KOKOMO  – Let me make this as plain as I can: I don’t want Charles Schumer as my United States senator. Why would I worry about Charles Schumer serving as my senator? No, Chuck Schumer is not going to move to Indiana and run for the U.S. Senate. He doesn’t need to come to Indiana; he has Sen. Joe Donnelly to serve as his personal lap dog.

The good people of Indiana could be excused six years ago when they were hornswoggled into thinking that Joe Donnelly was a reasonable, moderate alternative to voting for Richard Mourdock. An awkwardly juggled response to an abortion question at a debate and Donnelly didn’t seem like such a bad bargain for many former Richard Lugar Republicans.

What we’ve learned in the last six years is that the problem with voting for a chameleon is that you just never know what color they’ll be on any given day. Let me help you with this one. Joe the chameleon will be the one in a light shade of pink. On some days, good ole Joe from conservative Indiana will be downright fuchsia.

Make no mistake about it: When the rubber hits the road, when the game is on the line, when push comes to shove, Chuck Schumer will tell Joe Donnelly to sit up and bark like a dog and Joe will do it. On the inconsequential issues Schumer will allow Donnelly to look like a Hoosier, but when it comes to taking one for the Democrat team, Joe will do whatever his masters require.

Civics 101 tells us that the only way that Chuck Schumer becomes Senate majority leader and our most important legislative body will be led by the likes of Elizabeth Warren, Diane Feinstein, Cory “Spartacus” Booker, Chris Coons and Dick Blumenthal is that Democrats win 51 Senate seats. Reality tells us that we can deny one of those seats to the Democrats by denying them Indiana. In short, no Joe Donnelly, no Majority Leader Schumer.

I watched in amazement during President Barack Obama’s term in office how his faithful supporters would turn out and vote for him in 2008 and 2012, and then completely desert him in his hour of need during the 2010 and 2014 off-year elections. His own base robbed him of the tools he needed to successfully install the socialist agenda they desperately craved. They were just too lazy or too stupid to get up out of bed and go vote.

At the risk of beating a dead horse, let’s not allow President Trump’s pro-growth agenda fall by the wayside just because Trump is not on the ballot. When you strip away all of the circus sideshow antics of President Trump’s first term, you are left with some amazing accomplishments. We have 4% growth for the first time in many, many years and the staggering results in employment have defied the liberal economists who told us to get used to the “new normal” of sub-2% growth.

Workforce participation of women, youth, blacks and Hispanics are all at record levels. On the flip side, unemployment levels of women, youth, blacks and Hispanics are at record low levels.  People are getting jobs, getting better jobs and being paid more. This is something to fight for at an election.

For two decades we watched jobs go to Canada and Mexico as NAFTA drained manufacturing jobs from our nation. When President Trump said that he would renegotiate NAFTA successfully, no one believed him. Yours truly felt that the promise was just election rhetoric on the part of candidate Trump. But, you know what? He got it done and our country will be the better for it. The final deal will need Senate approval. Frankly, I want Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leading the process, not Chuck Schumer.

The United States government has complained about egregious Chinese trade policies and currency manipulation for decades and done nothing about it. The Trump-led United States backed by a Republican Senate majority has effectively engaged China in series of quid-pro-quo actions that appear to be leading to an eventual major restructuring of trade relations. Trade treaties all pass through the Senate. Who do you want casting the vote for Indiana? Chuck Schumer through his political flunky Joe Donnelly?

My point here is that Sen. Joe Donnelly has shown himself to be a team player. The only problem is that he doesn’t know which team he plays for. He’s been playing on the Harry Reid/Chuck Schumer team for six years and not for the Hoosier team. It’s now time for him to go!

After watching the painful Senate confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh it should be obvious to anyone who reads or owns a TV remote control that our nation is engaged in a serious and dangerous culture war. I have not seen this degree of social upheaval since the racial unrest and anti-war movement of the late 60s. We are completely polarized and things will probably get worse before they get better. A liberal cabal of major media, mega-corporations and a deep state is currently engaged in an attempt to overturn the 2016 presidential election. They will stop at nothing to achieve their George Soros-like dream of a total social upheaval in this country. They think nothing of using quislings to achieve their goals. Sen. Joe Donnelly is nothing but a quisling.

Nothing could have been more damaging to the Hoosier economy and the lives of millions of Indiana citizens than the Affordable Care Act, and yet who cast the deciding vote that allowed the onerous legislation to pass? Yes, that’s right, Joe Donnelly!

Who has done nothing to introduce legislation to try and improve the many and sundry problems with the Affordable Care Act? Yes, that’s right, Joe Donnelly!

Who has done nothing to stem the tide of illegal immigration that robs Hoosiers of jobs and drives the cost of governmental services skyward? Yes, right again, Joe Donnelly!

It is not unusual for a politician to stump the state before an election. For six years, Joe Donnelly has stumped the state after an election.

Let’s not make the mistake again. There’s a polecat in the barn and it’s time for him to go! 

Dunn is the former 4th CD and Howard County Republican chairman.