By Alekks Petro, Received her B.A. Degrees in Economics and Philosophy cum laude from Lake Forest College, Illinois.Â Currently studying her JD at UNSW Law, II.Â
Iâ€™m educated. Iâ€™m not a racist. Iâ€™m not low-info. Iâ€™m not part of a â€˜cultâ€™. I donâ€™t live in a bunker. I hate political correctness. Iâ€™m an immigrant. Iâ€™m not blindly following a reality star. I support Donald Trump.
A few days ago I was walking through the library and I overheard just a portion of a conversation between a group of students that was along the lines of , â€˜I would hate to be in America right nowâ€¦because Donald Trumpâ€™. I didnâ€™t hear the rest. I am aware that my opinion is not a popular one, at least not publicly, but I have grown used to the criticism. Trump supporters go through a process of coming out of the closet per se. Although unashamed, we are afraid that if we do state our support we might get treated differently by our friends, peers, and clients. We get bullied into denial and then labeled misinformed, stupid, racists, and bigots.
I do not support every single component of his policies and manner, but I would think and hope that supporters of other candidates will question their own candidates on issues here and there as well. We are all separate minds from the candidate we support so there will always be some difference in ideas. Trump has some very specific policies that a lot of the country can get behind. Trump wants to encourage legal immigration while repatriating illegal immigrants, revise trade agreements to support US workers, stop endless wars for Israel, legalize marijuana, avoid conflict with Russia, oppose political correctness, and has a great tax reform plan.
Â Â Â Â ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Trump wants to make it easier to become a legal immigrant by cutting the costs and therefore incentivizing immigrants to come over legally. He just wants to make sure we are more of aware of who is coming through the doors, meanwhile enforcing more border control on illegal immigrants. Currently more illegal immigrants are on social welfare then legal immigrants in America. While illegal immigrants are receiving welfare we have veterans on a waiting list. Illegal immigrants from other countries are currently using the border with Mexico as a gateway into America. Is it so wrong that we just want to know who is in our backyard? Trump specifically stated that there is going to be a big beautiful door on that wall to welcome immigrants entering the country legally. For those who say there is no reason Mexico would pay for this keep in mind they have a wall on their southern border and America currently gives Mexico $14 billion dollars a year in aide. I think itâ€™s a fair assumption that they would rather fund a wall then risk loss on aide in addition to paying tariffs.
A lot of media outlets like to state that Trump lost the Hispanic vote when he expressed his views on the influx of illegal immigrants from Mexico, but this simply isnâ€™t true. Trump has 45% of the Hispanic vote. The media incorrectly assumes that just because someone is Hispanic, they wouldnâ€™t vote for Trump because of some of his statements picked up and overplayed by the media. But this doesnâ€™t mean that Hispanic republicanâ€™s donâ€™t understand and agree with his core policies. To assume that just because someone is Hispanic, they wouldnâ€™t have the same concern as every other hard working tax-paying citizen is disrespectful to say the least. We need to take care of the people we do have legally because Feeding America currently estimates we have 15 million American children who regularly go hungry. Reagan has even said â€œA nation that cannot control its borders is not a nationâ€.
It is very frustrating to me when people are surprised to find out that Trump has a majority of the minority vote in the polls. In recent polls by Clout Research that have a margin of error of 3.73%, Trump received 40% of the black vote and 45% of the Hispanic vote. He got a higher percentage of black and Hispanic supporters than white supporters which was at 37.7%. He is doing better with women and Hispanic voters than any other republican candidate since the 1920s. The only other candidate that got more black supporters was Ben Carson at 50% who has dropped out of the race and is now endorsing Trump. To give you a better idea of how strong his numbers are, by comparison Mitt Romney got just 17% of the minority vote. These statistics are important because the media in the US assumes that republican minorities arenâ€™t voting for Trump when the numbers show otherwise. The white media should actually start listening to the voice of these minority groups rather than speaking for them.
If you listen to a lot of his speeches and rallies from beginning to end he spends a lot of time talking about his tax reform plan. However, this tax plan is not covered by the media because it doesnâ€™t benefit them in more ways than one. Firstly, talking about tax doesnâ€™t bring in ratings, and secondly, a majority of the media in the states is owned by the corporations benefitting from the current tax model. Because of this situation, most people donâ€™t have a good idea of what his tax plan actually is. He is proposing to change it from its current seven brackets to just four which will simplify filing and is the most populist tax plan of any candidate. It will create the largest tax cuts which in turn helps small businesses by lowering tax rates and providing them more money for investing. It cuts the corporate loopholes and gives hedge fund men taxes they should be paying, but they currently arenâ€™t paying. This is because they are getting tax exemptions from the candidates they are buying off. Considering they also own the news corporations Iâ€™m frankly not surprised they wouldnâ€™t want Trump to look good if he plans on getting rid of their exemptions. Three fourths of what you watch is owned by just 5 corporations.
Furthermore, Trump wants to negotiate down the double tax rate that is charged to corporations that want to bring their money back into the States. The US has a 35% tax rate on corporations in addition to the tax they pay abroad. The US is the only country that does this. As such, it is more affordable for these corporations to keep their money overseas. Trumpâ€™s proposal could bring back the $2.2 trillion kept abroad. These corporations are willing to pay US taxes, but not to the point where the current tax model makes it unaffordable.
In his 2000 book, â€˜The America We Deserve,â€™ he outlined his dream of a country â€œunencumbered by bureaucratic ineptitude, government regulations, confiscatory tax policies, racism, discrimination against women, or discrimination against people based on sexual orientation.â€ Trump has said some mean things about a lot of women. Trump has also said a lot of mean things about a lot of men. If he feels you are doing something wrong he is not afraid to say it to you whether you are a women, man, black, or white. Iâ€™m glad that he doesnâ€™t feel that just because I am a woman people should be more censored around me, or, for someone to think I canâ€™t handle a critique. Heâ€™s put women in charge of major projects, wants women to get equal pay, and a lot of his leading executives have been women since the 1980s. Just as he did in the apprentice, he hires whoever gets the job done regardless of anything else and he is harsh on anyone that canâ€™t.
Fifteen years ago Trump was already advocating for equal rights and protections for gays and gay couples, although he didnâ€™t want it to be called marriage, neither did Bernie Sanders at the time. He advocated for unions that promoted gay and equal rights and in 2000 stated he would be fine with appointing people regardless of sexual orientation. He also wanted to amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include protections for LGTB communities. He has hired, promoted, and personally paid more women, minorities, high school, and college students than any other candidate.
WHAT INFLUENCED ME
A big part of my jump onto the Trump train was influenced by Carl Icahnâ€™s endorsement. If you donâ€™t know who he is, Carl Icahn is an influential American businessman and founder of the securities trading company Icahn Express. In American when Carl Icahn tells you your company isnâ€™t being run correctly, people listen. Heâ€™s earned his wealth doing this. I would recommend anyone interested in hearing more to watch his endorsement video called â€œDanger Aheadâ€ which can be seen on his website CarIicahn.com. Icahn is a man who grew up in the streets of queens and is now worth $21.3 billion dollars which makes me hard pressed to understand why people would say that he or Trump are disenfranchised angry people who donâ€™t understand the economy or foreign policy.
BAN ON MUSLIMS
A policy I donâ€™t believe in is the temporary ban on all Muslims entering our country because I believe there are better ways to address this issue. However, I understand where Trump is coming from. Muslims, like people of any religion, come into America for various reasons but there are some that came for safety, and what is the point of that if we canâ€™t provide a way to prevent and identify the very few bad apples from coming here. According to a poll done by The Council on Islamic-American relations, a Muslim rights and advocacy organization, 11% of Muslims back Trump out of the 18% of Muslims that are backing Republicans. Compare that with Romneyâ€™s 4% and McCainâ€™s 2%. It is interesting to note that 5 of the wealthiest Muslim countries have not let in any Syrian refugees at all for fear of it creating a terrorist risk, although I still donâ€™t agree with it. Trump is a negotiator and a common negotiation tactic is you donâ€™t start at your midpoint and show your hand publicly, hence why his proposals tend to have more extreme leans at first mention. It is important to note Trump said this would be a temporary ban until they can find out how to vet the incoming immigrants and refugees, meanwhile providing safe zones. Again, although there are parts of what he said that I understand, I do think that there is a better way to go about this. Banning all Muslims, even temporarily, is not a policy I am behind.
ON DISAVOWING THE KKK
Iâ€™ve heard people bring up that Donald Trump took too long to disavow KKK member David Duke and that they donâ€™t believe that it was because his earpiece wasnâ€™t working. Whether that earpiece was working we will never know, but Trump has publicly spoken of his dislike of David Duke for 25 years. In 1991 on Duke winning 55% of the white vote in Louisiana, Trump stated, â€œI hate seeing what it represents, but I guess it just shows thereâ€™s a lot of hostility in this country.â€ Then again in 2000 Trump refused to join the Reform party(a centrist party in the US) because David Duke was part of the party. Trump said â€œWell, youâ€™ve got David Duke [who] just joined â€“ a bigot, a racist, a problem. I mean, this is not exactly the people you want in your partyâ€. When Trump heard David Duke endorsed his presidential campaign, he stayed true to his original opinions of Duke and said â€œI donâ€™t need his endorsement. I certainly wouldnâ€™t want his endorsement. I donâ€™t need anyoneâ€™s endorsementâ€. You canâ€™t control who endorses you. Meanwhile the Grand Dragon of the KKK, Will Quigg, doesnâ€™t want to endorse Trump, stating he wants to endorse Hillary Clinton because he likes her hidden agenda. It is a well known fact that Senator Robert Byrd was in the KKK and Hillary Clinton not only went to his funeral but praised him as a friend and mentor.
Hearing about the protestors at the Trump rallies in Chicago really saddens me. Itâ€™s the city I grew up in. I am all for a civil protest but the actions resembled more of a riot to me and I understand why it strengthened support for Trump. There were some protestors wearing â€œFuck the Policeâ€ shirts, standing on American Flags, harming police, blocking ambulances, ripping of hats or signs, and one even bit off the ear of a women standing in line. No Trump supporters have disrupted democratic rallies yet Trump was blamed when democrats disrupted his rally. It is also illegal to protest at a Trump rally because federal law doesnâ€™t allow protesting of any type in an area protected by secret service. On top of that free speech doesnâ€™t always apply to rallies because federal law states that you canâ€™t be, â€œknowingly impeding or disrupting the orderly conductâ€ of an â€œofficial functionâ€. We may not agree on our respective candidates but I have a right to hear my candidate talk without disruption. Trumps reaction to the protestors was rather abrasive but letâ€™s not forget Reaganâ€™s reaction to the violent protestors on April 7, 1970: â€œIf it takes a bloodbath, lets get it over with. No more appeasement.â€
Trump reminds me a lot of Reagan for several reasons. They were both divorcees, former entertainers, converted democrats, pro-immigration but in favor of border control, routinely called â€œracistâ€ by liberals, received hatred and protestors, pro-life, pro-2nd amendment, and pro tax reduction. Trump and Raegan also share the same exact slogan: â€œMake America Great Againâ€. However, unlike Raegan and other Pro-Life candidates, Trump understands that Planned Parenthood does a lot more for women then just provide abortions so he is willing to let them keep partial funding.
ON WOMEN BEING PUNISHED
Yeah nah no way. No Trump what are you thinking.
People are tired of perpetuating the cycle that American politics has become today. The donor class owns the political class. Americanâ€™s have been made so many promises only to see the candidates work on an entirely different agenda when in office. If you want to know why it happens just follow the money and youâ€™ll find they were completing their lobbyistâ€™s agenda first. Trump is not running out of his own money anytime soon and is not taking money so is the only candidate able to enter the white house with a clean slate, not owing lobbyists anything.
It was really scary when John Kerry got asked if anyone read parts of the Iran Nuclear Agreement and his response was that he â€œbelievesâ€ one person read it. Although Trump has never liked this agreement he has stated that he would work with it and negotiate through it unlike other candidates who state they will rip it up on day oneâ€¦.Iâ€™m sure. He is the only one willing to sit down with Russia and Iran rather than just ignore them. He also warned us not to go into Iraq because it would destabilize the Middle East.
Trump does well when the cards are down and he doesnâ€™t like to lose. I admit he has a big ego but if that further ensures that he will refuse to mess this up, Iâ€™m fine with that. Despite being a billionaire family in the spotlight he has raised a good family who speak highly of him. I strongly feel that a personâ€™s family is a reflection of oneself. His children admire him and he is still close friends with his ex-wives. Trumpâ€™s older brother struggled with alcoholism and died from the disease so to this day Trump has never drunk alcohol, smoked, or done any drugs. He works very hard and he is not the type of person that would spend his time golfing or taking extravagant vacations during his presidency. Plato told us that no one is more hated than he who speaks the truth and itâ€™s a lot harder to speak the truth than it is to have your words filtered by handlers, advisors, and a social media team which is the case of other politicians.
Iâ€™m Educated. Iâ€™m not a racist. I am not low-info. Iâ€™m not part of a â€œcultâ€. I donâ€™t live in a bunker. I hate political correctness. Iâ€™m an immigrant. Iâ€™m not blindly following a reality star. I support Donald Trump.
â€œIâ€™ve had a great life. I donâ€™t need this, Iâ€™m doing it for you. To make America great againâ€ â€“ Donald Trump