Integrity, character, and the presidential election

Next month I intend to vote my conscience. And my principles. And as of this moment, I still have no idea which candidate will garner my vote, if any of them will. I may simply choose to not vote, and I am well within my rights to do so.

You see, neither of the two major party candidates meets the criteria I look for in the office of President. And I’m tired of voting for for the lesser of two evils. I am disappointed that the GOP has consistently offered up a candidate I cannot endorse and put my full support behind.

And we only perpetuate the problem when we continue to accept the ‘lesser of two evils.’ I will no longer accept it. I expect my party to place a candidate on the ballot worthy of my vote, who upholds the values that have historically been associated with the conservative Republican party. When we settle for less, we should not feign surprise when we are offered less the next time. It’s time to stop settling for less. It’s time to take a stand and tell my fellow Americans we demand better, and if you can’t give us better, you won’t get our votes, or at least mine.

Integrity matters. Character matters.

The democrat nominee has shown she is not trustworthy. She has zero integrity. She lies consistently. She has very low regard for the people and views us as imbeciles. She alone knows what is best for us. She believes she has superior intellect and must make decisions for us, for our own good, because we don’t know how to make decisions for ourselves. Her disdain for American citizens is extremely troubling.

But the republican nominee is not much better. He is just as mean spirited as she is, which was made abundantly clear during the primaries. Anyone who opposed him was demeaned, slandered, lied about in public, with the goal of winning at any cost, setting aside integrity and character, just like the democratic nominee. And when he had secured the victory and sealed the nomination, he expected those about whom he had lied, whom he had slandered, to come together in a hug fest and set aside the character assassination he had engaged in against them. To him, the end justifies the means. This is not the view a potential presidential candidate should hold and it bothers me.

I find it incredibly hypocritical that those supporting Trump will dismiss his immoral past behavior with a wave of the hand, while those same folks are likely the ones who voiced fierce protest at the same behavior of president Bill Clinton.

Character matters. Integrity matters. A solid moral compass matters.

Why? Because a President will make decisions that affect our lives and the lives of future generations. And those decisions are driven by their character, their integrity, and the moral compass they follow. Can anyone honestly tell me either candidate has the integrity, moral values, and character that we can place our trust in?

You say it’s all about the Supreme Court, as if voting for immorality and lack of integrity must be set aside to insure a conservative court, another “ends justifies the means” view. But remember, the president does not ‘appoint’ Supreme Court justices. The president only makes a nomination. Confirmation is achieved through the Senate. Simply voting for a president who might nominate conservative justices does not mean those justices will be placed. Their nomination can be blocked by a hostile senate, if the balance of power in the senate shifts next month, as it likely could. Many are placing more hope in Trump and believe he has more power over the Supreme Court vacancies than he actually has. Are you willing to sacrifice your moral principles for a hope and a wish?

And to remind you, here is something a friend on Facebook posted:

For my dear Christian brothers and sisters who are sincerely convinced that voting for Trump is necessary to prevent, among other things, unpalatable Supreme Court decisions that go against the grain of conservative Christian values, here are some hard, cold, and uncomfortable facts and commentary.

1. Roe v. Wade became law on January 22, 1973. In the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade legalized abortion by a 7-2 vote. At the time six of the Nine Supreme Court justices were Republican appointees. Five of the seven justices who voted in favor of the decision were Republican appointees. Of the three Democrat appointees, Byron White, voted against Roe v. Wade.

2. In fact, every year since 1969, the United States Supreme Court has been controlled by a majority of Republican-appointed judges. There has not been a Democrat-appointed Chief Justice since 1953.

3. Of the current Supreme Court judges, 5 (until Justice Scalia’s passing) were appointed by Republican Presidents and 4 by Democrats. The current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John G. Roberts, was appointed by George W. Bush in September 2005.

4. Since Roe v. Wade there have been 8 different presidents of the United States of America. 5 of them have been Republicans and 3 Democrats. Only 20 years out of the last 48 have seen a Democrat in the White House.

Richard Milhous Nixon:
Republican 1969–1974

Gerald Rudolph Ford:
Republican 1974–1977

Jimmy Carter:
Democrat 1977–1981

Ronald Wilson Reagan:
Republican 1981–1989

George H.W. Bush:
Republican 1989–1993

Bill Clinton:
Democratic 1993–2001

George W. Bush:
Republican 2001–2009

Barack Hussein Obama:
Democratic 2009–

So why hasn’t Roe v. Wade been repealed? Why haven’t we stemmed the tide of abortion in our nation? Apparently even Republican presidents like Richard Nixon championed abortion in certain cases that had nothing to do with rape, incest, or medical necessity.

The point isn’t to denigrate Republicans. It’s simply to point out that the hope of our nation isn’t determined by who sits in the Oval Office, or what laws are enacted by Congress. This doesn’t undermine our civic responsibilities, instead it undergirds the need for Christians to rely on Christ.

There is no presidential candidate now (and there never has been) who holds the future of our great nation in their hands. There is a grave danger in burning bridges with other Christ followers and compromising our values and beliefs simply to put someone in the White House whom we think will represent said compromised values.

Some have stated God has ordained Trump for such a time as this. If so, God certainly does not need my vote to make it happen. Do you see the danger in following this line of thinking?

I want to share the thoughts of James White, Christian apologist and founder of Alpha-Omega Ministries. James writes:

1. Trump is a coddled, rich, pampered, arrogant, self-absorbed, egotistical shallow-thinking unregenerate man; his many divorces should have told anyone with the slightest bit of common sense that he has no respect for honesty, integrity, covenant keeping, or women as a whole; his proudly boasting of seducing married women should have told the same people that he is utterly untrustworthy, period. The video/audio is nothing new, it just makes any person with a conscience wince to hear the arrogance and immaturity of a man of DJT’s age. But there is no reason to be shocked or surprised. I bet there are dozens of folks out there with similar recordings or at least experiences with him. Hundreds.

2. There were candidates who, while likewise unregenerate, were morally and ethically light years beyond DJT. They were ignored. And at least one candidate that made, and makes, a quite credible profession of faith in Christ, likewise without the mountain-sized pile of moral and ethical garbage. Not chosen by an electorate who quite clearly cares about issues other than character.

3. Neither candidate is qualified by character to hold ANY public office, period. That the nation is faced with these two candidates is, as most of us have realized by now, judgment, plain and simple. Both will fundamentally alter, forever, a system that is already broken, in my opinion, beyond repair—and that due to the fact that it was designed to govern a people who held in common a set of values based upon mankind being the creature of God, sinful and fallen, and hence based upon inalienable God-given rights, as well as the need to decentralize power due to man’s evil. Since that worldview has been overthrown, the system which worked so well to govern is now powerless, and into that vacuum a system of totalitarian socialism is moving and, as is the want of vacuums, quickly.

4. The moral authority of the so-called “evangelical church” in the United States is a joke. Between the soul-rotting decay of the Word-faith movement and the money-grubbing televangelists, and the sell-out “conservative” leaders who jumped on the Trump wagon early on, the world is snorting in its coffee when anyone speaks to the issue of “moral corruption” by those in political office. The very ones who once berated Bill Clinton for turning the White House into a brothel (on a level that few today even realize—the debauchery was incredible) eviscerated their credibility by ignoring the fact that at least Clinton tried to hide his exploits: Trump brags about them. Combine this with the fact that for far, far too many their “unyielding stand” on issues like homosexuality or marriage are based upon prejudices and tradition rather than a thought out theology that flows from a properly prioritized theological system, and you can see why our words carry no weight.

5. Hillary Clinton is evil. Yes, I used the “e” word. Might as well do so why I still can. You won’t be able to in the not too distant future (hate speech, you know). She is evil on every level you can be evil. Worldview evil, the zombie slave of the Culture of Death, bought and paid for by Planned Infanticide. She stands for everything that is immoral and ungodly and destructive. And I haven’t even gotten to the fact that she is the most corrupt politician possibly in the history of the nation. But she will be elected President of the United States. Jezebel will rule.

6. Stop fantasizing about the SCOTUS. One word: Obergefell, and that WITH Scalia. That ship has sailed, it is over the horizon. See point 3. Further, the doe-eyed optimism of my fellow Christians that a man like DJT, who has no earthly concept of what “trustworthiness” means, and has lived his life violating covenants and promises (ask his wives and the married women he seduced, proudly), would actually go to the mat to push through even semi-meaningful judicial nominees is further evidence that bearing the name “Christian” does not necessarily endow you with common sense.

7. Stop comparing DJT to David. David was REPENTANT. Trump is PROUD. These are NOT synonyms. And if you think the pathetic statements made by Trump are acts of repentance, LOOK UP THE WORD sometime.

8. Finally, stop saying that those of us who will not prostitute ourselves at the altar of political expediency are demanding moral perfection on the part of candidates, and, of course, “none have ever been perfect.” I am a sinner—but unlike Trump, I do not take pride in my sin, promote my sin, or excuse it as mere “locker room talk” or the like. I hate it, detest it, and flee from it. The moral and ethical black holes represented by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump differ in nature and extent from any candidates we have ever seen in the history of this nation, and the fact that we are stuck with them at this very time of national decline on so many fronts speaks loudly…to those with ears to hear.

And finally, consider the following, which was posted as a comment in a friend’s Facebook post. What kind of message are you sending to your children when you cast your vote?

Cheating – so I teach my children not to cheat but I vote for a cheater who brags about his cheating.

Lying – so I teach my children not to lie but I vote for a man who brags that he lies to get what he wants.

Respect – so I teach my children to be respectful but I vote for a man who is vile and nasty and demeaning to others, who calls them terrible names and makes fun of how they look and their bodies.

Loyalty – so I teach my children to be loyal but I vote for a SERIAL adulterer who had affairs during his marriages.

Chastity – so I teach my children to be chaste but I vote for a man who brags about his fornication (I have bedded many married women; avoiding STDS was my personal Vietnam).

Life is sacred – so I teach my children that life is sacred but I vote for a man with 3 exceptions for abortion that would allow every woman to have an abortion.

Ethical conduct – so I teach my children to be ethical yet I vote for a man who cheats in business, steals people’s money with scams like Trump University, abuses bankruptcy so that he doesn’t have to pay his bill but cheats hard working honest people out of money owed to them, etc.

Man and woman – so I teach my children that God made woman for man yet I vote for a man who is for same sex marriage and transgender bathroom laws.

If I voted for Trump I would be a HYPOCRITE! I could NOT expect my children to live moral ethical lives because ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. How sad that we have become so DESENSITIZED, DUMBED DOWN, AND INDOCTRINATED.

Peace.

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