[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]
In case you missed this incredible speech at the Democratic Convention last week, it is a “must read.” Doug Elmets, the renegade, is as solid a Republican as one can be, having worked as a speech writer in the Ronald Reagan White House. His total defiance and rejection of Donald Trump is music to my ears. It also reminds me that not all members of either party are willing to compromise their core values to win an election at the sake of compromising the country.
Reality Check … and Guts
The speech in toto:
It is an honor to be here. Candidly, It’s also a shock. Not because of the momentous nature of this event or the size of the crowd, it is a shock because unlike many of you, I’m a Republican.
Forty years ago, I cast my first vote for a president, voting that day like I would do, time and again. I have not just voted Republican, I worked in President Reagan’s White House. I recently led an effort to place a statue of Ronald Reagan in California’s capital. I’m here tonight to say, I knew Ronald Reagan, I worked for Ronald Reagan. Donald Trump, you are no Ronald Reagan.
President Reagan famously said tear down this wall. Trump says, build a wall, because that will make America great again? Reagan saw nuance and Trump sees the world as us versus them, where somebody with brown skin or a foreign sounding name is likely to blame for our troubles.
Reagan knew that a leader needs diplomacy to steer us safe . Donald Trump is a petulant, dangerously unbalanced reality star. He will coddle tyrants and alienate allies.
I shudder to think where he will lead our great nation. Fortunately, I don’t believe he will get that chance.
While Hillary holds many policy positions different from my own, her qualifications are indisputable. Hillary knows that our strength as a nation lies in uniting, not dividing. This year’s Republican platform is the most alarming I’ve ever seen. It is laced with anti-immigrant, anti-gay, anti-women positions that do not represent the views of most Americans.
That is why this year, I will vote for a Democrat for the first time.
To my fellow Republicans, if you believe like I do, if you believe that loyalty to our country is more important than loyalty to a party, if you want a president with good judgment, a steady hand and a temperament to represent our nation to the world, and our children, I ask that you join me in voting for Hillary Clinton as president of the United States.
No, Mr. Elmets. Thank you.