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Why I Voted for Trump
Attention: Cool-aid Drinkers

EDITOR
An editorial by Ernie C. Salgado Jr., Soboba tribal elder, October 2017

If you’re one of the Progressive liberal “Cool-Aid Drinkers” that still don’t know why Donald Trump was elected President of the United States of America, let me explain why I and many others like me voted for him.

With all the demonization and racist rhetoric set aside let me assure you that I’m not a white supremacist or a neo-Nazi.

What I am is a federally recognized Reservation American Indian. I spent the first 18 years of my life on the Soboba Indian Reservation located in Southern California. And at age 76, I have had the opportunity to experience the greatness of this Country.

I worked as a farm laborer long before the patron saint of the farm workers, Caesar Chaves came along, I graduated high school where I majored in sports, study hall and shop. And because I was taught that every man should have a trade I became a licensed barber. As a barber I learned business through the “Hands on Method.” Later I attended college and erned a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

Please enlighten me if you know of any other country in the world that would provide these opportunity for a poor American Indian boy.

I served in the U.S. Army, and although I never saw combat in Viet Nam, I was granted veteran status. My father was a WW II Army Veteran and was awarded a Bronze Star and Silver Star for bravery. My younger brother, Richard was an Army paratrooper and served in Viet Nam with the First Calvary.

Both my father and mother were first generation American citizens. Although my father was an American Indian, he was born in 1920 and American Indians were not given citizenship until 1924. My mother was born in America although her parents were Mexican citizens.

My father attended the Sherman Indian Boarding School in Riverside while my mother attended and graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1940.

Both my parents were Conservative Democrats of the Ronald Reagan doctrine.

I share my personal history here so you understand that I am a middle class, working American just like millions of other Americans that share the same values.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that we no longer have an authentic two party political system. Instead we have Progressive/Socialist, and the various levels of Conservatives.

Over the past eight years we have seen our national debt double to 19-plus trillion dollars, taxes go up, restrictive regulations, the crippling cost of affordable healthcare, housing and food going up. All while employment continues to go down.

It appeared as if the Obama administration was more concerned with anyone insulting Muslims, bashing and blaming America, undermining the U.S. Constitution, disarming America and his golf handicap than the well being of the American people.

Ok, why the Trump vote?

Lots of folks like me are just simply fed up with the Gimme Free Stuff Me Generation, Political Correctness Rhetoric, the Almighty Race Card and the blatantly corrupt Congress.

The bottom line is that the majority of the American people are more concerned with how they are going to feed their families, keep a roof over their heads, pay their monthly utility bills and keep their families safe.

Trump offered a ray of real hope for change, to not only rock the boat but to sink it if needed. He gave the average working American hope. Hope for a truly free America with decent paying job and the America dream.

And Yes, our government has victimized American Indians, Blacks, Mexicans, Irish, Italians and so many others. My people have suffered as much as any race. What’s important is not to let it happen again.

So now you know why Donald Trump is the President of the United States.

“Make America Great Again.”

EDITOR
ERNIE SALGADO JR, Editor in Chief


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