The Trump Phenomenon

I think most of us can agree, whether we support him or not, that the candidate known as Donald J. Trump is nothing short of a phenomenon. Sometimes I think I could actually support him with some enthusiasm -- despite some of his comments and behavior this past year. Unlike some of my Christian brothers and sisters, I will not succumb to some type of judgmental attitude and start picking his life apart, highlighting the mistakes he has made. My Lord certainly knows I have made plenty myself! By the same token, I wouldn't delve into Mrs. Clinton's past White House experience with Bill and dig up his sexual indiscretions for a new generation to see, as Mr. Trump and his campaign have obviously decided to do. Let's stick to the candidates recent actions and the platforms they embrace. I have enough reasons not to vote for Hillary based on her recent decisions involving Benghazi and hosting her own [less than secure] email server.

One of the many emails I get each day is from a charismatic group and mentions a prophecy some pastor made about a demonic force poised to attack the RNC with a spirit of assassination and mayhem. I get a little suspicious of so-called prophets who are sometimes right and sometimes wrong. Truly, if a person is a prophet for the Lord, shouldn't they be right 100% of the time? Didn't they stone people in biblical times if they got it wrong? While I don't recommend that... I do believe, if someone gets it wrong even once that they be taken with a grain of salt. I don't know about this particular pastor and his vision; we shall see whether he is right or wrong.

What I do know is that tensions are high in the G.O.P. and throughout the world right now, for that matter. In regard to the world, isn't that something we could say at any time in our history? It seems like there is always something going on to breed frustration and anger. Perhaps it is worse now since America and stepped away from a leadership role and taken a back seat in many of the world's affairs.

Back to Trump... as I said, sometimes I think I could support him. It's not so much him I could support as it is what people perceive he stands for and the excitement and enthusiasm that he generations. Right now, for me, I feel he is the lesser of two evils that I may have to embrace and I don't like the idea of that. One thing that helps [for me] is the inclusion of Gov. Pence on the ticket. While I don't usually place a lot of weight on the VP pick, I feel that, in this case, he might help to keep Mr. Trump focused on important issues and be a stabilizing factor in the administration (should they win the day).

Some might say that there are alternatives, be it the Libertarians or the Green Party. To that I say this: despite how much some may espouse the idea of America being open to all parties to compete, the way our system is set up is really for two parties and two alone. A vote for either the Libertarian or Green Party candidates would pull votes away from either Hillary or Trump, depending on which lesser-known party you endorse.

So here we are. Will the phenomenon gain momentum and propel Mr. Trump to the Oval Office? Right now, it's anybody's guess.

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