Recently, a friend had a blog post up entitled, “The Single Best ‘Why You Need To Vote Trump’ Post I’ve Seen.” The author is referencing a Townhall post from a Christian, Wayne Grudem, who attempts to justify how Christians really can, in good conscience, vote for Trump.
I trust you can already see where I have problems with this rationale. But just to be clear, here are some of the claims made by Gruden:
I did not support Trump in the primary season. I even spoke against him at a pastors’ conference in February. But now I plan to vote for him. I do not think it is right to call him an “evil candidate.” I think rather he is a good candidate with flaws.
He is egotistical, bombastic, and brash. He often lacks nuance in his statements. Sometimes he blurts out mistaken ideas (such as bombing the families of terrorists) that he later must abandon. He insults people. He can be vindictive when people attack him. He has been slow to disown and rebuke the wrongful words and actions of some angry fringe supporters. He has been married three times and claims to have been unfaithful in his marriages. These are certainly flaws, but I don’t think they are disqualifying flaws in this election.On the other hand, I think some of the accusations hurled against him are unjustified. His many years of business conduct show that he is not racist or anti-(legal) immigrant or anti-Semitic or misogynistic – I think these are unjust magnifications by a hostile press exaggerating some careless statements he has made. I think he is deeply patriotic and sincerely wants the best for the country. He has been an unusually successful problem solver in business. He has raised remarkable children. Many who have known him personally speak highly of his kindness, thoughtfulness, and generosity. But the main reason I call him “a good candidate with flaws” is that I think most of the policies he supports are those that will do the most good for the nation.[…]That is why this election is not just about Hillary Clinton. It is about defeating the far left liberal agenda that any Democratic nominee would champion. Liberal Democrats are now within one Supreme Court justice of their highest goal: gaining permanent control of the nation with a five vote majority on the Supreme Court, and then relentlessly imposing every liberal policy on the nation not through winning elections but through a relentless parade of one Supreme Court decision after another. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
The author hasn’t given me any reason to vote for Trump. I disagree with the majority of what he said. I don’t believe Trump is a “good candidate with flaws.” I believe he is a deeply disturbed person who is wholly unsuited, on every level, to be the leader of the free world.
“He has been an unusually successful problem solver in business.” Seriously? In what way? What problems in business has he solved that didn’t involve multiple bankruptcies, multiple failed businesses, scams and frauds, refusing to pay workers what he owed them, hiring illegals, taking his businesses out of the country, and hundreds of lawsuits?
“He has raised remarkable children.” Well, first of all, have you heard some of the crap his children have come out with? And second, he has said on numerous occasions that his ex-wives raised his children, he didn’t have much to do with it. And third, what’s so remarkable about his children? What’s the criteria for being considered “remarkable?”
This is a man who admires and praises authoritarian dictators; has ties to the mob and displays that thug mentality regularly; attempts to shut down dissent; has the temperament of a 5-year-old; suffers from narcissistic personality disorder; changes his mind minute to minute, based on the response he gets from other people or something he sees on tv or who the hell knows why; is grossly ignorant of the way our republic works; is grossly ignorant of what’s going on in the world around him; is a pathological liar; surrounds himself with ignorant spokespeople (like Scottie Nell Hughes) and thug advisors (like Paul Manafort); and is mentally and emotionally unstable.
For decades the Democrats held Roe v Wade over my head. Now, the Republicans want to buy my vote by holding the Supreme Court over my head. Not going to work this time. Let’s not forget that it’s the Senate who must ultimately confirm the nominee so if you want to ensure that the Supreme Court doesn’t become filled with liberal activist judges, vote for true conservatives for Senate, because the so-called Republicans in there now have betrayed us all. And maybe it’s time for an amendment to remove the “lifetime” provision for the Supremes; maybe We The People need to focus on THAT, hmmm?
Neither of the two nominees will get my vote. It is so far beyond “hold my nose” this year. I find both nominees to be equally despicable and dangerous to the future of this country. If I have to choose who I think would, in the big picture, be worse, I’d have to say Trump for so many reasons, just a few of which I’ve mentioned above. And, if he becomes president, we will have told the establishment elitist GOP power mongers that we approve of, and condone, their betrayal of this country and all we stand for, and they have free rein to continue to screw us. I have to draw the line somewhere. I have to make a stand, I have to stand for something, unlike Trump, who will negotiate anything with anyone at any time. A man who will negotiate everything stands for nothing, and such a man is a danger to all, especially when that man is downright crazy.
Go about your day. This is an Open Thread.