We have to look ahead, stop looking back at 2020

September 19, 2022 4:19 am

U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University on Oct. 22, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee. This is the last debate between the two candidates before the Nov. 3 election. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

I voted for Donald Trump for President twice. 

I contributed to his campaign the second time he ran. 

I did this because I believed that he understood our economy and could help it grow. 

He did that and I was satisfied with that part of his presidency. 

And here it comes, I became increasingly concerned with his erratic behavior.  This is not a steady-as-you-go administrator.  His reaction to the election in 2020 was particularly alarming to me.  He claimed it was stolen but there has been no proof accepted by a court or legislative body.  His claims of fraud may have led to some kind of ill-conceived effort to force the vice president to somehow alter the vote.  If so, that is unacceptable.

Our system of government has survived because we have an independent court system that follows the rules.  That is where disputes are settled, not in the street.

The recent controversy over allegedly stolen top secret records, is alarming.  I am more than willing to say that he is innocent until proven guilty, but this will drag on for months the way it is going.  And doubts remain about what really has happened.  This is very upsetting to the country.  Given this, I have to say we must move on. 

President Joe Biden has to back off and stop referring to me as a semi-fascist because I voted for Trump and Trump has to just put up or shut up. Run in 2024 or just move on.  The two of them have to concentrate on the future and not the past.  The challenges we face are too big to ignore.

I believe that there are a lot of Republicans who voted for Donald Trump as I did who want to just move on.   Biden has labelled some of us as “semi-fascists” for our support of Trump.  But I believe that many of us liked what he wanted to do to build our economy and are not pleased with all of the baggage that he has brought with him through his presidency.  I am at least as upset with Biden and am looking forward to starting over with new faces in 2024. 

Karen and I have nine adult grandchildren whose future depends on our country’s ability to move on.

Let’s do it.  

Dave Lewis served two Republican and two Democrat Governors plus served 14 years as a Republican state Legislator.  He observes Montana Politics from the north Helena Valley.  


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