The Politics of Fear

We are witnessing one of the most peculiar and painful elections in our history. The two major parties have nominated two of the most flawed candidates with higher negatives than any candidate in recent memory. This is reflected in the polls. A recent IPSOS poll puts Clinton at 42%, Trump at 32%, Johnson at 15% and other at 8%. What is amazing is that a large segment of the support for the major party candidates, Trump and Clinton, is with reservation. I would guess that 60 – 70% of the voting population is unhappy with the crap sandwich that the established parties have presented us. Many folks at both ends of the political spectrum can be heard to say that Trump or Clinton was not their first choice but that they have to vote for them because the other would be a tragedy.

Such is the politics of fear. This strategy is not new to politics. It is generally utilized to establish despotic regimes. Truly, there is plenty of evidence on either side to inspire regret. Clinton’s career is littered with lies and corruption from Whitewater to Benghazi to Emailgate to selling influence through the Clinton Foundation.  The Clintons probably have more dead former associates than many mafia figures. Donald Trump does not inspire much trust either. He ran one of the sleaziest campaigns ever, using his friend at the National Enquirer to falsely smear his opponent and his family. He has a history of being a liberal Democrat, but we are to believe that he has had an epiphany even though he has changed his position during the campaign on just about every issue of importance to conservatives. One day he is pro-life and the next day he praises Planned Parenthood for the great work they do. Planned Parenthood kills children and no amount of birth control or screenings could make up for that. Any real pro-life person would know that. Can you really trust such a man?

Depending on who you listen to we are to believe that if Trump or Clinton becomes President, it will be the end of America. I have to admit that I thought Obama would be the end of America. He did transform America into something less safe, less prosperous and less moral, but by the forbearance of God America still survives. A wise pastor friend of mine said that Hillary is not the biggest threat to America, but disobedience to God is. And the same could be said of Trump. So, if the next President appoints radical leftists to the Supreme Court, are they going to strip us of our liberties? 25 million Americans own guns. Good luck trying to get them. They won’t get mine, Molon Labe! You would have a hard time finding a sheriff who believes that gun confiscation is feasible. The court, mostly Republican appointees, has overthrown practically every thread of moral decency we have. Sodomites can marry. Perverts can go in the restroom with your little girl. It’s permissible to chop up babies in the womb and sell their parts. What’s left? God is already judging this land for the innocent bloodshed and evil that we permit and if we don’t repent, it won’t matter who the President or Supreme Court is.

Lately I’ve been hearing some of the talking heads in so-called “conservative” talk radio already blaming the Never Trump crowd for electing Hillary. Again, the appeal to the politics of fear threatens us. I suspect that if every Never Trumper voted for Trump it wouldn’t change the outcome either way. Didn’t Trump say he didn’t need them? The truth is he will probably need many more than that group. Instead of blaming people for obeying their conscience, they should be blaming the fools who nominated this jerk.

There is a remnant of God fearing people in America who are seeking to do what they believe God would want and they shouldn’t be cajoled by fear mongers, regardless of their decision. If you are curious about God’s direction on choosing leaders for a nation read Exodus 18:21. “And you shall look out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating unjust gain. And place such over them to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.” There you have it. God is not saying that you must select one without sin or that you have to elect a pastor. He has four criteria: that the person is God fearing, capable, truthful and just. That’s it! If you want to obey God, then decide if your candidate meets those criteria.

From what I’m seeing, a majority of Americans are not happy with the major party candidates. If a majority rejected both it would lead to the greatest political shake-up since the civil war. If we all came to the realization that both parties are part of the same corrupt establishment we might be able to have better choices available to us.

 

 

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