Did everyone watch the Republican debate on February 13th? I’ll admit that although there is nothing I enjoy more than election season, even I am tired of the debates. I decided on my candidate long ago, and after watching more than half a dozen debates even I have had enough. I wasn’t even planning on watching debate number NINE, but given the tragic news of the sudden and shocking death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia, I felt compelled to watch. (My sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to his family.)
This sudden turn of events simply underscores the immense importance that this election has upon our nation and the generation to come. Everyone knows that the likelihood that two or three justice seats will come vacant during our next president’s terms in office is high, but to have the champion of our Constitution unexpectedly die was a tragedy even I wasn’t expecting. So I watched debate number nine a few nights ago fully expecting to hear what each candidate would say about the appointment of the next justice.
What I did not expect, that I guess I should have, was to see Donald Trump bully all the other candidates. From Rubio, to Cruz, to Jeb Bush, to George W. Bush (Wait a minute, he’s not even part of the debate. Been there…done that.), Donald Trump’s childish nature came shining through. He senses he’s losing ground so he’s going to act like a child and bully everyone. UH, my six year old doesn’t even act like this.
Then to add insult to injury, Fox News is now reporting that Mr. Trump is threatening the Republican National Committee. If he doesn’t win the nomination, then he’s going to run as an independent after signing a non-binding pledge that he wouldn’t. I understand that it is a “non-binding” pledge; but in the world I grew up in if a man gave his word, then he gave his word. Clearly, Mr. Trump didn’t learn that a handshake is all it should take. You say it; you do it. Your “yes” is yes and your “no” is no. If Ted Cruz doesn’t apologize for telling the truth (a lie according to Trump) about Mr. Trump’s stance on abortion, gun control, marriage, etc, then he’s going to sue Senator Cruz if he gets the nomination. Ridiculous!
Now, let me translate that into terms we can all understand and into terms that are glaringly and embarrassingly obvious to the rest of the world. Please consider how this plays out on an international stage if Mr. Trump were to become President Trump. Are you ready for my translation on all that is coming out of his mouth right now? Here it is (in my whiniest 3 year old tone): “Nanny, nanny, boo-boo, stick your head in doo-doo!” “Get off my property.” “I’m gonna take my toys home if you don’t play nice.” “Liar, liar pants on fire!” “I’m gonna tell my mom on you!” “That’s not fair.” “Mine, mine, mine!!!!”
Seriously, is this the man we want to lead our nation? What happens the first time he doesn’t get his way when dealing with international leaders? AND, God forbid, is this the man we want leading this nation if another 9/11 happens?
As I write this piece, I mean it to be funny and perhaps a bit jarring, but in my heart I am weeping for our nation. It grieves me to think that we would actually consider Donald Trump as a possibility much less a viable candidate. My heart aches to think what will happen if we don’t elect a true constitutional conservative who will uphold the Judeo-Christian values that this nation was founded and built upon. These values are what made this nation great, and Mr. Trump does not hold these values.
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