The 2016 Election: Part III

Welcome to the third and final part of this uninformed series.

There’s a saying: “Don’t talk politics and religion.” I believe this is nonsense. These are two of the most important things for us to discuss. I don’t believe we can just argue and complain, though. Discussion should be thoughtful and productive. As long as we can challenge one another and remain civil, I think these discussions are of inestimable worth.

As I’ve mentioned previously, these posts are a bunch of nonsense that I typed up quite a while back and never published. Since the election is today, I’m doing a marathon of editing and posting. This, I believe, is the crux of the matter.


I don’t spend much time on Facebook anymore. There are a lot of reasons, but mostly I just don’t have the time nor the willpower. When I do visit Facebook, I inevitably see the following:

  • Trump is the “righteous” choice
  • Please fast and pray that Trump will win the election
  • Trump may be a wicked, horrible monster but sometimes God uses wicked, horrible monsters to achieve His purposes

And a lot of other nonsense like that.

At church, I’ve heard similar silliness:

  • Trump may be a serial adulterer, but that just makes him a typical red-blooded man
  • Trump may sexually assault women and have affairs, but his success at raising a good family makes up for that
  • It doesn’t matter how bad Trump is – at least he doesn’t have blood on his hands!!!!!1

That last one is the big one for Trump supporters. It’s their “Get Out of Jail Free” card.

If you want to challenge yourself, do a search for the “biblical case for trump”. One particularly popular article featured on TownHall.com was titled “Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice“. The article gained extra attention after the author withdrew and then reinstated his support for Trump.

Here’s my summary of “why voting for Donald Trump is a morally good choice”: It isn’t.

I don’t believe that when presented with two options that one is always good and one is always evil. Should I stab this kitten or stab this dog? Should I steal a TV or steal a car? Well, the car is worth a lot more than the TV so stealing the TV must be a morally good choice! Nonsense.

I believe there was a time to make a morally good choice and that was during the primary. So let me ask this: If presented a choice between Marco Rubio and Donald Trump, which would be the morally good choice? I’m not a Rubio fan, but obviously Rubio is a much more moral choice. In that scenario, does that automatically make Trump the immoral choice? It’s not as simple as that. Besides, I don’t believe we can seriously talk about which of the current candidates is a moral choice. That’s poppycock. We had the best choices available to us and both parties chose the worst of all the available choices.

Since we want to use the Bible to justify our positions, how about this one?

Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.Jer. 17:5

I don’t believe God is supporting Trump nor Hillary. I believe His plan continues regardless of whatever stupid choices we make. Republicans are fond of saying that we shouldn’t worry about global warming because it’s ridiculous to think that the earth can’t recover from whatever man does to it. The same goes for this election – it’s ridiculous to think that God’s plan will somehow be thwarted if we elect Hillary.

If you want to make the Biblical case for a candidate, try using the Ten Commandments as your standard. I’m doing the math in my head and I think at best it’s a tie. Hillary might even have the edge on this one.

To be clear, if Hillary is elected it is not the fault of those who refuse to support Trump. It is the fault of those who supported Trump in the primary when we had a field of very good candidates. Those who chose a Democrat as their Republican candidate. Those who chose to put their trust in a charlatan instead of God.

This is the most important thing to take away from this election: If the case is truly as dire as most would have us believe, then we should be turning to God, not Trump.

I believe that in some small way, this election is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. The Bible talks about false prophets who will deceive the elect. I don’t believe Trump is intentionally parading as a false prophet; however, many “elect” believers are professing that only Trump (not God) can solve America’s problems. Trump will Make America Great Again. Unfortunately, his promises are empty and cannot equal God’s promises.

I’ve long believed that the greatest danger of Donald Trump is that good people are turning away from God and instead turning to a man who promises happiness. They are being deceived. This became infinitely evident when I saw Ann Coulter’s newest book, In Trump We Trust. There is nothing that better symbolizes the core problem with Trump’s nomination.

There’s a verse in the Book of Mormon that was no doubt written for the times we live in:

And if the time comes that the voice of the people doth choose iniquity, then is the time that the judgments of God will come upon you; yea, then is the time he will visit you with great destruction even as he has hitherto visited this land.Mosiah 29:27

If you’re still using the Bible to peddle Trump, you should check yourself before you wreck yourself. If times are as bad as you say they are (and I believe they are and getting worse) then God is the only solution.

Instead of looking for the man that can get us out of this mess, get on your knees and turn to God. Then get up and get to work knowing that God is in control.

The 2016 Election – Part I

A couple of months ago I sat down and collected my thoughts about the 2016 election and the insanity that is Donald Trump. I never got around to posting what I wrote for a variety of reasons, but mostly because it doesn’t matter. It may seem like I’m wallowing in the hopelessness of it all, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. So, with some crude editing to make what I originally wrote somewhat coherent, here’s part I of my thoughts on the 2016 election:


Here’s a game to play: ask a Trump supporter to explain why they’re voting for Trump without using any comparison to Hillary Clinton. Hopefully you have some popcorn with you because the response will likely be very entertaining. If the person is able to make an intelligible argument it will probably boil down to something like “maybe he’s not lying”. This line of thinking is rooted in the hope that Trump’s campaign promises reflect his current values and beliefs, even though they are 180 degrees from everything he professed to believe prior to announcing his run. This is to hope against hope and reason.

To believe what Trump has promised is to believe that at 70 he has turned from everything he has ever believed. It is to believe that he suddenly wants to do something good after a lifetime of harming others for his own gain. He represents false capitalism, crony capitalism. His supporters hold him up as a genius in the world of business, but after looking at the facts I don’t believe there is any evidence of this. His finances have been the subject of debate between many people much smarter than I, so I won’t say much more. In summary, he didn’t build a successful empire with only a $1 million loan from his dad (fact). If he’s worth what he says he’s worth then he’s merely a very average businessman who has succeeded only in not losing all of his money. I believe that he’s worth far less than he claims, which is why he guards his tax returns so jealously.

Trump supporters will yell about the Supreme Court all. Day. Long. But, again, this is wishful thinking. Why would he nominate a strict Constitutionalist when he places no value on the Consititution? He has floated a list of names that looks fine. Trump supporters fail to realize that regurgitating a list of names is not the same as actually putting someone on the bench. Even if Trump were to pick someone like Mike Lee, would Democrats go along? Would Republicans go along? The fact of the matter is that any Originalist pick would be met with resistance. Does Trump care enough about having a strict Originalist that he’ll fight? Just look at how much trouble George W. Bush had with his picks, even with a Republican majority. The strongest argument the Trump supporter can make is that “at least there’s a chance”. It’s a pretty slim chance.

One other explanation you may hear is that “Trump raised great kids” (as if that alone were a qualifying factor for a presidential candidate). Well, by Trump’s own admission he didn’t play much of a role in raising  his kids. You can Google the topic and find all sorts of comments he’s made about the issue (in case you’re interested in the truth). Trump summed it up pretty well when he said, “I mean, I won’t do anything to take care of them”. I don’t know much about his kids so I can’t say whether they are good people or not. If they are, it’s in spite of him and not because of him. Based on Trump’s own comments, the greatest contribution he made to their childhood is shopping for a new mom every once in a while.

So, why spend time talking about Trump when Hillary Clinton is obviously so horrible? Well, that’s just the point. She’s terrible and yet still winning the election. Democrats will complain all day long about Republicans and then become completely blind to the faults of their own candidates. Need proof? Think back to all the horrible things Democrats said about George W. Bush and his “blood for oil” wars. Consider that not only has Obama continued the wars, but there have been far more deaths under Obama than under Bush. Remember when they talked about that on the news? Didn’t think so.

Republicans are supposed to be different. Republicans were outraged by the bailout. They destroyed candidates who supported Obamacare. They were furious with Bush for expanding Medicare. And now, the Republicans have become identical to the Democrats. They’ve nominated a big government Progressive who is opposed to all the things Republicans supposedly value. There is really no difference between a Trump supporter and an Obama supporter. They’ve made an idol out of their candidate and are now immune to reason.

Up next: “So what? He’s still better than Hillary!”

Voting for Trump (Clear Conscience Not Included)

Do you feel like you’re going crazy? I do. People I thought I knew are ripping away their masks and revealing that they are not, as they led me to believe, human, but rather some kind of weird flesh-eating zombie martians. Well, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I’d be less surprised if that were actually the case.

Do you remember arguing with Obama supporters in ’08? They didn’t know anything about him, but they couldn’t wait to cast their vote for him. Even when facts appeared showing how radical Obama was (is), people shrugged it off. It became an emotional election rather than a competition of ideas. The whole Obama thing became so nonsensical that people resorted to voting for John McCain in a last-ditch attempt to deal with Obama supporters. John. McCain. Do you see where I’m going with this?

This election has become a repeat of the 2008 election in many ways. The only difference is that the Republicans are doing it this time around. Sadly, the result is going to be the same. Possibly much worse.

I’m not going to present a bunch of facts or try to make a lengthy argument against Trump (we’ve already seen that Trump supporters are immune to facts). I’m going to present my opinion as briefly as I can and I would love to hear someone make a logical argument for supporting Trump. Please leave a comment or send me a message.

One of the biggest problems I have with Barack Obama is that he does not recognize anything greater than himself. He’s a narcissist and is willing to do almost anything to get his way. You probably remember when he made this comment: “…I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” It was his way of saying that he doesn’t need Congress – he can simply use executive orders to write legislation as he sees fit. Most countries with this form of government don’t call it a republic, they call it a dictatorship.

Trump fits the profile for a narcissist nicely. In fact, that’s pretty much what he’s famous for. Republicans don’t have a problem with it, though. Trump isn’t even hiding the fact that he would continue to use executive orders, but he says “I’m going to use them much better and they’re going to serve a much better purpose than what [Obama’s] done.” I understand that Bush did it, Obama did it and the next president will do it. The problem is that they are bypassing a branch of government to force their will on people. If the president wants to sign an executive order declaring Talk Like a Pirate Day to be a nationally recognized workday then I’m okay with that. If he wants to sign an order to ban firearms then we have a problem. I’m not comfortable with any president taking it upon himself to create laws, especially when they are contrary to rights protected by the Constitution. Don’t think this would be a problem for Trump? Think about what he has said about Muslims. Does it seem plausible that he could issue an executive order contrary to the First Amendment?

So, the man is a narcissist just like Obama. What about saying whatever it takes to get what you want? Obama has shown time and again that he is willing to say whatever it takes to get his way. There are plenty of articles and videos out there about this so I won’t belabor the point, but this sounds a lot like Trump. Here’s a person who praises someone one day, then turns on them like a rabid dog the next day simply because poll numbers have changed. The only things he remains constant on are the bad things. He has remained true to his beliefs about abortion and eminent domain, but that’s not a good thing. The big thing everyone seems to love about him is his spiel about building a wall and making Mexico pay for it. The problem is that his immigration plan is essentially amnesty. He wants a ‘uge wall (that Mexico will pay for), then he’s going to deport everyone and make them come back through the door. Like the burglar who broke in through your window who must now leave and come in through the door. Maybe that’s a bad analogy, but he’s still a bad candidate.

Trump has a lot of good things to say about Obama. Do you have a lot of good things to say about Obama? Of course Trump would be a big “cheerleader” for Obama. They have very similar political beliefs. Well, they did until Trump decided to run as a Republican candidate for president. In 2004, John Kerry was best known for being a “flip-flopper”. Now, Republicans have embraced the idea of a flip-flopper for president. What changed? Trump was for a Canadian-style healthcare system before he ran for president. “But he wants to repeal it now,” you say. That’s correct. Now he wants to repeal it. Now that he wants to be president. The list goes on an on.

So, why shouldn’t you support Trump? Well, the man is a bully. He tries to demonize and destroy anyone who doesn’t join his team. Look at what he did to Megyn Kelly. Personally, I think he is only running to stroke his own ego. Did anyone ever take Trump seriously before his presidential run? I don’t think Trump hates America, but I don’t think this campaign is about “[Making] America Great Again”. I think it has more to do with “Making Trump Great Again.” Of course, that would imply that he was great at some point. You decide.

There have been several great people in this race who are legitimate conservative/constitutional candidates. Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul come to mind. Rick Santorum, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio might even be in the game. (Note: some of these I still couldn’t vote for for other reasons.) How did we lose Bobby Jindal and end up with Trump in the lead? I’m not going to say anything about the other candidates for now. Maybe that will give me a good reason to come back and pick the issue up again.

If Trump is the Republican nominee, I will not be voting for him. I said that about McCain in 2008 and voted for him anyway, but my views have changed dramatically since then. That’s part of the reason I haven’t been able to bring myself to post articles; because I’ve had some deep internal struggles with what I believe. I’ll say this: I believe it’s time to stop trying to win and time to start doing what’s right. I voted for Bush, McCain and Romney but I was wrong. I will not do it again. I thought Bush would better than Kerry and Gore, but Bush gave us Medicare Part D, TARP and a doubling of the national debt. I’m done voting for someone just to keep a different political party from winning.

I believe Trump will damage this country just as much as Obama (and Bush) did. I don’t believe a Clinton or Sanders would be worse. That’s a game that’s been played my whole life and I’m removing myself as a player. Washington has conditioned each party to treat the other as an enemy. What did Hillary say during a Democrat debate when asked which enemy she was most proud of? “Well, in addition to the NRA, the health insurance companies, the drug companies, the Iranians; probably the Republicans.” I don’t want to be an enemy. I want to be an American. I want us to be one country. I want us to be able to debate and disagree without treating everyone who doesn’t believe the same thing as the devil. This is not Trump. He has enemies. If you don’t believe it try getting close to him in the polls.

You Didn’t Build That: Mystery Solved!

Ever wonder why Obama made the now infamous “you didn’t build that” comment? It seemed weird at the time, but I figured it out. If you are not responsible for your successes then Obama is not responsible for his failures. For example, consider this potential exchange:

Fictitious and Unlikely Reporter: “Mr President. Don’t you feel responsible for increasing the debt by 5.4 trillion dollars since you took office?”

Barack Obama: “I didn’t build that.”

Reporter: “Surely you see that your policies have led to increased unemployment and out of control abuse of the welfare system, don’t you?”

Obama: “I didn’t build that.”

This is, of course, keeping in line with his core belief that “the buck stops with you.”


Whiners and Winners

Republicans tend to get flustered when it comes to picking a candidate. It seems to be a much easier task for Democrats (“Would a dead person vote for this candidate?”). I admit that I struggle a bit myself; however, it usually doesn’t take long before the choice is apparent.

Consider the crybabies (hereafter referred to as Gingrich and Santorum) that we had in the race. Their campaigns amounted to little more than complaining that the Romney campaign wasn’t playing fair. Because, as we all know, it will be a clean fight once our supreme leader, President Barack Obama (mmm, mmm, mmm), gets involved. I hate the dirt and vitriol in politics. I wish we could have a clean debate. The fact of the matter is that the left cannot win a fair debate and they have to resort to throwing sand in the eyes and then kicking the groin. It’s dirty but it wins elections.

Romney seems to be the only candidate that is willing to go head-to-head with Obama. What’s more, I believe he can do it without sacrificing ethics or principle. He may have hit hard in the primaries but I never heard anything that was fallacious. On the other hand, Newt built his campaign almost exclusively on fallacy. Newt was the Republican candidate most like Obama. He is smart, he portrayed himself as something he is not and he fought a dirty fight. I expect that Romney’s campaign style will be equally effective against Obama.

If the promise of a good fight isn’t enough to convince you that Romney is the man, then consider the whining and bellyaching that came from the presumptive losers. Both Santorum and Gingrich looked like children at the store that didn’t get the toy they wanted. The only thing that was missing was the footstomp and the refusal to cooperate until they got their way. Their concessions told us immediately that we made the right decision. I never liked Gingrich, but I wanted to give Santorum a chance. Unfortunately, it became obvious far too quickly that Santorum was not the one to put against Obama. It won’t be long before we know for sure whether that person is Romney.

On another note, I finally realized what Ron Paul’s supporters have in common: they’re all crazier than he is. If that’s possible.

It’s Tuesday and It’s Super

It’s Super Tuesday and today will be the day that defines several people’s futures. In a way, the whole process is maddening. But at the same time it’s like a really good Super Bowl. At least I image that’s what it’s like. I don’t watch much sports.

Some of the things I’ve been wondering during this election year…

  • Why do so many people hate Romney so much?
  • Why do Tea Party people seemingly support the other candidates over Romney?
  • Why do other candidates like to compare Romney to John McCain?
  • Does Newt think he can successfully paint Romney as the establishment candidate?
  • Why is Gingrich still in the race?
  • Why are people like Sarah Palin, Laura Ingraham and Lars Larson supporting Newt Gingrich?

As much as the other candidates want to paint Romney as “McCain 2012”, it just doesn’t fit. If you remember, the media selected John McCain as the GOP candidate early in the election. He was a maverick! As soon as McCain had the nomination buttoned-up the media reversed course.

On the other hand, Romney has been fighting not only the other candidates, but also a hostile media. I have not heard anyone on the radio or TV support Romney, although I’m sure there are some supporters out there. How is it that Romney is doing so well? He is a successful person who is devoted to his family. I believe people see that he has integrity, even though they may not agree with everything he says or does.

Speaking of not agreeing, why would Tea Party people be opposed to Romney? Santorum is no Tea Party conservative when it comes to government or spending. Maybe a little bit, but not any more so than Romney. The same goes for Gingrich. Ron Paul has great ideas when it comes to spending and the size of government, but then he starts talking about something else and everyone starts looking for the white van with the padded walls to show up.

The pro-Newt “Winning Our Future” super PAC runs commercials comparing Romney to McCain and Bob Dole. They insist that Romney is the establishment candidate. I can’t tell if they’re being serious or not. I’m assuming they are because I can’t imagine spending that much money on a gag campaign. Gingrich has been entrenched in politics forever, including time working as a lobbyist. He has support from a lot of big names. If anyone is the “establishment candidate” it’s Newt Gingrich. And he still doesn’t have a chance.

Does anyone remember when Gingrich stood next to Hillary Clinton to take up the cause of healthcare legislation? Or when he sat next to Nancy Pelosi to talk about global warming? And what about the affairs? And Freddie Mac? When Newt Gingrich led the charge to impeach Bill Clinton, the Republicans stood up and declared that character matters. From that point on, it’s been a defining attribute of the party. It’s why Republicans resign when they have affairs and Democrats who have affairs get talk shows. Because character matters, I can support Santorum and Romney, but not Newt Gingrich.

I’m hoping that Newt drops out after today. I hope that Newt’s supporters will get behind Romney. There’s too much on the line to be dickering the way we have been.