Thoughts on Trump

An open letter to the GOP

This has gone on long enough.

Seeing Trump speak at Liberty University, compared to Jesus by its politically pandering president, was the last straw.  Trump actually said his book was the best book ever written, except for the Bible.  And no one boo-ed him.  He wasn’t run out of town on a rail.

I guess we’ve just gotten used to demagoguery and spectacle and bald-faced lies, exaggerations and braggadocio in our political discourse.  Trump is the logical outcome of talk radio's extreme rhetoric and straw-man arguments, on either side of the aisle.

But we have a country to run.  It’s a serious job.  Trump was entertaining for a while, but are we seriously considering this?  Just because he has enough money to buy an audience?

His moral convictions are non-existent.
His brash talk makes “the bombing starts in 5 minutes” look like child’s play.

Some folks are starting to reconcile themselves to the real possibility of Trump as the GOP candidate.  I never will.

This day has been coming for a while.

With our culture sliding farther from its Biblical anchor, the day was on its way when no major presidential contender supports Biblical values.  Trump pretends to, at Liberty, but its weak and a transparent pander.  It’s obvious he doesn’t believe what he’s saying, as he says it.  It would do Christians well to pause and consider, apart from the Trumpery, how do we lobby and vote when the major parties and polls refuse to advance candidates with biblical values?  I understand the argument to vote (in the hypothetical or future situation) for the pro-choice guy instead of the forced sterilization guy, but I'm not sure I buy it.  Does the Bible obligate us to cast a defensive vote for the “lesser of two evils,” if that candidate won’t do anything to act for the unborn and other biblical values?  The difference between Romney and Trump is stark.

In the past I have been very strong against voting third party, because it just throws support to the Democrat.  But in the case of Trump, at this point, I WILL “throw my vote away” rather than give it to the GOP.  If Trump is actually the nominee, I’m sure a decent third-party conservative candidate will emerge outside the GOP, if the rules allow it.  As Doug Wilson said, I think I'll vote for Donald Duck before Donald Trump.  The GOP should notice that wing of the base, and not just the big audiences and bank of cash Trump displays.

At this point I’m hoping for a Cruz-Fiorina ticket, or something like it.

Wake up, GOP rulers, and give us a serious candidate.
Don’t let money do all the talking.

One thing I’ve noticed.  The GOP usually has a hard time communicating a clear and winsome message in their national campaigns.  With Trump it’s even worse.  Almost makes me wonder if he’s doing his friend Hillary Clinton a favor, sucking all the oxygen out of the GOP’s room, into his narcissistic big head.  Jamming our communications so the other side has free reign.

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