To The Daily Sun,
Has there ever been an elected politician who didn't promise to work for us? As an independent voter I, like many citizens, am tired of the ideological gridlock, political can't, and vacuous rhetoric that passes these days for public service in our nation's capital. This election is a chance to change that. Our future depends the choices we make about who our candidates will be. So do the freedoms we cherish. If we want competent government we need qualified candidates.
It is important that we select a presidential candidate who shows up for work the first day with "a full tool box," someone who is experienced and prepared from the day he/she takes office to lead us.
This means a candidate who understands the legislative and bureaucratic processes of government, someone who understands that presidential governance involves both domestic and foreign affairs, who knows and has worked with the players not only in the House and Senate but in the foreign capitals of the world.
It is important that we select a presidential candidate who can stay the course when the going gets tough. I was impressed by the courage Hillary Clinton demonstrated in subjecting herself to the unnecessarily rude, partisan and disrespectful questioning of the House Benghazi hearings and I was disappointed by Donald Trump's cowardly refusal to participate in the last Republican debate because he thought Megyn Kelly might be biased. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who has been in the "situation room," including the night they got Osama Bin Laden.
Finally, I think it is important that we select a candidate who will protect our rights and freedoms.
I have a different perspective about this than many. I live in the United States today because my father was able to get out of Holland as the National Socialists ("Nazis") came to power in Germany during the early 1930s. I live in New Hampshire today because of the rights and opportunities this country provides to its citizens.
Hitler promised to make Germany great again. He told the Germans that there were "bad people" out there doing bad things and that Germans all knew who those "bad" people were. Once they voted him into power they realized too late they'd surrendered their rights.
Martin Niemoller, a decorated German U-boat captain and later Christian pastor, has said of the Nazis that when they came for the homosexuals, he didn't speak out because he wasn't one of them. When they came for the Bolsheviks, he didn't speak out because he wasn't a Bolshevik. When they came for the Jews, he didn't speak out because he wasn't a Jew. When they came for him, there was no one left to speak out.
Donald Trump has said on national television a number of times that he is willing to suspend the Bill of Rights for what he views as "security" purposes. Our rights are too precious to surrender them so foolishly. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is the only candidate who has effectively championed human rights, both domestically and internationally.
As an independent voter I see only one candidate who truly has the experience, the courage and the commitment to the rights of others to lead us: Hillary Clinton. I hope all independent voters will join me in voting for her in the Democratic primary.
As the "First In The Nation" primary it is important that we let our voices be heard loudly and clearly through our votes. Our future and our freedoms depend on it.
John van Lonkhuyzen
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