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My fellow Americans,
For the 2016 Presidential election, we may have the most dynamic and talented group of Republican candidates in modern history. Of those still in the race, there is a candidate who has been carrying a steady lead in the polls – Donald Trump. Though to some his straightforwardness is refreshing and his personality reassuring that he will not be a soft leader, he has been feeding off of the anger and frustration of Republicans across the country. Granted, he is a smart man and has succeeded well in the business world (his net worth is valued at 4.5 billion). However, these few things alone should not naively charm us into believing that he will know what he’s doing if he becomes President.
We are still in the Presidential Primaries – an official candidate has not yet been chosen. People are still in the midst of deciding whom they will support. Though Trump wants everyone to already see him as the Republican Party’s nominee, we still have a long road ahead of us.
Just for a moment, let us take a look back into history and examine whom our Founding Fathers advised we should vote for.
John Jay, American’s first Chief Justice, stated, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of a Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”1 It is our God-given responsibility as Americans to select a candidate whose life and integrity have been built up upon on a Biblical, moral, and constitutional foundation.
Noah Webster, author of America’s first dictionary declared: “Let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers, just men who will rule in the fear of God. The preservation of a Republic… depends on the faithful discharge of this duty. If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good,… corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the laws;… and the rights of the citizens will be violated or disregarded. If a Republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect their divine commands and elect bad men to make and administer laws.”2
Our Founding Fathers never desired for openly coarse or vulgar men to hold important offices in government. They believed this would only lead to the degradation of our country. Our Founding Fathers were not perfect. They were sinners (as all men are); they had their downfalls. But, they believed in integrity and public decency. These patriots, who depended upon God’s leadership and wisdom in the construction of both our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, believed in the importance of Christianity and righteousness (read America: A Journey of Faith & Freedom for this documented history). America was founded upon the protection of Divine providence and built up as one nation under God.
President Washington said in his Farewell Address to America in 1796, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are two indispensable supports.” Samuel Adams reflected, “Religion and good morals are the only solid foundation of public liberty and happiness.”3 Patrick Henry, the bulldog of the American Revolution, thundered, “The great pillars of all government and of social life are virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, and this alone, that renders us invincible.”4
This was what a majority of our forefathers believed. However, Donald Trump has not been known for his godliness or walk with God. Rather, the opposite is true.
Of course, I understand that a personal life is to be just that – kept personal; but Trump has taken his personal life and flamboyantly made it public. He has been carefree about his crudeness and sin. Honestly, what do you know about his morality and positions of it?
Trump has been married three different times, leaving each wife for the next woman he was committing an ongoing affair with. Furthermore, he openly stated in his book “Think Big: Make it Happen in Business and Life” that he has had immoral relationships with many women across the world. He has built and owns casinos, including the first casino ever in America to have a strip club for both men and women.
He has stated publicly that he has never asked for God’s (or anyone else’s) forgiveness and that he himself doesn’t forgive. He has used bankruptcy laws four times for failed business dealings. He has openly advocated people to enjoy revenge, “as viciously and as violently as you can.” He has publicly called various women, “dogs” and said that men have every right to treat them like garbage.
He regularly uses wicked, offensive curse words in his speeches – words that we would never want our children to hear and words that would be required to bleep out on national television to avoid violating Federal Communications Commission rules. Donald Trump needs his mouth washed out with soap!
If Lincoln could inspire America in the Gettysburg Address without swearing, Trump has no reason or right to be foul. Washington did not have to rally his troops through cursing (actually during the War for Independence, colonial soldiers were whipped if they simply took the Lord’s name in vain); Reagan successfully was responsible for tearing down the Berlin Wall without any obscene gestures.
How can a believer or any American with integrity and decency stand behind a man with such questionable and vulgar character as Donald Trump?
Trump does present himself as a conservative on various social issues. But one of the best ways to understand a politician’s future behavior is to look at his record on these matters. On abortion, though he personally became “pro-life” in 2011, he still publicly supports it in the case of rape and life of the mother. I fear that he will never do anything to ultimately end the godless slaughter of the unborn.
Trump also favors homosexual rights and same-gender union laws “that guaranteed same-sex couples equal legal rights as married, heterosexual couples.” Trump also opposed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, the military’s prior ban on openly gay service members. Trump will not challenge the blatant judicial activism that took place on June 26, 2015. The homosexual community would be very pleased if he became President (click here).
Trump has a problem with “the love of money.” He relishes and boasts in how “really rich” he is. God’s Word reminds us that “the love of money is the root of all evil” (I Timothy 6:10). This obsession Trump will bring to the White House will only hasten the continued ruin of America.
Trump has a problem with pride (as do most of us, if we are honest). However, Trump is proud of the fact that he is proud. God is clear in Scripture, “be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (I Peter 5:5). Proverb 16:5 reminds us, “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.” God will not bless a nation whose leader is filled with himself and selfish behavior. America needs God’s blessing and favor, not God’s rejection.
Therefore, with his given track record, I cannot with good conscience endorse Donald Trump for the Presidency of the United States. I strongly urge you to consider publicly vocalizing the same. We cannot and we must not sit idly by during this most critical time in our nation’s history.
I’ve been asked regarding Donald Trump, “Would you vote for him?” My response has consistently been, “No. Not in the Primaries. However, if it comes down to a choice between him and Hillary or Bernie Sanders, then I will place my vote for the Republican Party every time.” Whether or not you believe this to be inconsistent with what I have just presented, I for one refuse to let liberalism permeate any further throughout this Republic.
In this dark hour, America is in desperate need for a statesman who will courageously stand for truth with integrity and morality. A man who will steer our country back to what our Founding Fathers originally intended the government to look like. Someone who will restore our Constitution and uphold the values we all hold dear. I BELIEVE THAT MAN IS TED CRUZ.
1 [John Jay, The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, Henry P. Johnston, ed. (New York: G.P. Putnams Sons, 1890), Vol. IV, p. 365.]
2 [Noah Webster, History of the United States (New Haven: Durrie & Peck, 1832), pp. 336-337.]
3 [Letter to John Trumbull from Samuel Adams as found in Letter of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789, Vol. XI, October 1778.]
4 [Letter from Patrick Henry to Archibald Blair on January 8, 1799.]