My Secret

 

I am going to vote for Donald Trump this November.

Barack Obama was the first president I ever voted for. In 2016 I caucused for Bernie Sanders and then voted for Hillary Clinton. Twenty-twenty was similar, where I voted for Bernie in the primary (the state switched from caucusing to a primary) but then voted for Joe Biden. I don’t know when it started, maybe it was when it started to seem like the Biden administration was more interested in prolonging the war in Ukraine instead of giving them what they needed to win before a generation of men were slaughtered. Or maybe it was the incessant chatter about how Trump is a threat to democracy so he needs to be prosecuted for all of his crimes, but it is just a coincidence that they all needed to be tried in 2024. But the final blow has been the Democratic Party’s inability to condemn antisemitism without mentioning Islamophobia in the next sentence or to condemn Hamasniks whom they have let block roads, trapping people for hours.

I think Trump is a terrible person who had a mediocre presidency at best, but given the alternative what other choice is there…

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  1. Dr. Bastiat Member
    Dr. Bastiat
    @drbastiat

    Welcome aboard, Eddie!  It’s great to have you here!

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  2. Jimmy Carter Member
    Jimmy Carter
    @JimmyCarter

    Yer post’s title got Me to read it.

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  3. MikeMcCarthy Coolidge
    MikeMcCarthy
    @MikeMcCarthy

    Sometimes mediocre seems like the good old days.

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  4. WillowSpring Member
    WillowSpring
    @WillowSpring

    you say:

    I Trump is a terrible person who had a mediocre presidency at best

    I am curious why you say that. I suspect that.  i am older, but I guess that has little relevance other than the number of presidents I’ve seen

    Before the 2016 election, he was very low on my list. I guess Ted Cruz was at the top.  I was raised in the south and Trump seemed to embody the traits of a Yankee.  A lot of his worst expressions were in reaction to being attacked, but he also said some weird stuff – like about Cruz’s father

    Virginia primaries don’t have much impact, so my vote for Trump was a no-brainer.  My expectations weren’t very high

    Then, he started doing things that made sense.  For example, becoming energy self-sufficient had a far reaching impact on foreign policy.  As the economy picked up, I could sense the growing optimism.  A simple example was my hair dresser (for an old guy, that means barber).  She and her husband were legal immigrants from India.  They expanded their shop to add one closer to me and hired multiple assistants

    Now, under Biden, things are really different. Restaurants closed and haven’t reopened, my hairdresser is usually the only one in the shop when I go in.  The sense of optimism is gone

    I agree that much of that is the slow return from Covid and shut downs, but there is more to it than that.

    For me, just two things are enough to want Trump back: the southern border and how Biden has treated Israel (it is irrelevant that I am not Jewish)  We have set ourselves up for internal attack and taught our allies that they can’t count on us.

    Oh – welcome!

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  5. TBA, sometimes known as 'Teebs'. Coolidge
    TBA, sometimes known as 'Teebs'.
    @RobtGilsdorf

    You are us. 

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  6. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    TBA, sometimes known as 'Teebs… (View Comment):

    You are us.

    Maybe you, but not me.

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  7. QuietPI Member
    QuietPI
    @Quietpi

    Eddie: I think Trump is a terrible person who had a mediocre presidency at best, but given the alternative what other choice is there…

    Keep in mind, @eddie, that, based on what you’ve indicated of your background, the overwhelming majority of what you have heard about Trump or his presidency, has come from a mainstream media that, on a good day distorts everything it can about the man and his time in office.  That’s on a good day.  The rest of the time they are outright lying.  

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  8. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Eddie: I think Trump is a terrible person who had a mediocre presidency at best, but given the alternative what other choice is there…

     

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  9. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noD
    @DonTillman

    Okay.  ‘Not y’r typical post.

    But it appears we have an opportunity to gain some insight from someone who has been regularly voting Democrat.

    So, hi!  And welcome.

    And in the spirit of understanding Democrat voters, I have a question: Did you ever notice that Democrat politicians have always been running on virtuous causes that take some basic operation and spend lots of money to make it much worse?

    Like ObamaCare, that tripled the cost of health care.  (They called it the “Affordable Care Act” just to rub your face in it.)

    And electing the first black president causing race riots in Oakland (2009), Anaheim (2012), Ferguson (2014, 2015), Baltimore (2015), Milwaukee (2016), Charlotte (2016), and more.

    And simply running cities, like Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, and so forth.

    [edit, added:]

    Or running public schools.   There’s nothing inherently difficult about teaching; it doesn’t require lots of money, or exotic materials, or technology, we’ve been doing it for centuries, there’s a ton of “best practices” available.

    Or any of the Great Society programs.  

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  10. QuietPI Member
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    @Quietpi

    namlliT noD (View Comment):
    And simply ruining cities, like Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, and so forth.

    FIFY

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  11. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    QuietPI (View Comment):

    namlliT noD (View Comment):
    And simply ruining cities, like Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, and so forth.

    FIFY

    And ruining public schools, too.

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  12. Nanocelt TheContrarian Member
    Nanocelt TheContrarian
    @NanoceltTheContrarian

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Eddie: I think Trump is a terrible person who had a mediocre presidency at best, but given the alternative what other choice is there…

     

    Looks like it’s time for a reprise of Biden’s Ode to America (originally posted Feb 1, 2021)

    How can I hurt thee?  Let me count the ways.

    I’ll hurt thee to the depth and breadth and height

    My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

    For the ends of being and my own grace.

    I’ll hurt thee to the level of every days’

    Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.

    I’ll hurt you freely when you strive for right.

    I’ll hurt you purely when you withhold praise.

    I’ll hurt thee with the passion put to use

    In my old griefs and with my Childhood’s faith.

    I’ll hurt thee with a hate I seemed to lose

    With my lost saints.  I’ll hurt thee with the breath,

    Smiles, tears of all my life and if God chose,

    I shall but hurt thee better after death.

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  13. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
    Rightfromthestart
    @Rightfromthestart

    The dawn comes up like thunder! The final realization that it’s not only Biden, the Democrat party hates you, every policy is designed to hurt you in some way, shutting off oil, opening the border, forcing you into cars and appliances you don’t want in order to cater to some group of weirdos, calling everyone who simply wishes to be left alone a terrorist. Alas, I’m not convinced Eddie will stay among us for long, a single mean tweet or another ‘drink bleach’ or ‘fine people ‘ or ‘bloodbath’ hoax will sent him back home to MSNBC. 

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  14. Chowderhead Coolidge
    Chowderhead
    @Podunk

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    The dawn comes up like thunder! The final realization that it’s not only Biden, the Democrat party hates you, every policy is designed to hurt you in some way, shutting off oil, opening the border, forcing you into cars and appliances you don’t want in order to cater to some group of weirdos, calling everyone who simply wishes to be left alone a terrorist. Alas, I’m not convinced Eddie will stay among us for long, a single mean tweet or another ‘drink bleach’ or ‘fine people ‘ or ‘bloodbath’ hoax will sent him back home to MSNBC.

    I give Eddie the benefit of the doubt. I think he’ll be around a while. Time will tell.

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  15. MiMac Thatcher
    MiMac
    @MiMac

    Come on in – the water is fine..   

    join Bill Barr & the rest of us

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  16. Steve Fast Member
    Steve Fast
    @SteveFast

    Welcome, Eddie!

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  17. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Welcome, Eddie.

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  18. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    Welcome to Ricochet, Eddie.

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  19. OmegaPaladin Moderator
    OmegaPaladin
    @OmegaPaladin

    Welcome aboard, @edwardblake

    I was an independent, who was 50/50 on Bush vs Gore, then fanatic cultists destroyed the World Trade Center and 3,000 lives in a massive atrocity.  The liberals moaned and begged for forgiveness.  I wanted revenge and stacks of dead Al Qaeda.  I remember Israel sent USAR teams to help us.  Palestinians cheered just like they did on October 7th.  So yeah, I understand.  Those Hamasnik protestors aren’t anti-war, they are on the other side.

    Just a little heads up:  Ricochet takes free expression very seriously.  That can include some serious crazy people, including a few who are actually pro-Hamas, and some conspiracy theorists.

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  20. Chowderhead Coolidge
    Chowderhead
    @Podunk

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):
    Just a little heads up:  Ricochet takes free expression very seriously.  That can include some serious crazy people, including a few who are actually pro-Hamas, and some conspiracy theorists.

    I’m surprised we haven’t had more. Some day I think someone like Soros is going to pay a thousand trolls to stop this dis-information. The good thing about the far left is they always resort to swearing and insults when they can’t construct a coherent thought. The COC really helps to keep that to a minimum. I have to fight the urge to drop a bomb every now and then.

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  21. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda
    @RandyWeivoda

    Chowderhead (View Comment):
    The COC really helps to keep that to a minimum even though I have to fight the urge to drop a bomb every now and then. 

    I’m sure we all have fantasies of what we would like to say, sometimes.

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