Thursday, June 30, 2016

I Hate Donald Trump. But He Might Get My Vote

A few day ago a liberal family member of mine posted on FB that he wanted to know how it was possible that "Christian leaders" were "rushing" to support Donald Trump.

I don't know if Christian leaders are rushing in....but I have heard some Christians say "anything but Hillary".  When pressed on why they would say that I have heard, "Because I honestly don't believe that the nation will survive another 4-8 years of Obama's agenda."

Many of us were hoping that Rubio, Cruz, Carson or Kasich were going to make it through....but clearly, enough conservative voters want someone from outside "politics as usual" and Donald Trump made it through.

I don't like some of the things Donald says and I don't like the way he says them.  His pride and arrogance are concerning to me....but with potentially 3 Supreme Court judge picks that could happen in the near future....we simply can't let Hillary be the one to pick them all and forever change the direction of this country.

The Donald might be a dangerous wild card....but he may at least listen to conservatives and Bible believers.  We know that isn't going to happen with Hillary.

I ran across this article from Washington Post yesterday and I believe you should all read it.  It is very well written and I know I saw some of myself in the article.

I hate Donald Trump. But he might get my vote.

No Trump campaign buttons or bumper stickers for me. I’m part of the new silent majority: those who don’t like Donald Trump but might vote for him anyway. For many of us, Trump has only one redeeming quality: He isn’t Hillary Clinton. He doesn’t want to turn the United States into a politically correct, free-milk-and-cookies, European-style social democracy where every kid (and adult, too) gets a trophy just for showing up.

Members of this new silent majority, many of us front-wave baby boomers, value hard work and love the United States the way it was. We long for a bygone era when you didn’t need “safe spaces” on college campuses to shelter students from the atrocity of dissenting opinions, lest their sensibilities be offended. We have the reckless notion that college is the one place where sensibilities are supposed to be challenged and debated. Silly us.

And please don’t try to stereotype us. We’re not uneducated, uninformed, unemployed or low-income zealots. We’re affluent, well-educated, gainfully employed and successfully retired. Some of us even own our own business, or did before we retired, creating not only our own job but also employment for others. While we’re fiscally conservative, we’re not tea partyers. And on certain social issues, many of us even have some leftward leanings. Shhhh . . .

Our view of the media is old-school, too — just the facts, please. Before his untimely death some years ago, Tim Russert of “Meet the Press” set the standard for “fair and balanced” by grilling both Democratic and Republican politicians in a way that never betrayed his personal political persuasions. That still works fine. It’s just damn hard to find.

The only pleasure the new silent majority has taken throughout this primary season has been watching progressives marinate in their own righteous indignation. They were giddy, like spoiled children opening Christmas presents, as they watched 17 Republican combatants call in airstrikes on one another. But eventually the tables turned as the Hillary-Bernie slugfest got ugly, and we took particular delight in the sourpuss expression on the faces of the lefties we know when they realized that the Republicans, left for dead, suddenly had new life and a chance to win the presidency.

We are under no illusions about Trump. We know that this Man Who Would Be King is a classic bully and a world-class demagogue in his personal, professional and political lives. He will continue to demonize his perceived enemies and take the low road at every opportunity.

So why then would rational, affluent, informed citizens consider voting for The Donald? Short of not voting at all — still an option some of us are considering — he’s the only one who appears to want to preserve the American way of life as we know it. For the new silent majority, the alternative to Trump is bleak: a wealthy, entitled progressive with a national security scandal in her hip pocket. In our view, the thought of four to eight more years of a progressive agenda polluting the American Dream is even more dangerous to the survival of this country than Trump is.

So come Nov. 8, you’ll find many of us sheepishly sneaking into voting booths across the United States. Even after warily pulling the curtain closed behind us, we’ll still be looking over our shoulders to make sure the deed is shielded from view. Then, fighting a gag reflex, we’ll pull the lever. We hate Donald Trump. But he just might get our vote.



Blogger Dave Gust said...

I have been using the analogy that this year’s vote is like playing one of two games of Russian Roulette with Clinton you get to play with 6 bullets in the cylinder while with Trump you have only 4 or maybe 5.

Not the choice I would like to choose between but a clear choice none the less.

June 30, 2016 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger dennis said...

That's a good way to think about it Dave! If it's going to be Trump come November I just hope his new adviser/manager helps him tone his mouth down a little and think before HE says whatever pops into his brain. I know that's what some people love about him but it probably isn't the best trait to have when dealing with other world leaders.

June 30, 2016 at 2:50 PM  

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