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Why this progressive, environmentalist, and activist woman will vote for Trump

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For decades I have been an environmental activist, social progressive, and all around community organizer. And I voted for Democrats for President. But not this time.

Donald Trump is bombastic to be sure. He also has a habit of saying the unvarnished truth. Mixing the truth with a load of boastful exaggerations and some serious misstatements of the facts and you've got a cataclysmic cocktail. But maybe that's what it is going to take to lead this country in a better direction. There is no doubt that there are lots of things Donald is for, that I am solidly against. But that said, the most important reason why I'm voting for Donald Trump is his stand against globalism. And in that regard, he stands apart from both the Republican and the Democratic establishment.

Why is globalism so important? Because the consolidation of political power and the relentless movement toward a one-world government will supersede any national attempt to protect our people and the planet. Through secret trade agreements we have already come under the authority of an unelected group of bureaucrats whose mission, it seems clear, is to serve the global elite and private banking interests.

Over the years, I have come to realize that one of the most important things people need to do is to become as self-reliant as possible"on a personal, local, state, and national basis. The basic logic of local self-reliance applies to all countries. It's not nationalism. It's common sense. We can have no real environmental protection, consumer safety, or national security if we are dependent on people and products from faraway places for the basics in life. But 'dependent' we have become, thanks to "free trade" undercutting our jobs and businesses, an educational system that teaches knowledge in the absence of skills, and an economy based on debt and consumption, not profit and production.

Donald Trump has uniquely and aggressively promoted the need for a strong robust diversified economy to replace our weak dependent service economy. And many of us really appreciate that.

As to illegal immigration, he has a point. We don't have a country without borders. Illegal immigration tears down national borders and basically constitutes an invasion, by any other name. I remember when previous administrations (Ronald Reagan's and Bill Clinton's) granted amnesty to illegal immigrants saying that it would be the last time. But here we are again. And that's because illegal immigration serves the needs of both parties. It takes jobs away from citizens, suppresses wages, and encourages illegal human trafficking. This is not a condemnation of any nationality, it is what happens. Two of our three adopted children are from foreign countries. We filed the appropriate documents to bring them into this country and they became American citizens. We followed the rules because the rules make sense.

Additionally, Donald Trump is the first candidate for office to effectively 'call out' our election process as being rigged. For those of us who have been involved in voting insecurity issues, his words are shinning much needed light on a dark secret -- our electronic elections have been rigged for decades and both parties know it, as does the corporate media. Quite frankly, they are complicit in the rigging process. The media actually uses they own unverifiable, if not rigged, polls to support our unverifiable, if not rigged, elections. It is a completely insane situation that myself and others have written about extensively. (see: thelandesreport.com/VotingSecurity.htm) By-the-way, most of us are not as concerned about "hacking from the outside", as "rigging on the inside". The two private companies that count our over 80% of votes are in a perfect position to rig our elections, wherein literally one person can determine the outcome of our elections. This is not conspiracy theory, it is conspiracy fact. These electronic voting machines are influencing elections in countries around the world.

On the issue of public health, I really do appreciate that Donald Trump has at least questioned the safety of vaccines, a political taboo. Worldwide, vaccines have done more damage to the public health than any other single factor, compromising our immune system and condemning millions of children and adults to heartbreaking disabilities, including Alzheimer's and autism. And this is where a 'big government' mentality creates a public health holocaust, as the current administration and CDC are introducing new regulations that will allow forced vaccinations by the federal government. See: http://www.healthalertphilly.org/VACCINES.htm. Most people do not realize how toxic vaccines are and how it took an act of Congress, which granted blanket immunity to the industry, to save vaccines from an avalanche of lawsuits. Even as billions of dollars have been awarded to the victims of vaccines through the federal "Vaccine Count", most victims suffer in silence, not realizing the source of their permanent disability. Meanwhile the corporate media has engaged in a cover up and once again labeled researchers and activists as conspiracy theorists.

As a women, and in response to the alleged Trump sex scandals, I'm voting for a President, not the Pope. Besides, over the past several decades the wide variety, volume, and continuous stream of scandals on the Clinton side (from sexual assaults to pay-to-play) overwhelm Trump's alleged transgressions by any measure. Inexplicably, one issue has received no media attention at all. The 22nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits more than two terms (8 years) in the office of President. But if Hillary Clinton wins this election, it will for all practical purposes constitute a 3rd and perhaps 4th term for the Clintons. As the Clintons have often said, the public gets two for the price of one with them. And Hillary has already suggested that Bill (both great friends to Wall Street and the big banks) will run the economy if she is elected. So, in my mind, Hillary's run for president is an end-run around the U.S. Constitution.

As previously declared, I have voted for the Democrats for President for the past several decades, but I cannot do it this time. I am more troubled by a one-world government and all its implications, than any other issue. And it is going to take a very unique person to turn this ship of state around. Can Donald Trump do it? I hope so, but really don't know. I do know what the other side has done. And I don't want more of the same. It's time to take a chance on real change, and not settle for window dressing.

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Lynn Landes is a Philadelphia-based writer, researcher, and activist in the fields of politics, health, and the environment. Her articles and opinions have been published in several books, films, and online publications.

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