Hard core conservative, Gary O’Malley said:
Trump supporters and the media missed the gift that Ted Cruz gave the Donald.
1. Ted Cruz congratulated Mr. Trump for winning the nomination.
2. Ted Cruz said it was time to unify the party.
3. Ted Cruz advocated “voting your conscience”.
4. Ted Cruz implored people to not stay home.
5. Ted Cruz called to unify the party. (A second time.)
Were the words Cruz used just too big? Should he have run his speech through a grade-level checker, just to be sure the words were easy enough?
I’ve wondered, did I miss something? Or am I just smart enough to understand the message from Ted Cruz after Trump won the nomination, while many other weren’t listening, or just didn’t understand?
Why doesn’t his team get it? More importantly, why doesn’t TRUMP get it? He’s supposed to have a high IQ. Supposed to have. Why don’t his people get this?
We’re still looking for answers…
I’m not convinced that Trump is the candidate I’m supposed to support, and when his people rejected the concept of him being the ‘vote of my conscience’ it has really made me stop and look him over again. I wasn’t supporting him to begin with, and while he may or may not get my vote, the reality is – he hasn’t earned it.
A ‘Johnny come lately’ to the Trump side of the party said,
I’ve been thinking a lot this afternoon about Nebuchadnezzar. He was a Babylonian king whose “main achievement of his reign was the rebuilding of Babylon, on a scale and with a magnificence never before envisaged.” (Encyclopedia.com)
He had prophetic dreams about his kingdom and other future kingdoms. His dreams were interpreted by Daniel. Nebuchadnezzar was a proud man but he favored Daniel and his Israelite friends. Eventually he was severely humbled for his pride and later repented and admitted that The God of the Israelites was the true and living God.
His successor would eventually facilitate and support Nehemiah’s project of rebuilding Jerusalem’s wall.
God doesn’t need perfect people to transform nations.
H/T Marnie Marcus
And I’m a firm believer that God can raise up whoever gets the nod to His purpose, for His Glory, and He will be Glorified no matter what.
Consider this: The most successful Gun Marketing Strategy in the history of the world came at the hands of a man determined to eradicate the weapons from the face of America and destroy the 2nd Amendment.
God will be Glorified, no matter who gets elected.
So, there is that… But still…
How do I know this is the man that God wants ME to give my vote to support? And it is MY vote. So, how will I know? I’m still looking for answers as are many others who haven’t yet decided who they will vote for.
Then I read this article: RedState – Dear Trumpkins – and realized that I have some serious issues with the concept of “falling in line and voting when I fully and completely disagree with the precepts being presented”.
Kendal Casey Unruh, of Vote Your Conscience fame, said this:
“That’s why the Trumpkins were enraged. Because [Cruz] wouldn’t do any of the above, and because they would. Many of the politicians in that hall would happily stab a spouse in the back or at least dishonor that spouse if it meant advancing a political agenda or career. …
All of Trump’s supporters in that hall, no matter what they claim, have indicated that they will stand with the underworld that is Trump’s core support in the name of winning one for the party. They would also throw any principle they formerly claimed under the bus in order to win an election. Thus, a party that once called for conscience protections for nuns and other people of faith booed the thought of people voting their conscience on Wednesday night…
“And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” asks Christ. I can’t help but think that some churchgoers today would protest, “But what about the Supreme Court?” Christ makes the answer to this question quite clear in both word and deed. He was offered the ultimate political solution: Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
If you’ve ever read of the temptations of Christ, you know His answer. No, not if that’s the cost. Not if my soul is what’s required of me. Not if I must violate my conscience in order to please others. That was the correct reply to the offer of power for sacrifice of principle two millennia ago. I happen to think it is still the correct answer today. So, apparently did Senator Cruz.
That’s why politicians, pundits, and people alike hated his speech. Because it stands in opposition to them. To the talk radio hosts who abandoned the conservative cause in favor of Trump-inflated ratings, to the “Christian” leaders who were willing to pass off a professed unrepentant man as a follower of Christ, and to the would-be political leaders who talked a good game about the dangers of Trump but were willing to say, “just kidding!” when the party called, Cruz represents a distinction and a picture of what all of them should have been.
I’m reminded of the movie, Kingdom of Heaven, when Balian is confronted over his refusal to engage in a political coup because it would require him to engage in murder of a political rival. When pressed over his refusal, he responds, “Did you think that I was like Guy? That I would sell my soul?” I put that question to Trumpkins: Did you think we were like you? That we would sell our souls for political power? You thought wrong and on Wednesday night, you learned this. That’s why you’re so angry.”
If my soul is the cost, you cannot have my vote.
But is my soul the cost of a vote?
Is this the great sin? Is this the one that keeps me out of heaven? Or is there something else I’m missing? Have I overthought this problem and made it bigger than it is?
Let’s think this through… Because the Primary is OVER.
The General Election is coming up and Hillary Clinton is his opponent in the General Election. So, why are Trump and his Trumpeters going after Cruz, still? Is the orange dog with the hair halo simply a lapdog for Hillary? Is there some other debacle going on that we’ve missed in this season of political insanity?
What is the course of action through this season of campaigning through the General Election? Is it not our duty to battle the official opponent – Hillary Clinton?
In answer to my question above, I don’t believe the vote for Trump will cost my soul. I do believe that I have to ask for God’s wisdom and listen for His answer, because it may not be Trump who is God’s plan for us, and I want God’s plan for this nation. That is my heart desire.
Now that I’ve stated the facts, I have to ask… What if, the choices that have been made leave only Trump and Hillary as my options? Do I choose the “lesser of the two evils” (a phrase I absolutely abhor) knowing that either one may destroy America, but believing that since Trump ran on the basis of Conservativism, he’s the best choice possible? Or do I follow my instincts, believing that Trump’s whole purpose for running during this election cycle is to put Hillary on the job?
Gonna state that again…
Do I follow my instincts, believing that Trump’s whole purpose for running this election cycle is to put Hillary on the job?
Herein lies the issue:
If Hillary Clinton is indeed the opponent (which those of us who believe in the two party system believe to be true) and Trump isn’t running on the opposing ticket purely to give her the power to win – as in supporting her efforts through thwarting any opposition to her – then why is he stuck in primary election mode, fighting Ted Cruz?
Donald Trump, I doubt you’ll ever read this, although I truly hope at some point someone shoves it under your nose and gives you no option not to read it, but your supporters probably will read it and I hope someone can offer the answer to this question: Why are you not facing off with your opponent, Hillary Clinton? Why are you not attacking her with the same vitriol that you’ve attacked Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, and the many other ‘also ran’ candidates on the Republican Ticket?
Right now, I’m trusting that God will provide the answer, because I know that with man this situation seems to be impossible, but with God ALL things are possible, and I believe God has a plan.
I still haven’t placed my vote.
Vote your conscience!
At this point in time, I can tell you who I would vote for, given no other choice… But I’m not convinced that God’s choices are before me on the General Election Table just yet. I’m reasonably certain Ted Cruz is off the option list, but I’ll tell ya, there’s a heck of a lot of time for anything to happen between now and November.
Hold onto your conscience, people. THINK before you pull that voting lever!
I truly believe all things are possible with Jesus.
“For you first-time voters, it’s important for you to know what it means to be an American. It doesn’t mean getting free stuff. It means sacrificing, winning, losing, failing, succeeding and sometimes doing the things you don’t want to do – including the hard work – to get where you want to be.” – Scott Baio
Jan Verhoeff writes commentary, sometimes political, sometimes current events. She speaks the voice of the people, sounding horns of warning and clarifying the battle.