It is said that Ben Franklin told a woman, when asked in 1787: “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?” He said: “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

The United States has certainly almost not survived as a republic once, the Civil War, and possibly another time or two.

Questioning whether the U.S. is at risk of ceasing to be a working republic, if we elect Donald Trump to be the next President of the United States, is not absurd. Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated that he is not someone that we should want to be the chief executive of the United States.

What can be said, with some authority, is that people in other countries have elected the worst person possible to run their governments, e.g., Hitler, Mussolini, Putin, Duterte and many many more.

When one adds countries that are run by men who have, by hook or crook, managed to gain control, e.g., Saddam Hussien, Idi Amin and many others, a lot of the 196 countries are run by the worst possible person to be the boss. Picking the next person to be the President of the United States is the most important civil act that most of us do as citizens during our adult lives. Picking the right person and transferring the power of the office of President to the new man, or woman in this case, places our Republic once again at risk of not keeping the Republic that our Country’s Founding Fathers created for us in 1787.

Donald Trump was never, to me, a person that I thought should be elected President. I have always considered him to be a disreputable person not fit to hold public office. His candidacy for the office of President of the United States has struck me as nothing but a con game by an amoral business huckster that P.T. Barnum and a lot of other people have recognized and spoke out about. Almost everything that he says is a lie and he clearly does not know or does not care how our government is supposed to work.

Unfortunately, a significant number of voters, including a majority of Oklahomans apparently, have swallowed his jingoist, misogynist, racist and nativist ideas hook, line and sinker.

I, for one, will vote for the most qualified person to ever run for President, Hillary Clinton. While she is certainly flawed, she is not the worst candidate and she certainly not only knows how to do the job, she will probably do it well and will, when the time comes to pass the torch to the next person we select to hold the office, as she is supposed to do. I implore anyone who reads this to vote for Hillary and not for Donald.

Please do not elect the worst person available to run the country.

Kent Morlan

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