by Rosalys 5/9/16
First I must state that there is so much muck being flung about, that I sometimes don’t know who or what to believe. The proverbial excrement has truly hit the fan, and the fan is showing no signs of stopping. I find people, whose opinions I value very much, on both sides of the Trump issue. I have spent much time reading and listening to this one and that one, and I find I am left to rely on my own gut – not touchy, feely – feelings, or intuition.
I had said early on that I would vote for Ted Cruz in the primary, and Donald Trump in the general election. I did a little wavering, beginning with all the “let’s have a contested primary” hoopla. Jon N. Hall’s column of April 3, Nullifying the Republican Primaries, pretty much clinched it for me (thank you, Jon, for the clarifying screed), at least for a while.
I went back and forth a few times. I wasn’t pleased with Trump’s statements concerning abortion and the big bathroom debate. But I wonder if those are deeply held beliefs, or just shallow, haven’t-thought-about-it-much reactions. I suspect the latter. I really don’t like his take on eminent domain, and I suspect he holds this position closer to his heart; but I think this is a battle which must be fought another day. (Perhaps the seizure of one of his buildings for public use – though I don’t see it ever happening – would cure that.)
As for Cruz, I’m not convinced he won’t compromise on immigration. I am leery of the Goldman Sachs connection. I’m very uncomfortable with the, “Ted is anointed by God!” rhetoric (though, Ted himself has not said this.) But Ted is a Christian, a conservative, and a Constitutionalist, and Donald seems not to be – though I don’t see him viscerally opposed to them, in the manner of a true leftist. Then Ted announced Carly Fiorina for his running mate, which looked like an act of desperation – very unattractive in a man. In the voting booth I stood, vacillating for a minute, before finally connecting the arrow next to Donald name. Later on that day, I heard about Trump accusing Cruz’s father of being involved with Lee Harvey Oswald before the JFK assassination. Had I not voted so early in the day, before hearing this, I probably would have voted for Ted.
But at the end of the day, I don’t regret voting for Trump. He’s an enigma, and when push comes to shove, I really don’t know what he’s going to do. What it comes down to, for me, is character.
“What? Trump? Character? Are you crazy? A character maybe; a buffoon, a carnival barker, a huckster, a showman, immoral to the core!”
”… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom. 3:23
So Donald Trump is a sinner. So am I. So are you. So is Billy Graham. That being said, I think I see in Donald Trump a few fine character traits.
#1 – Let’s start with the obvious. Mr. Trump is pugnacious, a scrapper, a fighter. The very character trait that rankles many I see as a strength. He doesn’t back down from a fight. He meets trouble head on and does battle, with the determination to win. It might get him in some hot water from time to time, but he isn’t a coward, and he doesn’t run and hide. Did you know that cowardice is a sin?
“But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Rev. 21:8
Look at that list. Cowardice is first in a lineup that includes murder, sexual sin, and witchcraft! We tend to feel sorry for, and make excuses for, timid souls (myself included – because too often I find myself to be one of them!) but God doesn’t look at it that way! He’s ready to send fire and brimstone your way for unrepentant cowardice! I’m sure that Mr. Trump has many besetting sins, as we all do. It just doesn’t look like cowardice is one of them.
#2 – Mr. Trump is loyal. During that whole Michelle Fields tempest in a teapot, Donald Trump stood by his campaign manager – after reviewing the videos. When all the white knights rushed to the side of the damsel, who was in absolutely no distress whatsoever, other than that of her own intentional making, Donald Trump was defending his friend and colleague. I watched the videos myself, and I agree with Trump. What Michelle Fields was doing was playing the feminist card to destroy a man. Perhaps Mr. Lewandowski is guilty of something heinous, but it isn’t for assaulting Ms. Fields!
How many politicians out there have we seen throw their loyal subjects under the bus, or expected their underlings to fall on their swords for them, because they were just too damned important to the salvation of the world to let their political ambitions crumble? Over seven billion people in the world and it all rests on them!
What Michelle Fields tried to do was despicable, but it revealed a virtue in Trump that we may not have seen otherwise.
#3 – Mr. Trump is generous. We’ve all heard the stories about how he paid off the mortgage of a guy who stopped to change his tire, how he agreed to fly the family of a sick child to New York for treatment, in his private airplane, when the airlines refused. And we also heard the story about his withholding money to pay for his nephew’s medical problems – an all too common family scrap over inheritance. All of these stories took place many years ago. The family feud was resolved. Trump says he learned from it. Sounds to me like at least some repentance.
But how about, from what I’ve heard, the people who work for him – and Trump has lots of employees – really seem to like him. It couldn’t be because he treats them like slaves and peons. I’ve heard he can be tough, that he expects a lot, but he rewards accordingly. He often says that if you treat him well, he’ll treat you well. So it may be more tit for tat than the selfless love, which Christ commands of His followers; but it’s huge step up from the imperious arrogance of, say, Hillary toward the White House staff during the Clinton year’s (if the rumors be true,) or unbelievable cheapness of a multi-millionaire, like AlGore, who wouldn’t fix the plumbing in a tenant’s hovel!
#4 – He seems to have remained independent. Not necessarily or just in the political sense. Face it. A guy with the kind of money he has, is courted by the World Elites, the Ruling Class. They want anyone with any potential for influence – and money does talk! – at least on their side, but preferably in their pocket. I remember Glenn Beck telling us, his audience, how George Soros contacted him, in an attempt to lure him over to the dark side. Trump has hobnobbed with the elites, gone to their parties, probably invited them to a few of his own. But it looks like he hasn’t let anybody own him. I think he truly is an outsider. I’m so sick and tired of all the insiders that, right now, for me, that is a plus.
#5 – He’s smart. This isn’t a character trait, but it’s a plus. For all out there screaming, “He’s a buffoon! He’s a clown! He’s and idiot!” I say, “He is not!” He is smart. He can’t have gotten to where he is by being a dummy. Oh, he had a good start with Daddy’s fortune, but a dumbbell would have squandered it; Trump has built on it. Many people are smart, but there are many different ways to be smart. At least Trump is smart with numbers. He knows finances, the difference between solvency and bankruptcy. An awful lot of politicians – if not most – don’t! So there is potential to start the process of putting the United States back on the right fiscal path.
#6 – He loves America.
To save the nation, you have to first have a nation to save. Donald Trump will not be our savior. That title belongs to the Lord, Jesus Christ alone. But perhaps he can help us regain a nation, which can then be saved. I’m hoping he will stop the flow of unfettered immigration, and stop Muslim immigration altogether, at least until, “…we can figure out what the hell is going on!” Only time will tell.
Our problems go much deeper than demographics, much deeper than money. I believe our problems stem from a wholesale turning away from God. By God I mean the God of the Bible, both old and new testaments, as revealed to mankind in the person of Jesus Christ. In many ways America has become downright satanic, and is getting worse. Don’t ask God for justice. Justice should give us a Sodom and Gomorrah solution! Pray for revival! Plead for mercy!
A Trump presidency doesn’t scare me, because I have a small glimmer of hope that perhaps God can use him. God is long suffering and often merciful. To that end I pray for him, because for good or ill, I believe he will be our next president.
Another reason a Trump presidency doesn’t scare me – I have very low expectations for America and of Americans in general, anyway. I expect the worst, but I hope I’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Rosalys is a special contributor to StubbornThings • (1988 views)