25 Reasons I Cannot Support Donald Trump

Matthew 7:15 – Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Forget the sheep’s clothing, this wolf is strutting around in all his wolfy-badness, and no one seems to notice he’s going to blow the house down if he gets the nomination.

Here are 25 reasons – in no particular order – I can never support Donald Trump (with references for those of you who doubt my research on the issue):

  1. He never reveals true policy stances.
  2. He recently flip-flopped on abortion (even supporting partial birth abortion in the past).
  3. He doesn’t understand what the nuclear triad is or its importance.
  4. He made fun of a reporter with disabilities.
  5. He claims he will force another sovereign nation to build a wall along the border despite the other nation’s firm stance that they will not.
  6. He doesn’t know the players in current trade agreements, like the TPP.
    • Nov. FBN GOP Debate
  7. He flip-flopped on ISIS (Let Russia handle it to carpet bombing).
  8. He said he would appoint his pro-abortion sister to the supreme court.
  9. He promotes managing the government over shrinking the government.
  10. Uses vulgarity in public discourse (The presidency is an honorable position and should not be reduced to filth)
    • Repeated offender – too many citations for one point
  11. Encouraged supporters to rough up protesters at a Trump rally, saying he’d pay the legal fees
  12. Told security to keep protesters coats when evicting them from a Trump rally
  13. He said the people of Iowa were stupid because he dropped in the polls to Cruz.
  14. He likened the highly respected Dr. Ben Carson to a pedophile.
  15. He said he can “change” to anything he wants to be.
  16. He wants to reinstitute waterboarding despite the fact it’s been outlawed.
  17. He asserted John McCain wasn’t a hero due to being a P.O.W.
  18. He said if Ivanka wasn’t his daughter he’d probably be dating her.
  19. He couldn’t name a single Bible verse when asked for his favorite and mispronounced 2 Corinthians while at Liberty University.
  20. He can’t control his temper.
    • Feb. CBS GOP Debate
    • Mr. Trump’s Twitter Feed
  21. He wanted to use eminent domain for private use and still supports it today.
  22. He threatens non-supporters.
  23. He continues to flip-flop on healthcare (recently stating support of universal healthcare – like Bernie).
  24. He supported a wealth tax on saved wealth in bank accounts.
  25. He said he would remain neutral on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Bonus: ‘I could murder someone and my supporters won’t leave me.’

And as if this list wasn’t enough, yesterday, his supporters finished me off. While watching a show, I tweeted to the hosts that I would never switch my allegiance to Donald Trump, bringing the onslaught of the ‘Trumpkins.’ From that innocent tweet I was told, ‘I’m not a true patriot,’ ‘my soul is lost,’ and ‘I’m part of the problem with this country.’

Their fearless leader has belittled free speech in the past (http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/trump-close-up-the-internet/), so it’s no wonder the Trumpkins hound anyone with an opposing position.

This is not an exhaustive list by any means. I could add his statements that ‘Planned Parenthood does good things’ or his insinuation that George W. Bush was at fault for 9/11 during the last debate, but I’d be here all day if I listed every statement Trump makes or actions he takes that I disagree with or find questionable.

So in conclusion, if you are infatuated with Donald Trump, please consider these truths and the principles you stand for before casting a vote for him at the ballot box. I don’t know about you, but the man stands contrary to the vast majority of my morals, beliefs, and ideologies, and I can never vote for him.

P.S. Don’t give me that argument about he’s better than Bernie/Hillary because newsflash, we still have better options available to us, let’s choose one.

How Should We Evaluate Presidential Candidates?

1 Timothy 3:1-7 – This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre [money]; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 

The above verse applies to individuals seeking the highest office in a church – pastor – but the qualities required of a good pastor are likewise required of a good leader in general. I’ve heard the argument, “we’re not electing a pastor-in-chief,” and you’re right, we’re not, but I’d say most of society would speak fairly highly of the pastors they know. Pastors are all-in-all good people, who care about others and have good character-traits. Maybe we should use the above qualities when analyzing our presidential candidates as well – especially, if we call ourselves Christians.

Obviously, if you aren’t a Christian, or you whole-heartedly disagree with me on the above statement, then it’s a moot-point, but let’s move to the actual requirements.

Article II, Section II of our U.S. Constitution outlines the duties of the president. Over time, other duties have been added through judicial decisions, legislative acts, and precedent set by past presidents.

Rather than give you legalese to read, I found a simplistic list of presidential powers on Scholastic’s website (citation below):

  1. Chief of State
    • A.K.A. the pomp-and-circumstance aspects of the job, such as awarding medals, giving speeches, and serving as the face of the nation
  2. Chief Executive
    • Presiding over the many executive agencies
  3. Chief Diplomat
    • Speaking with other world leaders and conducting negotiations
  4. Commander-in-Chief
    • Leading the U.S. military
  5. Chief Legislator
    • Urging Congress to pass certain laws as well as using the power to veto or sign bills into law
  6. Chief of Party
    • Helping his or her political party receive appointments/elections
  7. Chief Guardian of the Economy
    • Focusing upon economic factors of taxes, unemployment, etc. and doing what he/she can to keep the economy running smoothly

As we look at the remaining 2016 presidential candidates, we should analyze each one on these criteria. I will steer away from giving you my opinion (most probably know who I’m for/against at this point, but that isn’t the point here.) The point is for each person to use the above list as well as his or her own political leans to evaluate the candidates. If someone cannot serve in one of the above roles in an acceptable capacity, we should disregard them as a serious candidate.

I’ve heard a lot of political pundits talk about the “one-issue voter.” This is a dangerous thought. We should never disregard six of the above criteria because we think a candidate would be superb at one.

Choosing a president is a decision that has lasting ramifications. For instance, Reagan was elected in the Eighties, but the affects of his presidency are lasting even unto this day. He appointed Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away this past week, as well as Anthony Kennedy, who is still a member of the High Court. With the risk of repeating myself, consider this decision prayerfully and diligently. We cannot afford to make a mistake here – it could affect our nation for decades to come.

Citation:

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/seven-roles-one-president

 

Thinking: The Lost Art

Acts 17:11 – These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. 

I’m scared for our country, and you should be too. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that New Hampshire selected a self-proclaimed socialist and a tyrannical hate-speech slinger as their respective parties’ nominees. How did this happen? If you ask me, there is more than one reason, but the greatest is a lack of thinking.

When I went to college there was a big push on campus for “critical thinking.” This was mere rhetoric because in 90 percent of my classes, if you did not regurgitate the proper answer, you would fail, no matter your reasoning or research behind it. Very few professors were willing to be challenged on their stances and nearly all of them had a liberal bias.

I’m not saying that to complain, but instead, to make a point. When you watch the news, you are listening to bias. Fox News is biased toward conservative viewers, just as MSNBC is as liberal as you can get. CNN and the basic news channels try to stay unbiased, but they all lean a little to the left.

One of the biggest problems with our society is we accept information without challenging it or studying the facts for ourselves. A news reporter tells us something; therefore, it is fact. WRONG! They may have a bias one way or the other.

If we do not analyze what reporters, pundits, and politicians themselves are saying, we are done for as a nation. I’m so sick of hearing people say, “Donald Trump is a great business man.” Really? He’s filed bankruptcy with his businesses multiple times – that doesn’t prove he’s good with money. Or another one of my favorites, “Everyone has a right to healthcare, so we should have universal healthcare.” Again, really? We have a federal law that already ensures that everyone gets treated at Emergency Rooms regardless of insurance status or ability to pay (look up the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act).

Do you hear any of the information I just alluded to on the news? I haven’t. Do your own research. I don’t care who your favorite presidential candidate is or what party you side with – thinking and researching must be done. Don’t just accept what I tell you, or your parents, and certainly not the news. If we don’t start thinking now, it may just become a lost art.

We’ll ‘Feel the Bern’ of Higher Taxes if We Elect Sanders

Hosea 4:6 – My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. 

For journalistic integrity, I will tell you this fact at the onset, I don’t ‘Feel the Bern.’ I consider myself a conservative in terms of values, but I am also a logical, reasonable person. I will listen to any point you give me, but I will not take your word as gospel, I will do my homework and based on the facts, I will generate my own conclusions. So based on this brief little introduction, let’s do just that type of investigation with Mr. Bernie Sanders’ plans, shall we?

As we all know, Bernie Sanders is a self proclaimed “democratic-socialist” a.k.a. ‘I’m a socialist, hoping you will democratically elect me.’ Bernie is all the rave with my peers, for he promises “free” stuff. Free healthcare, free college, etc. What’s not to love?

Truth is folks, basic economics (which I did take in college – taught by a liberal professor, so no conservative bias in that course) has a tenant of ‘there’s no free lunch.’ If something is free to you it is because someone else paid for it. Bernie is not going to give you free things, you and me and your parents and every other citizen of this great nation are going to pay for it in taxes.

The Tax Foundation self-describes themselves as a “non-partisan research think tank, based in Washington, DC.”. As a non-partisan entity, their job is not to sway us to one side or the other but to present us with the facts. Their conclusion of the Sanders’ tax plan is as follows:

“Senator Bernie Sanders would enact a number of tax policies that would raise tax revenue over the next decade. Together, his proposals would significantly expand federal revenue collections by $13.6 trillion on a static basis, driven mostly by broad-based taxes on income and payroll. If enacted, the Sanders plan would significantly increase marginal tax rates on capital and labor income, which would result in a substantial reduction of the size of the U.S. economy in the long run. This would decrease the revenue that the new tax policies would ultimately collect to $9.8 trillion. Senator Sanders’s plan would decrease after-tax incomes for taxpayers at all income levels, but especially high-income taxpayers.”

Let me emphasize two of those points with other tax foundation statements:

  • According to the Tax Foundation’s Taxes and Growth Model, the [Sanders’] plan would significantly increase marginal tax rates and the cost of capital, which would lead to 9.5 percent lower GDP over the long term.
  • On a static basis, the plan would lead to 10.56 percent lower after-tax income for all taxpayers and 17.91 percent lower after-tax income for the top 1 percent. When accounting for reduced GDP, after-tax incomes of all taxpayers would fall by at least 12.84 percent.

For anyone who hasn’t taken business/economic courses, let me translate: your take-home pay is going to go down by at least 12 percent with Sanders’ plan. Meaning, if you normally bring home $1,000 you will now only bring home $880.

Note: This percentage does not figure in state or local taxes; ergo, the percentage would be even higher!

I don’t know about you, but my husband and I just barely scrape by each month. I chose to stay-home with my daughter, so we live on one income (but I can tell you the cost of me working – i.e. eating out, extra gas, babysitting, etc. – the benefit of me working was very small). Losing 12% of our take home pay would be the difference between us making all of our payments and bills and not affording those payments.

My husband and I are lower-middle class, in fact, according to the pew calculator, we would be considered lower class if we had two babies instead of one. I’m in the group that Sanders claims he would help, but he would in fact hurt me deeply.

If my plight doesn’t sway your opinion, let’s move to history.

Did we not pay attention in history class? We won the battle against socialism and communism during the Cold War. This eagerness to introduce full-fledged socialism to our country is down-right dangerous! Rather than rant about this, I’ll provide you with an easier form of warning/instruction: a few quotes and a short video.

“The great and abiding lesson of American history, particularly the cold war, is that the engine of capitalism, the individual, is mightier than any collective.” [i.e. socialism/communism] – Rand Paul

Okay, I can hear the liberal response now, Rand Paul is a Republican, of course he said that. Touché, let’s see what one of the most beloved Democrats has to say about it.

“Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both” – John F. Kennedy

“It is very hard in military or in personal life to assure complete equality. Life is unfair” – John F. Kennedy

“There are many people in the world who really don’t understand-or say they don’t-what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. Let them come to Berlin!” – John F. Kennedy

In case those didn’t persuade you, here’s the best anti-socialism rant I’ve ever heard, you can read it or watch it here:

http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/02/01/greg-gutfeld-bernie-sanders-2016-and-problem-socialism

Citations:

(This is not an academic publication; therefore, the citations are links to where I found my information – I’m not taking the time to put them into APA format. If you have a problem with this choice, by all means, you can do the work for me!)

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/taxes/tax-brackets.aspx

http://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/100214/what-difference-between-communism-and-socialism.asp

http://www.famous-quotes.com/topic.php?tid=210

http://m.ranker.com/list/a-list-of-famous-john-f-kennedy-quotes/reference?page=3

http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/02/01/greg-gutfeld-bernie-sanders-2016-and-problem-socialism

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/12/09/are-you-in-the-american-middle-class/

http://taxfoundation.org/article/details-and-analysis-senator-bernie-sanders-s-tax-plan

http://taxfoundation.org/about-us

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/randpaul453854.html#fhvG7TsHXTVXoRuJ.99

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/j/johnfkenn114929.html#ggiHQ3K1MKwqzSFu.99