Choose wisely on Nov. 8


It is election season and an extreme amount of focus has been put on the election of president. In my position as state representative, many people share their views and ask my opinion. While I trust the people to decide, I want to give you a few points to think about. Many have made comparisons in this election to various figures in history. I see our choice as between Cyrus and Antiochus.

On one side, we have a businessman with no deep ideological convictions. He is a populist who has responded to the people. He seems open to dialog and deal-making.

On the other side, we have Secretary Clinton, a true revolutionary and idealog. Some have called me an idealog — that can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what ideas you are fighting. Are you “proposing” or “imposing?” Let’s compare, not from media sound bytes, but from what the candidates themselves have said and done.

Trump published a list of his prospective Supreme Court justices. His prospects are supported by pro-life groups, all agree to interpret the law and not create law or legislate from the bench. Trump has also promised to ensure protection for religious free speech and against the government targeting people of religious conviction. When he chose a running mate, Trump chose one of the most pro-constitution, pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-freedom candidates in the entire country: Mike Pence.

Trump promised to end the Johnson Amendment and allow religious institutions free speech. No Republican candidate has ever mentioned this. Not McCain, not Romney, not Bush, not even Reagan! In Trump’s words, “I will be working on freeing up your religion and your thoughts. I think maybe that will be my greatest contribution to Christianity, is to allow you, when you talk religion, to go and speak openly.”

Trump says he wants to put America first, control our borders, manage immigration, help the manufacturing sector by limiting the EPA and other burdensome government regulations, and negotiate with other countries to put American interests first in trade agreements.

Now let’s look at Secretary Clinton and what she has said and done. Her side and their ideas have been winning the culture wars the past 50 years. Clinton is pro-abortion without restriction through all nine months, she favors the redefinition of marriage, and formed a non-profit called the Clinton Global Initiative. Not the Clinton U.S. Initiative, but the “Global” initiative.

Clinton and her party consider traditional-leaning Americans to be “a basket of deplorables,” clinging to guns and religion. Her party will force compliance through the HHS mandate, or taxpayer funded abortion, which is an official plank in the Democrat platform.

In the third debate, Clinton said that we must accept abortion-on-demand at any stage of pregnancy, we must accept the redefinition of marriage (she calls it marriage equality), and she will appoint judges who think with a mind for the times, not with a mind for the U.S. Constitution.

On April 3, Clinton said, “The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights. The only people I would appoint to the Supreme Court are those that believe Roe v. Wade is settled law.” She also stated, “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases, have to be changed.”

Regarding Benghazi, where American citizens died, Clinton asked, “What difference does it make?” The FBI found no wrong-doing when Clinton kept classified emails on an unclassified server, and we’ve since learned she or her staff used a hammer to destroy cell phones and government property.

As secretary of state, Clinton was a major player in bringing about the Arab Spring which has killed thousands, caused massive immigration, and spun the Middle East into chaos. Clinton also said she will enforce a no-fly zone over Syria. The Russians fly over Syria. Is she going to use U.S. fighters to shoot down Russian jets? What ramifications might that have to world peace?

I see this election as a choice between Cyrus and Antiochus and I’ll let you look up those two historical figures. As a past president once said, “Judge me by the enemies I have made.”

Despite his obvious flaws, Trump has made the following enemies: The liberal media cannot stand him, the professional political class hates him, Wall Street fears him, Hollywood disdains him, globalist/multicultural/new world order elites, with a borderless world view, cannot stand him. It sure seems that everyone who hates Trump, also hates me and the values I fight for.

As for me and my house, we’ll be voting against corruption, against the elites, and against the industrial media complex. We will be voting for freedom, for the U.S. Constitution, for unborn life, the Second Amendment and religious liberty. We will be voting for Trump-Pence. I urge you to choose wisely on Nov. 8. I fear we will not recognize our country if the wrong platform prevails.

By State Rep. Nino Vitale

Contributing columnist

The writer represents the 85th District in the Ohio House of Representatives.

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