By, Susan Kuebler
This year has proved to be the most difficult election for me since I first voted in 1972 when I chose Nixon over McGovern. For years the only Democrat I voted for was the one I worked for at the time. Back in the 70s, there were not many Republican options for people in Georgia, but I definitely supported the national ticket. That included voting for Gerald Ford when he ran against Jimmy Carter. I knew that Carter would win Georgia and its electoral votes, but it was important for me to support the Republican nominee. Plus, I really, really didn’t like Carter.
Hillary Clinton is a self-serving, opportunistic politician. But then, most politicians are. She may be everything people say about her, and worse, but that does not negate the fact that Donald Trump presents a clear and present danger to our country and the world. He has attracted not the deplorables, but the dregs of society to his campaign. For him, it’s all about the money. And his ego. He would use the office of the President to seek revenge against anyone who has dared cross him in the election or anytime in his life. The words “duty, honor, country” are not in his vocabulary of best words.
The state of Georgia has become a swing state with 16 electoral votes. The pollsters are saying that Hillary has a lock on the election, possibly a landslide. But we can’t take that for granted. If I lived to say, in California or New York, I would gladly vote for an independent or third-party candidate. My vote is not just a precious gift, handed down through the sacrifice of millions, it is also the only weapon I possess.
All hell broke loose on Friday when James Comey, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, sent a letter to certain committee chairs in Congress announcing in the most ambiguous words possible that the FBI was “investigating additional emails that appear relevant to the Hillary Clinton email case.” For him to bring up this issue, 11 days before a presidential election, is unheard of for a federal agency, especially the FBI. While the GOP has gleefully jumped on this unprecedented action, no evidence has been presented that the emails were from Hillary Clinton, that they contained classified information, or were at any time stored on her private server. For Comey to raise this issue, at this time, is at best reckless, and at worst criminal. In another self-serving letter, Comey tried to explain his actions to employees at the FBI. They don’t appear to be buying it.
The American public can smell a rat and this one stinks to high heaven. There is absolutely no excuse for the FBI to insert itself into this election without clear and relevant proof that criminal wrongdoing has occurred. The timing alone is highly suspicious. Couple this with comments from Donald Trump himself that now he thinks the election is no longer rigged and the conclusion is obvious. This was a political action taken by a government agency to influence the outcome of an election. This cannot, and will not, be tolerated.
I will use my vote, my voice, and any other legal means at hand to prevent Donald Trump and his ilk from gaining power. If that means I have to vote for Hillary Clinton for President, then hell yes, I will do so.
[Author’s note: The majority of this piece was written prior to the release of the Comey letter. Other than the addition of material regarding that letter, the only change made was the title which originally had read “God Help Me, I’m Voting for Hillary.”]