I am not voting for a man. I do not give blanket or tacit approval to everything our president has done or said in the past. I at times cringe at his tweets nor condone all that he has said. Like the fireman who drops the “f bomb” while putting out the fire in your house, I can live with some of President Trump’s foibles. He gets the job done and at the end of the day it is results that count. Nor do I approve of what Vice President Biden has said or done in the past or recently. He has had 47 years in government to get it right and he has failed miserably. I challenge you to name one of his accomplishments.

I am voting for Constitutional government. I am voting for a strong and viable military. I am voting for a vibrant economy. I am voting for the right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. I am voting for the freedom to worship. I am voting for a national recognition that the founding of our nation was based on biblical principles.

I am voting for the ability for anyone to rise above their circumstances and become successful. I am voting for my children and grandchildren to be able to choose their own path in life, including how and where their children are educated.

I am voting for our borders to be open to everyone who enters under our law and closed to everyone who would circumvent or ignore the law. I am voting for the Electoral College to remain in place, so that a few heavily populated liberal centers do not control the elections and the voices of the Valley are ignored. I am voting for a Supreme Court that interprets the Constitution rather than rewrites it. I am voting to teach history, with all its warts, not erase it or revise it. I am voting for the sanctity of life from conception to birth and after.

I am voting for a party that in its creed states that “the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice; that all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society; that fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government; that the federal government must preserve individual liberty by observing constitutional limitations; that peace is best preserved through a strong national defense; and that faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers, is essential to the moral fiber of the nation.”

I am not voting against Joe Biden, but rather I am voting for a party that embodies the values and principles both my forefathers and I fought for over 200 years to maintain. This why I am voting Republican this fall.

James R. Poplar III lives in Quicksburg.

(25) comments

Donald

Well, it's back. Same spot and about 40 degrees East of North. It is also approximately 40 degrees vertically from the horizon. That is one bright Mars, if that is what it is.

Driller

Pretzelman jr. aka prod , As I read these response to Mr. Yoder's post , I was really disappointed that you hadn't accused me of being Mr. Yoder, but as I scrolled down, sure enough there it was, I again am Mr. Yoder. I can't believe Putin hasn't ordered you to get off this stupid message. You're Russian Trolling messages are bad enough. Again I'm not anyone but Driller!!!

Donald

Perhaps we could approach this from a different angle, Mr. Copey. I am trying to grasp what it is you think should be prioritized in this election cycle. Let us try a simple yes or no scenario.

Do you think the American working family would benefit if all illegal aliens were to be deported or encouraged to self-deport (by making mandatory E-Verify) taking their anchor babies with them?

Do you think it is time for all or at least the vast majority of Temporary Protected Status aliens to be returned to their home nations?

Do you support charging and incarcerating CEOs with harboring illegal aliens if they are shown to have a pattern of hiring them?

Do you think it is time to institute a moratorium on immigration from nations with a culture alien to that of Western Man?

Do you think that the importation of cheap foreign visa labor from cultures alien to ours should be ended?

I await your response.

Donald

Crickets.

Donald

Well, let us try something a little less stressful, Mr. Copey. What do you think the Harris-Biden presidency will do that should make an American voter vote for her?

Donald

Crickets.

bishopsboy

Donald, that's a difficult question to answer when your candidates hide in basements and refuse to take reporters questions. Before long, Biden and Harris' visages will start appearing on milk cartons.

Donald

[beam]

Genosguy

The thing that I find odd, un-American, disgusting is: Liberals, like an in law, that used and I mean used--illegal house help for many many years--suffice to say an attorney--then went to the Post Obama Obama separated parents and kids and moaned about them--the crock is still crying---that is a liberal being a liberal--it's a crime for you---good for me. Biden (as Jill's ex says--) is a cheater. The Media when it was honest called him a plagarizer (multiple times) a theft a friend that cheated on him with his wife who cheated. A congressman vs football player (college) is exceptional competition. Biden--has done what he and the Dems try to pin on the President LIE LIE LIE--pathologically???

bootsielawson

brothercopey good name, highly descriptive about his copious b&&l. He needs a job.

Donald

After having read your comments several times, Mr. Copey, it seems to me you have not presented any political or policy reasons for not voting for Mr. Trump. The sole reason you seem to be presenting is you do not like him as a person and you claim he is mentally “not well”.

Other than the “Orange Man bad” claim, could you present some policy or political reasons to change the minds of folks who are currently inclined to vote for Mr. Trump? Thanks.

Donald

Crickets. I take it you are a student of some sort?

brothercopey

Ad hominem again. . . .

brothercopey

I understand that you are in a jam - Trump or a democrat. I get it. But I encourage to you to be honest about the fact that we have had a system that works - we have had a balance of powers that has guided us toward steady growth in civil rights, economic growth with necessary regulations, etc. All of your ideas cannot possibly be correct. The previous generation cannot see what is obvious to the next. It has taken liberal movements to awaken the populace to the equality of women, the evils of slavery and Jim Crow, the non threat of interracial marriage, the necessity to respect the rights of gays, and your grandchildren will remotely question the climate crisis, etc. And this is not a theocracy and was specifically intended not to be one. The pendulum swings - we often need conservation correction, and then liberal correction, and so on - that is life.

But this person Donald Trump is not well and you will live to regret your support of him.

He has a condition called Narcissistic Personality Disorder - here are the traits of the condition:

Have an exaggerated sense of self-importance

Have a sense of entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration

Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it

Exaggerate achievements and talents

Preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate

Monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior

Expect special favors and unquestioning compliance with their expectations

Have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others

Envious of others and believe others envy them

Behave in an arrogant or haughty manner, coming across as conceited and boastful

Insist on having the best of everything — for instance, the best car or office

Can you read that description and not think of him?

People with NPD do not stop. Everything is about them. If anyone acted anything like that man in your home, you would throw him out. He clears peaceful protesters with tear gas, so that he can pose with a Bible that he has certainly never read - that is not right - that is the move of a despot. The man says he won't respect election results, jokes about abolishing term limits, speaks favorably of Q-anon and winks at actual white supremacists, and you want to enable him. He makes fun of people's height and looks and calls everyone who doesn't agree with him names. Stop and think about that for a second. "Little Mike"? Making of fun of Bloomberg's . . . height? Would you put up with that from your children, your neighbor, your friend, your pastor? Of course not, because it is wrong. Very wrong. Deadly wrong. Making fun of people is wrong. What could be more wrong? It's not a small thing.

Here's what the Bible says about a fool:

“The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.” (10:8)

“Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.” (10:18)

“Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.” (12:15)

“Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.”(12:16)

“Mockers hate to be corrected, so they stay away from the wise.”(15:12)

“Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.” (18:2)

“Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.” (29:11)

Again, who do you think of? A person who loves to air his own opinions and always thinks his own way is right, is very quick tempered and will not overlook an insult, but instead gives full vent to his rage and spreads slander (mocking, calling people names,etc) hates to be corrected, never admits wrong, and talks on and on for hours at a time. The Bible warns you that that person is a fool.

With your support and patriotic and religious language you are attempting to hide a sick and twisted man who will not hesitate to take us all down with him. And I really wish you would trust the system and reconsider. Biden is not our dream candidate either, but he is no despot, bully, or mocker. Coast for 4 years. Keep control of the senate and then elect a stable conservative person whom can actually respect.

prodigalson

I do have to chuckle when Demokkkrats begin quoting scripture.

brothercopey

Ad hominem. Just like DT. Geesh. One of his contributions to the disintegration of public discourse. What about the point? Good point? Bad point. I do happen to know a lot about the Bible - studied it daily for a good part of my life. I use it because many of DT's faithful claim adherence to it, (though I will never know what a "strong and viable military, vibrant economy, the right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution." have to do with Jesus of Nazareth.) and I want them to see that their own text is warning them about this person. I also used the definition of NPD - good point ? bad point? do you want to discuss the issue or make just fun of people?

prodigalson

Good morning Driller, and thank you for your kind words. Remember, my brother, there is good and there is evil. There are no gray areas. The Demokkkrat party is pure evil. I wish you well in your search for truth, my Brother.

DeftCurmudgeon

Biden is in the throes of early onset dementia; thanks but I'll take the coherent functioning narcissist over Biden's replacement, Heels Up Harris.

LVW

So, let's get this nickname straight (I had to look it up). Harris is being criticized for dating Willie Brown 20 years ago (Brown said afterward she told him she'd lock him up if he as much as jaywalked), yet Trump has had a bunch of wives and umpteen sexual assault charges against him (a new one surfaced just today) and ... no problem? Talk about a double standard!

brothercopey

The first part of your comment seems fair enough. You are making a choice based on facts, cool. But then you have to show your real cards, you cannot resist making a sexual dig at someone because she's a woman? In support of DT?! Wow. Can you really not see it? The hypocrisy and bullying sexism is so consistent with your man. I've known guys like you. You think it's funny. But it's not. And humanity will continue to progress long after your gone. A generation before you men thought it was perfectly fine to beat women and white men to call black men "boy". Before that they thought women and black men shouldn't vote, and so on. That's the legacy you are a part of. That's why we are fighting against your man.

Donald

I think, Messrs LVW and Copey, the nick name was a result of her possibly exchanging sexual favors for political appoints from Mr. Brown. Perhaps she simply thought she was auditioning for a movie role.[whistling]

hbdansby

Trump has more than just a few errant tweets. He is the world's leading liar, and has damaged every American Democratic institution. How can we trust him to be the leader of the free world? He has fired all his good people and most of his bad people have been indicted. Several high level staff and cabinet members have written tell all books or articles. What does it take to shake your confidence in this person?

DeftCurmudgeon

Ooh Rah !

brokenanvil

Probably safe to say, Mr. Poplar, many in the electorate share enough among your beliefs to also vote Republican. If President Trump makes his campaign about core beliefs, he can win a second term.

MikeM

Great letter.

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