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Choices And Consequences

Choices & Consequences

 

When Governor Nicki Haley ordered the confederate flag removed from atop of the South Carolina State Capital building she removed a symbol of hate and oppression that existed for decades tearing people apart. Some people took exception to her move because they believed it was a symbol of who they were. In reality, it was who they were/are and is very much of what plagues this nation today as we head blindly into yet another Presidential election.

On the eve of the South Carolina Republican State primary election, while the confederate flag is long gone, retired to the State historical museum, another divisive figure has surfaced to take its place. The rise of Donald Trump has not happened over night and has been compared by some to that of Adolf Hitler at the end of World War I, when Germany was defeated by the free world. Appealing to the peoples pent up anger and frustration with government weakness and inefficiency, both men strike cords among the masses, only to be led astray.

As I’ve watched the Trump campaign develop, it brilliantly capitalized on what MIT Professor Johnathon Gruber publically termed, “the stupidity of the American voter,” who votes upon emotion and not upon the analysis of each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. Now, I’m sure based upon what I said so far, all the Trump Trolls will be out in force attacking me as some political hack, but the fact remains that Mr. Trump has done absolutely nothing for this nation but take for himself, yet he believes that he is somehow qualified to be Commander-in-Chief. In fact, he is actually closer to Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, than he is to Ronald Reagan, the man who first termed the political slogan, “Make America great Again.”

The Conservative wing of the Republican Party has had a tough go of it over the past two Presidential election cycles. First nominating a powerful Senator from Arizona and then nominating a Governor from Massachusetts, who both lost, all because of internal bickering over ideology and the American people being duped into “Hope and Change.” Seven years into the Barack Obama Presidency, I have to ask the question; how’s that working out for you?

They say history has a way of repeating itself and as if stuck in a time warp from past election cycles, I’ve heard all the same quips from political pundits to the uninformed voter, that somehow it’s going to be different this time because Mr. Trump is a businessman. Really? Is that all you’ve got? Businessman huh? God help us and our nation if that is the truth.

Today, I watched a very good broadcast by Dana Loesch, who is well respected in the Conservative movement and who has made it clear that Mr. Trump is not who he says he is, nor who he projects himself to be. In fact, his rants and anger should give us all pause given the comparison to Hitler. In my view, is this really the type of person we want in the White House? In fact, what does it say about the people who support a self-funding candidate that can only repeat three words on cue; loser, liar, and stupid?

For the past seven years and probably longer than that, the cast of personalities put in the Oval Office have disgraced themselves to the point where the Presidency is now up for sale to the candidate with the most money. As far as I know, that is not what the American people want, nor is it what our great nation deserves. In fact, that is not the type of democracy our founders intended, but what the hell, money talks and bullsh#$ walks as the saying goes right?

Tomorrow, as we head to our places of worship, I pray that God gives us the wisdom to choose the candidate with the “right stuff” that can lead our nation out of this unholy mess and not give us four more years of stalemate and divisiveness.

But for today, I am not hopeful, yet reminded of a verse from Revelation 6:8, “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”

Colonel (Ret) John D. Vernon, USA, is the author of “Angels Watching Over Me” and is the CEO, American Warrior Press. Learn more at http://americanwarriorpress.com and follow him on twitter @JOHNDVERNON1. ©JohnVernon2016