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Trump wins

Trump wins

The election of Donald Trump gave me feelings of relief and concern, for my country and the Republican Party. I also include ideas of how it was he won, and whether racism was involved.

And I cover other reactions to his election. Or do I?

Here are my thoughts on the election of 2016.

Mentioned links:

Dear America, This Is Important — Trump Did Not Win Because of Racism

Trump Did Better With Blacks, Hispanics Than Romney in ’12: Exit Polls

The  Great Liberal Freakout

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Don’t Forget To Vote

Remember to vote

Remember to vote

No podcast episode this week. It would have come out today, and would have been obsolete with 24 hours, so I decided to skip it.

Instead, just remember to vote. Really. No, I’m serious. You may not have the choices you’d like (I know I don’t like them), but they are the choices we have.

So my advice:

  • Pray
  • Think
  • Vote
  • Keep praying

We’re going to need all the thinking and prayer we can get for the next 4 years. See you next week!

You do have options

You do have options

This time out, I spend an entire episode on one (rather long) bit of listener feedback. Ruthie Rink wrote in to say how, as a conservative and a Mormon, she is working out how to vote in this election. I couldn’t cover everything she said, so her full text is below, after the podcast episode transcript.

While I won’t be doing what she’s doing, I can’t fault her on her decision-making. Perhaps you might want to consider this.

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Episode 157: Evangelicals and Trump

trumpwithbibleThis time out, I’m talking to my fellow Christians who believe that a vote for Trump may not be morally right. A prominent Christian magazine has a scathing editorial against him, and I’ll be responding to that. And if you’re not a Christian, you might want to listen anyway, to get a little inside scoop of what those wacky people are thinking. Hey, I’ve always said I would try to give you a perspective you may have not heard before.

Mentioned links:

Evangelical magazine publishes scathing anti-Trump editorial

Speak Truth to Trump

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Episode 156: Thoughts on a Debate, Part 2

The first Trump/Clinton debate

The first Trump/Clinton debate

This is the second part of my analysis of the September 26th debate between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. As I wrote last time, there was just so much to get into (because we finally got to compare the candidates side-by-side) that I couldn’t fit it all into one episode.

And with the next debate between them coming very soon, I had to get this out before that, which is why you’re getting 2 episodes in one week. But hey, it’s just 10 minutes! 🙂

And you should probably listen to part 1 first. Click here for the audio and the transcript.

Mentioned links:

The first Trump-Clinton presidential debate transcript, annotated

Economic assistance to countries in the Middle East and North Africa

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Episode 155: Thoughts on a Debate, Part 1

The Clinton / Trump debate

The Clinton / Trump debate

I took some notes during the September 26th debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It was the first time to have a good “compare and contrast” between their policies. I took so many notes that I had to split this into 2 episodes!

It may seem like a lot of time to spend on one debate performance, but we finally got to compare and contrast policy issues directly between the two candidates. For the most part. So I think this is worth the time.

Mentioned links:

The first Trump-Clinton presidential debate transcript, annotated

Why Hillary never makes Equal Pay Day pay off

Top 1% pay nearly half of federal income taxes

Hey, Barney Frank: The Government Did Cause the Housing Crisis

The successful Clinton economy was based on tax cuts. No, really…

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Democrats: Keep abortion safe, legal, and frequent.

Democrats: Keep abortion safe, legal, and frequent.

Last episode, I talked about why I’m voting for Donald Trump; because of the importance of the choice of Supreme Court justices. Here’s a closer look at one of the details as to why, and it goes more into why we’ll need to vote the platform rather than the person. When it comes to funding abortion, the Democrats simply aren’t pro-choice.

Mentioned links:

There’s Nothing “Pro-Choice” About a Democratic Platform Demanding Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

After-Birth Abortion: The pro-choice case for infanticide.

Hyde Amendment [Wikipedia]

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If you can't vote the candidate, vote the platform.

If you can’t vote the candidate, vote the platform.

Donald Trump versus Hillary Clinton. That’s the choice we have this presidential election. Instead of hand-wringing about how we got to this point, I want to focus on the actual decision come November, what I’ve decided, and how I made that decision.

In my mind, neither is a good choice. There’s just no two ways about it. In the past, as a conservative, I’ve had to hold my nose and vote for guys like Mitt Romney or John McCain because the difference between them and their Democratic opponent was so wide, and had such awful policies (or promises of policies) that there was no contest in my mind.

With Donald Trump, I’m going to have to hold my nose, as well as a number of other body parts, because his policy promises today just don’t line up with what he’s said in the past. But I am going to vote for him. In this episode, I discuss the main reason why.

Mentioned links:

Six reasons Trump is still better than Clinton

Newly released emails raise questions about relationship between State Department and Clinton Foundation

50 GOP national security experts oppose Trump

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Silenced by her own party

Silenced by her own party

The WikiLeaks email hacking of the Democratic National Committee shows how much the (supposed) neutral group really was pulling for Hillary, and how much they were in bed with the media, and how little they wanted actual debate within the party. The Sanders supporters protested all throughout the convention, mad that they were treated so poorly.

And some claimed that the convention had a fence — a wall, if you will — surrounding it. That I just don’t believe. C’mon, as much as they have railed against Trump’s idea, would they really build a wall to keep out undesirables? >wink<

These are my thoughts and observations during the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Mentioned links:

Detailed List of Findings in Wikileaks DNC Document Dump

Wasserman Schultz sidelined from convention as more emails show Sanders slams

VIDEO: Bernie booed telling backers to vote for Hillary

Clinton Complains About ‘Hillary Standard’ for Corruption

PHOTOS: DNC erects four-mile eight-foot tall fence around Philly convention site

Julian Assange: My Next Leak Will Ensure Hillary’s Arrest

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Episode 148: The Cruz Missile

Over-reaction?

Over-reaction?

The Republican National Convention has wrapped up, with, of course, the nomination of Donald Trump and Mike Pence for President and Vice President of the United States. There was all the usual pageantry and speeches, but this convention also lived up to its hype of being an unconventional convention.

Many of the Republican primary candidates just stayed away from the convention, including the host state’s governor, John Kasich, because they didn’t agree with many of Trump’s policies. But one did show up, and his speech dominated the news cycle. It didn’t have to, but it did mostly because of the reaction (actually, over-reaction) to it.

Mentioned links:

Exposed by Ted Cruz, They Are Angry

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