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WHOA: Trump considering military VP candidate

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Now, before you get too wound up, no, this article is not about LTC (RET) Allen B. West. We certainly appreciate the words of support we’ve received about Col. West being chosen as Donald Trump’s running mate, but this story is about another Army veteran.

The Washington Post reports, After weeks of focusing on a group of current and former elected officials in his search for a running mate, Donald Trump is increasingly intrigued by the idea of tapping retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn to project strength and know-how on national security, according to four people familiar with the vetting process.

Flynn, a registered Democrat but fierce critic of President Obama, previously ran the Defense Intelligence Agency.

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The people who spoke with The Washington Post on Saturday did so on the condition of anonymity to discuss their private conversations in recent days with Trump’s confidants and campaign aides.

The turn toward a military figure is being driven by Trump himself rather than by his advisers, the people said, and comes as the real estate mogul is telling his friends that national unrest may demand a “tough and steady” presence alongside him on the ticket.

The shift in how Trump is evaluating his short list has also been spurred by his growing sense that he does not necessarily want or need a running mate who will satisfy Republican insiders, in spite of long saying that he would probably go that direction. Instead, and after some testy exchanges with GOP lawmakers during his visit Thursday to Capitol Hill, Trump is more open than ever to a non-politician.

Trump continues to surprise and astonish the political establishment with every move he’s made. He plays by his own set of rules, and I for one am delighted to see the establishment applecart overturned.

This nation does not need and cannot continue with “business as usual” — look where it’s gotten us now? We are at a tipping point, and, as was so eloquently stated decades ago by Ronald Reagan, we are at “a time for choosing.”

Given how deeply the tentacles of corruption reach in our federal government, it’s going to take some pretty aggressive action to pull them out. Hopefully, Americans are ready and willing for that as well.

[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]

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