As an Evangelical, I have found the road of supporting Donald Trump for president more than a little rocky. Yes, he has been married three times, he has supported liberal causes and politicians in the past, his coarse language, and even his pretense of being a church going Christian - all more than a little baggage. My wife and I for the first time in thirty years cast ballots for different candidates in the recent Florida primary. She voted for Ted Cruz and I cast my vote for Donald Trump. To explain my reasoning (which I spent more time detailing on my radio show), you could say that I fall into the category of someone that has 'given up' on traditional politicians. I have been disappointed so many times that I have simply reached the point that I wanted a total outsider. The idea of a successful businessman as president, was an exciting bandwagon to jump on.
Trump represented not just an outsider to me, but someone whose core issues resonated as well. Build a wall and formulate a reasonable immigration plan, balance our nation's budget and pay off the national debt, make our trade agreements fair and give Americans a decent chance to compete in the marketplace, rebuild America's failing infrastructure, go after ISIS and other terrorist groups in a real and substantial way, and most of all - bring main street common sense to Washington. It all sounded so good, and I bought the whole pitch - hook, line, and sinker. I refused to even listen to the chorus of voices warning about Trump's past, questions about how his current conservative positions were not consistent with his decades of being a liberal - I just blocked it all out. This was my guy, and he might be a bull in a China shop, but he was going to be my bull in a china shop, and it is a china shop that needs to be destroyed and rebuilt anyway.
There is something happening in the Trump campaign, and it is not the least bit gradual. This week we have our conservative champion saying that men should be allowed in women's bathrooms and locker rooms, and he even added that he has plans to raise taxes as well - what?
From Trump's Today Show Appearance -
“Well, look, North Carolina did something that was very strong and they're paying a big price and there's a lot of problems....People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble.”
He fretted over the economic impact of the new law: “And the problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife and the economic – I mean, the economic punishment that they're taking.”
Co-host Matt Lauer followed up: “So if Caitlyn Jenner were to walk into Trump Tower and wanted to use the bathroom, you would be fine with her using any bathroom she chooses?” Trump replied: “That is correct.”
Progressives Will Continue To Move The Line If We Let Them
What we know about progressives, is that they will continue to try and move the moral boundaries of our society. We were told that all they wanted was gay marriage. Those of us that said that this was just the beginning were ridiculed. Well, here we are. We are now being told that men who identify more as a woman (or at least say so on a given day) should be allowed complete access to women's bathrooms and locker rooms. If a man felt so strongly that he was a woman that he had the surgical procedures necessary to physically look like a woman, I guess that person could legitimately claim that gender (at least anatomically). What we are talking about here is an undefined policy that allows any man (penis still attached) to wander into the women's facilities at will. No one can explain how we are to separate individuals that are genuinely convinced they are not the gender of the physical body which they are inhabiting, from predators that will use this as open season on all manner of sexual deviance. I address this in much greater detail in Born With A Penis In The USA.
Even more troubling than Trump's position on men in women's bathrooms, is the reason he suggests that North Carolina should go along with this. He cites the 'economic punishment' they are taking. What? This is the guy that sued Univision for $500 million dollars after they decided to drop coverage of the Miss U.S.A. pageant in retaliation for his immigration proposal. A few rock concerts are cancelled, PayPal pulls out, and Trump tells North Carolina to cry uncle? Something smells very bad here, and what is going on seems to have been exposed in a meeting that just took place in Hollywood, Florida. Trump's new handler, Paul Manafort, explained to RNC officials and heavyweights, “That’s what’s important for you to understand: That he gets it, and that the part he’s been playing is evolving,” Full article here.
I should add that I personally called the Trump Resort in Sunny Isles, Florida and asked if men were allowed to use women's facilities at their property. I was told in no uncertain terms, "no." So, even Trump's own resorts appear to not be following their owner over a cliff on this. I honestly don't know what is going on here, but maybe those that are now explaining that Trump is playing a character (not unlike what happens in professional wrestling) have it right. I won't hang around to see Trump putting on the spandex tights... As my grandfather told me more times than I can count, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
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