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 II

Thank you for coming along with me to part II. I’m under no delusions that what I write is of consequence. I’m kind of hoping that you are.

Previously, we discussed why Trump is a terrible nominee and why the Trumpkins are indistinguishable from Obama’s supporters. This is all part of one giant ball of nonsense I typed up quite a while back, but then lost all motivation to edit and post it. With the election upon us (TODAY!) I thought I would clean it up a bit and publish it for posterity’s sake.


You were previously challenged to ask a Trump supporter why they support Trump, but they aren’t allowed to mention or use a comparison to Hillary. Hillary has been setup as the embodiment of Lucifer. The absolute worst person on the planet. I suspect that if we ran Hitler against Hillary many would vote for Hitler. She has been turned into some kind bogeyman that embodies all evil. Is Hillary evil? I believe so. Is she as bad as Hitler? I don’t think so. As a matter of fact, as evil as she is, there are a lot of people on earth worse than Hillary. So to think that she is automatically worse than anyone the Republicans can run is silly. The Republicans have proven that we can also run an atrocious person.

I maintain that Trump and Hillary have more in common than they do differences. You probably won’t agree and that’s fine.

The Trumpkins and I will certainly disagree on this point: I think America will be better off if Hillary wins today.

Do you remember the election of 2010? People were angry with Obama. They were angry about Obamacare. They were angry about the bailouts. People were fed up and handed the GOP a historic victory in answer to Obama’s unpopular policies. Keep in mind that Obama was not an unpopular president. What will happen when an extremely unpopular president is in office? But that’s only half the story.

The actions of Bush and Obama have put the country in a terrible place. Quantitative easing, astronimocal national debt, years of 0% interest rates, reckless spending and constant raising of the debt ceiling have substantially damaged the nation. Budgets and audits have become a punchline. The stock market is being artificially inflated. The IRS has been weaponized and healthcare is in a deathspiral. Comey has exposed the FBI as corrupt, symbolizing the general state of the government. This cannot continue much longer and I would much rather have Hillary in charge when the unraveling begins.

The Republicans have a fragile hold on Congress and the party is very weak. The “perfect storm” (a weak, unpopular, ineffective Republican Party, terrible leadership and a Trump presidency) would cause a 2010-style shift to the left. Trump is extremely unpopular in his own party (the Democrats) and is also unpopular among Republicans. An enormous shift left is inevitable under Trump.

To be certain, an economic disaster is looming and it will likely hit during the next presidency. The debt will be around $20 trillion when Obama leaves office. He has doubled the debt during his eight years (after calling Bush’s debt increase “unpatriotic”). Under Bush, the debt increased about $5 trillion with extremely heavy war spending. But while Obama has continued many of the military operations, there is little to show for the massive debt he’s incurred.

Here, the Trumpkin will proclaim that Trump – being a masterful businessman – is the only one qualified to solve this problem! Sorry, wrong.

I will grant that Trump has been successful as a TV celebrity, but that’s about it. He has been generally successful with real estate; however, there is information indicating even that business may not be as healthy as he claims. He might be an average businessman. But he’s definitely not a genius who can solve the country’s woes. Although Trumpkins continue to believe that Trump took a $1 million loan from his father and turned it into $452.3 quatrillion-zillion, that is not true. Don’t take my word for it, though. Do your own research on this.

The economy is in trouble no matter who is elected president. You would have a hard time convincing me that Trump’s ideas on the economy are better than Hillary’s. Trump has promised to punish companies trying to escape the tyranny of the United States. He has promised tariffs, which tend to cause things like Great Depressions. He regularly voices his support for single-payer healthcare and has even been open to the idea of nationalizing banks. So, when things get bad would you rather have this blamed on Hillary so that we can get a better candidate than Trump in 2020? Or do you want this blamed (correctly) on the Republicans so that the Democrats sweep back total control of the presidency, the house and the senate by 2020?

Trump is a progressive Democrat in Republican’s clothing. The consequences for the country will be disastrous if he does everything he says he will do. I’m more worried about what he’s not telling us. I’m worried the most about what kind of president he becomes when things turn south and the country begins identifying his as a “loser”.

There’s one more part to this litany of ludicrousness. I’ll try to explain why I really, truly don’t care who wins this election. I’ll also explain why the Republicans have doomed themselves.

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!”

GOP Debates (America’s Plague)

Against my better judgement, I sat and watched most of the GOP debate tonight. Then, in an act of masochism, I followed along on Twitter as ABC tortured America. It seemed a bit duplicitous to badger the candidates with questions about waterboarding while subjecting viewers to this spectacle.

My discomfort started with the GOP tweeters who were just there to support their candidate and demean all the others. Even Kasich had people tweeting about his knockdown punches. Yeah, I was wondering what they were talking about, too.

Later in the debate – during the discussion on abortion, specifically – the Democrats tweeters suddenly came alive. The two most common comments were that “no one supports abortion at 9 months” and “my body, my choice”. If it weren’t so tragic, it would be comical. These progressive intellectuals proudly standing up for black lives and civilian lives in Libya and the sacred lives of cop-killers and terrorist lives in Guantanamo and the lives of dehydrated border-crossers suddenly forget what they’re about when you talk about truly innocent lives. Then it’s not a life, it’s a choice.

I think I get where they’re coming from. I vehemently disagree, but I try to understand. I’m curious if these so-called pro-choice advocates are capable of understanding the pro-life argument.

Hillary Clinton has made the following comment: “When it comes to women’s health, there are two kinds of experts: women and their doctors.” I imagine a setting with three people sitting in a room – me, my mom and a doctor. My mom and the doctor are deciding whether or not I should be killed. I’m not allowed to say anything; I just have to sit there and accept whatever choice they make. After all, it’s my mom’s choice. If she decides I should die, then I must simply accept it. I wouldn’t want to inconvenience her by continuing to live, even though she brought me into the world.

This scenario seems ridiculous, but it’s exactly what happens when a woman chooses to abort her child. Are pro-choicers capable of seeing abortion this way? I don’t think they are; otherwise, they wouldn’t be so flippant and crass when discussing the issue. Regardless of how you feel about abortion, don’t matters of life and death deserve respect when discussing?

Contrary to their most fundamental beliefs, even the libertarians like to jump on this bus. Apparently, natural rights don’t take effect until an arbitrary future date, which is determined by the government they claim to hate.

How do people come together for a common good? How do we temper the rhetoric? How do we find enough common ground to move forward?

Gay marriage is an example of something we can solve together. One side says gay couples should be able to marry. The other side says they don’t want churches forced to perform gay marriages. The solution? Get the government out of the marriage business. Churches can perform gay marriages or not. You can get a civil contract in order to obtain benefits if necessary. Everyone wins, right? Wrong! Now you have to bake me a cake.

We have an acceptable solution right in front of us, but one side refuses to accept it. Both sides, to some extent. How do we overcome this? Is there any hope?

I’m asking seriously, because I don’t know. A lot of my confusion is caused by my changing beliefs (a subject for a future episode). I thought America was on the same ride as me when the Tea Party appeared. I thought we were in it together to restore America to her former glory! In 2010, we rocked the politicians on both sides as an answer to the establishment collusion on Obamacare. Now, we seem to be falling back asleep. When candidates talk about repealing Obamacare it mostly elicits a golf clap or two.

On the Democrat side, half their party is willing to overlook the felonious actions of their front-runner. On the Republican side, they say they must defeat Hillary at any cost! Even if it means electing a candidate who doesn’t share our values and beliefs (even Hitler would be better than Hillary!).

We’re better than this. I think the Republicans just need to pop a caffeine pill and make sure they’re awake and on task a little bit longer. Hopefully, the Democrats will have their own Tea Party-style awakening and will begin to reject their establishment. When they do, we all need to be ready to come together. I think the old phrase “united we stand, divided we fall” is particularly true for our time. Washington calculates ways to drive a wedge between people and for too long we’ve fallen for it.

Now that we know their game, it’s up to us to rewrite the rules…