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Letter: Gin and Trump

In voting for president, I channel David Gelernter (“Trump and the Emasculated Voter,” Wall Street Journal, Oct. 14, 2016). Gelernter, a professor of computer science at Yale (of all places for a conservative!), has written many riveting pieces on politics and society. His Oct. 14 column nails the reasons I will vote for Donald Trump.

Gelernter grimly observes that, following the revelations about both candidates, “On this vital question (of character), (voters) no longer see a choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.” For Gelernter, and for me, there’s no reasoned basis to argue one’s character is preferable to the other’s.

Gelernter’s best observation, in my opinion: “Mr. Trump’s candidacy is a message from the voters. He is the empty gin bottle they have chosen to toss through the (establishment’s) window. … Voters hear what the leaders and pundits don’t: the profound contempt for America and Americans that Mrs. Clinton and President Obama share and their frightening lack of emotional connection to this nation and its people.”

I will vote for Donald Trump, but not because of Donald Trump. I will vote for him because our “leaders” are arrogant and dismissive of what the people think, what the people want and what the people need. They substitute what they think we want and need, lining their pockets with personal financial gain in the process (see: Clinton Foundation). When we dare to speak up, they scold us (in private emails and meetings, for example) as too “deplorable” to know what’s in our own best interests.

If you feel as I do, throw your empty gin bottle through the establishment’s window and vote for Donald Trump.

Maurice Emmer


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