Christian evangelical leader and founder of "Focus on the Family", James Dobson, right, sits with his wife Shirley as they applaud President Bush, not pictured, speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters 2008 Convention at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, March 11, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Why James Dobson is Wrong About Trump

Dr. James Dobson is one of the most respected Christian leaders alive today. Some of my earliest memories of Christian radio are listening to Dr. Dobson on Focus on the Family. I cannot emphasis enough how much I respect him.

Dr. Dobson recently sat down with Christianity Today to discuss his support of Trump.

Dobson: That leads us to ask what the judiciary will look like in a Trump administration. I attended a June 2016 event called “A Conversation with Donald Trump” in New York, with more than 1,000 other religious leaders. Before the meeting, 30 of us met Trump in a private session in Trump Tower. Most were evangelicals or conservative Catholics. I asked the candidate about his concerns regarding religious liberty.

I liked that he promised us emphatically that he will work to protect our religious liberties. He has since released a list of potential Supreme Court nominees that is stellar. We must pray that, if elected, he will keep his word.

Why does it matter how emphatically someone promises you something? Trump emphatically said that  Mexico will pay for the wall, not going to happen. Trump emphatically said everyone here illegally was going back to Mother Mexico, not going to happen. How about looking at someone’s track record of telling the truth. If elected, Donald Trump will make wise, Christian leaders like James Dobson and Wayne Grudem look very foolish.

Dobson: I don’t vote for candidates or political parties. I support those who will lead the country righteously, honorably, and wisely. In many ways, this is a single-issue election because it will affect every dimension of American life: the makeup of the Supreme Court. Antonin Scalia’s sudden death made this election the most significant of our lifetime. The next president will nominate perhaps three or more justices whose judicial philosophy will shape our country for generations to come.

Practically every #NeverTrumper out there would not only agree with the first two sentences, but say that is precisely why we cannot support him. Im not sure why Dr. Dobson said that. Seriously, say “Trump will lead the country righteously, honorably and wisely” with a straight face. You can’t.

What follows in the paragraph is the nonsense logic that every reluctant Trump supporter says. However, there are three HUGE problem with this logic. 1. Trump has said that his sister, a federal judge, would make an excellent Supreme Court Justice. His sister is a massive, flaming pro-abortion liberal.  2. After Trump released the list, he said there were other possible names that he could appoint. The list is not any good if the first 12 are conservative and number 13 is a a Ginsburg. 3. Republican presidents suck at appointing conservative justices. For example, Ronald Reagan, conservative folk hero appointed 2 conservatives in William H. Rehnquist and Antonin Scalia but also pointed 2 conservative-moderate justices in Kennedy and O’Connor. George H. W. Bush appointed a raging liberal in David Souter and the conservative stalwart Clarence Thomas. George W. Bush appointed the John “Obamacare can stay because it’s a tax” Roberts and the very conservative Samuel Alito. The point is this: Any sober person would say the past 3 Republican presidents were much more consistently conservative than Trump and still batted only around 50%. If these guys couldn’t get it right, do you really think Trump will? I don’t.

Dobson: Trump’s selection of Governor Mike Pence as his running mate was a hugely encouraging decision. I’ve been a personal friend of Gov. Pence for more than 30 years. He is pro-life, pro–traditional marriage, a godly family man, a solid conservative, and a competent leader. There is no politician whom I respect more.

Really? No politician you respect more? How about Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Sasse, Rick Perry, or Bobby Jindal, just to name a few. None of these guys caved on religious liberty like Mike Pence did. If Mike Pence was the nominee I would GLADLY support him. He’s a great guy and probably a B+ governor. But to say there is no politician you respect more is… odd.

Dobson: Last week, I had an appointment with an ophthalmologist for a routine eye exam. A technician pressed a metal device against my face. I looked through two holes and saw a short line of type. She then asked, “Is this good?” Then, after changing the lens, she asked, “Is this better?” I was given only two choices: number one or number two. This is where we are as a nation during this election. Is it one or is it two? There is no viable third choice.

If option one is Clinton and option two is Trump, then option three is your integrity. There is no Bible verse that commands me to vote for the lesser of two terrible people. Ive looked, its not there. By not voting, you are holding yourself and your party to a higher standard.

What Dr Dobson and others forget is that on November 9th, the day after the election, the United States of America will continue to exist. One massively incompetent and corrupt Democrat, will have just beaten a massively incompetent and corrupt Republican and life will go on. Liberal policies will be pursued but Republicans will still hold the House and possibly the Senate to slow the process down. 2018 is a nightmare for Senate Democrats and for Democrats to win a 4th consecutive presidential term in 2020 would be historically unprecedented. Be encouraged, conservatives. Maintain your principles and focus on the fight ahead.

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