A few days ago, my 11 year old posed the following question: Dad, who have been your favorite Presidents. I thought a moment and responded, “Lincoln, Reagan, Washington, not necessarily in that order.” He followed up with another question: Why? Several thoughts came to mind, but I limited my answer to two reasons. They were respectable men, acknowledging the importance of God to help direct the course of a Nation. My son considered my response then asked the $64,000 question. If those traits are important, then why are people so excited about Trump?
I’ve tuned into each Republican Debate, watching with great interest the back and forth between the frontrunner, Trump, and the other Candidates contending for the Republican nomination. My two oldest occasionally sit and watch the drama unfold. Both question the facial expressions and mannerisms of Trump, his disrespect for his opponents and anyone who questions his ideology or his ability to lead. The last debate stooped to a new low as Trump and Rubio sparred over his hand size and how that directly correlates to another physical attribute. Maybe I’m too young to remember, but did any of this crude diatribe occur between Reagan and Carter. I don’t even think Bill Clinton stooped this low…well, at least on the debate stage.
Sadly, our culture has devolved into a society of celebrity worship. For whatever reason, we tend to accept the mudslinging, the profane, and the over-the-top antics of celebrities, explaining away the behavior as “that’s just Hollywood.” Can anyone imagine Donald Trump leading the pack had he not hosted a successful reality show for years?
Are any of the candidates perfect? Of course not, but at least some act with Presidential decorum. Imagine for a moment Trump hosting a press conference with Putin in the Rose Garden. Putin expresses a dissenting view of President Trump’s ideology and “the Donald” shrugs, makes faces, snorts, and calls him “Little Putin?” Is he truly the man we want representing the United States of America?
American made history when electing Obama, the first bi-racial individual to hold the highest office in the land. Many people voted for Obama, not because of his policies or his experience, but because he was a “rock star” in the Democrat party, a celebrity of sorts, and they wanted to help America do something that had never been done before. (Why they re-elected him, I’ll never know….)Voting for Trump because he starred on the Apprentice, makes as much sense as voting for a Candidate that’s under FBI investigation.
And maybe the single most important reason for not supporting Trump is his answer on repentance. When asked if he’d ever confessed his sin, he said no and suggested it was better to keep God out of his mistakes. A man who thinks God isn’t necessary for forgiveness is a man determined to govern a Country without the leading Hand of Providence. Can America survive another four to eight years of a Narcissist and Chief in the Oval Office? Only by the grace of God…..
Oh, and by the way….if you believe Mexico’s going to pay for the wall, I’ve got some prime ocean front property for sale….in Arizona.