Choosing the Next US President

Paula R. Stern,

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Paula R. Stern
Paula R. Stern is CEO and founder of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing company offering documentation services and training seminars. She made aliyah in 1993 when her oldest son was 6 years old. In March 2007, Elie entered the Artillery Division of the Israeli army and Paula began writing about her experiences as A Soldier"s Mother. The blog continues as Elie moved on to Reserve Duty, her second son, Shmuel served in Kfir and continues as her youngest son David now serves in Givati. She recently opened a publishing house, helping other authors fulfill their dream to publish. Links to the Author's blogs: * A Soldier"s MotherPaulaSays Israel Blogger...

I have long debated giving up my US citizenship. It hangs around my neck as a burden. I believe that the United States is a great country, but it is not mine. From the age of 13, I knew two things - you should love the country in which you live and be prepared to defend it. I was never prepared to defend the United States; never ready to send my sons to war to fight for a land in which they would likely always feel, as I did, to be strangers. Welcome and honored guests, treated well, overall, with respect and more. But never mine, never theirs.

And so I left. I took my children and moved home and not, not for one single second, have I regretted it. Every four years (sometimes every two), the question of who to vote for comes up. And I debate. A major factor in my choice is always how they treat Israel. This is true for two reasons. The first is obvious - my life is here, my children are here. What America does has a direct impact on Israel and the lives we live here. The second reason is that I believe that someone who is not pro-Israel is, almost by definition, actually not pro-America. Israel stands at the forefront in the fight for democracy and against terrorism. Suicide attacks took place in Israel and were ignored by much of the world - until they came to London, New York, Paris, Washington, Madrid. Ramming attacks and stabbing attacks that happened in Israel were ignored, even though now they are happening in Europe and the States.

The question of taking in refugees has been one that we have faced for many years. Sometimes, we opened our doors before all others - as with the Vietnamese boat people and the Sudanese and Eritreans that rush to Israel, bypasssing their fellow Muslim countries because here they know we will accept them, give them jobs and a chance at a better life. Even while they are here, their eyes are to the United States and, if and when they can, they will go there. Israel has helped hundreds of Syrian refugees with medical treatment but by and large, we realize the flood that would enter is more than what little Israel can manage, never mind the fact that these people, despite their problems, were raised to hate us and blame us for all their ills. So the refugee problem, at least, will bypass Israel and go straight to European and American shores.

It is something the next US president will have to address. For months already, I have been listening. I have not taken a stand for one candidate or another and I'll save you the time, if all you want to know is who will get my vote. I'm not going to say - I'm not sure I even know. But I will comment on the campaign so far, because I find this perhaps more telling than the outcome.

In the discussion of whom to vote for - I have found an interesting trend. Those who desperately (and OMG, I mean DESPERATELY) want us to vote for either Hilary or Bernie - promote their cause by ATTACKING the Republicans. No one thinks Hilary is capable, kind, understanding, wise. No one wants their mother, their wife, their sister, or their daughter to emulate her. She is not a role model for women by any stretch of the imagination. Oh, she's very smart, viciously smart. She's clearly not a very nice person.

And Bernie, well, he's clearly not pro-Israel, clearly will be yet another nightmare if elected - so - Democrats, liberals, etc. go on the attack. He's not strong, not particularly eloquent. He's fiddled and faddled (whatever that means) and no, I wouldn't want my sons to be like him. In fact, as I look at my five children, I wonder why the simple traits that we value above others, truths and beliefs I have spent almost thirty years instilling in them, are so missing in the Democratic candidates. These candidates aren't honest. They aren't compassionate. All they are, really, is more hot air. Self-centered and selfish. Petty and more. They have spent more time telling us what America should NOT be, than what it should be. More time defending themselves against accusations of impropriety than anything else. 

As for the Republicans, I'll admit. I'm not for Trump (because OMG, I'm not) - but at least he's come up with some plans. He is honest enough to admit that bringing in countless refugees without the means to screen them properly opens America up to the kind of attacks that are happening in Europe. Clearly, he can help the economic situation; clearly, he will be a strong leader. If Americans are not VERY careful, they will find themselves where Europe is now. Women will NOT be safe in the streets; your Christian religion will be under attack - a Christmas tree will no longer be a symbol of a fun season, happy times and hopes for peace on earth, but something to be dismantled by a mob, the pretty lights violently thrown to the ground as the mob cheers because, God knows, those pretty lights - and the silent whispering of a Jewish prayer - are offensive to the extremists that hide among the refugees.

And I'll admit, I'm not necessarily for Cruz or Rubio, but at least they've come up with strong statements about where America should go - away from where it is now, where the Democrats took it - weakened by Obama, laughed at by much of the world, including the Arab world to which Obama bows.

If you want to know who to vote for - listen to the Democrats not the Republicans...because there you will see the future of America - blame everyone else for your problems - either it's Trump or it's Bush but never ever Obama's faulty management. It's all about attacking, negativity. wow...so far from the Democratic party in which I was raised. It's all about corruption and being above the law. So anti-Israel, so so weak.

So vote, America - for the future you want. It is still, despite the best efforts of the Democrats, in your hands. Vote for Hilary if you believe she will be a good president, if you want your daughter to be like her. Vote FOR her, NOT AGAINST someone else. Ignore the Democrats' attempts to whip you into a fury of terror with their irrational anti-Trump ranting.

See the desperation for what it is. Each time they call Trump and Cruz names, or dare to call them Nazis (and how DARE people banter around terms that are so despicable for their own political gain), it is a sign of their fear, but more, it is an admission. They have nothing to offer

What they are, quite simply, are Americans who believe weakness will be answered by terror and jeers.

What the Republicans are offering might not be of interest but I have yet to see anything better from the Democrats and more importantly, everything I've seen is just so much worse. I see are two losers, completely incapable of leading America back away from the dangerous edge to which Obama continues to seek, desperately attacking everyone else, including each other. I truly believe what Sanders says about Clinton...and I truly believe what Clinton says about Sanders - neither is capable of leading America on the path it must take as the world navigates a very dangerous and uncertain future.

Vote, America - but vote wisely. You've somehow almost managed to survive 8 years of Barack Hussein Obama. I doubt you can survive four years of Hilary or Bernie...