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As the race begins in the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary,  Evangelicals have no choice but to investigate which consultants and operatives are behind each of the candidates:  decisions about personnel provide evidences about policy.

Last week’s National Journal published an article about Jeb Bush, showcasing Evangelical leaders associated with his campaign; several of these also backed Mitt Romney in 2008 and 2012. From a distance, it seems that some Christian leaders will compromise conviction in order to gain a seat at the table.

The storyline evolves into the bizarre when one considers the off-center staff picked by Jeb Bush’s, yet undeclared, campaign for President: Tim Miller (Communication Director) and Dave Kochel (likely campaign manager).

  • The Advocate ran a story under the headline, “JEB BUSH PICKS OPPOSITION RESEARCHER, GAY REPUBLICAN TIM MILLER FOR CAMPAIGN TEAM”
    Do you remember Judge Vaughn R. Walker? This one unelected and unaccountable homosexual Federal Judge acted tyrannically in 2009 by overturning a decision made by 7 million California citizens-2008’s Proposition 8, which placed a ban on same-sex marriage in the California Constitution.One biased judge overturned 7M California citizens. And what was Mr. Miller’s reaction to this judicial tyranny? He said, “I like all kinds of activist judges. Fat kinds, skinny kinds, red kinds, blue kinds. The people are too stupid to govern themselves. This is very cognitively consonant for me.
  • TIME magazine ran a story with the headline, “LIKELY JEB BUSH CAMPAIGN MANAGER STEPS BACK FROM GAY MARRIAGE ADVOCACY.” It was Dave Kochel and Ken Mehlman who, in 2013, doubled-down to force homosexual marriage on the Republican Party. “I’ve had this position for a very long time, even longer than Barack Obama and Joe Biden,Kochel told the crowd of 30. “I felt this way since probably before the 2000 elections. I think where the Republican Party needs to go is we need to be a more modern party, we need to be a more inclusive party.” If that’s the straightforward position that Mr. Kochel swears by, then why “step back” when the lights are on?
  • One Governor from that era commenting on the deceit, “Looking back, we all now know that we were played for chumps as we led sincere efforts to pass Constitutional amendments in our states in 2004. I led one that won by 70%, only to now realize that those running the White House didn’t respect or even agree with the principles involved-just knew it would drive voters to the polls and help turnout and win.”

The challenge facing Faith-grounded conservatives in 2016 is that candidates-and all those surrounding them, staff and family members-say one thing during the campaign, but then govern in the exact opposite manner once in office. For example:

  • In 2010, a former First Lady announced that she supports abortion and homosexual marriage. Why didn’t she say that in 2000 or 2004? 
  • A former White House political director, who also served as a Presidential campaign manager and Republican Party Chairman announced (after he left Washington) that he is a homosexual and an advocate for homosexual marriage. Why didn’t he say that when he depicted himself as a “family values” conservative to win an election?
  • A former Republican presidential nominee’s spouse publicly differs with her husband on “gay policy“-two years after he lost-why didn’t she say this when her husband ran for President?

Which brings us back to the National Journal article, “God and Jeb: Inside his spiritual journey and his stealth campaign to woo Christian conservatives.” Jeb governed as a principled conservative as Florida Governor; we Evangelicals venerated him as he went to the wall for Terry Schiavo in 2005. His moral strength then is part of the reason that we are so confused now, because of the senior advisers that he is assembling in 2015. Personnel is policy.

Moderate Republicans are fond of placing politics before principle-making an argument about electability. On the surface that sounds sly, but the results have been disastrous for the Republican Party-and America. Moderates flushed the legacy-and branding-of limited government, lower taxes, deregulation of business, and the attitude of “the-one-thing-that-government-can-do-for-me-is-leave-me-alone” bequeathed to the Grand Old Party by President Reagan. Note: The Gipper won reelection in 1984 with 49 States while running on principle and moral absolutes.

The Permanent Republican Majority designed by Karl Rove collapsed due to faulty construction  at its foundation. The means to achieve the Republican quest for political domination became the triangulation of political constituencies (% of African Americans, Hispanics, and Evangelicals), instead of principled conservative beliefs based on conviction and moral absolutes. They laid down a structure based upon Machiavelli, “political expediency is placed above morality and the use of craft and deceit to maintain the authority and carry out the policies of a ruler.” Moderates have sown the wind and reaped the whirlwind for Republicans, winning the presidency only 8 of the last 24 years.

For the last quarter century, Evangelicals have been discipled by the likes of Karl Rove, Steve Schmidt, Ken Mehlman,  and Meghan McCain. Haven’t they done enough damage?

Will a Gideon or Rahab the Harlot make a stand?

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