- - Monday, August 1, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Republicans must recognize that winning control of the House and Senate and electing a Democratic president in 2016 will only guarantee another four to eight years of President Obama’s failed policies, including those that cost the lives of many of our military service members. Donald Trump is correct in calling for secure borders and proper vetting of anyone entering our country, especially Muslim refugees who might have ties to the Islamic State. This is not anti-Hispanic or anti-Muslim. It is common sense.

At some point, the anti-Trump contingent— including Mitt Romney, the Bushes and others — must realize that Hillary Clinton, as secretary of State under Mr. Obama, shares a great deal of responsibility for the choices Mr. Obama has made during his presidency. These decisions have led to the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq, the expansion of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the disaster in Libya, the Iran nuclear deal, leaving Bashar Assad in power in Syria, and the murders of four brave Americans in Benghazi. The results have included hundreds of thousands killed, many tortured, mass migration, major economies strained, and the increase of terrorist threats. How can the anti-Trump Republicans feel justified in their decision not to vote for Mr. Trump — or worse, to vote for Mrs. Clinton?

Lastly, the recent judicial decisions rejecting common-sense voter-ID requirements in Texas and North Carolina are proof of the harm that Democratic Supreme Court appointees would do to our country. These are the reasons to support Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence.

MARVIN L. HOOVIS

Centerville, Mass.

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