EXCERPTS from “I Went Undecided To A Hillary and Trump Rally Back-To-Back. Now I Know Who I’m Voting For.” By Jason Huber – November 3, 2016
Cedar Rapids, Iowa’s second largest city, became a key battleground for this presidential election when both candidates positioned their rallies across the river from each other on October 28th.
Hillary Clinton’s rally came first. I observed a line of people wrapped around the block. As I neared the entrance, I could hear rants from a handful of Trump supporters. There were between 300 and 500 people in attendance.
Hillary began her speech by saying how she was going to help protect Cedar Rapids from ever being flooded again, and then she broke right into bashing Trump. She took the time to touch on the issues but never went into much detail as to how those issues would be addressed.
Two hours later, my family and I went just a few blocks to Trump’s rally which was held in an amphitheater. As we were walking to the event, some 20 protesters began yelling obscenities and waving signs at us. I covered my children’s ears. Once we entered, there were over 3,500 people packed into the grassy amphitheater.
Trump spent some time on the FBI’s investigations, then pivoted to red-meat issues: rising healthcare costs in 2017, weak economic and job growth, and the fact that we have thousands of homeless veterans on the streets while people who are in the United States illegally receive hundreds of millions of dollars in entitlement benefits.
Not voting isn’t an option for me. The one value I hold above all else is integrity.
After attending both events with an open mind, after listening to both candidates and their supporters, and after taking into consideration their past and present issues, there is one whom I feel has significantly violated her own integrity and the integrity of this country.
I think it is time we make America great again.