Month: February 2016

Evangelicals who support Trump shouldn’t vote tomorrow

Even if evangelicals cannot bring themselves to support Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio in tomorrow’s GOP primary, they would be better off staying home than compromising their Christian values by voting for a man like Donald Trump. You may think such a vote would shake things up and send a clear message to the political establishment, but voting for Trump would also be your personal endorsement of his unapologetically flawed character, his unrepentant immoral lifestyle, and his corrupt, fraudulent, and even destructive business practices. If you support the man, then you support the man, “warts and all.” Is that really something evangelicals want on their conscience ... joining a man who just said Planned Parenthood does “wonderful things,” who brags about having sex with married women, who preys upon those addicted to gambling, who collects rent from strip clubs, and who pays corrupt politicians to do “whatever the hell” he wants? If we are to “recognize them by their fruits,” then what a bitter harvest we should expect from a Trump presidency. Instead, evangelicals should heed the psalmist who wrote, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers.” I know what you’re thinking: “We’re not electing a pastor. We’re electing a president, and one who’ll lead us and finally fight our battles.” This should sound familiar to those who know their Scripture. As they say in church, turn in your Bibles…

Ten questions for Trump supporters

After an unexpectedly large number of evangelical Christians voted for Donald Trump in last weekend’s South Carolina Republican primary, movement conservatives like me are beginning to seriously question the motives of our fellow GOP voters. We’ve spent decades waiting for an authentic conservative candidate for the presidency – someone who truly believes in individual liberty, limited government, and the free market, and who will be an uncompromising fighter for those principles. Many of us believe we finally found those qualities in two young conservative senators: Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida – both children of the Reagan Revolution. Yet some of our friends seem willing to squander this exceedingly rare opportunity by giving their sacred vote to an imposter, a tourist in the conservative movement who has spent his entire life supporting our opponents. I understand why Trump became a popular candidate – conservative voters like me are done with being manipulated and betrayed by the Republican Party establishment, and his unfiltered and unapologetic message was initially music to our ears. But what I fail to grasp is why, after we’ve had plenty of time to examine Trump’s liberal record and even his current big-government proposals, some of us continue to support him and ignore the once-in-a-generation candidacies of Cruz and Rubio. So, in an attempt to shake awake those who are voting for Trump, I offer the following 10 questions: Do you believe in individual liberty, and think that private property ought never to be seized…

We owe George Washington more respect than this

George Washington successfully led a small army of untrained and undersupplied volunteers against the most powerful empire in the world. He held together a quarrelsome group of the greatest political minds in history. And he became the father of the most free, most influential, and most generous nation on earth. And yet we continue to persist with this unclear and uninspiring “Presidents Day” nonsense, where we lump the likes of Millard Fillmore and Jimmy Carter in with our homage to the birthday of “The Indispensable Man” who was “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” Moreover, in our modern political discourse the name “Washington,” which was once only uttered with a feeling of profound respect, has unfortunately become synonymous with dysfunction, dishonesty, and downright villainy. “Washington is broken.” “Washington is corrupt.” “Washington is a cesspool.” A foreigner ignorant of our nation’s history or geography might even assume the name “Washington” is an altogether pejorative word in our language. While these commonly hurled insults are obviously aimed at our capital city’s political elite, I cannot help but wonder what Washington would think of how we abuse his name, a name he worked so hard to honor during his lifetime, and a name that held our nation tightly together during our earliest and most delicate hours. This should break, or at least severely dint, the hearts of all decent and patriotic Americans. So, what should we do about it? We should stop it. First, we…

There’s no insurance plan if we fail to repeal Obamacare

A wise man once quipped, “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.” With the dawn of Obamacare, no truer warning has gone so catastrophically unheeded, and now American families are being made to pay the price – literally. The latest example of this all-too predictable crisis comes by way of the largest insurer in the state, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, which was forced to raise rates by an average of 28-percent this year because of Obamacare. Executives recently said that, after all the counting is done, the company might have lost $135 million in 2015. So, if you think rates skyrocketed this year, wait until you see what they’ll be when insurers have to make up those losses. But wait a second. Didn’t the president promise that his massive healthcare scheme – ironically called the Affordable Care Act – would “bend the cost curve” downward? We’ve seen nothing of the sort, of course. Working Americans are instead seeing their premiums rise, their deductibles increase, and their out-of-pocket costs take, well, everything out of their pockets. So what’s the matter? Fundamentally, the insurance system has been turned completely on its head, and much of the increased costs come from Obamacare’s mandate that insurance companies offer regularly priced plans to those with expensive pre-existing conditions. “Beginning in 2014, ACA eliminated health underwriting and waiting periods for pre-existing conditions allowing individuals to buy healthcare coverage regardless of their health condition,”…

Conservatives should consider Ted Cruz

The establishment has spent the past few weeks warning conservatives that Ted Cruz is simply too mean and nasty to be the Republican Party’s nominee for president. “We’ll lose if he’s our nominee,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. “His ability to grow the vote of the Republican Party is almost zero,” said South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. “There’s no doubt he has harmed relationships,” added Sen. John McCain of Arizona. “There’ll be wholesale losses if he’s the nominee,” former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole warned. “Our party is not that far right.” Aside from their moderate political philosophy and a shared loathing of Cruz, what do those senators have in common? They all ran uninspiring presidential campaigns and either never emerged from the primaries or were badly beaten in the general election. So who would heed advice from this bunch? Not too many Iowans, it turns out. Republicans there showed up in record numbers earlier this week to deliver the primary season’s first win to Cruz, and in the process they endorsed his conservative message and forcefully rebuked the establishment’s candidates. One of Cruz’s surrogate speakers who helped deliver that winning message to Iowa voters was U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, the conservative Republican who represents several northern Alabama counties. “Ted Cruz is the only candidate for president who has a proven track record of doing the right thing,” Brooks told reporters before heading to Iowa to give speeches on Cruz’s behalf on caucus night. Conservatives in Alabama should also listen…