Who is the Real Donald Trump?

Who's the real Donald Trump?
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Trump was pro-Abortion, supported gun control laws, and bragged about sleeping with other men’s wives long before he suddenly became pro-Life, pro-Second Amendment and started quoting what he refers to as, “Two Corinthians.” Trump is whatever he needs to be at the moment in order to secure whatever deal he’s trying to close at the moment, and right now he wants to secure election to the most powerful office on the face of the earth.

The people of Iowa kick off the presidential primary season on Monday when they caucus.  The most interesting phenomena of the 2016 presidential race – so far – has been support for Donald Trump coming from those who have traditionally aligned themselves with conservative principles.  As quoted before on this blog, Michael Reagan – the son of the late President Ronald Reagan – has correctly observed, “You cannot be a Trump Republican and a Reagan Republican.”

Why?

Reagan was pro-Life.  Donald Trump has made it clear that he supports aborting babies – even going so far as to support partial birth abortion.  Reagan was pro-Second Amendment.  Donald Trump has said, “I hate the concept of guns.”  Reagan did everything in his power to stop the spread of socialism.  Referring to his support for a single payer healthcare system (i.e. socialized medicine) Trump has said, “…the government is going to pay for it.”

But don’t take my word for it; listen to Donald Trump himself explain his support for the Progressive Left’s agenda in this short video:

Reagan opposed much of what Donald Trump has supported.  Donald Trump has recently come out against much of what he formerly supported, and apparently because he has been talking a good game, that makes him appealing to people who normally would (and should) know better than to support his candidacy for president.

It is perplexing to watch Americans latch on to Trump’s campaign out of desperation.  No doubt about it, Obama’s 24/7 work to “fundamentally transform” America has made Americans desperate, especially as conservative Americans have watched GOP leadership sell out on everything including immigration, de-funding Obamacare, Common Core, and the budget.  Desperate people will often take drastic measures to rectify a desperate situation, but we should guard ourselves against making rash – and foolish – decisions out of desperation.  I train in martial arts, and one of the most important things you learn is to breath normally and maintain a clear head during a violent situation.  Losing your head – out of desperation – can make the difference between implementing life saving techniques or – possibly – death.  Our present situation as a nation should be no different.

I’ll be the first to admit that I appreciate the things Donald Trump has been saying over the past several months.  However, based on his track record, I do not trust him to maintain consistency between what he has been saying and what he would do if he were made commander-in-chief of the U.S. military, and as America’s chief diplomat.  I do not trust Donald Trump to protect my right to keep and bear arms.  I do not trust Donald Trump to protect the rights of unborn millions to live – free from an abortion butchers’ instruments of mutilation.  I do not trust the king of “the deal” to stop himself from acting above the constitution.  Trump’s personality is not marked by his proclivity to submit to authority without a fight.

I don’t want a king.  Most importantly, I do not want to elect to the highest office in the land a man who does not see his need for his Creator’s forgiveness.  This is the most marked difference between Donald Trump and Gen. Washington who rightly observed,

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them.”

There are several good candidates running for president this year who have a track record of consistently upholding and defending the U.S. Constitution.  Hillary is not one of them; Bernie is not one of them; and Donald is not one of them.

I still think the top three candidates in this race are Sen. Ted Cruz, Dr. Ben Carson, and Sen. Rand Paul.  And while my number one pick for president is Ted Cruz, I would be content to know that fellow conservatives elected Carson or Paul.  I could never be content with anyone being elected president who would grant blanket amnesty to illegal aliens, support the murder of babies, or fail to protect Americans’ right to defend themselves with firearms.  Trump has failed to show he is consistent – over the long haul – to uphold and defend these basic principles.

James 1:8 makes it very clear that, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”  Trump is a good talker, but no one could ever suggest he’s been stable in all his ways. especially when it comes to upholding and defending conservative principles.  Conservatives – especially conservative Christians – could do a whole lot better than to vote for Donald Trump.

Tim Keller
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Tim Keller has taught American History, World History, government, writing, speech and related courses at both the high school and college level since 1997.

4 Comments on Who is the Real Donald Trump?

  1. Thanks for this Tim, for months I’m been struggling to put into words my distrust of Donald Trump. I will be sharing this post far and wide. Thanks for writing what I’ve been thinking.

    • Tim Keller Tim Keller // January 30, 2016 at 10:26 am //

      Thank you, Matt. I think an important distinction many people need to make is that it’s O.K. to show gratitude to Mr. Trump for broadcasting what so many Americans are thinking while at the same time understanding that Trump is not a suitable choice for president. One of the greatest benefits of our system of electing leaders is that we intentionally invite candidates to debate topics and have a shot at winning election. Quite often candidates who never make a final showing in the November election have played a major part in putting certain issues on the national radar for future debate and future problem solving. I think Trump has been instrumental in this way, and I’m grateful for that, but I will not vote for Trump.

  2. The candidate with the most trustworthy comments is BEN CARSON. He does not excoriate any of the other candidates. His intelligence is far about all the others. His personality is calm and analytical. The congress is full of lawyers. They are legalized thieves and crooks. In a lawsuit they are always the winner regardless of the out come because they always get paid. The major of the founding fathers were not lawyers. Today the lawyers write the laws, argue the laws and judge the laws. In other words they control the government. It is to rethink and answer the question do we really need anymore lawyers in government especially as president????

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