After a devastating loss in Indiana last Tuesday, Ted Cruz suspended his campaign for President of the United States. This came as a blow to countless Conservatives, Libertarians and people of faith who had hoped that Cruz would be the one to rescue our Constitution from the shredder and lead our nation back down a path toward liberty for all. The question now remains whether we can or should support Donald Trump if he gets the Republican nomination in July. As a Christian and Conservative, the answer for me is no.
I wish that our founders were here today to advise us on the upcoming presidential election. They would no doubt regret their sacrifices as they witnessed the destruction that has come to our nation through the progressive agenda at the hands of both major political parties and with the permission of the people. But, their stomachs would absolutely turn when they came to the realization that corruption, pathological lies, covetousness and utter moral bankruptcy defined both of the leading candidates for the office that George Washington once held. I expect that Noah Webster would repeat these words to us:
“In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character. . . . It is alleged by men of loose principles or defective views of the subject that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the Scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men “who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness” [Exodus 18:21] . . . It is to the neglect of this rule of conduct in our citizens that we must ascribe the multiplied frauds, breaches of trust, peculations [white-collar larceny] and embezzlements of public property which astonish even ourselves; which tarnish the character of our country; which disgrace a republican government.”
Then, perhaps, he would turn to John Witherspoon, who, nodding his head in agreement with Mr. Webster, would recall these words that he once wrote:
“Those who wish well to the State ought to choose to places of trust men of inward principle, justified by exemplary conversation. . . .And the people in general ought to have regard to the moral character of those whom they invest with authority either in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches.”
I can picture John Jay moving quickly to the microphone to impart his wisdom to 2016 America.
“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
“Thank you, Chief Justice Jay,” Webster might say as he steps back up to offer more sound advice to the voters.
“When you become entitled to exercise the right of voting for public officers, let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, “just men who will rule in the fear of God.” The preservation of government depends on the faithful discharge of this duty; if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the divine commands, and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”
Never content with silence in the face of evil, Samuel Adams would be next to reach for the microphone as he begins,
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”
Continuing, he declares that,
“Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust be men of unexceptionable characters. The public cannot be too curious concerning the character of public men.”
John Adams, fittingly, would close the time with his thoughts,
“We electors have an important constitutional power placed in our hands; we have a check upon two branches of the legislature . . . the power I mean of electing at stated periods [each] branch. . . . It becomes necessary to every [citizen] then, to be in some degree a statesman, and to examine and judge for himself of the tendency of political principles and measures. Let us examine, then, with a sober, a manly . . . and a Christian spirit; let us neglect all party [loyalty] and advert to facts; let us believe no man to be infallible or impeccable in government any more than in religion; take no man’s word against evidence, nor implicitly adopt the sentiments of others who may be deceived themselves, or may be interested in deceiving us.”
Having listened to the words of these wise men – men that put their lives, fortunes and sacred honor on the line to secure freedom for us, their posterity – would we look at the election process the same? Would we be willing to vote for a man of “loose principles” for the sake of unity? Would we ever again be so afraid of one outcome that we could forsake every value we hold dear to vote for anyone that “our” party nominates?
I hope that you will thoughtfully and prayerfully read and consider the following regarding Donald Trump. These issues are of utmost importance and make it impossible for me (and many others) to vote for him.
Israel – Trump promised to remain “neutral” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and hinted that he thought Israel was to blame for the lack of peace in the region. Although he later back-pedaled, my policy is to take as true a politician’s first statement, especially when it is said off the cuff as opposed to in a prepared speech. As an American, I recognize that Israel is our strongest ally in the Middle East and should be treated accordingly, which makes this troubling. As a follower of Christ, who knows the Biblical consequences of turning our back on Israel, this statement is a thousand percent unacceptable. (http://www.onenewsnow.com/politics-govt/2015/12/04/trump-gets-thumped-for-anti-israel-statement, http://www.jpost.com/US-Elections/Rubio-attacks-Trump-The-position-youve-taken-is-anti-Israel-446209)
Abortion – Despite his claims of a recent pro-life conversion, Trump refuses to denounce Planned Parenthood and has declared that the leading abortion provider does “wonderful things”. If that weren’t enough, he praised his sister, Maryann Trump Barry, who wrote a horrifying defense for partial-birth abortion, as someone who would make a “phenomenal” Supreme Court Justice. But, none of this should really surprise us considering his life-long commitment to “choice”. If Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton wins this election, we will have a Supreme Court that will solidify abortion “rights” and do away with religious freedom, gun rights and the Constitution altogether. Our only hope is to vote third party and deny either of them an electoral college majority. (http://www.christianpost.com/news/donald-trump-pro-life-women-oppose-billionaire-real-estate-mogul-president-bid-156293/)
Liberty/Constitution – Trump has repeatedly shunned the Liberty and Constitution in favor of his own personal agenda and we have no reason to believe that his presidency would be any different. As a business man, Trump improperly used Eminent Domain several times, once in an attempt to take an elderly woman’s home so that he could build a limousine parking lot for one of his casinos. He backed down only after he had exhausted every legal option and knew he couldn’t win. As Leon Wolf from Red State wrote, “Many naive people seem to be of the belief that Trump is in it to be the champion of the little guy. Nothing in his history suggests that it’s in his nature to even acknowledge the little guy in the slightest, unless it is to take the little guy to court to force the government to take his property.”
When discussing ISIS, Trump said, “The other thing with the terrorists is you have to take out their families, when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. When they say they don’t care about their lives, you have to take out their families.” When confronted by Bret Baier with the fact that the military is trained to disobey illegal orders (such as killing the families of terrorists), Trump declared, “They won’t refuse. They’re not going to refuse me. Believe me. … If I say, ‘Do it,’ they’re going to do it. That’s what leadership is all about. … When I say they’ll do as I tell them, they’ll do as I tell them. And that’s very — it’s very simple. It’s very simple.”
If these examples are not enough to question his commitment to the U.S. Constitution, Donald Trump has joked about killing reporters and promised to “open up libel laws” to sue reporters and media outlets who write “purposely negative and horrible” articles. As Politico writer, Rich Lowry, put it,
“Trump exists in a plane where there isn’t a Congress or a Constitution. There are no trade-offs or limits. There is only his will and his team of experts who will figure out how to do whatever he wants to do, no matter how seemingly impossible. The thought you can’t do that never occurs to him. He would deport the American-born children of illegal immigrants. He has mused about shutting down mosques and creating a database of Muslims. He praised FDR’s internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II. You can be forgiven for thinking that in Trump’s world, constitutional niceties—indeed any constraints whatsoever—are for losers. It’s only strength that matters. It shouldn’t be a surprise that he expresses admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, a ‘powerful leader’ who is ‘highly respected within his own country and beyond.’ Trump’s calls to steal Iraq’s oil and kill the families of terrorists are in a Putinesque key.” (http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/12/donald-trump-constitution-opinion-213458)
Divider of People/Demagogue (def: a person, especially an orator or political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people) – Donald Trump has been a very divisive figure for a long time and has only become worse since his presidential run began. He frequently degrades women, especially those who challenge or anger him (i.e. Megyn Kelly and Carly Fiorina), has said that most illegal immigrants are criminals, that we should close our borders to all Muslims, including American citizens (not terrorists) who happen to be traveling abroad, questioned Ted Cruz’s Christianity saying that “not too many Evangelicals come out of Cuba” , and is an inciter of violence at rallies, calling for supporters on many occasions to “beat the hell out of” protestors, while promising to pay their legal expenses.
Progressive – Trump’s public explanation for donating frequently to the Clintons and other Democrats, like Harry Reid, is that he donated to everyone because he’s a business man. Never mind the lack of conviction that would allow someone to do that, the truth is that Trump donates to Progressives, both Republican and Democrat alike (more heavily to Democrats, however, see: Donald Trump Donated Heavily To Democrats – Especially During Election Which Put Reid And Pelosi In Power). A glaring example of this is the $60,000 that Trump gave to Mitch McConnell’s campaign to defeat the Tea Party. From universal healthcare to taxing the wealthy and many other issues, Trump is a Progressive himself. As explained by Glenn Beck, “He is a progressive, and you can prove that by the things that he believes in. A progressive believes in high tariffs. A progressives believes the government is the answer. Donald Trump has shown time and time again he believes the government is the problem, and if it is run properly, it is the answer. That’s what a progressive believes.”
Healthcare – In 1999, while considering a run for president with the Reform Party, Trump was very open about his belief in and support for universal healthcare. He even wrote and published a book entitled, The America We Deserve, in which he states,
“We must have universal healthcare… Doctors might be paid less than they are now, as is the case in Canada, but they would be able to treat more patients because of the reduction in their paperwork… We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan, as many individual states are doing.”
While Trump claims to have changed positions on virtually every issue since he launched his campaign, he has reiterated his support of universal healthcare on several occasions, including during a debate last August when he mentioned how well he thought single payer healthcare worked in Canada and Scotland as well as during an interview with David Letterman when he had this to say,
“A friend of mine was in Scotland recently. He got very, very sick. They took him by ambulance and he was there for four days. He was really in trouble, and they released him and he said, ‘Where do I pay?’ And they said, ‘There’s no charge.’ Not only that, he said it was like great doctors, great care. I mean we could have a great system in this country.”
Scotland’s socialized healthcare system, which goes a step further than single-payer, seems to be Trump’s favorite and while Republicans have opposed Hillary Clinton for decades primarily because of her advocacy for universal healthcare, many have given Trump a pass on this issue.
Character – Character used to be a top priority when it came to choosing our leaders (especially to people of faith), but when it comes to Trump, many have decided that it doesn’t matter. The talking point is, “We’re not electing a pastor,” as if pastors are the only people on the planet who should have ethics and morals. Trump’s character has been described as amoral, which to me, is quite an understatement. He is currently married to his third wife, whose previous line of work is not what one should want in a First Lady. His second wife was the result of his unfaithfulness to his first wife. There are many videos of Trump joking about his promiscuous life, once describing it as his own personal “Vietnam”. He has made incestuous comments about two of his daughters, one when she was just a newborn baby. As mentioned above, he has often used Eminent Domain to try to steal property from the “little guy” to advance his empire. He has been sued multiple times for refusing to rent to black families. He has taken bankruptcy four times and bragged about how well it worked out for him, making it sound rather intentional, especially in light of his recent “economic plan” to borrow as much as possible from China and default if (and when) the economy collapses. He has spent the past 11 months trashing his opponents with lies, personal attacks and more lies, up to and including getting his old pal at The National Enquirer to publish article after article of slander against whichever GOP contender was closest in the polls. The most recent of these was an article accusing Ted Cruz’s father of being involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a lie which Trump himself perpetuated.
Our founders advised us to lay aside party loyalty in favor of the facts and to carefully examine the character of the people we put in public office. They warned us of the consequences of neglecting our duty and electing unprincipled men – that corruption would ensue and our rights would be stripped away. They encouraged us to prefer Christians, rather than those who disregarded religion and morality as necessary qualifications, as we considered our choices. They told us that voting for good men was a solemn duty and that we were accountable to God for our choices and explained that we should take no man’s word against evidence. The evidence shows that Donald Trump is everything they warned against.
How many times have you heard that what America needs is a ‘businessman’ to better manage our country and turn things around, to help America “win again”? Did you know that this is a lie skillfully spread by the Progressive Movement and outlined in the book, Philip Dru: Administrator, which was written by an advisor to Woodrow Wilson, who was one of the earliest and worst Progressive presidents? (Donald Trump and Woodrow Wilson – The Similarities Are Getting Eerie, American Progressivism) It only makes sense if you do not understand the Constitution and the way our government was designed. What we really need is a statesman who is committed to upholding the Constitution and appointing judges and justices who will do the same. This is not Donald Trump, nor is it Hillary Clinton and certainly not Bernie Sanders.
So, the question remains, can you, should you choose Donald Trump to keep Hillary Clinton out of the White House? Would the question be any easier if it was Harry Reid that switched parties and claimed to have had a late in life conversion on every important issue? Would you be okay with voting for Mitch McConnell if he was the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party? I have never been fond of the encouragement to “choose the lesser of two evils” because (1) I have never in my lifetime believed that both choices were actually evil and (2) in my opinion, there is really no such thing as a lesser evil. There is only evil.
Last Tuesday was a day that will live in infamy for me because it was the day that wickedness became the face of the Republican Party. It was the day that I realized that I am no longer a Republican. Perhaps if enough Conservatives realize this, we can break the hold the Progressives in both parties have on this country. Until then, I will pray and I will continue to find hope in the fact that God holds me and my family in the palm of His hand no matter how bleak things look outside.
Check back for Part 2 – Why I Can’t Vote For Him – Trump and The Bible