Rubbing Donald’s Nose in It

Sunday, October 8, 2016

Wow, (low, disappointed sigh)—an eleven-year old hideous blue torpedo blew up in our faces. That video of Donald Trump’s candid remarks from Hell is indefensible, and a lot of his important supporters have jumped ship.

I’m glad I wasn’t taped saying any of the things I’m ashamed of (and there’s plenty). But, I would never have been arrested, tried, convicted and incarcerated for anything I’ve done. Trump’s statement won’t bring a conviction either, though Hillary hopes it will spell an end to his run.

Eleven years might almost be called recent—it’s being reported as though it was done two days ago when the New York Post released it. I choose to believe that Donald Trump has changed in eleven years, and that this tape as an embarrassment to him, just as it would be to you or me, it’s his past, not his present. Being embarrassed by your past is a good thing if it truly is your past—it keeps you humble; or it humbles you.

I’m gambling on Donald (sure it’s a gamble) that his current business practices support what he currently says, that women enjoy working for him, and that as President he will do goode for all Americans. And it’s better to be ashamed today than to be impeached in February.

On the other hand. Hillary, having the press and a crew of 120 “hired guns”  ferreting out all the dirt she can find on one person for the purpose of destroying him, shows her to be a very talented leader, a specialist, a seasoned politician.

Hillary is not a gamble. She is everything we know her to be. She has proved she is secretive, greedy and self-aggrandizing—currently! When Trump is plied with the question, “Will you support the Presidency if you do not win?” he should answer: “Whether or not I win, I will see that Hillary Clinton is prosecuted for her crimes.”

Hillary’s power to bring down thunder, and to enjoy the help of the press, FBI Director Comey’s protection, and her special 120 person research team, is sickening and terrifying—such power! I’m reminded that one day we will stand before God (to see a video of our lives?) and that we will answer for every word we’ve spoken, and all our actions. As Hillary and Company dig and dig into Trump’s past, she grasps this kind of control, the kind of knowing that belongs only to God. The image of the climax of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” when the Ark of the Covenant is opened comes to mind, when the German gets all the power he was looking for—pay day!

Hillary has perfected the new politics in her relentless pursuit of power and wealth. In the past, things said and done by candidates were off limits—Presidents were elected on policy and their ability to do the job. Hillary is doing everything she can to distract the conversation from policy and her record, and to keep Trump from talking about his plans or owning his record (his successes).

Vote for Donald because he can do the job of restoring sanity to the United States of America. Notice how he listens to us—listening and hearing a person, looking them in the eyes when they speak, is the highest form of love we can share on any typical day.

Donald Trump has spent time with the people while Hillary has sequestered herself, preparing every word she will say, learning how to get Donald to react. Donald is a builder, a doer; and Hillary is a talker, a politician.

One last image comes to mind from “Runaway Bride.” Richard Geer plays Ike, a reporter, who has gotten to know Maggie (Julia Roberts), the Runaway Bride, and become sympathetic to her plight.  At her rehearsal dinner, when her family and friends deliver toasts, each a running gag kept afloat for years at her expense, he is forced to deliver a toast.

Ike: You want me to make a toast?  Okay…
I’ll give you a toast.  To Maggie’s
family and friends.  May you find
yourselves the bull’s eye of an easy
target.  May you be publicly flogged
for all of your bad choices and may
your noses be rubbed in all of your






Conscience: Accusing or Excusing

Clark deNoon writes here as a guest author—
I’ve noticed that people implicitly ascribe a high degree of reliability to conscience, as if were either the underlying foundation for both their words and actions. Some find refuge in conscience as if it were a restoration of inClark deNoonnocence and purity. Others, evidently think that speaking or acting according to conscience is an expression of righteousness or, even, godliness. I find such behavior neither comforting, nor encouraging. Rather than admirable, reliance on conscience is, at best—naïve, worse—negligent, and worst—stubbornly juvenile.
My experience has been that reliance on conscience is flexibly either a substitute for reason, or the name given for a position that doesn’t stand up to reason. I find conscience to be both a dim light and primarily effective only in retrospect.
Perhaps, conscience was beneficial in the halcyon days of early childhood, when it was as tender and responsive as our flesh and bones had been. Placed in us by our Creator to accuse or excuse our behavior, its usefulness is limited and erratically obeyed, but as the years stumble past, and by the time we reach voting age, it has become numbed by bad decisions, conflicting knowledge, twists of logic, adoption of contrary values, the influence of education, and the many voices we have chosen to listen to and believe.
Under the sway of such influences, I find practicing reason and collaboration to be safer, more sensible, and more reliable. Reality has a way of defeating idealism, facts have a way of exposing fantasy, truth has a way of undermining wishful thinking, time has a way of ending naiveté, and reason has a way of correcting emotional decisions and transforming our thought lives.
Paul of Tarsus, a writer of many books in the Bible, describes in Romans 1:18 to the end of the chapter, what can happens to conscience when truth is denied and reason is abandoned. Chapter two makes clear how powerless conscience is to change the outcome of someone who relies solely on it in the face of judgment.
Isaiah the prophet quotes God saying, “Come let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18), as He goes on to urge the people of Israel to use sound reason, or suffer the long-term consequences of bad decisions.

Clark deNoon

Don’t Waste Your Vote

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are running for President. Jill Stein (Green), Gary Johnson (Libertarian), Darrell Castle (Constitutional), and ten (10!) others will be on the ballot as well. Let me repeat: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are running for President, no one else. A vote for any other name on the ballot is wasted.
A close friend told me they were going to vote their conscience in the primary. I assume they voted for Ted Cruz as they said they would—cute? Dumb. Clever? Foolish. Brave? Certainly not—we have a secret ballot here in California!
Was I impressed by his bold claim? No, I was disappointed and fearful that he wasn’t alone in his choice. It would have been foolish to vote for someone who’d already pulled out of the race by the time Californians voted.
I have heard this ‘vote my conscience’ statement quite a bit lately…from a lot of Christians. This phrase is part of the new CC—Christian Correctness®, quickly replacing Political Correctness. I’m not referring to Christianity. Christian Correctness does the same thing as Political Correctness: it pigeon holes the user, or better said, makes them part of the right club. It replaces real thought, straight thought, and ultimately, the truth with clever phrases and an unbecoming passive aggressive attitude.
Ted Cruz and John Kasich, both men for whom I held a great deal of respect nine months ago, have proved themselves no more than sophomoric sour grape sore losers in the end, and might earn the dubious title as the ones who put Hillary in office. Hillary will be the first to thank them.
“Dump Trump” and “Never Trump” are the clubs, the sorry self-righteous congregations of those embittered by not getting Ted, Marco or Carly nominated. And why such a nasty epithet—Dump Trump? He’s not like us! Look what he said about Megan Kelly, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
Donald Trump is not a politician (None of the founding fathers were politician, except perhaps Ben Franklin). Trump might not be good at running, or one might claim he’s too good; he won the nomination big time. I’m not sure why he said much of what he said that was so ugly, but he wants what I want, and I think he can bring it about. He isn’t PC in any way. He believes Christians have taken it in the shins for a long time, and if he’s not against you, he’s for you.
If you vote your conscience, as recently constituted, you will get nothing in return. You will still have your pride…and that little sticker that says so proudly that you voted.
One last word, if you’ve read the first 440 words. The pedestrian, pedantic, dismissive, insulting phrase “I’m going to hold my nose and vote for the lesser of two evils” is just plain nasty. Don’t use it. This seemingly clever phrase warns all those in earshot that they had better not cross the speaker, that it’s what we’re all doing, and that there is no thought beyond this (I’m avoiding conversations with many of my friends till December).
It’s time to grow up. Your vote is precious, don’t waste it. It’s not a game.