I suspect everyone has a breaking point. I’ve reached mine. As a lifelong Republican voter, I can’t vote to reelect President Trump after this past week.

I know the world will not end because I voted other than for the incumbent, and I don’t expect things to change overnight. My vote will be a morality and performance vote.

Thoughtless supporters crowding at the Michigan rally without face protection speaks loud about the success of the president’s withheld information from us in early February. Even if he wanted to avoid a panic, anyone going to the grocery store in March knows there was panic anyway.

Combine that with tweets that suggested civilians should riot if kept in shutdown, never a face mask when he appeared in public, and using any occasion to model how devotees should behave in public as the body count mounted and, well, I just can’t do it this year.

From where I sit, rallies without face masks have taken on the same allure as red arm bands in 1938 Europe.

We’ve lost 193,000 United States citizens since the pandemic began. To provide perspective, during World War II, U.S. citizen casualties numbered 473,000 from Dec. 7 until surrender. We’re half way to a World War tally in eight months and not a shot has been fired nor an enemy killed.

It’s unconscionable that a leader would keep information and defer meaningful action from those he pledged to protect. It borders on the absurd that the same leader encourages and models lethal behavior at current meetings and rallies.

Two examples: I worked at Ford Motor Co. in the 1980s. Few companies are as deeply American as is Ford. Henry Ford spent a lifetime and vast resources making sure the Ford Motor Co. was dependent on no one domestic or foreign. At a factory where the current Ford chairman and president toured with our president, he was the only one not wearing a face mask even though it was required of everyone on site. My love and respect for Ford was insulted.

In the past month, 1,500 people I might have voted for two years ago sat close together absent masks during the Republican National Convention acceptance speech (yes, I watched the convention) for no other reason than presidential vanity. I’m done. I’m throwing in the towel. Too many people have died, all of us have suffered and too many politicians are glib about it.

And not just the president — I’m done with the people who support him. Crenshaw, nope; Cornyn, no. Wesley Hunt, not this time. Mark Henry, who’s Mark Henry? Since I can’t vote for or against them, I hope Graham and McConnell lose. I’m finished with the entire cabal.

The Republican Party today doesn’t resemble the game I signed up to play. Deficit control, justice for all, small government and respect for our military — all have been dealt an ideological blow. Maybe I’ll come back in a few years but not this tragic year.

Bill Broussard lives in Galveston.

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Carlos Ponce

It's your vote Bill. But you can join us in the victory celebration when Trump's re-election is announced.

Carlos Ponce

"At a factory where the current Ford chairman and president toured with our president, he was the only one not wearing a face mask even though it was required of everyone on site."

Here's a picture of Trump wearing a mask at a Ford plant in Michigan:

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-refuses-wear-mask-front-cameras-during-ford-tour-n1212466

"I wore one in this back area, but I didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it. I think I look better in the mask. I'm making a speech, so I won't have it on now," he said.

Bill Ford had "encouraged" Trump to wear a mask when he arrived. "He wore a mask during a private viewing of three Ford GTs from over the years. The president later removed the mask for the remainder of the visit," the statement said.

"We have shared our policies and recommendations. The White House has its own safety and testing policies in place and will make its own determination," the company said in a statement this week.

The President is tested frequently. He had tested negative hours before the visit.

Iris Crow

Thanks Carlos!

Emile Pope

What an idiotic comment. To wear a mask a fraction of the time and actually think that it constitutes wearing it...

Carlos Ponce

Emile wears his mask 24/7 even when he's by himself.

Carlos Ponce

"It’s unconscionable that a leader would keep information and defer meaningful action from those he pledged to protect. I"

What "meaningful action" was deferred? Answer: NONE.

To prohibit people from other parts of of the world from entering the US shows he took the pandemic SERIOUSLY. He did that back on January 31. His formation of the Corona Task Force on January 29th shows he took the pandemic SERIOUSLY.

Dr. Fauci says the President listened to the doctors, scientists and other experts but a consensus was always reached. Dr. Fauci at first did not agree with the travel ban but later admitted it saved thousands of lives.

If you read the dozens of transcripts from the Corona Task Force Press Conferences you will see Trump taking the pandemic SERIOUSLY but not wanting to create a PANIC. Here's an excerpt from a March Press Conference:

"Our country is in the midst of a great national trial, unlike any we have ever faced before. You all see it. You see it probably better than most.

We’re at war with a deadly virus. Success in this fight will require the full, absolute measure of our collective strength, love, and devotion. Very important.

Each of us has the power, through our own choices and actions, to save American lives and rescue the most vulnerable among us.

That’s why we really have to do what we all know is right. Every citizen is being called upon to make sacrifices. Every business is being asked to fulfill its patriotic duty. Every community is making fundamental changes to how we live, work, and interact each and every day.

And I wouldn’t be surprised to see this going on long into the future, when this virus is gone and defeated. Some of the things we’re doing now will be very good practice for the future, including for not getting the flu, which is very devastating also. So some of what we’re learning now will live on into the future — I really believe that: shaking hands or not shaking hands; washing hands all the time; staying a little apart."

Now they me where he withheld information????????

Iris Crow

Thanks again Carlos! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Emile Pope

You disprove something by showing it to be true.

Carlos Ponce

Go back to sleep, Emile. You are making NO SENSE -as usual.

Charles Douglas

Well ..every vote counts, but every citizen is entitled to vote their choice. That is what freedom is all about! I stated on another thread that Trump is not only going to win.......but he is going to win by a LAND SLIDE! I Guarantee It!

Iris Crow

You’re right Charles! BIG win!

Emile Pope

You’re not Namath...

Mike Zeller

Mr Broussard, I can tell you did a lot of soul-searching before making your decision, to be done with Trump and his enablers. Your integrity and principles won out, even though you were a proud Republican. I salute you sir! [thumbup]

Carlos Ponce

Mike, no one is inviting you to the Victory Party.

Douglas Little

Bill, very well said. The Republican Party has abandoned its principles. You are doing the hard but right thing!

Carlos Ponce

No principles have been abandoned by the Republican Party. But those who never followed them have abandoned ship.

Carlos Ponce

Bill, we know you're not voting for Donald but you never say you are going Biden. Are you? Are you going third party? Or are you skipping the 2020 election?

Bailey Jones

I appreciate your conscientious objection, and your making it public. Having talked with other long time Republicans who have made the same decision, I know it couldn't have been easy, or comfortable. While I doubt that I will ever vote Republican, I do recognize the value of the Republican Party, and conservatism in general, as representing the views of millions of Americans, and I hope you will be able vote for your party's candidates again, in good conscience, in 2024.

Carlos Ponce

And I've heard from quite a few looking at the party leadership telling me "That's not my Democrat Party, I can't vote for Biden."

Mike Zeller

Carlos (Parrot response) Ponce

Carlos Ponce

We all know what your problem is Mike.

Charles Douglas

Hey!! I don't believe you! I am depending on YOU & "OG" to switch over to the very party you are denying now! If you sir, don't stop trashing the Republicans, WE are NOT going to invite you and "OG" to the party on 10/3/20! Thing about that is you can never tell who will give US a SHOUT OUT .... on the monitors!!!!!! NOW,...Thats a I know!!!!!!

Gary Scoggin

No. I fully expect an invite. Either to cry or gloat.

Jim Forsythe

"It just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats than the Republicans. Now, it shouldn't be that way. But if you go back, I mean it just seems that the economy does better under the Democrats....But certainly we had some very good economies under Democrats, as well as Republicans. But we've had some pretty bad disasters under the Republicans." Trump

Carlos Ponce

Look at who runs the House when "the economy does better". It wasn't doing better under Clinton until Newt became speaker.

Jim Forsythe

Do not tell me, tell Trump, as he is the one that made that statement.

Gary Scoggin

And Trump's economy didn’t do better until Pelosi became speaker. Same phenomenon I suppose.

Carlos Ponce

No true, Gary, not true.

Carlos Ponce

The statement comes from 2004 in an interview with Wolf Blitzer. But he KNOWS it's because of the Congressional make-up. That's why he's advocating electing a Republican House and Senate.

Carlos Ponce

Joe played a Spanish language song on stage. He should have checked out the lyrics:

Despacito

Quiero respirar tu cuello despacito

Deja que te diga cosas al oído

Para que te acuerdes si no estás conmigo

Despacito

Quiero desnudarte a besos despacito

Firmo en las paredes de tu laberinto

Y hacer de tu cuerpo todo un manuscrito

(Sube, sube, sube

Sube, sube)

Translation:

Slowly

I want to breathe your neck slowly

Let me tell you things in your ears

So that you remember when you're not with me

Slowly

I want to undress you with kisses slowly

Sign the walls of your labrynth

And make your whole body a manuscript

Turn it up turn it up..... turn it up, turn it up

[But it does go with his hair sniffing.[innocent]]

Jim Forsythe

Biden has the people that sings the music on stage, and Trump fights with them,

because he does not have their OK to use their music.

What does Trump choose to use, "Macho Man", “Fortunate Son”. Two songs that say what Trump is about.

The reason Joe Biden played Despacito was to honor the singer who recorded it. He tries to play the music of people that help his campaign.

Louis Fonsi, the singer who recorded "Despacito," was one of the people who spoke at the event before Biden. The Puerto Rican singer talked about how his hit song represented "the best of this country, even with the president in the White House trying to divide us."

"One song, En Español, broke all the barriers across cultures, languages, and ages," Fonsi said. "'Despacito' proved to me that in this country, we will never be defined by our differences, and no matter who is president, Latinos and Latinas will always have a place here."

Carlos Ponce

"Trump fights with them," Not quite . At a recent rally in North Carolina, 15,000 interrupted Trump with chants of "WE LOVE YOU!, WE LOVE YOU!"

Jim Forsythe

The corrected sentence, for you Carlos should read:

Biden has the people that sings the music on stage, and Trump fights with them ( the ones that write and sing the music Trump uses and refuses to ask to use),because he does not have their OK to use their music.

The songs he choose is strange, if you understand what they are about. Two of the strangest are "Macho Man" and “Fortunate Son”.

Biden get the permission to use the music by asking, and Trump just uses.

Carlos Ponce

The Trump campaign obtained a licensing fee for the songs used at rallies.

Jim Forsythe

How many of the people who sings the songs Trump uses, are on stage with him? It is because they can not stand Trump.

It goes without saying that Trump didn’t request permission to use “Fortunate Son”. Dozens of artists have complained about Trump’s unwillingness to follow licensing laws, including The Animals’ Eric Burdon, the Leonard Cohen estate. The Rolling Stones, and The Village People. Neil Young took things a step further and brought a lawsuit against Trump.

“Recently, the President has been using my song ‘Fortunate Son’ for his campaign rallies,” the former CCR frontman began, “which I find confounding, to say the least.” He went on to explain the intended — and frankly obvious — message about how war only comes for poor people. Meanwhile “people of privilege — or in other words, rich people,” were able to escape the Vietnam draft by, for example, lying about a non-existing medical condition. In other words, the song was written about people like Donald Trump. Fogerty explained.

“The very first lines of ‘Fortunate Son’ are, ‘Some folks are born made to wave the flag, ooh their red, white and blue. But when the band plays ‘Hail to the Chief,’ they point the cannon at you.’ Well that’s exactly what happened recently in Lafayette Park. When the President decided to take a walk across the park, he cleared out the area using Federal troops so that he could stand in front of St. John’s church with a Bible. It’s a song I could’ve written now. So I find it confusing, I would say, that that the president has chosen to use my song for his political rallies, when in fact it seems like he is the fortunate son.”

Carlos Ponce

Lee Greenwood sang "God Bless the USA" at the Trump rally in Tennessee.

Kid Rock sang at the Trump Rally in Michigan.

Cathy Costello sang at Trump rally in Tulsa.

And the beat goes on.

Jim Forsythe

The Rolling Stones, The Village People. Neil Young, Fogerty , Rihanna, Brendon Urie and Panic At The Disco, Steven Tyler and Aerosmith, Pharrell Williams, R.E.M, Axl Rose and Guns N' Roses, Queen, Earth, Wind & Fire, The O'Jays , The band Free, Elton John, Adele and Dee Snider.

Prince's family, Tom Petty's family, members of George Harrison's estate , Luciano Pavarotti's family.

These are just a few that will not be on stage with Trump, because they or their families can not stand Trump.

Cathy Costello hit recording was? Singing the national anthem is not in the same league as the other's you listed.

Carlos Ponce

You left off Elvis Presley. He will not be on the stage with Trump either.

Dalton Logan

It's an easy decision for me. I'm on the side that is fighting for the millions of lives taken under the heading of abortion rights. Everything else is secondary. I will never vote for a group that is supporting wholesale abortion, and talks about late term abortions as if those babies are just so much cannon fodder. Everything else, pandemics, border security, military, economies etc. all pale compared with taking the lives of all those unborn children. Lord forgive us.

Carlos Ponce

[thumbup] Dalton!

Charles Douglas

Mr. Logan, You the man! It takes guts to stand up for what Gods says in a world which caters to Satan and HELL! There once were three Hebrew boys who was to die in a FIRERY FURNANCE YEARS ago for taking a stand for GOD just like you are doing tonight! Becsuse the boys support what GOD said ...instead of what a MAN SAID, The Evil King asked the boys, "What God is going to deliver yall out of this firery furnance? " They replied, " Oh King Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer you in this matter. If it be so, Our God WHOM we serve is able to deliver us from the burning furnance, and he WILL deliver us out of thine hands Oh King. But if not, be it known onto YOU Oh King, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou has set up!" ...( Daniel 3: 13-18 )

GOD BLESS YOU, for your reason for voting! Voting to keep a little babies alive, is far and away better that voting against somebody because they tweet alot or wont wear a mask! Just saying!

Bill Cochrane

Mr. Broussard I've always thought of you as an intelligent person. I mean, you wear a tie. That in itself makes people intelligent, right? It appears you are willing to theoretically give your vote to Biden because you are obsessed with masks? I don't wear a tie, but I notice that unlike Mr. Woolsey your column photo is Maskless.

Bailey Jones

So is his drivers license photo. Is there a point?

Bill Cochrane

The point? Yes, the point is his driver's license and all photos taken before Covid are pre-Covid. He wasn't talking about the past and neither was I. He was boohooing because Trump wasn't wearing a mask, as the liberal media points out via photos. And neither is Broussard, as I "point", at his photo. Get the point?

Jim Forsythe

It look like Bill Broussard is using the same picture as he did in Feb 22, 2017 . It is a very nice picture, so I do not blame him for using it again.

https://www.galvnews.com/mugshots/image_4b7297fc-e5d5-5a3d-a13a-5ea1b5b3e3e3.html

Carlos Ponce

"Deficit control- Trump and the Republicans are all for it but Democrats keep insisting on multi-trillion dollar bills all to bail out Pelosi's friends.

"justice for all" Republicans and Trump are for this. Can you show me where he is not?

"small government" - Trump and the Republicans are all for it. But Democrats keep insisting the administration should have stepped in on pandemic response when the law says it's up to the GOVERNORS. Now where is Joe on his off again, on again national mandates?

"and respect for our military" Yes Trump has pointed out McCain but even McCain's family says that is a two way street. As for that BOGUS story in Atlantic Magazine - "Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, admitted that a key detail of his article about Trump could be wrong during an interview with CNN on Sunday."

There are TWENTY FIVE NAMED witnesses on the trip who say Trump did not make those remarks, and that list includes John Bolton who does not like Trump.

As for the disrespecting a Gold Star family, a look at the facts shows NO DISRESPECT.

Want the truth? Military veterans and current non-officer military support Trump. So Democrats had to make up nonsense.

Bill, if you cannot differentiate political rhetoric from truth at your age I feel sorry for you.

Ted Gillis

Broussard, get prepared to be shunned by your conservatives friends. You won’t be invited to any more tea parties, book burnings, or confederate flag raising ceremonies. Life, as you know it, will change.

PS. I like your tie.

Carlos Ponce

I've already invited him to Trump's Victory Party, Ted, so he can talk with REAL Conservatives, not RINOS. You're not invited.

Carlos Ponce

fiscal responsibility - Bill Broussard forgets how Trump renegotiated contracts made during the Obama era to save the American people money. The estimate in 2016 for a new Air Force One was $3.2 billion. Then the cost rose to $5.2 Billion in 2017. In negotiations with Boeing the cost came to $3.9 billion. According to Forbes, Trump renegotiated the price of F-35s with Lockheed-Martin lowering costs by 25%.

Jim Forsythe

The total cost when all said and done will be $5.3 billion or more. This is not fixed cost , but total cost.

As always, projects cost more not less then once they are started. Increases made the cost start at $4 billion. This was because of $1 billion on the project already spent.

The Air Force's estimate for the total price of the new Air Force Ones remains effectively unchanged, at around $3 billion, in its latest budget request for the 2019 fiscal cycle. The budget documents also confirms that the service has already spent around $1 billion on the project, giving the project an overall price of, approximately $4 billion.

Cost still increasing. Ancillary costs are part of the total cost. Aug 06, 2019 · Trump's Air Force One will cost taxpayers $5.2 billion. The cost includes technical manuals which are required for this new model. Also new hangars because it is required for security and safe operations. Fixed price is not the total cost.

April 29,2020: The total price of the program is estimated to hit $5.3 billion once ancillary costs such as new hangars and revised technical manuals are included.

Cost may increase, as they are not in use yet.

Carlos Ponce

Trump will hold them to the negotiated price.

Gary Scoggin

He will cover the cost with that check from Mexico.

Jim Forsythe

The negotiated price and the total cost are not the same.

Ancillary costs are required unless you want to leave our the technical manuals and the new hangars.

Technical manuals cover all phases of operation, from assembling the newly purchased aircraft (Aircraft Erection), operation and maintenance of the equipment, to storage of the equipment. Manuals are revised as new procedures are developed

$1 billion more than the budgeted amount on the project, was already spent before 2019 fiscal cycle was over. .

You can spin it anyway you want, but the total cost will be $5.3 billion or more.

Carlos Ponce

It is obvious Jim does not understand Trump. Remember all those allegations made from businessman Trump didn't pay for services and goods rendered? Close scrutiny showed those who made those claims did not fulfill the terms of the contract. In court, Trump won. He held them to those terms. Professor Kingsfield would be proud!

Emile Pope

Simply a lie...

Emile Pope

How's trump university? His foundation?

Jim Forsythe

You can spin it anyway you want, but the total cost will be $5.3 billion or more.

Carlos Ponce

Jim, we will see.

Emile, go back to sleep. You're still not making sense.

Bill Cherry

Bill, a vote for Mr. Biden is a straw party vote. If elected, he will ultimately be a Charlie McCarthy -- the voice of someone else. It seems to me that the Democratic Party selected Mr. Biden because his ability to win the election was much greater than Kamala Harris's Nevertheless, she's their real choice for president. I'm not ready now, or do I think I'll ever be ready, for Ms. Harris.

Bailey Jones

I'm past ready. The Age of the Dinosaurs is ending.

Charles Douglas

I just hope Mr Broussard does not sink into pandering African-Americans for their votes and political support like Progressives are doing now, by bringing up the SLAVES & STATUES every other day, and harping on how much Conservitves owes us from the Jim Crow days! They have destroyed many BLACK PEOPLE'S Futures and abilities to progress forward using this strategy of fake concern, fake love! Mental SLAVERY for mind control is all It is! It is just as effective as Chains and SHACKLES were 400 years ago!

Charles Douglas

Ahhh Bill Cherry! Thank you. You can give me a Condolezza Rice, or a Nikki Haley! Neither one of them sent African-American males to long prison terms for smoking "GRASS" ...and got on TV and BRAGGED about it like KAMALA! This lady could not properly manage her Campaign Staff, how is she to manage the whole free world?

Charles Douglas

It is said that Seventy-Five % of black boys in California cannot pass a basic literacy test, and Joe Biden says he will never support things like Charter Schools, School Choice, or School Voucher Programs! He would not change his mind ... if 100% of them could not pass because minorities short-comings and failures in education, plays right into the LEFT'S strategy! The more uninformed you keep minorities, the easier it is to.control them,and manipulate them for their VOTES, and POLITICAL support!

Emile Pope

Said by who?

Carlos Ponce

"Said by who?" Emile asks.

Answer: California Department of Education.

"Three of four African-American boys in California classrooms failed to meet reading and writing standards on the most recent round of testing, according to data obtained from the state Department of Education and analyzed by CALmatters."

https://www.liberalforum.org/topic/218599-75-of-black-males-in-california-cannot-read-or-write/

And on the Los Angeles Daily News:

https://www.dailynews.com/2017/06/04/75-of-black-california-boys-dont-meet-state-reading-standards/

Cary Semar

The score so far, 7 stars, 5 swastikas.

Carlos Ponce

What kind of swastika? There's the one used by Nazi Germany and then there's the one used by other groups such as Native Americans.

Ted Gillis

Right Carlos, and in most instances, the only fulfillment that those contractors failed to deliver was to file their mechanics liens in a timely manner. “Contract fulfillment not met”, so Trump could walk away without paying, but he keeps the items of improvements because they are on his property and the contractor can’t enter the premises to retrieve them.

I’ve dealt with owners like him in the past. My boss would always suggest that I file the “intent to lien” immediately upon being awarded a contract. I always found that to be unfriendly and a little unbusinesslike, especially for a new customer that you are trying to get repeat business from. My boss however had been in the business long enough to know that, you trust nobody, because you never know when one of those friendly sharks will bite you.

Trump is one of those sharks.

Carlos Ponce

Trump is a good businessman.

Jim Forsythe

Some may think Trump is a good businessman.

But more think he is not a good businessman.

Top Qualities of A Successful Businessman:

Physical appearance, Education, Technical Skills, Honest, Hard working, Courteous,

Steadfast, Endurance Power, Discipline, Decision power, Cooperative, Trustable

Ability To Plan, Managerial Skills, Innovative, Sightedness, Financial Soundness

Experience, Communication Power and Leadership Qualities

A businessman is the leader of this concern and leader should lead from the front. When the leader is competent, every business activity is performed smoothly. So a good businessman is that who has all the qualities of leadership in order to extend the business and to earn more profit.

Carlos Ponce

Trump is STILL a good businessman!

Bill Broussard

“Estimates vary, but the money isn’t the important part.

What a lot of people leave out when putting forth the argument that Donald Trump turned a few million dollars into multiple billions is that financial gifts and inheritance from his father amounted to more than just cash. He also took over around $200,000,000 worth of New York City real estate. There’s a quick blurb about it here - How Donald Trump got rich

By some analysis of his growth and estimated (as no one knows for sure) net worth, had he just cashed out everything and put it in the bank, he’d probably have just as much if not more money than he does today. Besides a few ventures (hotels, golf courses - besides his clothing line and a few other small services he never strays far from real estate) owning land in NYC that his father gave to him has been the key factor of his success.“

BTW: Bill Barr is a pig on a good day but everyday he’s just one of the boys

Carlos Ponce

Pure conjecture, Bill. But you do seem jealous.

Ted Gillis

Except for all of the bankruptcies.

Carlos Ponce

Let's see: 6 bankruptcies, 94 successes.

If a football coach had 6 losses and 94 wins, Ted would say he's not a good coach.

If a baseball coach had 6 outs while at bat but 94 hits, Ted would say he was a lousy ball player.

Ted Gillis

Oh, so now being a good businessman is a sport?

He’s a failure.

Carlos Ponce

It is a sport but Trump's no failure.

Charles Douglas

If any of my DEMOCRATIC Associates are planning on asking for tickets to the Conservative Victory Bash of November 3rd, or the Inaugural Trump Re-Election Ball, ...please let me know before October 15th PLEASE! I have to make contact with others in time to procure.....tickets for distribution! Much Appreciated! One more thing:

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