5 Bad Things About Trump–And Why It’s OK for Christians to Vote for Him

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Credit: REUTERS/Rick Wilking
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Credit: REUTERS/Rick Wilking

UPDATE 7/1/2016: According to Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, a well-known Christian ministry, Trump recently received Christ as Lord and was “Born Again.”

A lot of people in the church are having a hard time right now deciding what to do about Donald J. Trump. They are 100 percent certain they won’t vote for Hillary—a no-brainer due to her many objectionable policies, such as her statement in 2015 that, “religious beliefs … have to be changed” to ensure women have access to abortion on demand.

That is a real winning policy for Christians—NOT!

But now Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum, the openly Christian candidates, are permanently out of the 2016 presidential race (and no, there won’t be a third party or another chance at the Republican convention—sorry #CruzCrew). And Christians are being bombarded by the millions of anti-Trump messages streaming across the digital landscape.

Do you have to be crazy to vote for Trump if you’re a Christian? Let’s look at the facts:

He hates women.

But other than Rosie O’Donnell and Megyn Kelly, who both picked very public fights with him first, which women does Trump hate? Is he not allowed to defend himself when attacked?

Hillary? If he doesn’t fight fire with fire, he’s never going to beat the Clinton cabal.

He is immoral.

Trump famously does not drink, smoke, or do drugs.

However, it’s true that Trump was divorced twice and admits to cheating on his wives—sort of like King David, the “man after God’s own heart.” David had several wives and then cheated with married Bathsheba while her husband was at war. When David found out she was pregnant, he called her husband back from war and had him killed.

Yet David repented and God forgave him, even to the extent that David and Bathsheba’s second son Solomon became king after David and wrote the book of Proverbs in the Bible.

Has Trump repented like David did? At the Family Leadership Summit in February he said he never asks for forgiveness, though when he does something wrong he “tries to make it right.” But isn’t that the definition of repent—to turn around and go the other way?

At the end of the day, we don’t really know what’s in Trump’s heart. We do know that he’s done a fantastic job co-parenting his children after his divorces, and they have turned out quite well.

He calls people names and is unkind.

Trump does call things as he sees them, and doesn’t mince words. Sort of like Jesus, who was very unkind to certain people. For example, he called the Pharisees and teachers of the Law “whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.” (Matt. 23:27 NIV)

Jesus said a lot of things that offended people, such as when he told his followers that unless they ate his flesh and drank his blood, they had no life in them (see John chapter 6). He was speaking in spiritual terms, of course, but they were grossed out and refused to understand.

In fact, Jesus said so many things that the Jews of the day found offensive that eventually they killed him. Yet, he was the Son of God.

He doesn’t know the Bible, even though he claims to be a Christian.

A lot of Christians have made fun of Trump because he called a book of the New Testament “Two Corinthians,” which supposedly showed his ignorance of the Scriptures.

Actually, I’ve heard this way of referring to the second letter of Paul to the Corinthian church many times from old time Bible teachers. And I’m not the only one—apparently this is the way Christians in the U.K. often refer to it.

Trump’s mother was the daughter of a fisherman and grew up on a remote island in Scotland, so it’s very possible she learned to say it that way. Considering that Trump was brought up by her and went through confirmation in a Presbyterian church, not an Evangelical church, “Two Corinthians” is probably how he’s always heard it referred to.

He advocates violence.

In Old Testament times, violence was rampant, even among those who God chose as his special people, the Israelites. But God often used violent men, such as Sampson—a very flawed hero—to save and protect Israel.

In the New Testament, Jesus on at least one occasion was quite violent himself. I’m talking about when he turned over the tables of the money changers and the benches of those who were selling doves for sacrifice in the temple (Matt. 21:12). The Gospel of John adds that Jesus “made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle.” (John 2:15 NIV)

This violent side of Jesus probably shocked his disciples. The event was so memorable, it made its way into all four Gospel accounts (see also Mark 11:15-17 and Luke 19:45-46).

Of course, Jesus had a good reason for his violent actions—he was defending the honor and sanctity of his Father’s house. He said, “Is it not written ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” (Mark 11:16 NIV)

And come to think of it, God himself has promised plenty of violence will be perpetrated on those who hate and reject his Son. At one point in the future, the book of Revelation says, God will unleash the powers of heaven so one-third of all people will be killed (Rev. 9:18). Even after that, the rest of mankind will still not repent of its idolatry, murder, theft, and sexual sins.

So, even though Christians are to turn the other cheek, etc., violence in some cases is obviously acceptable. Has Trump gone beyond the bounds of acceptability in his actions and statements? What has he actually said, and what has he done—or what have his followers done—that is anywhere near as violent as the anti-Trump protests in Chicago and in San Jose?

To sum up: He’s not a saint

Trump doesn’t claim to be a saint, though he does say he wants to protect Christians and Christianity from the increasing persecution here and around the world.

Why would God allow someone like Trump—a flawed individual—to lead our great country? We don’t know why God chooses people for certain jobs, and very often he confounds our expectations. The first will be last and the last will be first, as Jesus said in Matt. 19:30.

Remember how God chose Gideon, a wimp who was hiding from the Midianites, threshing wheat inside a winepress? Remember how Samuel went through the whole list of David’s seven older brothers before God chose David as the next king of Israel?

And what is the alternative to voting for Trump? You really only have two choices. Hillary claims to be a Christian, too. But is she going to do a better job at leading this country to safety and prosperity? Or is she going to continue the destructive policies that Obama has already set into motion?

As Christians, we have civic responsibilities, and as Americans we have the right and responsibility to vote. Let us investigate the facts, pray for wisdom, and then choose wisely.

 

MIT professor Gruber vs. “stupid American voters”

See UPDATE Below

Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and sometime architect of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has a fancy mathematical model named after himself–the Gruber Microsimulation Model (GMSIM)*. This model forms the basis of Obamacare.

Gruber is The Ford Professor of Economics at MIT. He teaches a class in Public Finance and Public Policy to the impressionable young minds whose parents shell out thousands for a prestigious MIT education.

But he is also the Director of the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Program on Health Care from 2009-present. He was paid almost $400,000 in taxpayer money to provide technical assistance to the creators of Obamacare.

In this now-famous video, Gruber is very pleased with how he and the other architects of Obamacare pulled a fast one on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). And how they carefully disguised the true effects of the law from “stupid American voters”:

Until recently, Democrat Senator Max Baucus was very pleased with Gruber and his GMSIM model, calling it “unbiased, like the Congressional Budget Office.” On the floor of the Senate, CSPAN recorded Baucus as saying that Gruber was the source of the figure batted around by Obama claiming Obamacare would save a family of four $2,500 a year (and we all know what a lie THAT was):

Baucus (from the CSPAN transcript):

In addition to CBO, MIT’s Jon Gruber has also done a study on premiums. And what does he conclude? He concludes, using Congressional Budget Office data, the Senate bill could mean people purchasing individual insurance would save every year $200 for single coverage and $500 for family coverage in 2009 dollars. Most people think he is one of the best outside experts. He has big computer models. He takes the CBO data and, in some respects, he has helped CBO by giving some information to CBO that
it otherwise does not have.

Mr. Gruber also points out that people with low incomes would receive premium tax credits that will reduce the price they pay for health insurance by as much as $2,500 to $7,500.

To help us “stupid Americans,” understand why Obamacare is such a wonderful invention, Gruber even wrote a comic book (or maybe you could call it a “graphic novel”).

Jonathan Gruber wrote a comic book explaining Obamacare

On FOX News, Megyn Kelly featured Gruber in a second video saying that “the American people are too stupid to understand.”

UPDATE: In yet a third video, Gruber talks about how they exploited the basic lack of understanding of the American voter, playing fast and loose with the truth by telling voters the new tax would fall on the INSURANCE companies for so-called “Cadillac Plans,” even though the Insurance companies would just pass the tax on to consumers.

He really thinks Americans are stupid, doesn’t he? So what are we going to do about it?

*About Gruber’s Model

According to a 2012 story in the New York Times, Gruber invented the concept of the Individual Mandate in Obamacare. Gruber has “nearly cornered the market on the technical science” of modeling health care laws. Furthermore, Gruber is “the only person you can go to for that kind of thing, which is why the White House reached out to him in the first place.”

 

Contrarian scientist Lennart Bengtsson slammed by climate cabal

This week, a renowned climate scientist and research fellow at the University of Reading in the UK was treated to the same sort of emotional blackmail doled out to Galileo in the 17th century by the Roman Catholic Church for publishing theories that disputed the sanctioned scientific views of that day.

Lennart Bengtsson has a long and distinguished career in the mainstream of climate science. The 79-year-old meteorologist has published some 225 peer-reviewed articles and was Head of Research for the ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting) from 1975-1981 and Director from 1982-1990. He also was Director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg from 1990-2001 and from 2008 was Director of the International Space Science Institute in Bern, Switzerland.

However, Bengtsson has long questioned why climate models are not able to accurately predict the climate. In an interview with Hans von Storch, Bengtsson said that he is concerned that the global temperature rise of only about 1-1/3 degrees Farenheit since the end of the 19th century doesn’t match the large increase in greenhouse gases added to the atmosphere by burning of fossil fuels.

Climate models don’t match the real world

It is an established fact that the Earth’s average temperature has not risen at all in the last 17 years.

Bengtsson is concerned that the United Nations’ IPCC group, which regularly puts out reports on the sad state of the world’s climate, is not paying enough attention to this fact, nor to the lack of ocean surface warming and the increases in Antarctic sea ice in the last several years.

Furthermore, he told von Storch, he began to be dismayed by the way the science behind the IPCC report was being used to advance a purely political agenda.

In fact, President Obama’s newly released National Climate Assessment report relies heavily on the IPCC report. The NCA will be the basis of the EPA’s upcoming regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants, which is expected to cause the price of energy to skyrocket, and in the process, cut quite a few jobs.

Climate science ‘not ready for prime time’

This “dramatic makeover of the power industry” based on a science that is not yet well understood is exactly what has Bengtsson worried. “Climate science must be focused to understand such matters much better and for this reason it is appropriate to have an open mind and not follow the IPCC as believers of a religious faith,” he told von Storch.

His doubt and questions eventually led him to join a think tank called the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), which the mainstream climate science community regards with disdain, though its members come from every flavor of the political spectrum.

Though he doesn’t agree with all the scientists at GWPF, Bengtsson said he believes there should be a variety of opinions aired about such a complex system as the Earth’s climate. And furthermore, he is interested in the group’s desire to use science to help society adapt to changes in climate that occur in the future, such as, for example, using nuclear energy to replace fossil fuels.

Brutal backlash

Unfortunately, the collaboration was short lived. Within a week after his announcement, Bengtsson wrote an email to the GWPF to resign his new position, due to the vicious backlash he received from the mainstream climate science community. In it, he wrote:

“I have been put under such an enormous group pressure in recent days from all over the world that has become virtually unbearable to me. If this is going to continue I will be unable to conduct my normal work and will even start to worry about my health and safety….

It is a situation that reminds me about the time of McCarthy.”

–Lennart Bengtsson

One of the most striking claims Bengtsson made is that “the pressure had mainly come from climate scientists in the US,” and specifically a scientist who works for the U.S. Government, who insisted on removing his name from a paper co-authored with Bengtsson.

This “My Way or the Highway” approach reminds me of what President Obama, incidentally the head of the U.S. Government, expressed this past week, when he said, “We’ve still got some climate deniers who shout loud, but they’re wasting everybody’s time on a settled debate.”

 

Failing the mumps test

Are you old enough to remember the “mumps test”? That’s when your mother gives you a dill pickle and watches while you bite down on it and then scream in pain, confirming that you have indeed contracted a case of the mumps.

Yes, all these decades later, Ms. Contrarian Scientist can remember the feverish haze, the swollen chipmunk cheeks, and the sting of pain after taking a bite out of that dratted pickle.

Eight young men living together in a frat house or playing on the lacrosse team at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey never had a need for the mumps test—until now. They join another eight frat brothers at Fordham University in New York City, who contacted the disease earlier this year. And a significant outbreak of mumps is going on in and around the Ohio State University in Columbus.

Sick child in bed with teddy bearFully immunized

Despite its silly name, the mumps is no laughing matter. The disease, which is caused by a virus and spread through saliva, can render you deaf or sterile, or even kill you. There’s good reason to fear the mumps, which is why it has long been included in that standard combination vaccine most babies receive—the term MMR stands for “measles, mumps and rubella.”

And these sick young people were all fully immunized against mumps, or they wouldn’t be allowed to attend their respective schools.

So our question today is, “What does the Scientific Method have to say about incidents like these?”

First off, it’s pretty obvious that the mumps vaccination does not prevent all people from contracting the mumps.

Beware the mind police

But you can’t just come out and say that, can you? Because the mind police will be after you like white on rice.

Alrighty then, you could safely conclude that the particular form of the mumps vaccination these young men took did not prevent them from contracting the mumps. Was there some change in the vaccination 15 or 20 years ago when these students received it that weakened its effectiveness? That’s something to look into.

Or, maybe because it’s been years since their last booster shots, the effects have worn off. Some doctors concur:

“The immunity that’s induced by the virus starts to wane. They believe that it holds until at least late teenage years, but then it starts to wane,” said Dr. Dana Saltzman, a disease specialist told NBC New York. “There’s no way to predict who’s going to lose their immunity or not.”

Infant child baby kid hand with medical insulin syringeBut saying that the vaccine wears off gradually doesn’t fit the vaccine narrative, does it? I thought that once we’ve been exposed to a particular virus, we can never catch that virus again.

Works for me, but not for thee

Could it be that the vaccine just doesn’t work on everyone? Vaccines contain de-fanged versions of diseased cells that cause your body to mount an immune defense against them. The theory is that once your body has created the specific immune cells needed to fight a disease, it “remembers” what to do the next time it encounters those particular germs. But maybe not everyone has an immune system strong enough or “smart” enough to do this.

Another possibility: The vaccine just makes you less likely to get the mumps, and if you do get them, there is less risk of serious complications. But, weren’t we always told that the purpose of a vaccine is to PREVENT the disease, not just lessen the risk of complications?

Or, as one commenter on the Stevens Institute story noted, will vaccinations go down as one of the biggest con jobs in history?

A complicated puzzle

From just the arguments and counter-arguments presented in this short article, it’s easy to conclude that we (and by we, I mean scientists) don’t really understand the whole vaccine thing the way we thought we did. Questions remain—big questions.

But for some odd reason, scientific journals don’t allow publication of data that contradicts the vaccination bullies, even when that data comes from published, peer reviewed science.

Because, to hear public health authorities talk, we KNOW, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that VACCINES ARE NECESSARY TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC and furthermore VACCINES NEVER CAUSE PROBLEMS, so SHUT UP AND TAKE YOUR SHOTS, baby.

I wonder if the nurses at the Stevens Institute clinic gave those unfortunate young men the pickle test?