Today, I am serving notice to the thousands of global followers of our Calling Out Community blog site and Twitter feed, that I am officially endorsing, and will be fully supporting through every avenue available, Mr. Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. And here’s why…
I have had the privilege in the last 2 years – since starting this blog on July 28, 2016 – to speak to some of my 7,000+ followers, now in 100 countries of the world – the largest two delegations being my beloved Canada (2,965) followed by the United States of America (2,065), with the third-largest group encompassing my 288 wonderful friends in the United Kingdom.
I’d like to believe that we have had success connecting with Americans because we share so many things: Canada and the United States are each other’s largest trading partner – over $660 billion a year! We share a common language, an equivalent legal and social order, common ancestry with Great Britain – we even share a continent, of course, including the largest international border in the world – over 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi) long! Eight Canadian provinces and territories (Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick), and thirteen U.S. states (Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine) are located along the border.
So without a doubt, we are interchangeably linked for life. As a result, the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 U.S. presidential election has an impact on Canadians as well, and therefore dominates both the topics covered by my blog, as well as on the lives of thousands of its followers. As a result, I am going on record today to officially endorse Mr. Donald J. Trump as my choice for President of the United States of America.
Back on March 21, Donald Trump gave a landmark address at the AIPAC (America-Israel Public Affairs Committee) meetings in Washington, DC on the relationship of Israel and the United States – which I saw in its entirety today for the first time this morning.
Mr. Trump pledged to rip up the Iranian nuclear deal, to force the Palestinians back to the bargaining table with Israel or face sanctions, and to rebuild the US relationship with its best friend and only democracy in the Middle East, the State of Israel.
The AIPAC later apologized for the speech – one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard of – because Mr Trump criticized Barack Obama from their stage, a sitting President, for his efforts against the Jewish State.
What made that apology even more bizarre was the fact that without a doubt, those comments had the biggest reaction from the crowd – a very spontaneous, very unexpected (even for Mr Trump) uproarious standing ovation that lasted several minutes.
Only one other statement garnered a standing ovation of the same magnitude – when Mr. Trump pledged that, when elected President, he would immediately begin preparations to move the American embassy to “the eternal city of Jerusalem”.
Mr. Trump’s pick for Vice President, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, is one of the greatest friends of Israel in the United States today. Earlier this year, he signed a bipartisan bill (passing 47 to 3) that would divest his state from local businesses that take part in the anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement. In other words, if a company was openly hostile toward Israel in its practices, the state would pull out of any investments it had in that company.
Based on what I’ve seen and heard of late, Mr. Trump has very strong support for Israel – the strongest I’ve heard from a Presidential candidate in decades – something which I consider to be the most important qualification for President today.
Any friend of Israel is a friend of ours. Period.