The idea of having to choose between the dishonest Hillary Clinton and the despicable Donald Trump is a nightmare that causes reasonable people great despair. I have to admit that I did not believe it would come to this. I over-estimated the wisdom of the GOP, believing that Trump’s character would be exposed and his antics would wear thin and eventually his popularity would fade. But his supporters shrug off inconvenient truth and go on supporting him in spite of his character, his beliefs, his behavior, and his positions on issues.
- He makes statements supporting Planned Parenthood and his pro-life supporters simply look the other way because he’s going to “make America great again.”
- He refuses to denounce the KKK, and his supporters refuse to get upset because they are angry at the establishment.
- He offers no policies or positions to solve anything, but he is going to “get tough” with “them” so his supporters just keep on supporting him.
He joked in Iowa that he could gun down a man on the streets of New York and his supporters would continue to support him. Who knew it wasn’t a joke?
There is a growing movement on Twitter and other social media, #neverTrump, one I am unalterably supporting, to state that we will never support Donald Trump in the primaries or in the general election. One poll I read says that approximately 47% of the GOP has indicated an unwillingness or reluctance to support Trump in the general election if he is the nominee.
That’s an epic horror story! There are two great evils facing us – President Clinton and President Trump. Both will be unmitigated disasters for America. We can argue all day whether Trump is the lesser of two evils, but it is clear that even if he is “less evil” he is still a great evil and would damage America systemically and permanently.
I realize that the hope of the world is Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. I realize that God never promised to make America great again and that he doesn’t need America to accomplish his work. I believe those things and I preach those truths. The church can prosper and the gospel can go forward even if Clinton or Trump (or Sanders…there’s always Sanders) run our beloved nation into the ground. But I am an American given a great privilege. I get to vote and I get to use my citizenship to advocate for a better America. So, I lift my voice now to turn our nation back from this precipice, to wake her up from this nightmare.
Clinton or Trump presidencies do not make America better. I suspect they likely cost us our freedoms in an almost irreversible way, due to changes on the Supreme Court and key issues that will come before the Court in the years ahead. Religious freedom. Abortion (does anyone really believe the Donald’s recent “conversion” on the topic?). Supreme Court nominations. Marriage issues. The stakes are high in November 2016.
We need someone better than Donald Trump at the top of the GOP ticket going against Hillary Clinton in the fall.
It has been common to disparage the choices in the Republican field. I do not agree with that analysis. Our problem is not that we didn’t have good choices, but that we had too many choices. As reasonable voters sorted through the choices, the passionate “Trumpeters” remained ahead in the polls, though always a minority. Candidates with small poll numbers refused to leave the race and so Trump remained ahead with 25% to 40% in the polls. Now, by winning 3 states with pluralities (32%, 35%, and 46%) he has somehow presented an aura of invincibility and inevitability, aided and abetted by a fawning media. In every state that has voted, more Republicans have voted AGAINST him than have voted FOR him, but if you listen to the talking heads at FOX, you’d think he was winning with 70% of the vote.
If Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz care about this nation, they must unite to stop the Trumpmare from happening. This is the only solution. It would be nice if Dr. Carson and John Kasich would see the handwriting on the wall and got out of the race, too, but that is secondary. It won’t be easy because there’s been some bad blood between these Senate colleagues, but if they are the men of faith they claim to be, then they should put that into practice. Show a little grace, a little humility, put the hurt feelings behind them and unite to end America’s long national Trumpmare.
Of course, both candidates are willing to do it, as long as the other takes the second chair. Cruz has faded to third in most races, but he touts his win in Iowa and his likely win in Texas as the evidence that he should be at the top of the GOP ticket. Rubio has been the surging candidate in recent days and will probably finish ahead of Cruz in most states on Super Tuesday, even though he will not have a win to his credit, and so believes his name should appear above Cruz on the marquee.
But if these two keep vying for the second spot, the Trump-alternative, they will hand the nomination to the Nightmare! It has to stop.
So, here’s my proposal. I am not the only one making it. It’s pretty simple.
After Super Tuesday, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio do a simple delegate count. Whoever has the most delegates is #1, and the guy who is behind is the VP candidate. These two men form a unity ticket to join forces and go against Trump.
In every single primary so far, Rubio and Cruz together would have beaten Trump – by a wide margin.
This makes me nervous, because I understand that Cruz’s likely Texas victory might put him in the lead in this scenario and I like Marco Rubio a lot more than I like Ted Cruz. I think he’s a better man, a better candidate, and has a better chance of winning in the fall. I liked Cruz and Rubio early on, but as I observed Cruz during the Iowa caucuses, and especially the tactics of the Cruz campaign, I became less enthused as time went on. I can’t tell you how little enthusiasm “Cruz for President” arouses in me. But if he has more delegates after Super Tuesday than my man Marco, I’m willing to support a Cruz/Rubio ticket because Cruz/Rubio is ten thousand times better than Trump/Christie! I would hope that Cruz supporters might be willing to admit the same thing. Rubio/Cruz has to be better that Trump/Palin even to the most messianic Cruz supporter.
There’s no more time to dither on this. The Trumpmare has to end! It’s time for Marco and Ted to stop fighting each other and join forces to fight for a nation that needs a break.