Hey, Trump fans:
Josh Givens here. I think it’s time we have another chat. I know that I’m probably the last person you actually want to have a conversation with. After all, I’ve been rather critical of your hero over the last few months and many of you have resorted to highly educated debate tactics like name-calling and whining. I guess that’s to be expected, though, considering who you’re planning to vote for. Maybe you’re just mirroring the behavior that you seem to approve of and admire so much. Regardless, I think that we can all come to the table around some basic principles, facts and truths and get a long for the next five minutes. Alright? Ok, good.
Speaking of truth, it seems that’s what so many of you are looking for — a candidate who speaks the truth and “tells it like it is.” You want someone who’s politically incorrect, bold, brash, edgy and blunt. I get that. After almost eight years of dry, boring, stale politicians like Obama and Biden, it’s only natural to want someone a little more exciting. But, let’s face it: this is an utterly absurd criterion for voting a man into the Oval Office. Moreover, you’re all so apparently obsessed with electing a politically incorrect guy, that you’re willing to overlook — and even applaud — his ridiculous, grotesque and immoral behavior: referring to women as dogs and “pieces of ass", bragging about his extramarital affairs, insulting American prisoners of war (even though he dodged the draft multiple times), saying that he’d date his own daughter, mocking disabled people and even comparing Ben Carson to a child molester. (And that’s just the short list.) This is the guy you all want to elect to the highest office in the land — a guy who’s been a lifelong liberal progressive Democrat, flip flops on issues every week, can’t answer a direct question to save his life and has absolutely no substantiative knowledge of his own policies or anything else for that matter. Honor, integrity and morals be damned.
In the recent South Carolina primary, Trump won the majority of Evangelical voters — over guys like Cruz, Carson and Rubio — demonstrating that many so-called “Christians” are letting cultish celebrity obsession override their faith. Remember, folks, this is the guy who has praised Planned Parenthood and says he’s a “Christian” but doesn’t need any forgiveness from God because he’s so good and he can’t even name a single book, chapter or verse in the Bible. It’s truly astounding how much you admire this godless charlatan.
Anyway, one thing I hear from Trumplings the most often is that guys like me should “just get over” the fact that Trump is winning and will likely be the eventual nominee of the Republican Party. By their logic, it’s inevitable that The Donald is going to win, so why should I even bother criticizing him or questioning his conservatism and Christianity? Why exert energy writing multiple columns about this man? My Twitter and blog inboxes have been flooded with messages from Trumpsters who are so desperate to defend their idol that they’re willing to completely overlook his vulgar, dishonest, insane behavior and criticize me for criticizing Trump — which is sort of ironic, really. I mean, if they admire Trump for calling people liars and “telling it like it is,” shouldn’t they at least appreciate it when someone like me employs the same tactics and style? The truth is, they really only like Trump’s style when they're not on the receiving end of it. They really only want “the truth” when it aligns with what they think, feel and believe. But, truth and facts don’t care about your feelings. The truth is just the truth. Period. End of story. Nothing more. And the truth (genuine, real, eternal, absolute truth) is something that no one — especially conservatives and Christians — should ever apologize for. We should stand up for truth, principles, values and morals at every open opportunity. That’s why it’s essential, critical and paramount that Trump be exposed for the godless, vile slimeball that he is — as often as possible. It’s not just for the good of the Republican Party or the country. It’s much bigger than that.
The future of our nation — both politically and spiritually — is hanging in the balance and it’s partly because many Americans, and our culture as a whole, have become far too hostile to absolute truth. To make matters worse, there are very few folks (Christians especially) who are willing to speak about difficult things like sexual morality or controversial issues like abortion and gay marriage, particularly if it means having to criticize a celebrity or politician you admire. (Or one your friends admire.) This is why corrupt politicians like Trump continue to dominate.
You see, Trumpmania is just the latest example. I’m sure there will be another one tomorrow, next week and next year. But, for now, this mass national obsession with a flamboyant, morally-bankrupt-authoritarian-liberal-progressive-fraudster-adulterer-billionare reality-TV star is a clear reflection of how little many people actually care about truth. Even worse, Trumplings don’t want to hear the truth. In fact, they ignore it as if it doesn’t exist. Trump’s leading in the polls is not as much a manifestation of America’s anger at "the establishment" as it is a reflection of America’s active, willful ignorance of truth and inability to see past inspiring rhetoric and distracting showmanship.
And that sort of trend — this increasing hostility toward truth — is not something that I will “get over.” I will not avoid it or pretend that it doesn’t exist.
There’s simply too much at stake.
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