I have been watching and listening to the debate over Donald Trump and I have finally drawn some conclusions. Unfortunately, they do not bode well for our nation. If you have a moment, I’d like to explain my concerns and, if you’ll let me, ask a few questions we should all answer for ourselves.
For many years, I was part of the ‘us vs. them’ game that we have been trained to play. It encompasses the majority of our lives: from politics, race and religion down to the soft drinks we consume. To a large extent, I am still influenced by this ‘tribalism.’ Only, today, I recognize when I do it and do my best to fight the impulses within myself. In short, I am trying to reclaim a disciplined life. So I am looking at the Trump debate with much different eyes and what I see is mostly driven by a desire to ‘win.’
Many Republican pundits — many of whom claim to be ‘conservative’ — are supporting Trump. In some cases, it is a passive support, such as with Rush Limbaugh. This passive support comes in the form of ‘explanation’ of what Trump is doing and why without ever explaining that Trump is not a Republican in either his history or his policies. So why would these people support Trump when, as their profession revolves around politics, they should know better? The simple answer is: they want to win. Ann Coulter’s claim that she would accept abortions in the White House to have Trump win and implement his immigration policy is a clear sign of this desire to win at any costs.
But Coulter reveals another problem, and this one addresses the idea of ‘conservatism.’ The people I mentioned in my last paragraph are more politically motivated. They are the ‘Party uber alles’ crowed (Party above all). If we look at their history, we see that, so long as they think he could win, these people would support Satan as their candidate. They only see their Party. That’s it — nothing else. But the people who claim to be ‘conservatives’ and not ‘Republican’ are implying they care more about principles and ideals than Party. Unfortunately, many of these people are also supporting Trump.
In his two Presidential campaigns, Obama said things that appealed to many Democrat and Independent voters. His race was used to ‘guilt’ whites into voting for him. This is what Biden meant when he made his comment about finally having a clean, articulate black candidate. But Obama also crafted his language in a way that allowed those Democrats who might still have some principles to believe he, Obama, was going to do something about governing according to those principles. However, as history has shown, Obama had his own agenda and it had little to do with the principles and ideals his supporters believed he supported. In short, Obama lied and the people accepted his lies because they wanted what they thought he was promising so badly that they were willing to turn off their sense of reason. Now, the ‘conservatives’ are doing the same thing. ‘Conservatives’ care so much about stopping the Liberal/Progressive agenda in this nation that, as soon as someone comes along promising to do this in language they can see themselves using, they are willing to forget that the man saying these things is, himself, a Liberal/Progressive.
So what should we take away from all of this? Well, there are many things here that all testify to the advanced state of decay in our society.
First, we care more about winning than we do about the race. We will compromise anything just to win — even the victory.
Second, this willingness to compromise means that we do not have core values, principles or ideals. This is a founding principle of the Progressive ideology: the thing does not matter, only the movement toward that thing matters.
Third, this means that most of us are blind to just how extensively we have accepted the Liberal/Progressive paradigm. Just as many Atheists do not understand that much of what they advocate is the product of the Judeo/Christian faith because they have been immersed in a Judeo/Christian culture since birth, the majority of Americans do not see that they are Liberal/Progressive for the same reason.
Fourth, if we cannot recognize the Progressive tendencies within us, we must question our conception of the things we think we believe. This has been one of my greatest concerns for those who call themselves ‘conservative.’ Make no mistake, I was among this number until just a few years ago. But, as I learned more about the founders and the Progressives, I slowly came to understand that ‘conservatives’ have more in common with the Teddy Roosevelt arm of the Progressive movement (i.e. Republican Party) than they do with the founding fathers. But we have all been exposed to Progressive indoctrination in our schools and universities, so few of us have a clear understanding of who our founders were and what they believe. Fewer still go to the trouble to learn by going back to the writings of our founders, themselves. Instead, we have created our own idea of who they were and what they believed. But, subconsciously, I think we all sense this conception is a fiction, and this makes it easier to let go of what we think we believe in favor of obtaining what we think is a victory. Sadly, this leads to defeat on both fronts.
All of this has brought me to a very important question:
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
I have no business answering this for anyone else, but I believe these are questions I must answer for myself. I have come to realize that, if you reject the belief in the soul, then nothing we do matters. The only rule that any of us should adhere to is to do as much as we can to please ourselves as we can get away with doing. ‘Might-makes-right’ is the logical conclusion of rejecting God and the soul. It is also the first principle of the Liberal/Progressive ideology: that God is dead and the only thing that matters is what we can force on others.
I reject this. I know God is real.. I see His hand in history, as well as in my own life and the lives of those around me. So I believe in the soul, and that I need to care more about it and eternity than I do about the things of this world. This does not mean I can ignore this world, as my soul will be judged according to how I live and what I do while in this world. So the things of this world are of paramount importance. But how I am going to be judged will not depend on whether or not I ‘win’ according to the standards of this world, but whether or not I cling to and stand up for the things of God and His Law.
This means — for me — I must vote, but I can no longer support or vote for people whom I have good reason to distrust. It means I have to reject the unsound arguments of those who tell me that, unless I vote for their Party, I am electing the other person. No, I am not. I am voting for the person whose name I mark on my ballot and no one else. So long as I vote for the person I believe will best represent and hold to God’s Law, then even if that person does not win the worldly election, I have not lost. No, I have made it known in Heaven that I did my best to cling to God’s Law and to stand up for what is right. For me, this is all that matters anymore.
Now, to bring this back to Trump’s campaign: I know the man’s history, so I have very good cause to believe he is not going to uphold God’s Laws. He has admitted he is not of strong faith, and that he is willing to break the laws. He has actually boasted about breaking the laws and justifies it as ‘the way to get things done.’ ‘Conservatives’ should see this and reject him for this reason alone, but many are overlooking this because they like his language. Republicans are overlooking Trump’s Liberal/Progressive past and policies because they think he will give their Party a win. Both sides are worried more about the action than the result. This is the essences of the Progressive method. It is exactly how Wilson defined ‘Progressive,’ yet, the very people who claim they want Trump to stop the Liberal/Progressive agenda are willing to overlook the fact that Trump is a Liberal/Progressive. This is not only irrational, but it reveals a lack of core principles, convictions and discipline.
Let me end by asking: if those who claim to be fighting to preserve our nation are willing to abandon principles, convictions and discipline, then what are they actually trying to preserve?