We Have Failed

“I’d rather see the GOP lose and stand for something than win and stand for nothing more than winning. If that makes me a bad Republican, so be it.”

Despite the #NeverTrump effort and statements from Conservatives Against Trump, human weaknesses being what they are, Donald Trump will almost certainly be the GOP nominee for president. We have failed.

When the news settled into my brain, being a child of the 1970’s and 80’s from New England, I thought of the song “River Blindness” by the mighty J. Geils Band.

Human kindness, river blindness
Black flies rise as the water flows
Human kindness, river blindness
Angels cry as the fever grows

Indications, demographics
Control of the basics is all you see
Correlations, disintegrations
Cessation of life expectancy

River blindness is caused by a parasitic worm, Onchocerca volvulus. The worms are the result of multiple bites by black flies, and deposit their larvae inside a person. The larvae erupt from the victim’s skin. Symptoms include intense itching, swelling, inflammation, “lizard skin,” and blindness.

The GOP has a chronic case caused by the parasitic worm Donald Trump.

As the Trumpkins dance on the graves of every conservative who opposed their lord and god, I am driven to my knees in prayer. It occurs to me that’s exactly where God wants me, and other Christians who understood what Trump represents.

Our options are now limited. Either Trump will win the presidency against Hillary Clinton, or he will lose in catastrophic fashion. Even though just about every poll shows Trump losing to Clinton, the polls could be wrong. Here’s what I wrote in February.

Trump will run to the left of every GOP candidate in the race right now, and will out-conspiracy Sanders, and out-lie Hillary (if that’s even possible). He will appear the least scary choice of them all, sane, sober, and liberal as hell with an (R) after his name. (We call that a RINO for the rest of you readers who accuse Jeb Bush or Chris Christie of that particular sin.)

He will find the middle ground between the paranoid left and the paranoid right, and make it work for him. You think he can’t do it because too many people (two thirds of Republicans oppose him) will catch on. But if he’s running against Hillary, you won’t see the same Donald Trump, who said “I am very capable of changing to anything I want to change to.”

We must ensure that Trump loses. Honestly, I don’t care who he loses to, short of Kim Jong Un. If it’s Hillary, we deserve her for allowing this parasite to blind us. Trump has to lose in “full-Samson” mode, where the 60-plus percent of Republicans who oppose him ensure he doesn’t win a single state in November.

All it takes is around 4 percent of the electorate to swing a state. A protest write-in. A third party. Something other than staying home (which guarantees the Democrats will win at least the Senate and possibly the House).

In February, almost prophetically, I predicted this failure. I see no reason to change my view, so I’ll quote it again here.

Trump is a seriously morally flawed man, and not just personally morally flawed like Bill Clinton. He’s flawed in his conception of morality. He doesn’t understand the basis of forgiveness. He says the right things, but he really doesn’t “feel our pain.” He’s vindictive and grudge-bound. He’s a bully who threatens and hits so hard in response to small provocations as to deter others from dissent. (Go watch “Ender’s Game” and you’ll see what Trump with a conscience looks like.)

The antidote for Trump, the antithesis for him, is found in the Bible, in 1 Corinthians 13:4-6.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Whatever kindness Trump possesses (and he is, by all accounts, in person a kind and gracious man–or ingratiating at least) is canceled by his lack of Godly character in the definition of love.

America is so far away from the values and First Principles the founders invoked in our establishing documents and governing ethos. We cannot bury our conservative heads in the sand and allow the one party we’ve build up to take on the Left’s wholesale descent into socialism and identity politics die led by a charlatan.

Donald Trump has his eyes firmly fixed on the White House, and we, as conservatives, should, must, deny him from taking it. It matters because lives and our national character are at stake. If Trump destroys the GOP, what will we build to carry the banner? How long will we walk through the wilderness? If we go the way of the Whigs, will it take 100 more years to return? That may be too late.

I’d rather see the GOP lose and stand for something than win and stand for nothing more than winning. If that makes me a bad Republican, so be it.

About the author

Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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