Bill O’Reilly asked an important question when he wondered why members of his network, Fox News were so divided over Donald Trump. The same could be said about the different between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz—who are the clear front-runners in the 2016 presidential race. The divide is unusually deep because the two candidates properly represent the philosophic divisions that are taking place within the Republican Party. As much as hard-core establishment supporters would hate to admit it, Ted Cruz represents what they seek in a president, someone from within their political ranks that is a person of faith who gets their guidance from prayer and deity submission—religiously pious. They also hold that the presidency is America’s version of royalty, and they that take that oath of office very seriously. Trump on the other hand represents the fighters, the businessmen who have bent over backwards to one too many regulations–the financially independent—the self starters. Trump appeals to people who turn toward themselves first for an answer before soliciting government help or prayer to a deity whom has never physically manifested in a logical way. That last type of conservative has never really had a candidate—they have held their nose and hoped that they might get lucky because options were limited—which is often not how they do most things in their life. But with Trump, they finally have someone running for the White House who thinks like them for a change. To confirm my statement just read the linked article from Glenn Beck about why no Christian should vote for Donald Trump, and you’ll get the gist. Glenn Beck whom I used to like—has lost his mind.
Personally I liked that Thomas Jefferson answered the door to the White House in his night robe. I liked that Teddy Roosevelt skinny dipped in the Potomac River—just a century ago. I liked that Andrew Jackson would target shoot from the White House grounds. I’m not big on formalities and in regard to the President of the United States—I feel as Jefferson did, as an Anti-Federalist, such tokens of ordainment should be cast away in America and dropped from assumption. We should go out of our way to strip away formality anywhere we can in regard to the White House, not increase it. We don’t elect a king, we elect a public servant—and we should treat them that way.
We also need a president who makes decisions based on their life experiences and the use of cold hard logic. I don’t want a president who gets his decisions from “praying.” For instance, let’s look at the reasons that John Kasich decided to expand Medicaid—which he did in Ohio against an amendment to the Constitution passed to protect residence from the grips of Obamacare. Kasich claimed when he went against voters and the Ohio legislature that God told him to expand government so dramatically when pressed by reporters. Well, screw that. We didn’t elect “God” to run our public offices. With all the bad dreams and insanity that goes on in any civilization it is difficult to tell God’s providence from the claws of insanity. While I can claim many similar stories of providence—as miraculous as Andrew Jackson’s assassination attempt by the unemployed painter who tried to kill him with two guns—that both misfired—I don’t make decisions based on providence or the hope of it. You can only make decisions based on what you know or see. If God decides to help out, that’s fine. But such an ill-defined character cannot be a part of any strategic plan—because there isn’t enough evidence to count on such things. You don’t think with your heart—you do with your head—and having faith that things will just work out is not enough. When faced with a problem I want a president who works through it, not one that sits at the side of their bed and “prays.” I don’t care what George Washington did—if he prayed less and acted more—he probably would have won more often. If you want to pray, be a preacher or volunteer at church. If you want to lead a nation—come to the table with self-reliance.
Kasich, the closet liberal that he turned out to be could have misread his inclinations. We as a voting public have no way to know if what Kasich said about God’s desire is true or not. God did not have a press conference with us and tell us to expand Medicaid. And we didn’t elect a “leader” to be some ancient go-between between God and man in the form of a priest holding some kingship based on the merits of “godly access.” This is exactly why we were supposed to have a separation between church and state—not one where the church runs the state. If people want the church to run the state—as Glenn Beck seems to—you might as well sign up for communism. Capitalism requires self-reliance and logical thought—not altruistic sacrifice to divine will. The worst time to make a decision of any kind is after a bad dream where some figure speaks to you in the form of some disembodied spirit. The even dumber thing to do is to assume that the voice is “God.” It in all actuality could be anything—some ghost from the past, some vengeful demon, some inter-dimensional terrorist—or it could be the lingering effects of an emerging insanity where deep-seated insecurities manifest into a mythological story played out among the brain’s neurons. You never know. When we elect a president, we elect a manager and we expect that person to make hard decisions based on reality as we can observe it. That is the best that we can do given the limited scope of our human senses.
Then there is this ridiculous notion that the presidency should be beneath earthly squabbles. I watched Republicans for well over thirty years play the moral high ground game and lose every time—especially George W. Bush. He thought the office of the president was so elevated that he could not, or should not answer his many critics. Well, that was the old alcoholic coming out of him, and the kid who was in the Skull and Bones society who participated in embarrassing hazing rituals. When you are elected by the people for the people—you don’t surrender yourself to the political left by becoming a punching bag—using the “high office” excuse to mask internal fears. You don’t sit in the White House on my behalf and make yourself a “pussy.” You are expected to fight when attacked and to represent the constituency that elected you into office. The office is not a higher authority than the people who put you there. That kind of thinking leads to kingship—and we should not think of an American President as a king or as royalty. He’s just a manager.
Just a few weeks ago I had an opportunity to shake Donald Trump’s hand. I could have certainly had him sign any of my books–easily. But I didn’t do either—even though I love the guy for president. He’s on a job interview as far as I’m concerned and I’m the boss. The boss doesn’t seek autographs and tokens of friendship from the people they employ. Given that, if President Obama broke down in front of my house and needed to use my car jack or even the phone—I would tell that bastard to get off my lawn. I wouldn’t shake his hand; I wouldn’t be getting a selfie to show that I had managed to get my picture next to a “powerful” person. To me he’s just another person and in the case of his actions—he’s conducted his presidency as a domestic enemy that any constitutionally minded person is sworn to protect the nation from. Needless to say, I will never shake the hand of president Obama under any circumstances. He doesn’t rule over me, he doesn’t make decisions on my behalf, and he is a proven incompetent that has not earned the right to shake my hand. And to be fair, I feel the same way about George W. Bush—he blew it. I don’t care that he made some mistakes—but he was a lot like Glenn Beck—a former alcoholic who turned to “God” to straighten out their weak lives. I don’t fault them for their mistakes but they are smoking crack if they want to tell a person like me—who has never been addicted to anything, who doesn’t drink, has never smoked, has never done any drugs of any kind—who even avoids pain killers for surgery or at the dentist—and assumes that they have some place between me and the everlasting. Give me a break! They are not qualified to be in that position, and really, I can’t think of a single person on earth that is—even religious leaders. If they have my high standards on personal living, I might listen to them—but short of that—forget about it.
Ted Cruz is way too much of a “god boy” to me. I don’t want someone in the White House praying for answers. I want someone who can extract answers from reality by sheer will. I don’t want someone who will only enter the Oval Office with a jacket and tie on. I want someone who will work there for 14 to 16 hours straight if needed to accomplish whatever task is on the table. And I certainly don’t want a king—but I equally don’t want a self-sacrificial lamb that is willing to be plucked apart by the political opposition. So to answer Bill O’Reilly’s question about Donald Trump there are still too many Republicans who want a president for all the wrong reasons—all the types of things that George W. Bush represented—meekness, sacrifice, divine providence-and policy concocted by voices from God which in all actuality were their addictive pasts calling out to them to return to the bottle. For all those reasons I support Donald Trump—he’s a self-starter, he’s never been addicted to drugs or alcohol, and while he’s respectful of religion—he tends to guide himself before seeking the council of some otherworldly creature. That’s good because I don’t have to worry about him waking up and starting wars based on dreams he’s had about “weapons of mass destruction,” or expanding Medicaid because God told him in a dream to help people. I just want someone to do the job as president for the first time in the modern era. I don’t want a king—I want someone to do the job—and I certainly don’t want a politician with ties to any lobbyist. The deep divide over Donald Trump within Republican ranks is that not all conservatives quite understand what they want out of a public servant. They know what they’ve had and are basing everyone on those examples. But to me, what we’ve had was never good enough. And the answer is not in more of the same—but in an entirely new direction.
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