Much has been said, seen and satirized about the current presidential campaign, especially on the Republican side. Most people agree, the entire campaign including the process is a mess.
The greatest concern among many, seems to be the GOP front runner, Donald Trump. Even though the Donald has been at the focal point of the press for more than thirty years and most recently with his reality television series, “The Apprentice” the past ten, the GOP elite, the establishment and ultra Christian Conservative “do-gooders” all have declared war on probably the most openly vetted, visible, logical, experienced and practical candidate since Ronald Reagan. In no way is this meant to equate Donald Trump with Ronald Reagan but even many former Reagan advisors have stated they see many similarities; both in the candidate as well as the way he is being attacked by the GOP. and treated by the media.
It’s a shame that a man that has been vetted publically longer than any candidate ever, continues to be maligned, put through the mud and have more money spent by his own party in attempts to destroy him than any other presidential candidate in the history of politics.
The irony to all this mess is that the anti-Trump groups don’t agree on anything. They have nothing in common other than they all want to stop Trump.
The GOP elite (the hierarchy or ones who run the party) are simply angry that their three favorite sons Bush, Rubio and Christy (only in reserve) all lost and dropped out and they (the elite) are losing control of the Republican Party.
The GOP establishment (the traditional “Rockefeller Republicans”) has spent the past 30 years trying to convince the GOP voters that their “hold your nose” nominees were all just like Reagan (though nothing of the such). Now they can’t believe they’re only remaining hope is either a delusional Ohio governor at the end of his political rope or a young first term Texas senator from which they’d prefer to walk away from but can’t. Although he is their last possible hope, they might have to settle on Cruz because he’s at least a (professional) “politician”.
Then there are the ultra-Christian conservative “do-gooders”; not to be confused with Christian Evangelicals. These ultra-Christian conservative “do-gooders” are the finger pointers; they believe they’re the only ones with answers to all that is right and good. They believe their answers have been given to them specifically by God. This time around, this group is made up of the Charismatic, Pentecostal super spiritual groups (although led by Mormon Radio Host, Glenn Beck) who insist Ted Cruz is an American Messianic type of King being sent by God to save America and her wealth. Cruz’s own father has stated such.
Interestingly enough, traditional evangelical Christians predominantly favor Donald Trump according to all the polls and want no part of the cultic like following of Glen Beck’s prophetic visions.
The result of three separate groups attempting to stop Trump but not agreeing on anything else will result in nothing but continued division. The conclusion could be another unpopular nominee, a third or even fourth party (which the Glenn Beck group has no problem with even if they lose), or millions of Republicans not voting or voting for Hillary.
It’s all madness and makes no sense. It’s children playing with matches and Radio Host Glenn Beck should be ashamed. Regardless of his thoughts, his actions are not consistent with sound Biblical principles of Godly leadership. Beck’s daily cult like diatribe of the need to vote principle and not candidate continues the division among Republican voters and could keep a unified candidate from getting elected. But then again, Beck’s goal has long been the destruction of the Republican Party. Beck views himself as a modern day prophet and often reviews for his radio and TV audience what he believes to be the fulfillments to his prophecies or predictions coming true. His latest prophecy is that America’s failure to elect Ted Cruz as president will lead to America’s destruction. He tells his audience that Cruz is God’s last chance for America.
So why is there all the hate for Trump?
The American people have known for thirty years about the Donald. We know he owns casinos, has owned strip clubs, had a few businesses go bad, failed marriages, and accused of womanizing, uses profanity and often verbally abuses his opposition. He is also self-aggrandizing; he is the epitome of arrogance, utilizes the legality of public domain to acquire property and will suit a person, group, business or network at the drop of a hat. He has also been accused of walking the legal fence and playing fast and loose with organized crime.
But, so what, many American presidents have done or been accused of the very same things, as have many American people. That doesn’t make them any less American or capable of being a good president.
Can you say Kennedy? Take your choice, whether it be Joseph Sr., John or Bobby. Everything just mentioned about Trump was practically indigenous of both Kennedy business and politics in and out of the White House and yet the Kennedys are seen as Camelot, American Royalty and every accusation, right, wrong, confirmed or not is simply glossed over and ignored by historians, the media and voters.
As a Southern Baptist Pastor of two of the largest churches in South Florida I was accused of many of the same things and not one of the accusations were true. Thank God for people who looked beyond the rumor, the hearsay and yes even my personal financial failures. We all have them, even Donald Trump and yes even Ted Cruz.
What a person might have done or was accused of doesn’t make that man (or woman) a bad leader. It’s often our past, our mistakes, the false accusations and even our failures which help to make us who we are and what we ultimately become.
There is much about Trump that’s obviously less than desirable but the one thing that is desirable in a candidate or nominee is that Trump is exciting!!
It’s time for Republicans to wake up. The GOP can never expect to get a nominee elected IF the candidate isn’t exciting. Remember Romney, remember Cain, remember Dole? People fell asleep listening to these men and voters had to hold their noses as they voted for them.
The reality is, as much as many people like Ted Cruz, he’s just another politician, establishment candidate (as much as he and his supporters might think otherwise). When he speaks, although well thought and prepared and a great debater, Cruz is BORING!!!! He tries to be exciting but just can’t do it. Cruz is actually one of the most boring candidates the GOP has ever had. When you talk to millennials they see him as stiff and out of touch. Cruz supporters point to the fact that at least nobody is protesting their candidate’s rallies. The reason they’re not protesting is simple, there is not reason to protest because Cruz doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning; not to mention he doesn’t offer any hope for millennials.
Pundits from both parties tend to agree that once Sanders is eliminated, millions of millennials who had followed Bernie on the Democrat side will begin crossing over and supporting Donald Trump because he’s a non-politician who will develop jobs in the secular world.
The truth is the truth. Yes, the Donald is far, far less than the perfect man or candidate and he’s had many failures in business and in his love life but he is a man who ultimately gets things done. He knows how to work with people, make deals and “make things great”.
To get things done, you do have to “work with people” and many times you have to over emphasize your point (sometimes to exaggeration) in order to ultimately achieve the desired result; every leader understands this concept and the Donald is a master of this trait.
Much of the good Donald J. Trump has done and is doing is not being reported and won’t. He has built hotels and golf courses in areas many people wouldn’t and often sacrificed much financially to do so.
He’s seen all over Palm Beach taking large sums of cash money out of his pocket and giving to the homeless and his service staff. He’s considered to be the most generous of tippers by the hospitality industry; even NON Trump hotels, restaurants and country clubs.
Those who really know the Donald agree that what Ben Carson said when he first endorsed Trump is true; Trump has two sides, the business and the personal. Both are usually different but necessary to produce successful business transactions. Such a characteristic is desperately needed in a president and in this writer’s humble opinion, Trump can and will do that.
It’s time for this mess to get cleaned up, the divisiveness and anger within the Party to stop and Republican voters to unite behind the candidate the primary voters choose. A brokered or contested Republican convention will result in only one thing, another Clinton White House.