Because a train wreck graphic is too clichéd.
Refusing to embrace Trump is said will relegate Principled Conservatives to a political wilderness of irrelevance. What happens to Conservatives without a home? Does it even have a future?
We’ve spent the last decades watching the Constitutional Conservatism that Reagan branded into the GOP get trod underfoot within the Republican Party via the Establishment leadership. It should not have surprised us, because that same Dole/Bush liberal Rockefeller Republican opposed Reagan with vehemence in his runs for the presidency – and even after he was in office. They made it a cause to eradicate it from their party once Reagan left office, because to have listened to the beltway bunch – we are an embarrassment to their party. There is probably no better definition of this than in Angelo Codevillas excellent essay: America’s Ruling Class and the Perils of Revolution, which if you have not read – I highly invite you to do so.
But today – it is self-evident that the Republican Party we thought was the home of limited government, Constitutional Conservatism, is nothing of the sort. Since 2012 the leadership made it clear via rules changes that Reagan Conservatives and Originalists were to sit down, shut up and vote the party without having a say in how things are run or what policies and platforms to cherish. The Leadership under Mitch McConnell even threatened to ‘punch us in the nose’ for daring to primary him with a Tea Party favorite. They lied to the entire base promising to stop Obama’s Fundamental transformation if we handed them the Senate. But the polls had barely closed and the Leadership was already giving us the middle finger. The Ruling Class leadership established themselves as nothing but career collaborators with the Democrats and Conservative efforts to demand the foundations we respect, should be upheld. But we were rebuffed and their contempt for us laid bare.
The Establishment worked harder to oppose their own base than the unConstitutional affronts of Obama and the Democrats. Even to the point of empowering and funding his entire agenda. It was a punch to the gut after a slap in the face and they told us at the beginning of this 2016 election cycle to lie back and enjoy the rape.
In the aftermath of the 2016 Primaries and the debacle of Trump – many Conservatives are now left wondering ‘what happens to the movement now?’.
Does it morph into this Nationalist Populist Fascism Trump and his hordes are preaching? Does it get folded into Socialism Light under Rience Priebus? Does it get redefined by Trump into something we would never recognize? Does it need to depart the GOP and form or work to build a new party? If so, and a departure is necessary, what then?
What happens to the core principles and foundations that are now apparently a minority within the GOP and the electorate itself?
I may have an answer as to what we might see, because I have seen a very similar thing happen, albeit not politically.
The fallout from Apostasy.
I’ve witnessed a microcosm of what I think is happening to Conservatism within churches in this country.
Now before you discount that and think that church fellowship and politics have nothing in common – understand that for most Constitutional Conservatives – their political cores are a belief system, doctrines of Americanism if you will – that becomes the prism by which they look at everything in society. Everything. Not just political campaigns. But how they live their lives. Not unlike how some Christians look at the world through the prism of the bible.
If you think that notion is absurd, then you are not a Constitutional Conservative. You are something else entirely.
I’ve witnessed and/or been part of several large corporate churches having gone apostate on their foundational doctrines to embrace ‘new truth’ (i.e.: homosexual marriage, Chrislam or even changes in basic doctrinal beliefs) all for the sake of ‘getting new people to like us’ and grow the weekly coffer. Often it is done under the pretense of ‘preaching the Gospel’ to the unreached. In one case, a church simply had individuals in leadership who wanted to force the church to accept heresy as a doctrine or tear the entire church down and remake it into their own image. Some due to individuals in leadership that hated the church itself for their own personal reasons.
What happened in those experiences I think, is what we are watching take place now with Conservatism and the GOP. And here is what happens:
During the process of ‘fundamental Transformation’ – the introduction of heretical ‘new truths’ are preached within the church. Some doctrines declared outdated, un-useful, offensive or just plain wrong. A discussion is started about adopting or morphing other doctrines into their own. Most nod blindly in agreement, because a large number of brethren believe whatever they are told from the pulpit, rather than prove what is true themselves. However, those who have their nose in scripture are alarmed and upset at the perversions being preached. The leadership does nothing and actually assists the doctrinal changes begin implemented, often by proof texting the bible to authorize the changes. So the new doctrines are imposed, incrementally at first – and then full implementation despite the complaints from longtime members who recognize apostasy.
A large number of brethren convince themselves that they can change the church from within, and work to rectify the growing discord and contentions with the elders and pastors. Often they are placated with meaningless promises of involvement in church board decisions, or their suggestions and complaints will be taken under advisement. They soon find their efforts get them branded as sowers of discord.
The Ministry then goes full tilt to preach ‘unity’ and ‘obedience’ to whatever the pastorship says and or decrees is the new doctrine. This happens week after week, so as to condition the members to accept what the church government tells them. Often there are sermon series on Romans 13, and the requirement to obey church hierarchy.
Those who continue to complain or discuss the apostasy with others, are ostracized, sermonized against and ultimately disfellowshipped, marked and put out of the congregation. This causes a huge backlash and the leadership almost always tamps down with an authoritarian fist, warning brethren they will lose their souls if they do not accept the new doctrines and to either shut up and keep their discontent to themselves, or leave.
A major split occurs (which is where I think we are currently at with the GOP). A number of those who recognize apostasy leave the church to form new smaller congregations. The diminishment of the larger church is almost immediate – and usually a war of words, legal actions and other nefarious behaviors are directed at those who decide they no longer want to be part of the Mother Church. Members of the older congregation are instructed to have no contact with those who left, and sometimes they work to discredit, sabotage and ruin the efforts those that left are making to form a new congregation. Often internecine wars go on for years, causing more discord and division. The larger church often aligns itself with larger apostate churches to keep their tithes and offerings up – but in short order they are folded into the churches they have adopted doctrines from and cease to be who they once were.
The dangerous fallout of such splits is the disillusionment in God that many people suffer. Some quit the faith altogether. Some run back to embrace ideas and beliefs they once practiced before conversion. Some grow hostile to the very essence of Christianity, God and the bible itself. Still there remains a remnant of core principled Believers who recognize they have no home and work to establish new fellowships among likeminded.
Among the splintered groups comes those ‘leaders’ who believe in the core doctrines that were discarded, but they now want a following for themselves. So they work to yank as many people from the now irrelevant ‘mother church’ into their own congregations, promising them a restoration of ‘truth once delivered’ by a church that has gone apostate. They succeed for awhile, but then members are subjected to the personal interpretations of the ‘new leader’. Like sheep – lots of brethren will follow a man because of his oratory skills or influence. People want to go where there are numbers rather than dwell within a handful. But the warring factions of those who split the first time, split again and again – most often over whose name is on the door and who is in charge. Some insist upon the precise and exact interpretation of everything from prophecy to which translation must be the only one referenced, or they declare the splintered group to be just another apostate group. More splits occur.
This leads to a tiny minority of core people beholden to doctrine rather than men or numbers that are left to fellowship together. Home fellowships or congregations are on the rise with small groups renting storefronts. Their numbers are less than a couple dozen people every week. Their influence in the community is limited or next to nothing.
The results are that the brethren are jaded and worry about which charlatan or false preacher will come in and try to lead them astray. They turn inward in terms of trust, and the preaching of the Gospel is neglected for the sake of simply catering to a core group of people who want to meet and congregate and share what they have in common. The Great Commission becomes more diluted and society is untouched or influenced by the truths they should be sharing.
The culture around us is a testament to the damage that this kind of apostasy and splits in a body that is supposed to be serving as a witness and light to a nation that once called itself of God. The church at large becomes lukewarm and ineffective.
That said, there are positives that occur when a biblically-oriented people remove themselves from apostasy. Their faith and values are not diminished or rewritten to suit the agenda of others. And while it may seem they are in the wilderness and irrelevant – they learn the beauty that comes from truly being free of ‘plantation control’. They can maneuver and move wherever the Spirit of God directs them to move without approval or direction of a hierarchy of men that often limits what individuals can do unless the ‘leadership’ endorses it.
Over time, I have seen smaller groups network with others and they become a ‘leaderless’ movement as it were, all claiming Christ as their head and of no need for a party of men to tell them what they can or cannot do. They field their own missionaries, outreach and are having an influence on younger people who were invisible in the larger corporate churches. I see God’s Hand moving in these groups and I think that they will be the ones Daniel 11:32 describes as doing ‘great exploits’ – despite the fact Christian influence in America and the West in on the wane.
I am not discouraged over the fact that Christianity is largely irrelevant in a hedonist culture that sees them as intolerant or evil. We were told this would happen in Matthew 24. I am content to know that it is with a minority that a witness is given before God.
What happens to the Reagan Constitutional Conservative Movement Now?
As with the church – if the Constitutional Conservative movement is splintered and relegated to pockets and corners, having been rejected by the majority party and a nation that no longer reflects the values we believe in, we should in no wise capitulate and give into becoming apostates ourselves. We have to admit we have no home or place within the Republican party. It is wholly apostate and corrupted, it has entrenched rules that will forever eschew what you and I believe in. We risk having our core values watered down and diminished by remaining within it. We can build a new fellowship and party that better values what we are governed by.
For even if we are irrelevant as far as the political zeitgeist and direction of the country goes in the near future – we are the ones who have yet to do great exploits as a tiny minority that holds to the truth of our foundations and religious heritage. We are the ones who will provide a witness and a searing conscience to those who willfully discarded what was established for liberty to be maintained in this land. We are the ones to point the disillusioned to the path and the way back to freedom.
Our political worldview based on the true history of our founding and the documents that established liberty should not change simply because the rest of the nation has embraced Socialism and big government. We will be the remnant that have the seeds of liberty in our souls – and should they need to be planted in the ashes of consequences, we will be the ones to plant good seed for a hoped-for good crop understanding that though we are limited to planting and watering – it is God that brings forth the increase.
Darker, much darker days are coming.
Embracing a lie, embracing bigger lies, refusing to see a beast for what it is, and then willfully and deliberately twisting the reality unfolding before their eyes while clinging to the Left’s insistent declarations about Islam has consigned our civilization to death.
The West’s Cognitive Dissonance and fatal Case of Normalcy Bias regarding Islam was a suicide pact. If you did not see this video in the previous blog entry from yesterday – watch it now and understand the point being made with this blog entry:
The essay below by Robert Spencer encapsulates vital truths that the video shows you in vivid detail. We have committed suicide as a civilization and consigned our posterity to a horror of an existence. All because we listened to Leftists who share an unholy Alliance with Islam for the sake of bulldozing everything they hate so they can build a utopia in our wake.
This war has gone on for a very long time, and today, in all the reminiscences, and eulogies, and encomia, and lamentations, virtually no one has explained why, for the simple reason that essentially no one among the political and media elites knows why. Yet even the most dire estimates of exactly how long this is going to take have fallen wide of the mark. General Petraeus said in 2010 that it could take another ten years to defeat the Afghan “insurgency.” Do you think the Taliban is likely to be disbanded and Afghan a stable, functioning republic in 2020? In 2007, Britain’s security chief, Admiral Lord Alan West, said it could take 30 years to defeat terrorism in the United Kingdom. Do you think that in 2037, Britain will be peaceful and free of jihad terrorists?
The very idea is preposterous, and it is preposterous for the same reason that here we are 15 years after the September 11, 2001 jihad attacks, and no one know why this strange war has lasted so long. West said in that 2007 interview that to defeat terrorism, “I now realise that we are talking about a generation — and by that I would say 30 years. That doesn’t mean necessarily that we are going to stay at a severe level of threat for all those years. But to be able to say one has absolutely changed the mind-set and thought of people IS going to take a generation.” Yet in reality, nothing, nothing whatsoever, is being done in Britain or anywhere else to change “the mind-set and thought of people.”
And that is precisely why, fifteen years now after 9/11, the West is weaker and more vulnerable than ever: the entire Western intelligentsia, the totality of our political and media elites, steadfastly refuses to acknowledge exactly what the “mind-set and thought” of the terrorists really is, and where it comes from. And because of that refusal, policies that don’t deal with the actual problem keep being applied and re-applied, at the cost of thousands of American lives, billions of American dollars, and nothing to show for all this expenditure but a sharp and continuing loss of American power and prestige. The jihadis who struck the U.S. on September 11, 2001 have made such immense advances since then not because they are strong, or clever, or capable, but because we are weak, short-sighted, and resolute not in fighting them but in maintaining our denial about who they are and what they want, to the extent that we have taken numerous steps not to stop them, but actually to enable them to achieve their goals — the billions to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the massive Muslim migrant influx being just two of the most recent examples.
And today, instead of stories about the jihad threat and how it can be defeated or at least contained, the media is full of articles that would give an uninformed observer the impression that 3,000 Muslims were killed in the 9/11 attacks: the media preoccupation today is almost entirely with Muslims as victims. “Muslim Americans still struggle with hate crimes, 15 years after 9/11,” claims AOL. “For many Muslims, especially those born after Sept. 11, Islamophobia seems to be a fact of life,” laments the Huffington Post. The Washington Post has a piece by Rep. Keith Ellison: “I’m the first Muslim in Congress. I believe America can beat Islamophobia. Fifteen years after 9/11, American Muslims have seen both progress and peril.”
Coming after Fort Hood, and Boston, and Garland, and Chattanooga, and San Bernardino, and Orlando, as well as Paris, Brussels, Nice, and so very many others, this myopia is ludicrous to the point of being grotesque. And it is one key reason why this war drags on, fifteen years after 9/11: millions passively and unthinkingly accept the dogma that to speak honestly and accurately about the jihadis’ motives and goals is to descend in “racism” and “bigotry,” and to endanger innocent Muslims. And so fifteen years after 9/11, it is still almost unheard-of for there to be an honest discussion of jihadi motives and goals in the mainstream.
Fifteen years after 9/11, the free West is dug in: wholeheartedly committed to denial, willful ignorance, and policies that are self-defeating to the point of suicidal. In light of that, the wonder is not that this war has lasted so long, but that we have held out so long. Unless the political landscape changes considerably and this denial is decisively rejected and discarded, darker, much darker, days are coming
And They are not slowing down.
An Islamic Caliphate successfully invaded Europe as refugees and welfare recipients, while Obama celebrated importing the 10,000th Syrian “refugee” into the US a few weeks ago.
So our fate will look just like this in the very, very near future.
America has willfully ignored the truth shown them on 9-11. And just like Europe – has embraced national suicide as their own government facilitates an invasion of a Caliphate bent on conquering the world for their religion.
Between Trump or Hillary, choosing either one of them is still choosing tyrannical evil.
I marvel how American Christians having deceived themselves, can compartmentalize sin and evil into acceptable behaviors and choices. From Adultery to Homosexual Marriage and all the other Commandments that have been ‘done away with’- American Christians absolve themselves of any shame or guilt when engaging in routine sins. How many self-identifying Christians today think it is okay or even GOOD to lie and deceive others if they think it is the best interest? How many who claim Christ engage in sex outside of the sanctity of marriage and think God is okay with their lifestyle behavior? How many self-identifying Christians think a woman has the right to kill her baby and that organizations that facilitate infanticide are ‘necessary’ institutions?
American pastors and charlatan evangelists pushing the prosperity gospel have leavened the whole lump of the faith in this country, deceiving their flocks and many others into thinking themselves ‘cleansed’ by simply believing on the Name of Jesus; as if He were a magic talisman that never uttered the words ‘Go and sin no more”, or “To him who overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in my throne…” (Rev. 3:21).
As such, we now have a culture and people in America that have become desensitized to wickedness. We cannot identify sin, or recognize evil anymore. We have created new definitions of immorality, and consigned the former morality that forged us to be an unacceptable evil.
Today Christians engage in classifying sin and evil into categories of bad, badder and worse – or – a necessary evil. America has fulfilled the Isaiah 5:20 prophecy of woe by declaring evil to be a good, while good is routinely declared to be an evil, by those who claim to read the Word of God no less.
The fruits of this ‘conditioning’ to declare some evils and sins as worse than other evils and sins is perfectly manifested in the two “candidates” running for the Presidency this year. In fact, it is being preached by the rabid Trump militants that because Hillary is the worst sort of evil, that voting for Trump is no longer a choice – but a moral and patriotic imperative, because his ‘evils’ are lesser, and hers are greater.
I have read the proverb flung from the Trump faithful that insist that the ‘perfect is the enemy of the good’, which declares anyone who will not bend the knee and vote for their champion as an enemy, a traitor to the nation. They insist that because no candidate is perfect, we must choose one whose personal moral character and behavior is so reprehensible that Trump himself would be unfit to hold any church office whatsoever:
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of an overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, double-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.
Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. – I Timothy 3: 1-10
While Trump may not engage in drunkeness, he has bragged openly about his adulterous affairs and conquests of other men’s wives. He has not kept his own wedding vows, and routinely demonstrates he is quarrelsome, double-minded, slanderous, a lover of money (braggart that he is on his wealth), undignified and disrespectable.
How can Christians assume that a man who cannot maintain his own personal wedding vows or control his tongue and temper while engaging in the politics of personal destruction, is a man fit to hold the most powerful office in the world?
“But Hillary is worse!”, they shout.
The argument that Hillary’s proclivity for evil is known, the benefit of Trump is that his use of evil to govern is an unknown evil that is preferable to the known evil. While there is no political record to measure Trump’s fruits by, his personal record, interviews and his press events reveal the fruits of a man who admires tyrants. He asserted that the Chinese government’s massacre in Tiananmen Square was a strength to admire; that Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship and how he dealt with dissidents (or terrorists) was a measure of strength and stability in Iraq. Then there’s praise of North Korea’s dictator Kim Jung Un and of course Trump’s positive views of Vladimir Putin. The common denominator is raw, unapologetic brute force. Not too dissimilar from Trump’s campaign of personal public destruction of Conservative Republicans who have refused to endorse him. What happens when such a man has the ability to muster military and police forces to his will?
Trump has revealed he admires statist regimes that crush dissent – the governing by raw force and death. Based on his words, that is not an unknown evil as the acolytes assert. It is a known evil that most are choosing to ignore because they fear Hillary more.
Couple that with the facts Trump said he said he could shoot someone in cold blood and he would not lose a single voter; Tweeted and retweeted a quote from Fascist Benito Mussolini and got angry that people were upset over it; and kept a book containing the “My new order speeches” of Adolf Hitler by his bedside for reading pleasure.
Who says and reads such things? Is that a stable mind worthy of the office of POTUS?
But… but…. HILLARY!
Such is the exclamation with the palpable fears of someone worse than Obama continuing the collapse of the country. Hillary is indeed a known evil. One of massive corruption to enrich herself by any and all means, and to further her quest for power. Trump is just an unknown evil, regardless of the fact he has the mind of a tyrant. His bizarre and punitive statements advocating expansion of libel laws against anyone who says things that are not nice to him should send up similar alarm bells of those worried about Hillary gutting the Second Amendment. Trump attacking other Republicans and journalists is routinely ignored and not up for consideration that the fruits of this man are just as reprehensible for a Christian to consider supporting as they are of Hillary.
“But it’s one or the other – you must choose! If not, your choice will be made for you by someone else and Hillary will win!”
When citing that verse in 1 Timothy as my reason for refusing to vote for either morally reprehensible “choice” this year, I am lectured that we are not voting for a pope or pastor, so the application of scripture is invalid. A definitive statement made as if the moral law only applies to church people and does not apply to someone ruling over an entire nation. To demand ‘perfection’ in a political candidate they say is just… evil. They again utter the ‘perfect is the enemy of the good’ proverb, which in itself is absurd because it renders Jesus’ own admonition to Christians in Matthew 5:8 to be totally null and void. But American Christians today have become experts in justifying all kinds of sin and evil as acceptable and even necessary.
Which brings to mind another admonition from Jesus:
“Why do you call me Lord, Lord and not do the things which I say?” – Luke 6:46
Christians medicate themselves on the culturally false doctrines that teach repentance and overcoming sin are no longer necessary, and that the only sin by which they think they are held to account is to declare sin for what it is, that dreaded ‘do not judge’ heresy that prohibits Americans from judging good from evil.
Perhaps that is the leading contributor to the newfound belief that choosing evil is a good thing compared to what they think is a greater evil. It’s how a people decide that sex no matter how they enjoy it, is better than being confined to matrimony and why killing an infant in the womb is better than raising an ‘unwanted’ child.
It perfectly explains the two “choices” of evil that we are presented with this November. Which I will declare ladies and gentlemen (and transgendered… whatever you call yourselves), is an indictment of We The People. Both of those horrible candidates are a reflection of the character of the people in this country who selected them to rule us.
“Vote Trump to save SCOTUS! We know Hillary will turn the Supreme Court and our rights will be declared unConstitutional!”
I do not share the blind faith and belief that Trump is going to nominate Justices that will uphold and defend what is left of the Constitution. The fact so many have already surrendered to the belief that SCOTUS can write law, decree law and strike down whatever it disagrees with and therefore make law by gavel, engenders the desperation to save the high court from dissolving our liberties. Which proves two things: we already live in a tyranny – and that this people are as ignorant of the Constitution and their inalienable rights as the Leftists are.
The “binary choice” of either Hillary or Trump is no different than being presented with the binary choice of being boiled alive in oil, or being burned alive at the stake. Which would you take? The end result is exactly the same no matter which one you choose.
I refuse to make that choice and I have other plans. Should such a choice be ‘forced’ upon us via shaming and intimidation – then it simply confirms the fact that this tyranny you live in, you have grown comfortable with and would applaud more heinous forms of despotism. Another ‘unknown evil’. Which is really not unknown. History teaches lessons to those willing to learn.
I am not alone in these sentiments: