Trump Being Trump

Post-debate commentary continues unabated. As expected, all those immediate online polls showed a triumphant Trump. Never mind that they are all manufactured by the trolls who planned to overwhelm them regardless of how their candidate actually fared during the debate.

Trump likes to tout those polls as genuine. Does he recall (well, I’m probably asking too much of him there) how Ron Paul always “won” those online polls after primary debates? If he doesn’t recall, perhaps he can ask President Paul about them.

More sober and realistic analysis reveals a rather widespread opinion that Trump fell apart during the last half of the debate; the perception is that he stumbled badly. For me, that was just Trump being Trump.

If you are a Trump supporter and depend upon Sean Hannity for analysis, you will be comforted that Trump accomplished his mission Monday night. The downside, of course, is that you will be residing in Trump/Hannity World where reality is somewhat skewed.

There are a number of comic strips I follow daily. One of them, Non Sequitur, can be annoyingly progressive at times, but can also occasionally zero in on the follies of our present age. Today’s strip achieves the latter:

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Maybe you’ve heard the old cliché that in America anyone can grow up to be president. Sadly, we’ve now reached that point.

And as Forrest Gump so eloquently remarked, “That’s all I’ve got to say about that.”

Trump Camp Complaints

Two major complaints are now emanating from Trump supporters, and I know those complaints well because I’ve had the same ones over the years. The first one is about how the media is biased in favor of Hillary Clinton. Well, we all knew that was going to happen—the Democrat always has the media on his/her side, so that’s nothing new.

The second complaint is that the polls are skewed. The pollsters are deliberately getting the electorate into a mindset that Trump is going to lose, so give up now. I’ve certainly suspected polls in the past, and sometimes they are skewed. However, much to my chagrin, some of them turned out to be correct after all. Anyone remember the Romney presidency?

In response to the current complaints, I must urge Trump supporters to take into account that bad news about Hillary would have a much better chance of coming to the forefront if Trump himself would stop hogging the headlines with stupid comments. It’s almost as if he can’t let 24 hours go by without creating another controversy.

Breaking News

His thin skin and, frankly, mental imbalance, leads him to respond in fury to any criticism. Who does that help in the end?

Self-Destructive

Mike Pence, and others, are constantly having to tell us what Trump really meant to say.

Let Me Rephrase

After a while, this gets very old. Republican leaders keep promising Trump will “pivot” to a more presidential demeanor. That is a pipe dream. While I’m no fan of the Republican establishment, I can understand why they are wary of tying themselves too closely to someone who might be rather unhinged. They continue to say they support him, but it’s obvious they wish they didn’t have to.

Still Support

As I’ve been saying all along, both Hillary and Trump will be disastrous for the  nation, but only one of the two has the potential for also destroying the Republican party.

Who Says

And what about all those polls that are predicting a huge loss for Trump? Do you really believe they are all deliberately skewed in Hillary’s favor? They not only show national leads for her ranging from 3 points to 15 (not one shows Trump leading at present), but they also indicate he is in danger of losing some traditional Republican states.

Everywhere You Go

Might I suggest they just might be more accurate than critics think?

Once Trump loses, people like me will be the scapegoats for the loss. Rather than blame the candidate himself, the loose cannon who should never be allowed anywhere near the levers of power, Trump fans will solace themselves with attacking those who saw the danger from the start and did their best to sound the warning.

Maybe those of us who couldn’t support Trump due to conscience will someday be honored for our stance on principle. Whether I ever receive such honor or not, I will continue to speak out. My goal is not to be honored, but to be honest and to maintain integrity.

The Clinton Polls

I’ve always said that polls this far out from a presidential election don’t mean much. That’s still true. They are, nevertheless, indications of trends at the present time—trends that may continue or reverse, of course—but trends regardless.

The current trend for Hillary Clinton is not what she and her associates expected. Three key swing states—Iowa, Colorado, and Virginia—are showing indications that she is not very inevitable at all. In all three states, a recent poll puts her well behind Republican candidates Bush, Rubio, and Walker. Further, those same polls reveal that the percentage of voters who believe she is dishonest and untrustworthy ranges from 55% to 62%.

Frontrunner

Benghazi and the shady manner in which she dealt with e-mails while secretary of state are having their impact, it appears.

The Planned Parenthood scandal doesn’t help her either. That grisly organization gave her the Margaret Sanger award not too long ago. She has praised that racist eugenicist on a number of occasions. “I admire Margaret Sanger enormously. Her courage, her tenacity, her vision,” Hillary said at a Planned Parenthood event in 2009.

Her scorecard with Planned Parenthood when she was a senator is a perfect 100%, meaning she always supported legislation approved by the organization.

Moral High Ground

Yet even Hillary Clinton, radical as she is, is having to appear even more radical, given the nature of the Democrat electorate. Martin O’Malley, who somehow thinks he can be president, found out just how radical the party’s base is becoming when he spoke at an event last week and made the unforgivable comment that “all lives matter.”

O’Malley was roundly booed and verbally abused for such an “outrageous” statement. Believe it or not, he actually apologized for saying that. This is the electorate Clinton has to please.

All Lives Matter

No one thought when Bernie Sanders entered the race that he would offer anything more than comic relief. Surprisingly, this openly avowed socialist is doing much better than anyone could have expected, primarily because Hillary is such a terrible candidate.

Crazy Old Socialist

As that cartoon correctly points out, Hillary is just as much a radical as Bernie Sanders; she just tries to gloss over her radicalism.

We’ve now suffered through two terms of the most radical administration in American history. Why would we want to extend the misery?

The Way Is Still Narrow

FaithA flurry of news reports of late are touting polls that show fewer Americans identify as Christians. Good. We’re finally being honest. I mean, let’s get serious—more than 70% of Americans are really Christians?

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m just as concerned about the decline in public profession of Christian faith as anyone, but there’s a clear difference between some type of acknowledgement of a vague definition of Christianity and the real thing.

In the past, it always helped to call oneself a Christian because the culture embraced the general tenets of the faith. Now that is changing, and those who are on the outer fringes of what they think is Christianity are more willing to distance themselves from it.

Why is that? Because they were never genuine Christians to begin with. Of those 70%-plus of Americans who have said they are Christian, one finds a large segment of “God-believers” who have either a deistic view of God or just some notion of “the Man upstairs.” That’s not Christianity. Another segment consists of those who have more knowledge of the truth but whose lives don’t measure up because they have never surrendered their wills to God and made Jesus Lord.

Cross & FlagThere’s also a segment that mistakes “God and Country” for the real deal. I’m as patriotic as anyone when it comes to the original intent of America’s mission under God, but that also is not Christianity if one simply uses God as a prop for love of country.

Here’s the good side of this shift: those who are on the fringes and not actually Christians are slowly (and in some cases rapidly) disowning the faith they never had in the first place, leaving those who have committed themselves to the Lordship of Christ to stand out as the beacons of life and hope God intends for them to be.

Perhaps one of the silver linings in this “falling away” is the clarity with which one can see the difference between real Christians and those who are fake. Real Christians believe (and act upon) the following:

  • Sin is a disruption of the entire order and intent of God for the universe;
  • Our willful sinfulness has caused a break in the relationship between God and man;
  • The only remedy is God’s love revealed through His Son as a sacrifice to wipe away our sin;
  • We receive His forgiveness and new life through repentance and faith in what He has done for us;
  • We now strive to obey His every command out of gratitude for lifting us from the pit of selfishness and despair;
  • The only enduring improvements in this world of darkness come through faith in Jesus Christ, and those improvements start within us, then spread to the culture around us.

TruthJesus taught His disciples that the way to life was narrow, and few would find it. The way to destruction is broad, and most will take that path. If anything, the latest polls are still skewed—there are far fewer Christians than they indicate. But if you are one of the redeemed, your task remains: shine the light of Christ wherever you are. The culture may be careening toward self-destruction, but we still can impact it for the Truth, and that Truth still sets people free.

What’s Race Got To Do With It?

President Obama’s approval rating continues to drop. He’s in George W. Bush territory now, with the only thing keeping him from dropping further is the fanatical loyalty of those Americans who will cling to him no matter what he does. Why has he dropped so far? If you ask him, he’ll tell you the reason is racism. In fact, he recently commented,

There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president.

Here we go again. I thought the election of a black president—twice—was supposed to put to rest that false theme. First, there will always be people who dislike those who are different, whether it has to do with color of skin, ethnic background, size of nose . . . the list could be endless. In 2008, Obama won with a sizable number of white votes; that number decreased significantly in 2012. Was that the result of racism? Did many of those who voted for him in 2008 and then declined to do so again in 2012 suddenly become racists? That seems to be the president’s explanation of his decline in approval.

Post-Racial America

I mean, could it possibly be that voters are fed up with his policies, not his race? Could it be that five straight years of a bad economy might lead some of them to abandon support? That they realize the drop in unemployment is due more to people leaving the workforce than finding jobs? That they are having their healthcare plans stripped from them and being forced to get more expensive plans instead? Could all the scandals—Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS, DOJ, NSA—have anything to do with the public’s uneasiness with his leadership? Is it at all possible that people are waking up from their delusion about this man being the political messiah? No, that can’t be the reason. It’s always race.

Gravity Racist

The constant accusation of racism is getting old. I suggest, Mr. President, facing up to the facts instead. You’re the one leading us off the cliff, and people have good reasons for their disapproval of your administration. Race rarely enters the picture.

The National Joke

Obamacare has become “the” national joke. When even late-night comedians who have never brought themselves to make fun of this president put Obamacare in their sights, you know he’s hit an all-time low. Polls show the same, as Obama now is regularly under 40% in his approval rating. All this criticism, though, has obscured Obamacare’s greatest success:

Medical Miracle

Hey, you have to give credit where credit is due. The president’s “fix” for those losing their coverage, however, has been somewhat less successful:

Catch

The Democrat party, on the whole, is beginning a full retreat from its erstwhile leader. Mere politicians [as opposed to statesmen] are nothing if not focused on their reelection chances, and Democrats up for reelection in 2014 are showing the first telltale signs of all-out panic. Do they really want to tie themselves to this debacle? Of course, they are just as culpable for it as Obama, but they’re going to pretend it was all his idea and try to distance themselves from this policy disaster:

Not with Stupid

If Hillary Clinton, widely perceived as the heir-apparent in the party, attempts to paint herself as different somehow on this issue, she’s going to have a hard time convincing a lot of people. Not only did she serve as Obama’s secretary of state, and not only did she fully endorse Obamacare, but does anyone remember Hillarycare back in the 1990s?

Back Up Plan

That one crashed and burned before it ever got off the ground. She has no credibility on this issue. If “We the People” should put her in the presidency, we’ll only be repeating the reign of error we’re experiencing now.

Wake up, America.

On Barrycades & the Fantasy of Obamaworld

Did you see pictures of what happened yesterday? Veterans groups descended on Washington, DC, and picked up and carried the “Barrycades” from the WWII Memorial to the White House. Here’s some photographic evidence:

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Barrycades at WH

The second photo shows the “Barrycades” being deposited on the lawn in front of the White House. Looks like some people have had enough. This administration’s attitude toward veterans has become one of the lightning rods of this “slimdown.” As I’ve noted in previous posts, there’s no valid reason to close many of these memorials because they are open-air and require more people to police them when shut down than when they are open to the public.

There’s something else that has been shut down for nearly the past five years:

Closed

Then there’s the language that has been used by Obama and his minions against Republicans who have a different view of how the nation should proceed; they’ve been branded terrorists and hostage-takers, for instance. Overblown rhetoric, anyone?

Hostage Takers

Refuse to Negotiate

The president seems more than a little peeved that he isn’t getting his way. He may be running out of options:

Holding Your Breath

Yet despite his policy of making life difficult for everyone and his refusal to negotiate, public opinion polls continue to show more people blaming the Republicans for this impasse:

Won Again

Yes, it makes no sense. But then, quite often public opinion makes no sense, particularly when helped along by Obama’s subservient media. What’s it going to take to pop the bubble on this fantasy called Obamaworld?