When people ask me who I’m voting for, I tell them it’s not “who” but “what.” 

I’m voting for the ideals and principles espoused in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. I’m voting to retain my First Amendment freedoms of religion and speech, and my Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. 

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Paul ROBERTS

Voting for the electoral college Don???? Guess it must blow your mind to see your president systematically dismantling the college and our free elections. Wake up!

Quincy Adams

I still shake my head in disbelief of Mr Volz’s flip flop evaluation of Donald Trump’s statesmanship and character.

Mr. Volz had a clear eyed realistic assessment of Trump prior to the 2016 election. Now fast forward today, despite observing Trump’s countless acts of immoral behavior, and he now wants us to believe Trump is a great leader, an instrument of God, and should be re-elected.

I would like to hear Mr. Volz reconcile his about face testimony of the same corrupted man then and now?

VOLZ: Donald Trump is far from a statesman; Ben Carson is one

http://herald-zeitung.com/opinion/article_83debad6-df72-11e5-a139-7393b848595c.html

Some excerpts from Volz’s more honest assessment of Trump the last time he ran for president…

The late Dr. J. Rufus Fears (1945-2012) was a noted American teacher, scholar, historian, and author specializing in the lessons of history. He was the David Ross Boyd Professor of Classics and held the G. T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma. In short, Dr. Fears was an authority on statesmen and he prescribed a far more fitting standard for statesmanship, one that Donald Trump could not satisfy on his best day.

Fears emphasized that to be a “statesman” one must not be a tyrant or a bully (Trump already fails), but rather a free leader of a free people. He went onto describe the four essential qualities of a statesman: (1) a bedrock of principles; (2) a moral compass; (3) a clear vision; and 4) the ability to build a consensus to achieve that vision.

A statesman possesses an overarching philosophy comprised of firm, unchanging, fundamental truths. The one fundamental truth in Trump’s philosophy is “say and do whatever it takes to win, winning is everything, the end justifies the means, any strategy or tactic is fine as long as you win.”

A statesman has a moral compass that is rooted in a sense of absolute right and absolute wrong. A statesman is not a relativist — there are lines a statesman will not cross, lows to which a statesman will not sink. A statesman is a man of integrity who leads by moral authority. Does that sound like Trump to you?

 

A statesman has a clear vision of where he wants to take the country and articulates that vision in a way that makes it perfectly clear to his people. Trump’s constant declarations of “We’re gonna make America great again” and “we’re gonna build a wall and make Mexico pay for it” and “we’re gonna make so many great deals” yada, yada, yada — that’s not a lucid vision of tomorrow’s America.

Jim Sohan

No, you’re voting for a person and using the “what” to rationalize your vote for that person. A person who is a racist, a misogynist, a liar, a cheater, an adulterer, a total business failure and the failed leader of our great Country. Almost 250,000 deaths and climbing, and you’re willing to give the man 4 more years to kill you?! Wow! Character, compassion and doing what’s right still means something, and those are all qualities Donald Trump lacks. Joe Biden may not be my first choice, but I’ll take a man who at least cares about our great Nation and will do the best he can for everyone, vice one who only serves to serve his own self-interests, and and those self-interests won’t include “what” is important to you when push comes to shove.

Ron Green

Thank you Jim Sohan for describing some of the reasons I did not vote for Trump. I have voted for some Republicans in the past, but certainly not this one.

Frankly, I cannot understand why any former member of the military would vote for a man who has disparaged the military on several occasions, including, " Memorial Day 2017 in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery — where veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan are buried. Trump arrived with then-Homeland Security Secretary, retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, and others. Kelly’s son Robert, also a Marine, is buried in Section 60. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. While visiting the younger Kelly’s gravesite, Trump reportedly turned to his future chief of staff and said, 'I don’t get it. What was in it for them?'" Additionally, when John McCain died in 2018, Trump told his close circle, “We’re not going to support that loser’s funeral.” When he saw flags lowered to half-staff, Trump demanded to know “what the **** are we doing that for? Guy was a ****** loser.”

Trump is a sad excuse for a commander in chief.

Jim Sohan

Ron, I’m retired military and I’m a Republican who at times has voted for some Democrats. I typically vote for a mixture of Republicans and Democrats. I too find it unfathomable that any current or former military member would vote for Trump, but we should remember that the military in many ways a reflection of society itself. So, I’m not surprised there are some who support Trump. Every President that I can remember in my lifetime, whether I voted for them or not, whether I supported them or not, in the end put the Country first, even Richard Nixon, but Donald Trump puts himself first. I also find the tendency of many to “weaponize” who you vote for a disgrace. Voting for someone other than Trump doesn’t mean you hate this Country, it doesn’t mean you don’t believe in God, it doesn’t mean you don’t support our Constitution, it doesn’t mean you don’t support the 2nd Amendment, etc., etc.! In the end, I don’t consider myself a loser or a sucker, and I believe character and behavior matter. So, Joe Biden gets my vote.

Ron Green

Jim,

Similar paths. I retired from the Army after 25 years in 1991. One of my former relatives by marriage has a slogan on her web page that shouts, "If you don't support Trump, you don't love America!" Her logic is mystifying. Ron

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