by Peter Heck 2/18/16
If conservative pundits like Ann Coulter and Breitbart’s John Nolte want to make fools of themselves, so be it. But as a Christian and by consequence a political conservative, I want no part of the Donald Trump campaign.
I admit to being initially amused by The Donald’s antics, and delighted by the fits he was giving the mainstream press and Republican establishment so desperate to eliminate him. But the longer this reality TV show has dragged on, the more frustrated I have become with this mindless game far too many Christians and conservatives seem to be playing.
Because they rightly despise the Republican establishment,whose repeated capitulations to the godless left allow our country to be sucked helplessly into economic and moral oblivion, these conservatives pretend that simply attacking that Republican establishment makes Donald Trump something other than a liberal charlatan.
But he isn’t. Trump copied the immigration position that had been espoused for four years by Senator Ted Cruz, spoke it in racially inflammatory terms during his presidential campaign announcement, and the media’s subsequent inability to browbeat Trump into an apology inspired and enthused a Republican electorate beyond exhausted with wimp candidates like Mitt Romney and John McCain.[pullquote]It’s interesting how Trump scored laughs at the first presidential debate by mocking and disparaging notorious left-wing conspiracy theorist Rosie O’Donnell, given that he is now reciting her talking points.[/pullquote]
They gravitated toward Trump’s politically incorrect manner. So be it. But as refreshing as Trump’s boorishness towards these irritating engines of media manipulation and political sophistication may be, it doesn’t erase this one critical morsel of truth: Trump is not a conservative.
I fully understand that it gains the conservative movement precisely nothing in our effort to reverse the damage being inflicted upon our civilization by the left to either nominate someone who will lose to a liberal in the general election or compromise with a leftist agenda once in office. That’s why I’m not campaigning for John Kasich or Jeb Bush. It’s why I wasn’t a supporter of Chris Christie or Lindsey Graham.
But I remain shocked that so many supposed conservatives think it would be somehow preferable to nominate a liberal like Trump. If Kasich or Bush is unacceptable because both would compromise with liberals, wouldn’t it stand to reason that Trump is more unacceptable since he is one?
Donald J. Trump said in the most recent Republican debate that Planned Parenthood “does do wonderful things, but not as it relates to abortion.” I implore fellow Christians and conservatives: how would we react if a candidate said, “The Nazis did some wonderful things, but not as it relates to killing Jews”?
Surely such a comment would be a deal-breaker, right? It doesn’t matter if the Nazis had a strong education plan or wanted to simplify the tax code. They were slaughtering innocent human beings. That is why this comparison is entirely appropriate.
If murdering human fetuses for profit, selling their dismembered parts, and protecting sex traffickers from prosecution isn’t enough to convince you that an organization needs to be shuttered and demolished, you are not conservative.
The same must be said regarding Trump’s absurd suggestion that George W. Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction as a pretext to invade Iraq or that 9/11 (a plot contrived during the Clinton administration) was Bush’s fault. I suppose we should be thankful that the foul-mouthed entertainer stopped short of shouting over the crowd’s boos that “jet fuel doesn’t melt steel beams.”
It’s interesting how Trump scored laughs at the first presidential debate by mocking and disparaging notorious left-wing conspiracy theorist Rosie O’Donnell, given that he is now reciting her talking points.
Simply put, no conservative makes that statement. Conservatives don’t recite the disgracefully discredited “Bush lied, people died” smear. They don’t say nice things about Planned Parenthood – an organization that according to its president, Cecile Richards, makes 86% of its profit off killing children. Conservatives don’t say nice things about using the power of government to confiscate people’s private property – not for a public use, but to give to a wealthier private developer that will generate more tax revenue for the government. Donald Trump does all those things.
Loathing the Republican establishment and all it’s done to help liberalism germinate, incubate, and infiltrate our culture is logical. But supporting a liberal to take over the Republican Party in some bizarrely twisted hope that he will dismantle that establishment and help conservatism is not.
Peter Heck is a speaker, author and teacher. Follow him at @peterheck, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.peterheck.com. • (1000 views)