The Republican Wedge

Wedge

Choosing a side is no longer an option, or so it seems. The Republican party is divided deeply based on their view of Donald Trump. This has manifested in a pro-Trump vs. #neverTrump, #stopTrump, anti-Trump division, producing rising strife.

Pro-Trump supporters love his bold, unfiltered message on immigration, trade, the Mexican wall, NATO, and “self-funding” his campaign. He wants to “Make America Great Again” by hearkening back to the 1950’s during Eisenhower’s administration. His supporters are loyal in spite of his clear display of immaturity and a shallow understanding of policy. His unfiltered speech has been a double-edged sword, attacking both his opponents and himself.

Donald is a loyal man, which I believe. He has demonstrated his loyalty to his campaign team and his campaign team has been loyal to him.  Opponents experience his loyalty also. Trump is loyal to insult, attack, and smear anybody that opposes him. During news interviews, he has been accused of acting like a five-year-old and a bully on a playground. Donald boasts that he is a counterpuncher and that he never hits first and that after he wins the election he will be “presidential”.

Mr. Trump, moving into the Oval Office is not a panacea for opposition. Our government is designed to promote opposition. If elected, you will face opposition from the Congress, the Senate, governors, the Supreme Court, the media, world leaders, corporations, unions, and hopefully your own staff (unless you follow your own abhorrent advice to college students to “always be around unsuccessful people”).  Gridlock is the result of opposition and is good for the country. If you can’t demonstrate Presidential temperament and character now, then we can not trust that you will as President.

One-third of Trump supporters say they will not back Cruz as the nominee and vice versa for Cruz supporters backing Trump. Traditionally conservative pundits have taken sides in this election. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, and Ann Coulter have all been accused of favoring Trump. Mark Levin and Glenn Beck are active supporters of Cruz.

If you are a Christian, do not allow politics to sever your relationships. We are called to be the salt and light to the world.  We are to be guided by the love law, love your neighbor as yourself.  God wants all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. There is nothing in our mission to convert somebody to support our candidate. Do not allow politics to hinder your witness.

I believe that character matters for our leaders. I was willing to support the Republican nominee until Trump demonstrated that when given the choice of taking the moral high road or the load road, that he will usually choose the low road.

He sent an unflattering picture of Heidi Cruz beside a glamour shot of Melania Trump, a personal attack on a family member in response to an anti-Trump super Pac picture of Melania.  Thin skin is an undesirable trait for our President.

His Wisconsin concession statement released after Ted Cruz won handily was not gracious or conciliatory but mentioned “lyin’ Ted”, “stealing the nomination”, and committing a felony by coordinating with super Pacs.  This is not professional wrestling.

My greatest concern is not Trump’s policies, but his unhinged character. Pray for our country.

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