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What can be said about Donald Trump that hasn’t been said already? Nothing. What can anyone possibly say to sway voters against voting for perhaps the worst candidate since, say, Barack Obama? Probably nothing.
The Donald phenomena is either something amazing to behold or something altogether frightening. This, of course, is depending on the side of the fence you’re on. Personally, I go with frightening.
This is the same kind of phenomena that so-called Conservatives were complaining about when people were swooning over Barack Obama. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, there was absolutely nothing that anyone could do to convince his followers that voting him into office would be the biggest mistake this country could make. Obama could have said he could “shoot someone in New York City and not lose any of his supporters” and it still wouldn’t have mattered.
Even today, many of Obama’s most loyal followers can’t look at the state of the nation and admit what a colossal failure he has been. But let’s just look at what Obama has done for America. He’s caused even greater racial divisions. He’s created Obamacare which has proven to be a disaster even though the worst is yet to come. He’s catered to our enemies and has turned his back on our friends and allies. He’s weakened our defenses and has made America more vulnerable than ever. He can’t even call terrorism what it is but instead refers to it as an example of “violence in the workplace”. He promised that he could bridge the gap that exists between the two parties and bring them together. Only that he himself ended up telling the Republican party “they could come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.” And let’s not forget that because of him, the Republican Party had breakthrough elections in 2010 and 2014 which helped them gain control of Congress. So now that he doesn’t control Congress like he did when he came into office, he has come up with a new method of getting things done, like a pen and a phone.
These are only a few examples of how Obama has made things worse. He promised the moon. He said he would make America great once again. It was hope and change we could believe in. But no matter what you said, nothing could convince his followers back then and nothing could convince them today that Obama was and is one of the greatest mistakes America has ever made.
What is this spell that Obama and Trump have over their respective followers? Why does it seem that they’re so willing to blindly follow them no matter where they lead? Is there a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other “ist” that can explain this? Can anyone explain how Chris Matthews had a “thrill up [his] leg”? When will it be that Bill O’Reilly has an involuntary feeling on some appendage in his body regarding the Donald?
There is one other confusing aspect of the Trump phenomenon, however. These same Conservatives that were yelling at liberals because of their lovefest with Obama are many of the same people who fawn over the Donald. Are they unable to see the problems with Trump as those who love Obama were unable to see his issues?
As if all of this wasn’t confusing enough, then there are Christians who are unable to discern the truth anymore. Some Christians actually believe Trump when he states he’s changed his position to pro-life. How do they reconcile that he publicly stated years ago that he was pro-choice and that he would not ban partial-birth abortions? How do they explain reports that he would consider nominating his sister, a judge with pro-choice views, as a Supreme Court Justice? Trump may say one thing but his actions show another. Why does he surround himself with those with pro-choice views such as Scott Brown, a possible running mate as Vice President? Why does he attend a church (that statement alone is a question mark) that doesn’t believe abortion should be restricted? Why, when asked if abortion was murder, did he say that he didn’t believe so when it came to the life of the mother, incest, and rape? And what is his views toward Planned Parenthood? He says he would defund the organization but in another interview says that Planned Parenthood had positive aspects in that they function to serve women. How can any Christian find any of this acceptable?
The world is indeed looking more godless by the day. People are turning their backs on God. As a result, good somehow is now considered bad and bad is now good. The same can be said about the truth. Lies are now considered believable but when the truth comes out people dismiss it as strange and not to be taken seriously. This might explain how the Donald is able to say whatever he wants and gets away with it. People are now conditioned to believe a lie.
Whether people realize it or not, Trump has even written a book on how to manipulate people. Has anyone heard of or read The Art of the Deal? I haven’t, but apparently he has made some comments in the book that explains what is taking place. “People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts,” Trump wrote. “People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular. I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration — and a very effective form of promotion.” It has been said that Trump has “perfected the outrageous untruth as a campaign tool.” Untruth? Why can’t we call it what it is, a lie?
Even PolitiFact have some damning evidence against Trump. “PolitiFact has been documenting Trump’s statements on our Truth-O-Meter, where we’ve rated 76 percent of them Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, out of 77 statements checked. No other politician has as many statements rated so far down on the dial.” I don’t plan on linking all of the statements I’ve made on this post about Obama or Trump because, well let’s face it, you either support them and will blindly follow them off a cliff or you know all of these statements I’ve made to be true. However, PolitiFact’s article on Trump’s lies is well worth the read.
The question in my mind is why so many people believe Trump. What is it about the Donald that they are so oblivious to? Moreover, why are Christians following this same train wreck? Is it because the Donald is an entertainer and has charisma? Is it because he makes other candidates and political pundits seem foolish and ignorant? Seriously, is the art of sarcasm and slanderous hyperbole an attractive trait in a United States President? Obama may have used this technique to his advantage but the Donald is perfecting it to an art.
My hope is that America will wake up before it’s too late. But I’m afraid that may not be the case. It may already be too late. For far too long, people have been dumbed down through the liberally transformed educational system. Now America is ripe for the picking.
But what is even more concerning is how people are so susceptible to lies and half-truths. Is there no more discernment? The Bible talks about a day when the antichrist will come and deceive many. Are we already prime for that day? Some claimed that Obama was the antichrist with how so many were deceived with his rhetoric. Many will eventually think the same about Trump. Neither are the antichrist in my opinion but they have proven that America, and perhaps the world, is now ready to usher in the one who will be. That, my friends, is what concerns me.