Guest Columnist

I don't like Trump, but I do like freedom

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the first pr
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland. (Olivier Douliery/Pool vi AP)

I don’t like Donald Trump. I dislike Joe Biden even more. They both carry a lot of negative baggage.

I don’t like media being used as left-wing propaganda outlets. I dislike judges who make political decisions. I dislike schools and faculties teaching anti-capitalist messages and anti-religion messages to our children. Now that the negatives are out of the way, let me tell you what I do like.

I like law enforcement, strict interpretation of the Constitution, judges who keep their political opinions out of their rulings, smaller government, fewer rules and regulations, the 2nd Amendment, a fair and balanced media, charter schools, equal representation and justice for all citizens regardless of race, religion, creed. And stop murdering innocent babies. I like strong borders and efficient immigration laws.

I also like people who take personal responsibility for their destinies. Typically that requires living within your means, paying your bills and taxes on time, and treating other people with respect. It means behaving within the law.

I like a strong military that protects our shores. There always have been enemies who wish to take out America. We must always be prepared. We need to respect our troops and our veterans.

I think we should all have the right to express our opinions and not be censored.

All these are pretty simple ideas that made America great once upon a time. If you agree then you need to vote for Republican candidates despite the nonsense the biased media tells you.

If you disagree, then prepare yourself to be spoon fed and highly regulated by a Big Brother style of government that will take away your opportunity for freedom and control of your own life. It did not work in Communist Russia, East Germany or Venezuela. It won’t work in the United States but you might have to find that fact out the hard way. It won’t be pretty.

Think what you are doing when you cast your vote. It might be our last chance to save America.

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Arleigh Clemens, a former co-chair of the Johnson County Republican Party, lives in North Liberty.

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