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Trump is a danger to all we cherish

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As a student of history, it’s my opinion that, as a nation, we are enduring a critical series of events that may well change the course of our once great constitutional republic with its democratic principles.

Should our current president be re-elected, there are noted U.S. historians predicting we could witness the end of a system of government that has been a shining light of hope to the nations and peoples of the world.

As President Trump embraces ruthless dictators such as Putin of Russia and Kim Jong Un of North Korea as great leaders while demeaning our allied leaders of NATO and Europe, we are no longer looked to for leadership in the world of free nations.

What is equally tragic and frightening is the silence of the Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate. In private conversations, they openly speak of how dangerous Trump is to our nation and how unqualified he is to be at the helm of the most powerful nation on the planet earth. They fear him. They do not respect him.

There are those who claim that Trump is the “most transparent president in history…”! If so, where are his tax returns he promised to release once elected? All you need do is some research reflected in periodicals as Time, Fortune, Chicago Business or Fox News and Factcheck to name a few sources to find that Trump is anything but transparent. Add to this that his count to date of false statements or misleading claims which are now at 10,796!

Oh, yes. Mexico is not paying for that wall — we are.

There are those who fear higher taxes on the rich if more Democrats are elected to office. Growing numbers of Republican voters are joining Democrats on this one. When you have corporations hauling in billions of dollars in profits paying no taxes and their CEOs making more than $70,000 a day getting generous tax breaks from Trump, there will be a “come to Jesus time” for these injustices.

Health care for all? Goodness, what an awful thing to ponder. Free? Nothing is free. We all pay our taxes, local, state and federal. Now, don’t let this shock you, but there is “socialism” built into this tax system, and it benefits everyone.

Here is a reality. The following is where the U.S. ranks in not only the quality of our health care but in the cost of what we get. International Insurance Study rankings in the modern, industrialized world from best to least:

1. Australia.

2. Canada.

3. France.

4. Germany.

5. Netherlands.

6. New Zealand.

7. Norway.

8. Sweden.

9. Switzerland.

10. United Kingdom.

11. United States.

We pay three times more for our health care than any of the nations that rank better in the quality of care and they are all “universal health care” systems. This is not “fake news.” This is fact.

There are those claiming that most illegal immigrants will be on welfare in 10 years, then increasing to 70% on welfare after that. I researched this issue and according to the nonpartisan Cato Institute, such is nothing more than a Trump lie.

Fear and hate are powerful tools of those who have no other arguments. Just imagine all the “horrible” things that “might” happen if Democrats are elected to positions of leadership in the 2020 election cycle.

That the U.S. is a Christian nation and our Founding Fathers intended it so, Trump’s evangelical minions can’t reinterpret U.S. history and its constitution to their own religious/political liking. “The government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion.” — John Adams, 1797 Treaty of Tripoli.

Believe it or not, God is neither a Republican or a Democrat.

Edward “Ned” Walsh of Princeton is a retired Baptist denominational worker who served as executive director of Johnston County Habitat for Humanity from 2004-08.