My first memories of Donald Trump were of a loud mouthed, rude, self appointed authoritarian with gold plated bathroom fixtures and a bad comb over. That was over 20 years ago. My opinions have not changed much, but like many others, I was totally shocked to see Trump rise in the presidential candidate polls despite repeatedly spouting hate-filled rhetoric that only serves to drive the country further apart on politics, religion and acceptance of other cultures beyond European White high class.
I should preface this article by stating that I am neither a Democrat or Republican. Like many I do not toe party lines or party lies (I left the n out of lines when I first typed and thought, “well, that was appropriate!”). I am of European descent. I tend towards prejudism as a natural part of my being and have to fight to overcome it, especially when those I am most prejudiced toward tend to prove my grievances correct more often than wrong. It is hard to let go of preconceived fears and strong emotions tied to some hurt someone has done one in the past, such as guys treating girls as sex objects rather than intelligent human beings, and girls ridiculing other girls who don’t fit the fashion mode of the times. Those hurts sting and leave lasting wounds and so too does political pride and using one’s power to override the authority and well-being of one group to focus more resources on another group which is perceived to drag down everyone else in the group, whether we are talking about unwedded moms with multiple children by multiple fathers, deadbeat dads, energy corporations that destroy paradise at any price as long as they profit, or, yes, politicians who override congress to put their own ideas into place even when most feel those ideas are more harmful than good.
It’s a rare world where you will find everyone agreeing on the same subject. Even among friends and families there are arguments about how to do things correctly, from little things like hanging towels and which way the toilet paper roll should lie to big things like where the money should be spent, on a new motorcycle and big screen TV or on a new stove and refrigerator, though practical tends to win out over frivolous among spouses who look wisely to the future rather than unwisely to their desires.
So too, most Americans look wisely to their own futures. They see some political movements as good for the nation and others as detrimental, yet, one has to wonder, with a field of 2016 political candidates with such tainted pasts and vociferous presents, what type future might they bring to the United States and are we in reality more the Divided States of America, especially on issues such as gun control, abortion, legal drug use and gambling and even prostitution.
Older adults are frightened by the lack of respect children and young adults have for anyone or anything these days. Vile and vulgar language fills the airwaves. There are no decent family friendly shows on television anymore and the school system in most states is a joke. Parents are not disciplining children and instead controlling them with drugs. We expect others to raise our children, with many adults sending kids off to daycare at 7 a.m and not taking them home until 12 hours later, feeding them fast food and sending them to bed to start the routine over the very next day. The nation is becoming more obese and less intelligent. Our values are placed on material gains. We are told we should welcome everyone no matter what their beliefs, but at the same time we are not allowed to practice our own beliefs because they are considered exclusive and hurtful of others who do not feel the same as we do, so we all become one watered down pot of stew water with no meat or veggies or salt to flavor the mix. The world is a mess and someone needs to fix it, but who?
For Christians, that obvious answer would be Christ, but since the Rapture seems so far in the future and none of us really want to see the world end, the next best bet is the president. We want a president who will stand strong on important issues, who will lead not just the nation, but play a roll in world politics as well. We want someone who will keep cheap goods out of the US and encourage higher educations standards at a price we can all afford. We want high quality health care at affordable prices as well, not just for the very poor or very weak, but for anyone who needs it. On that same note, we do not want to reward people who take bad care of themselves and abuse the health care system and we do not want to see the government paying unwed mothers to continue to have unwanted babies, nor do we want to pay for abortions for women who freely have sex without understanding the consequences.
As Christians, we want a lot of things. We see wisely that the nation is heading down a dangerous path from which there may be no return and we see politicians bickering with each other rather than working to unite us all on a similar cause. We want to fight crime, protect families, worship freely as long as that does not mean maiming and destroying others who do not agree with us. We want someone to do something, not just promise to do something and then go play golf and ignore a bad situation rather than act on it and watch it turn into an even worse situation thinking things will work themselves out if we just mind our own business and do not interfere.
Bottom line, we want a doer and a thinker. We want an intelligent and just ruler who will work for the people and protect the constitutional rights of the people, while encouraging a higher moral standard and continuing to put faith in God and the principles of the Judeo/Christian Bible upon which most modern-world justice and care systems were founded, despite what atheists might think.
So, let’s get back to Donald Trump for a moment. The man definitely knows how to run a business and earn money, but he is rude, condescending, divisive, a name caller, proud and arrogant, insulting, has a low opinion of women, has been divorced twice and married three times. He had an affair with his soon to be second wife, while still married to his first. He was unfaithful in love. None of these things mark him as a Christian. Christ tells us that the institution of marriage is to mirror the relationship we have with God and the church. We are called to be faithful to one God, not many. We do not drop God in favor of another when things get rough. We do not run away from things that no longer interest us, but seek to rekindle the love and remind ourselves of why we fell in love in the first place. We are to be true in marriage as we are to be true to God himself. We are to love others as ourselves, not put them down or ridicule them. There are many things we are called to be as Christians, but being pompous and condescending are not on the list.
A recent poll showed Donald Trump’s approval rating is right around 40% or about 59% negative according to a recent Gallup Poll. That makes him the most unpopular candidate of both democrats and republicans. By contrast Hillary Clinton has about a 52% negative rating and yet both appear to be the front runner in their respective political parties and the reason for this? They are seen as the strongest candidates. Not the most correct, the most sensitive, the most caring, but the strongest.
Americans want a strong leader. They want someone who will fight the opposition and stand up to those who oppose their value systems and as such, they are willing to sacrifice their own wisdom and ability to see the future under such leadership.
At some point, voters need to realize that the great divide between republican and democrat is only growing wider and angry candidates are not necessarily the best candidates to vote into office. We do not want our future commander and chief storming off in a tiff when things do not go his or her way. We do want someone who will be fair and listen to all sides of the issue and make wise choices to protect and defend while still allowing freedoms and protecting the values system that has made our country great and allowed us to help defend other countries who are overrun by tyrannical leaders who only wish to control and paralyze in order to provide and protect for themselves not others.
Before you vote on any candidate, do your homework. Go to reputable sites and learn what these people really believe. How have they lived their lives, What choices have they made in their families, businesses, or, if they have a political past, how have they run their states or worked with others in congress. Don’t follow a candidate simply because your friends do. Don’t buy into political rhetoric. Don’t become so proud and protective of your rights that you fail to see the rights of others.
Definitely one human being cannot fix all the troubles of the nation and the world. That job falls upon us all, but be very careful about the history of the candidates and what they have said and done in the past as it is the rare person who changes their spots to stripes and the way a person lives their lives can give great insight into how they will behave in the presidential seat.