Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Trouble With Trump

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Or, "The Donald Dilemma."

Call it what you want, but Donald Trump is a problem for the far left activists, their biased news organizations and their candidates.

He is also a problem for the Republican Party.

But why?

Is it what he is saying---or how he is saying it?

Or is there something more at play?

The Hill, a left leaning news organization reported yesterday, "Republicans are reconciling themselves to the idea that Donald Trump won't be exiting the stage anytime soon---and their main concern now is limiting his damage to their party."

This is consistent with the narrative from the leftist news organizations regarding Trump---however, they are reporting as if they have sincere concern about the Republican Party.

Trump has certainly raised eyebrows with some of his statements the past few days.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a GOP presidential candidate, publicly called Trump a "jack-ass" the other day. Trump responded by reading Graham's cell phone number on a live television interview show.

Sen. John McCain called those who were supporting Trump, "crazies." Trump responded by questioning whether or not McCain is actually a war hero.

Gov. Rick Perry, a GOP candidate for the presidency, has led the charge against Trump. Trump responded yesterday by saying Perry has begun wearing glasses to make himself look smarter.

The Hill quotes Ron Bonjean, a former aid to GOP leaders on Capitol Hill, "People start to get more desensitized to Trump over time," he says. "These comments, as they get more and more ridiculous, desensitize voters. They realize he's just being ridiculous to be ridiculous."

However, Trump leads in many polls.

Tom Rath, a long time Republican operative and former adviser to Mit Romney, says, "Any polls taken before Halloween are going to have very little relevance to what is going to happen."

"And," he says, "I don't think Trump has the structure to support a candidacy."

There's much more on what people are saying about Trump which I'll skip, but finally, David Yepsen, with the Des Moines Register, has covered the important Iowa caucuses for about 30 years. He says, "There are always celebrity candidates, or candidates who are the flavor of the month. There is no way they are going to be the nominee, but they give voice to the people who feel left out."

Herman Cain and Rep. Michele Bachmann are mentioned as "those kinds" of candidates.

But Cain and Bachmann didn't have $10 billion. Trump does.

Also writing for The Hill, Bernie Quigley, a veteran columnist, gives a lengthy review of how some countries in Europe seem to be turning toward leaders more like Trump, making comparisons to similar historic mistakes such as Napoleon and others.

He says, "Around a fifth of seats in the European Parliament are now held by hard-right anti-establishment or euroskeptic parties..."

He says candidates like Trump make no sense, but "When did John Brown, John Lennon or Sarah Palin ever have to make sense to be effective?"

His feelings are shared by many on both the right and the left. He says, "If Trump is still riding high in the Republican polling say a month or so from now, the Republicans can consider themselves all but finished."

While he does not support or agree with it---in fact detests what Trump is saying, he believes something is happening in American politics that is an extension of what began as The Tea Party---with "all sorts of new thinking" about states rights, a repudiation of globalism, freedom, etc.

He says he believes the rise of Sarah Palin first awakened it on the night she debated Joe Biden.

He calls it a kind of "cultural apocalypse."

"That was the beginning of a sense of conservative discontent that advanced for a few years with fierce intensity then went into submission," he says.

He concludes, "It returns now. Trump awakens it with new intensity."

Understandably the progressive left is concerned, in fact David Yepson of the Des Moines Register says Trump "is taking all the oxygen out of the room. There is nobody able to punch through right now with messages about the economy, or foreign policy, or Hillary Clinton."

But the Republican Party is in crises mode because people are listening to Trump. He is dominating the political narrative, and every news cycle.

Average Americans are sick and tired of the far left controlling the narrative and bullying conservatives into silence.They see Trump as refreshing because he is forcefully saying something, and is unafraid to fight back.

The elitists in the Republican Party have mastered the art of "denouncing democrats"---I'm thinking of John Boenher among others, but have no real stomach for actually moving the country onto the right path because conviction has been replaced by career considerations.

Trump doesn't care. He has $10 billion.

I am not trying to defend Trump's statements, nor am I suggesting Christians should vote for him, however, neither do I believe the people who are coming out in support of him are "crazies" or extremists.

David Limbaugh said this week, "The people who are doing truly crazy stuff have become the new normal. The ordinarily unflappable traditionalist, America-loving citizens have had it with being vilified and muzzled while real craziness is elevated to normal."

He said, "They appreciate Trump's outspokenness in the midst of such widespread cowardice and surrender on our side---even if they don't approve of all his comments."

Ted Cruz gets it right.

When the media pressed him to join other Republican candidates and condemn Trump publicly, Cruz refused to take the bait, yet he stated that he highly respects Mr. McCain's war record and honors all United States war veterans.

What candidate Ted Cruz was saying was that he respects Trump, although he does not agree with some of the things he is saying, he loves and honors the US military and our veterans, he refuses to be played by the press, he will not say or do anything that will dampen the enthusiasm of patriots who've had their fill of President Obama's destructive policies, and he, not the press or the Republican Party, will control his own political campaign.

Now some Republicans are denouncing Ted Cruz as a moral coward for refusing to attack Trump.

America is longing for a clear voice.

The trouble with Trump is that he is unafraid to speak out---with conviction.

And whether people agree with all he is saying or not---they long to hear him say it.

They find a certain freedom in it.

Dr. Ben Carson told the crowd, which included President Obama, at last year's National Prayer Breakfast, "Political correctness is a muzzle that silences the truth, which exposes the evil that plague's our country and the direction in which it is headed. Let us be silent no more."

The harp has a solemn sound that soothes the restless spirit, but the trumpet's call has a unique ability to quicken and excite.

This is a time for the trumpet.

That's why Paul wrote, "For if the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for the battle" (II Corth.14:8).

There is only one voice that can clearly and effectively cut through the noise of our culture and proclaim the truth.

That's the biblical voice of the Christian church.

Be Bold---Not Silent.