“HASLAM CALLS FOR TRUMP TO STEP ASIDE…
Governor is first prominent Republican in state to join growing national chorus.”
So reads the headline in our state newspaper following Sunday night’s presidential debate. Some prominent G.O.P. leaders like John McCain and Carly Fiorina echo the refrain while others are dialoguing on conference calls and in behind-the-scenes closed-door meetings on the Hill.
Donald Trump states emphatically that he is not going to step aside. Should he?
What triggered this “October Surprise” was the release of a videotaped private conversation from over 11 years ago between Donald and a relative of the Bush family, Billy Bush. In it Trump made vulgar comments that appear to condone inappropriate sexual conduct with women.
In fairness to Mr. Trump, something should be highlighted that’s conveniently ignored by biased media supportive of Hillary Clinton.
These were lewd, offensive comments not immoral actions done with or to women. It is different from the documented, illicit sexual activities of Democrats Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Jesse Jackson, John Edwards and Bill Clinton. These were usually “covered ‘till caught” or excused with a wink-and-a-nod as part of a politician’s “private” life.
Hillary’s husband’s sordid sex life is surfacing once again as four victims of Bill and Hillary’s past sat uncomfortably nearby at Sunday night’s debate. WikiLeaks just revealed that a journalist told campaign chairman Podesta, “The Clintons would be well-advised to advise the people in their orbit to shut the h… up about this!”
Mr. Trump has repeatedly apologized, saying he was wrong for what he called “locker-room talk.” Being a “brand-new Christian” as Charisma founder Steve Strang calls him, this is probably the way he’s accustomed to acknowledging wrongdoing.
Mrs. Clinton and her campaign were quick to capitalize on this disclosure as multitudes cite her hypocrisy in vilifying victims of her husband’s immoral behavior over the decades. Repeatedly she’s said Trump is “unfit for office,” interestingly the same charge that was leveled by opponents of Winston Churchill in Roy Jenkin’s “Churchill: A Biography.”
What Should Donald Do?
Here’s the deal: Donald should do what God tells him to do! Divine direction is assured him if he comes humbly in faith and stays single-minded. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all men liberally and without criticism, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, without wavering” (Jam. 1:5-6).
How God guides him can be confirmed through wise counselors on his Spiritual Advisory Team and then he should remain resolute remembering the wisdom of Proverbs 24:10, “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.”
At the end of Sunday night’s debate, the final question posed to the candidates was about the quality they most respect in their opponent. Hillary spoke of Trump’s beautiful family while he applauded her perseverance. Her husband’s nickname is “The Comeback Kid” and I think Mr. Trump respects both of their tenacity and is not about to let them trump him here!
Where Do We Go From Here?
Our 2016 Presidential campaign seems like we’re having a bad dream, awakening disturbed, only to doze off then discover-yikes! -it’s repeating in more bizarre forms again. It feels like we’re being whipped around white-knuckled on Disney’s Space Mountain ride as we lurch for relief at the end of the line.
In a matter of weeks we’ll reach that point. Soon we’ll elect the 45th president of the United States, breathe a collective sigh of relief and shortly thereafter Barack Obama will ride off into the sunset. Some will offer “Good job!” while others will say (hopefully with respect) “Good riddance!”
Since I value transparency, I state the following up front so you know exactly where I stand as we hit the homestretch.
Cruz I endorsed. Trump I support without endorsing. Hillary I oppose without reservation. The President and the candidates I pray for daily and urge you to do the same.
Yesterday I saw a bumper sticker saying, “I’m a Deplorable” referring to Hillary Clinton’s dismissive statement of those backing the Republican candidate and platform. I know it’s risky but the alternative is anathema to countless millions opposed to her, her platform and what she and her husband represent.
Billy Graham’s son, Franklin, said recently, “The most important issue of this election is the Supreme Court… Trump and Clinton scandals might be news for the moment, but who they appoint to the Supreme Court will remake the fabric of our society for our children and our grandchildren for generations to come.”
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