that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon … period. He promotes a simplified tax code and pro-growth reforms to make America competitive in a global market.

Trump supports a repeal of Obamacare, which robs citizens of choice and income.

On immigration reform, Trump is clear that a nation without borders and laws is not a nation.

During a political career funded by taxpayers and wealthy donors, Hillary Clinton has helped government expand at the expense of individual liberty. She supports the call for legislation that would hold manufacturers and dealers accountable for gun-related violence, effectively shutting down the industry.

Instead of tax cuts, she wants to spend billions on mandated green energy projects. Clinton also pledges to defend Obamacare and spend $500 million to promote Medicaid.

Instead of border security, her immigration policy focuses on measures like universal voter registration.

Our founders ensured our liberty and prosperity by recognizing our unalienable rights and establishing a government with limited power. Personality aside, Donald Trump seems intent on revitalizing those founding principles. Without the media smokescreen, Hillary Clinton’s record of putting politics ahead of the American people is exposed.

President Ronald Reagan said, “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

Perhaps we’re only one president away from that grim fate.

James D. Kellogg is an engineering consultant and the author of “Radical Action: A Colt Kelley Thriller.” Look for the novel on amazon.com and visit JamesDKellogg.com or email james@jamesdkellogg.com.

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