Columnist: I’m for Hillary

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 30, 2016

As I have previously written, Donald J. Trump should definitely be the nominee of the Republican Party for the presidency of the United States. The man won the nomination because he got the most votes.

I also want to say that I do not hate Trump. I am sure he vehemently believes, as do his followers, that he would make a great president.

In saying all this, I have decided to vote for Hillary Clinton in November to become our next president. The main reason is that she is most qualified to lead our country. Trump, to be honest, is neither politically nor intellectually ready to be president.

The man has absolutely no experience in governing. Certainly he is very good in real estate. But that simply has nothing to do with being president. Being an effective chief of state requires skills that Trump so conspicuously lacks.

Trump has turned into a flip-flopper par excellence. I have never seen any politician change his mind as much as Trump has changed his. Yes, it is admirable to mature as a candidate and be willing to change course. But Trump does it almost every day. He is an embarrassment to the Republican Party.

Trump should be ashamed that he has not been able to win the hearts and minds of prominent Republicans like the Bush family, Michael Reagan, the Goldwaters, George Will, Hank Paulson and others. In fact, Michael Reagan has said that his father, the late Ronald Reagan, would have never voted for Trump.

In the past I have respected many Republicans. I especially liked Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan. However, today’s Republican Party consists of leaders — including Trump — who are intellectual lightweights.

I am very happy that I am not a Republican in today’s world. The party, sad to say, is going in the wrong direction. They don’t have a Richard Nixon, who was brilliant in bringing peace between the U.S. And China and Russia. Neither does the Republican Party have a Ronald Reagan who could work with Democrats. Today’s Republican Party is made up of followers, not leaders.

I recognize that Hillary Clinton has many faults. Indeed, she is far from perfect. Nevertheless, she is much better than Trump. For me, it is an easy decision in November.

Some people will not vote for Clinton because she is a woman. They believe a woman should have no authority over a man.

I am a strong supporter of women in today’s America. Since I do support women preachers, elders, presbyters, bishops and chief executives, it is going to be easy for me to vote for a woman president. In fact, it would make me happy to have Sen. Elizabeth Warren as vice president.

Clinton was an outstanding senator from New York state. She also served credibly as secretary of state during a difficult time.

The leaders of the world know and respect her. No man is as qualified as she is.

Larry Summerour

Contributing columnist

Larry Summerour of Troup County is a retired pastor who enjoys political commentary.