All this talk about a possibly Trump presidency really begs the question. Can Donald Trump actually make America great again?
So Trump supporters, listen up. I’m not going to insult you or question your intelligence or call you names, as Donald Trump frequently does to his detractors. I am, however, going to argue that Trump cannot and will not make America great again.
Just so you know, I have friends and close family members, whom I deeply respect, who are also gung ho for Trump. And as a Christian, as a mother, as a citizen of America who became naturalized three years ago, I have come to love this country. Like you, I am absolutely concerned for America and would love to see her rise to greatness once again.
Donald Trump has promised to do this. Donald Trump came marching in, telling it like it is, blaming the inept politicians left and right, and telling us he will put in the right people to make America great once more. While reminding us he is really, really rich. It’s that simple. This is just like The Apprentice, where Donald Trump calls all the shots and knows everything.
While I was somewhat entertained at first, I have become horrified at the number of Christians who have backed Trump and even endorsed him. Even some prominent Christian leaders were invited to a private meeting at the Trump tower to talk and pray with him, and ended the meeting by essentially blessing his campaign and anointing his future presidency. What? You’ve got to be kidding me.
Did his egotistical, prideful, money hungry, untamed, sexist, angry personality escape you? Does Trump even have the character to do what’s best for America?
Yes, he is egotistical and prideful and that should be a real problem. Everyone knows it. It is obvious that his number one priority is himself and it has been for decades. He brags about his wealth, his success, his brand. He frequently reminds us of his billionaire status and extravagant lifestyle, showing his supporters his financial documents, as if that qualifies him to be president. He says he’s a winner, all he does is win, everything he touches turns to gold! Yet his many failed businesses and four corporate bankruptcies beg to differ. Conceit is not a becoming trait of a president, especially one from the conservative side.
But wait there’s more!
He’s also a loud mouth with a penchant for hurling insults at anyone who disagrees with him. Much has already been documented about his many volatile outbursts but here are just a few examples if you need a reminder: calling Megyn Kelly a “bimbo,” suggesting she was on her period because she brought up his long history of sexist comments towards women. Calling women “fat pigs”, “dogs”, “slobs” and “disgusting animals.” Blaming John McCain for getting caught in the Vietnam War and calling him “not a war hero.” Mocking Asians. Suggesting Ben Carson was a pedophile. Calling Rosie O’Donnell a “real loser,” “nice fat little Rosie,” a “very unattractive woman.” Calling Glenn Beck, “wacko,” “dumb as a rock,” “failing, crying, lost soul.” Making fun of a disabled reporter, then lying about doing it or ever knowing him. Calling illegal immigrants rapists. The complete list is long and extensive, but you get the idea. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,” the bible says.
And money hungry? He is and proud of it. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with being a rich candidate. But parading around, gloating about his wealth, his greed, and his ravenous pursuit of money should be a huge problem, not just for those of us who call ourselves Christians. Did we forget Paul’s admonition in 1 Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil”? Yes, Paul did say evil.
And what do you think Trump will do for us? That somehow through a Trump presidency, that our own wealth will increase? Are we trying to live vicariously through Trump? Like this could be a presidential reality TV show and because we vote in a billionaire, we can hope to share in the spoil?
No, Trump has shown that he will do many questionable things to increase his wealth, and has no qualms about stepping over other people to do it. What does that tell me? Trump is about money over morals, money over convictions, and money over values. In his mind, the strongest conviction that drives him is his ravenous desire to increase his bank account, even if it means corruption and bribery. This is evident in his donations. He donated to Hillary Clinton and many other democratic candidates and causes, claiming it was so he could get business done. And what was his response? “I did a damn good job in doing it.”
What about Trump’s religiosity? There’s no doubt, Trump has been trying to court the evangelical vote by talking about God and such because he can’t win without it. And some leaders have actually fallen for it. Jerry Falwell Jr.’s fawning praise of Trump at the recent event at Liberty University is perhaps the most stomach-churning and embarrassing. Falwell effusively praised Trump, comparing him to his late father, to MLK, and wait for it.. to Jesus!
Come again?! Trump has said he doesn’t know whether he’s ever asked God for forgiveness because he is a good person. That alone tells you enough to seriously question his Christianity. He claims his favorite book is the bible yet can’t name his favorite verse. He mispronounces 2 Corinthians. He says he’s a Presbyterian yet when the media questioned the church he claims to attend, they said he wasn’t an “active member.”
Furthermore, do we take our family values seriously? Because I thought conservatives cared about that stuff. Didn’t they make a huge fuss about Bill Clinton’s affair? Yet Trump has unashamedly bragged about his womanizing pursuits, he’s a serial adulterer, he’s cheated on his wives for younger women, he’s twice divorced and now on his third marriage. His first wife has claimed she felt “violated” by him in the past. On The Apprentice, many female contestants have said he based his decisions on their sex appeal. In the Miss America pageant, Carrie Prejean said Trump makes the ladies prance around in front of him so he can view their bodies and judge their hotness.
Now that is sick.
Is this the kind of character we can endorse in the Republican nominee? Republicans have long been accused of being chauvinistic, prideful, racist, unsympathetic, greedy, and sexist. Voting for Trump will only solidify that stereotype. Shamefully, perhaps there is a lot of that in the party we didn’t know about. The hypocrisy is real and the liberal media is right when they charge us with it if we claim to care about our values and religion yet at the same time, are willing to stand behind such a man.
But I think I get it. You think that Donald Trump can be a great leader, in spite of these character flaws. That his character has nothing to do with how well he will lead a nation. That even if he is an egotistical, prideful, money ravenous, untamed, sexist, angry person, that he will still have the ability to make good, wise, calculated decisions and do what’s best for the people. Yet I have to argue that NO ONE, Donald Trump, or anyone on this planet, past, present or future, can ever be a great leader with character traits like that. It is mutually exclusive. A leader who is prideful and untamed beforehand will only be more so when given the highest office of the land.
Yes, he may be a good business man (with a string of failed businesses and four corporate bankruptcies, but whatever) and a smooth talker. But without good character, he can never be a great leader, let alone a great leader of the free world. It cannot happen. When push comes to shove, he will not have the integrity, wisdom, patience, humility, bravery, discernment, and knowledge to do what is best for the people to make America great again. He is a rich, foolish, immoral man who has spent his whole life thinking about himself, serving himself, and making money for himself. Leading a country is a little more self-sacrificial than that and self-sacrifice is not something Trump has experience in.
Contrast that with Ronald Reagan, a truly great leader. In a recent interview with Dr. Michael Brown, pastor James Robison said that Ronald Reagan was the most humble, teachable, meek, and gifted man that he ever met with; a dynamic leader with deep convictions, “reminiscent of Washington himself.”
Trump is anything but that.
As conservatives, is it right to say that we believe conservative policies will save this nation from destruction and lead her to greatness once again? So it’s not a stretch to say that it will be a conservative leader who will get the job done? Yet Trump’s record does not scream conservative hero whatsoever. Trump’s political history and party affiliation has flip flopped back and forth. He’s donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democratic politicians. Trump has supported many policies that conservatives have fought hard against. During the financial crisis of 2008, he supported the stimulus, the bank bailout and the auto bailout. He has said he supports a single-payer healthcare, much like Obamacare. He’s flip-flopped on gun control.
And perhaps most disturbing is his history of supporting partial-birth abortion and even today, has no problems with the baby killing empire that is Planned Parenthood. Trump claims that his views have evolved to a more pro-life stance in recent years but “with the caveats.” Yet he has gone on record as saying he is for the status quo of funding Planned Parenthood as it is currently being funded. Just last month, on the day of the March for Life on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, he was the only candidate who said NOTHING about abortion, while all the other candidates vowed to fight for the pro-life cause. He has said that his liberal sister, who supports partial-birth abortion, would make a “phenomenal” Supreme Court justice. Just in this last South Carolina debate, he said that Planned Parenthood “does do wonderful things.”
You can be sure, saving babies from the horrors of abortion is not one of his top priorities. And with the recent death of pro-life Supreme Court justice, Antonin Scalia, the stakes of this election has just been raised that much higher. If we are pro-life, he is not our candidate. Pro-life leaders have urged pro-lifers to vote for anyone, OTHER THAN Trump. As a recent article stated, a vote for Trump is a vote for Roe v. Wade.
But despite his sparse conservative record, actual conservatives still believe Trump can make America great again. This phrase “great again” implies that America was great in the past and has since lost its greatness. So what made America great in the first place? I would have to argue that it was the genius of the founding fathers and the ideas that birthed this nation that has made this country the leader of the free world. We are no peculiar people. It is the constitutional foundation of this nation that has caused her to become who she is. Greatness is not inherent in us. Many nations have risen and fallen and we will be no exception if we don’t get back to the Constitution. Trump is not a constitutionalist. Trump does not understand that “we are a government of laws and not of men.” Trump does not value the separation of powers when he has expressed no problems with abusing political power to get his way.
Furthermore, what does the bible say will make a nation great? Righteousness. Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.” The founding fathers understood this. Patrick Henry, ratifier of the U.S. Constitution, said, “Righteousness alone can exalt [America] as a nation… Whoever thou art, remember this; and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others.” He also said, “The great pillars of all government and social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible.” Additionally, Thomas Jefferson said that “the practice of morality” was “necessary for the well being of society.” Have we forgotten the Christian roots of our nation? It seems that the founding fathers took the bible more seriously than some of us who claim to be Christian today.
All Trump’s talk about him being strong on immigration, kicking out all the illegals, building a wall, destroying ISIS, telling it like it is, being an outsider who has little experience and knowledge in politics, putting his own people in place (many of whom are liberals and extremists) is wholly insufficient and is not what will make America great again. It cannot. And I assure you, it will not.
There have been conservatives who have said, since Donald Trump may likely win the nomination, we should just get on the bandwagon and work on how he can win the general election. They say, “I don’t love Trump, but he’s the only one who can beat Hillary.”
What?! Now that is a defeatist mentality. Have we lost our heart and soul in actually fighting for conservatism and for our country? Men and women have actually died fighting for the freedoms of this country, and we will just let a billionaire entertainer have his way with the party and lead it to destruction without a fight? When the appointment of so many Supreme Court justices are at stake? No, we will not take it lying down. It is outrageous to relinquish the battle this early on. No sir, we will fight for the best conservative candidate the Republican party has to offer and there are much better, more qualified alternatives. Trump has gotten more media attention than all the other candidates combined, yet he lost Iowa to Ted Cruz, thanks in no small part to the evangelicals who turned out to vote in large numbers.
No, he is not formidable. No, he is not my candidate. And I think as the election cycle continues, more and more of our faithful will see Trump for who he really is. We need to look elsewhere if we want to see America rise to greatness once again because Donald Trump is not great, and he can’t make America great again.
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