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Crossing the red line

The 2016 Election

Trump versus Clinton was a dilemma in which many sincere patriotic Americans simply could not bring themselves to vote for either unqualified candidate. Both campaigns were totally egocentric and devoid of substance.

We knew what Hillary was like from her time as First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State. She had already proven herself unfit to lead.

Those of us who are not into celebrity worship had never paid much attention to Donald Trump. He was just a rich guy from New York who always took every opportunity to draw attention to himself.

He certainly jumped into the GOP Presidential campaign to serve as spoiler and to bolster his own public image. It’s unlikely the thought of what he would do if he actually won the election ever crossed his mind.

One of the first people he consulted when he thought about running was his old golf buddy Bill Clinton. Slick Willie probably thought that Donnie getting into the race would just benefit Hillary. Then he could be First Dude and Tomcat around the corridors and stockrooms of the White House with young interns.

But, Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton will almost certainly someday lose an election to an opponent named Fido! Just being “Not Hillary” is enough to elect virtually anyone or anything that runs against her.

There is a very strong parallel between how conservatives absolutely loathe Hillary and how liberals completely despise Donald. It is a blinding rage that causes all issues to be totally submerged.

Where We Are Now

I anticipated the untenable situation that exists today. Having abstained on November 8th, 2016, those who did not put Trump into the Oval Office are now faced with another dilemma.

We see Democrat candidates trying to outdo one another showing just how far beyond all reason and common sense they can actually go. It’s more than just same-sex marriage and abortion these days.

Democrats fundamentally want to discard the United States Constitution altogether. They have no concept of national sovereignty. They want open borders to get more illegals to come in and vote for Democrats. They want to eliminate the Electoral College to focus their efforts on blue urban areas while disenfranchising voters in the red American Heartland.

Look at any and all of the Democrat contenders right now. There is no way to know where any one of them would go and take us all with them if they get elected on November 3, 2020.

The Choice We Must Make

What makes the disenfranchised conservatives’ situation so untenable is that now we must either defend and support President Donald Trump whom we did not want to ever become President Donald Trump ~ or ~ we face the unthinkable prospect of a radical Democrat President who would far surpass Obama in further transforming our beloved country into an unrecognizable banana republic.

Given his performance, and that’s exactly what it was, a performance, during the 2016 debates, my conclusions about Trump would be the same if we had it to do over again.

He has done some things that are much, much better than what Hillary would have done. Pretty much everything, actually.

His first Supreme Court pick was good and his second one was mediocre. If RBG ends her tenure, his next one could truly turn the tides for a generation of high court decisions.

He has thus far had Israel’s back in the Middle East. If he has Manila’s back facing down China, this will increase the positive aspect of his legacy.

Being Honest

But there are truly disconcerting things also about Trump. It’s greatly disappointing that he and his Secretary of State have our foreign diplomats promoting LGBTQ months.

But the most alarming failure of our incumbent President and Commander-in-Chief is his admiration for authoritarian world leaders. He feels right at home with Kim, Xi, Putin and Erdoğan. Their hostility toward the United States does not seem to matter as much to him as his personal relationship with them.

He really needs to remember that his legacy is really not about himself; it is about how he governs the United States of America and safeguards us against all enemies both foreign and domestic.

What Next?

Which brings us to the crux of the issue. Disenfranchised conservatives rightly believe that Donald Trump has corrupted the conservative base of the Republican Party. He has shown that the cult of personality supersedes all value judgments by voters.

So, where do we go now?

There is some truth in the fact that if the Republican party is out of power for the next four years, it will cause conservatives to re-evaluate their priorities. But it will also put our national destiny in the hands of an erratic President, much more so than Trump has been or would continue to be.

We have had two narcissists in the White House in a row. At least two. But especially the most recent two.

Avoiding Myopia

Despite that, I don’t believe Donald Trump would intentionally send our country down the drain. He might do it inadvertently. But, many Democrat hopefuls today would do it intentionally just to perpetuate their own power.

The red line has indeed been crossed. We can no longer stand back and let things take their own course. We need to place our bet on the person least likely to do harm.

Yes, I do realize how terrible it is to have to formulate the options in such a dire manner. We can default and let a Democrat be elected who is overwhelmingly likely to destroy America. Or we can stay with Trump and encourage him to choose and listen to good advisors.

The 2020 Election

There is a very short time window for a GOP Primary challenge. Right now I wouldn’t give it more than a 1% chance of transpiring. So, come next year, we’re going to face that binary choice that we so much dread.

President [Fill in the Blank*]

~ or ~

President Donald J. Trump

*Only with names of actual Democrat candidates.

You will do what your heart and mind tell you to do. I will cross the red line of Never-Trumpism and balance idealism with realism.

Rationale

In a second Trump term, we can expect at least one more Supreme Court nomination to give it a conservative majority. Our overall national security and our border security in particular will be in better hands.

It will be easier to articulate the clear choice as we see which Democrat candidate emerges victorious in Milwaukee next year. Then Trump will be re-nominated in Charlotte.

Any one of the Dems would be less like the Archangel Gabriel and more akin to Lucifer. I wouldn’t characterize Trump as either one.

Food for Thought

I’ll leave you with this. When you go into a fast food restaurant that has hamburgers and hotdogs on the menu board ~ please don’t order lobster tail!

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Following Mueller report, President Trump calls for tables to be turned in new video

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Following Mueller report President Trump calls for tables to be turned in new video

The Mueller saga is far from over with the majority of leftists trying to find something onto which they can latch. Some are calling for impeachment. Others are calling for further investigations into what Robert Mueller left open to interpretation. But on Trump’s side, it’s time to celebrate.

But it isn’t just about feeling good with the results. Now, according to President Trump, it’s time to turn the tables on the Democrats, the FBI, and anyone who has performed actions that led to the investigation in the first place. In other words, he wants to investigate the investigators.

His team put together a compilation video of several instances where those on the left were declaring collusion and obstruction as foregone conclusions from the investigation. Some were claiming to have hard evidence against the President which never materialized. Others were practically gloating over the prospects of the Mueller report coming out. Then, it cuts to other leftists and media personalities declaring the Mueller report a win for the President.

After $35,000,000 and countless American resources used to reveal essentially nothing of substance, it’s time to look back at the circumstances that led to this inquiry. What was fabricated? What lies were told? The American people deserve to know.

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Sometimes it’s the little wrongs that stick

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Sometimes its the little wrongs that stick

I was a pretty cocky kid.

It’s something that I get to hear a lot lately, especially when connecting with old friends from high school and college. I remember thinking that I wouldn’t be that guy, the one who looks back while on the second half of a standard life and calls himself stupid, but that’s exactly what I’ve started doing. I was a cocky, stupid kid.

There are several instances that I can recall that had an effect on the way that I grew and would eventually point me to dedicate my life to Christ. One of those events was very small, so small that the person I “wronged” likely doesn’t even remember the incident.

I was managing a steak house in Oklahoma City. I was the youngest of the managers of what was supposed to be a summer job and ended up supporting my young family for three years. I was cocky (and did I mention I was stupid as well?) and took pride in my ability to diffuse situations. It wasn’t a fancy steak house. In fact, it was a two-story, 550-seat monster that served hundreds of steaks every night.

One particular evening I was helping one of the servers by taking the order. It was a special day for the patriarch of the family and they were celebrating – what exactly I don’t recall or perhaps never knew. The special day man had one important request – no Texas toast. His wife (or daughter, couldn’t tell for sure) said that he was extremely allergic to anything that had bread and I assured her that no bread would touch his plate. I plugged in the order, put the special instructions in all caps (NO BREAD NO BREAD NO BREAD) and went on to see to the hundreds of other guests as well as the staff.

I was walking by the table, just checking in, when the food came. Time went into slow-motion mode as the plate was put down in front of him with a big, buttery piece of Texas toast right smack dab on his 14 oz. ribeye. The look on the wife/daughter’s face has always stuck with me. It was pure disappointment, shock, and even a little bit of fear all flashing before me in technicolor slow motion.

Instantly, I reached down and grabbed the plate, but the man grabbed my arm. His fury was clear. I told him that I would get him a new steak, but refused to let go. He wanted to keep that steak hostage to make certain that we didn’t just take it to the back, pull of the bread, and serve him the same steak. I assured him that we wouldn’t do that but he was firm. He didn’t believe me and that made me mad.

In the same situation today, I wouldn’t have tried to take the steak back. In fact, I would have left one more instruction on the ticket – “Page ME for delivery”. I would have made certain that the bread didn’t go on his plate. Instead, I allowed myself to get angry. I took it out on the staff that couldn’t read instructions. I took it out on the table that had a special occasion ruined. I didn’t even comp the meal because of my petty, stupid, cocky anger.

For all I know, they never thought about it again. For all I know, the man was emotionally unstable and hurt someone that night due to my mistakes. His grip was very strong, the type of grip that one can’t get by working out. It only comes from working through life with your hands.

It’s the fear in the wife/daughter’s eyes that I’ve never been able to shake for two decades. Mad – understandable. Disappointed – who wouldn’t be? Fear – that’s something that was distinct. She wasn’t looking at me. She was looking at him. She was waiting for his response. I don’t recall if I truly saw it out of the corner of my eye or if it has emerged through my imagination over the years, but I think she even looked up at me with a subtle, desperate shake of her head as I tried to pry the plate from his grip as if she was warning me that this many might kill me over the mistake.

We never know the effects of our actions. We don’t know what little thing we might do that causes someone to snap, something bad to happen, or something life-changing that could have been avoided by being a little less stupid, a little less cocky, and a lot more like a believer in Jesus Christ should act.

I never had the chance to apologize properly to the family. Maybe that’s why it stuck with me for all of these years. The slow motion look of mixed, terrible emotions – I pray that my little act of defiance didn’t cause pain to anyone.

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Trey Gowdy on the future of investigations in wake of Mueller report

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Former Congressman Trey Gowdy took to Fox News to talk to Martha MacCallum about the release of Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference from 2016. His interview was arguably the most impressive take on the release so far.

As MacCallum notes, the divide really started with the Bill Clinton impeachment. Lawmakers ran to their respective political party corners and one can argue they never returned to the middle to become a single Congress again.

As for Gowdy, he pointed out the unfortunate reality that the American people are going to have to suffer (and pay for) more investigations from Congress and other entities who are not and will never be satisfied with how the Mueller probe concluded.

But perhaps the biggest takeaway from Gowdy is his belief that former FBI Agent Peter Strzok should and will be investigated in the wake of the Mueller report. This is important because Gowdy has never been one who shied away from the Mueller investigation, nor did he believe it should be made public.

Watch this video. Gowdy is in rare form by giving the cold, hard truth while not playing partisan games. Best take of the investigation so far.

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