Just for a moment, let’s disregard Hillary Clinton’s unethical and illegal present and past. Is Trump the best the Republicans have to offer? The simple answer is “no.” Is protesting his nomination by not voting or voting for third party candidate helpful to our country’s future? A more emphatic, “NO.”
A Trump Administration will not likely be the “Morning in America” which Reagan brought and our nation needs again. Trump is a little unpolished when it comes to foreign policy and has a public relations problem with some groups and his economic plans could go sour. That is why a President has a Cabinet to advise him.
It’s crucial that potential Trump voters not be intimidated by the demonstrations of the Left. They are protesting the “splinters” in his eye while ignoring the planks in Hillary Clinton’s. To make it worse, some of these disturbances are being financed by notoriously anti-U.S. billionaire George Soros according to Monica Crowley of the Washington Times on July 11 in a Fox interview.
Who is Really Promoting Division?
Their claim is that Trump is promoting hate. Yet, it’s the current Administration which has fanned the flames of racial division during its seven years with comments slanted toward those instigating trouble but against those trying to keep the peace. Trends from Gallup, which do not include possible changes from recent events in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas:1
Police forces are staffed by imperfect people — just like the ones they are protecting. The Democrats’ discussions that racism is our biggest sin overlooks the top killer of the President’s race: abortion.2
Terrorism Through Immigration
Trump’s initial plan to ban all Muslims was certainly not diplomatic and he has learned the need to modify it. As flawed as his initial position was, it is not as dangerous as the Democratic plans to allow thousands of refugees from the Arab world without an ability to screen them adequately. ISIS has vowed, and has been successful in infiltrating jihadists into Europe. We’re next… Probably already happening.
Tenuous Freedom of Religion
How about inalienable rights? Trump will defend freedom of religion, speech and the right to bear arms. Obama, Clinton and followers believe that those with religious convictions are out of touch with “progressive” times and should be forced to participate in abortions and comply with the legitimization of disordered behavior with same-sex “marriage.”
And their “religious accommodations” in Obamacare aren’t as advertised. Signing over the authority to a third party to implement abortion and abortion-causing drugs for one’s employees is the same as signing over one’s car to be used in a crime. Just because you didn’t drive the car doesn’t mean you weren’t participating.
True religious freedom means being able to not provide any of the items used for a same-sex “marriage.” Forcing believers to concede is outrageous. Marriage does not originate from the state and, therefore, cannot be defined by the state. Marriage is also not a right because it is a vocation – a calling requiring discernment. Conditions must be met for it to be valid. The state’s only legitimate involvement is from its original interest regarding separation of property in the case of a divorce and care for minor children..
The tide is already turning to classify Catholic and some other Christian beliefs as “hate speech.” The Left’s sense of “tolerance” includes silencing dissenters– even if they are espousing timeless truths that have survived Sodom, Gomorrah, Rome, the Dark Ages and modern totalitarians.
Self-defense is a basic human right.
“Love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. Therefore it is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own right to life. Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow…”3
Giving our right to do so, then relying on a very fallible government to protect us at all times is foolish. These governments prove their fallibility with policies such as gun-free zones (which make law abiding citizens mere sitting ducks) and sanctuary cities which put law-abiding citizens at the risk of criminals.
Gun availability was easier in the past. Then why were mass killings far less frequent?
“Catalogs and magazines from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s were full of gun advertisements directed to children and parents… The 1902 Sears mail-order catalog had 35 pages of firearm advertisements. People just sent in their money, and a firearm was shipped. For most of our history, a person could simply walk into a hardware store, virtually anywhere in our country, and buy a gun…”
“Why — at a time in our history when guns were readily available, when a person could just walk into a store or order a gun through the mail, when there were no FBI background checks, no waiting periods, no licensing requirements — was there not the frequency and kind of gun violence that we sometimes see today, when access to guns is more restricted?…”
“Customs, traditions, moral values and rules of etiquette, not just laws and government regulations, are what make for a civilized society, not restraints on inanimate objects [emphasis added]… Moral standards of conduct, as well as strict and swift punishment for criminal behaviors, have been under siege in our country for more than a half-century… At best, the police and criminal justice system are the last desperate line of defense for a civilized society. The more uncivilized we become the more laws are needed to regulate behavior.”4
Federal Government and the Economy
Financial responsibility? Trump at least knows enough to say and work for reducing a dangerous federal debt. His success is yet to be determined. However, Hillary and Bernie are enamored with giveaways, but with no rational plan to pay for them. Either the federal debt would become unsustainable under them or their redistribution of wealth would recreate an eastern European form of socialism — one of man’s greatest failures.
Speaking of fiscal disasters, there is the proposed $15 per hour federal minimum wage. This has thousands of followers despite the critical fact that national pay standards are reasonable only if the cost of living is similar across all fifty states (not 57, Mr. President).
But it isn’t. Mandating $15 in Mississippi, which has the lowest cost of living, would be like requiring $24.25 in New York and California. Florida has the median cost of living. Only $11.10 is required there to accomplish what $15 does in those other two states.5
Job losses through trade deals? It’s ironic that the parties have turned 180 degrees. NAFTA was a Republican darling when it became effective in 1994. Now that it has been shown to aggravate trade imbalances and loss of jobs, the Republicans want to revisit it. For some unknown reason, Democrats want to keep it, possibly because they’re afraid of upsetting China — despite the fact that it has shown not to need a reason to trade unfairly.
Future Composition of the Supreme Court
Finally, we have a number of Supreme Court positions which will be vacated soon in addition to Justice Scalia’s death. Add another Obama/Clinton type term and the Court will be the playground of those who believe the Constitution is a malleable list of suggestions, like their view of the Ten Commandments and Natural Law.
The Challenge is Clear
Trump is not the prototypical conservative even for those of us independents who don’t care about the party establishment’s thoughts. There’s a time to be unwavering about some political ideals. This is not one of them because there won’t be an opportunity to undo the damage with the 2020 elections, especially if the Democrats reclaim the Senate as well as keep the White House.
Trump may or may not perfectly promote all of the values which our Founding Fathers fought and died for 240 years ago. But whatever is done to trip him up will do nothing except guarantee a third term of Obama’s path to our downfall.
Our federal deficit, the condition of the Supreme Court and the most crucial of constitutional rights cannot withstand a continuation of the last 7-1/2 years. The choice is ours. The consequences will impact the next generation or two in a way unseen previously.
Human history is littered with the fossils of societies who believed they were invincible to the consequences of unwise behavior. Likewise, we are not immune to a big fall.
1 – “Concern Over Race Relations Has More Than Doubled In The Past 2 Years,” by Janie Velencia, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/race-relations-worry-rise_us_570bd5a7e4b0836057a1c547, 4/11/2016.
2 – “In announcing the new web page, Right to Life of Michigan said, ‘More than crime. More than accidents. More than cancer, heart disease and AIDS. Abortion has taken more black American lives than any other cause of death since 1973.’”
“’Did you know that? Abortion is the leading cause of death in the United States, but for black Americans abortion causes more deaths every year than every other cause of death combined. Now is the time for this fact to be addressed in the media and in the classroom,’ it added.” From “Abortion Has Killed More Black Americans Than Crime, Accident, Cancer or AIDS,” by Sarah Zagorski, http://www.lifenews.com/2015/06/25/abortion-has-killed-more-black-americans-than-crime-accidents-cancer-or-aids/, 6/25/2015.
3 – From Paragraph 2264 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 25th printing, November, 2013.
4 – “Are Guns the Problem?” by Walter E. Williams, http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/walter-e-williams/are-guns-problem, 10/1/2013.