The 'art' of the heel: Contemptibly dishonorable or irresponsible person
By Karen Norling
I remember it well. I was wiping down the kitchen counters when I heard his announcement on TV.
"He's not serious," I said to myself. "We go through this every four years. Even if he was serious, he'd never win. There's no way on earth I'd ever vote for him."
But then he started talking about illegal immigration. Fearlessly, unapologetically, without even a hint of political correctness. I couldn't believe my ears. Finally, someone was standing up for the people of this Country, instead of simply acting tough, then caving to seemingly-endless media pressure/the dictates of the democrats. (Think: John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.)
Admittedly, Ted Cruz has been my top-pick for the presidency since 2012, and nothing is going to change that. But here was Donald Trump, sticking his finger squarely into the conniving eye of the "Establishment," passionately contrasting himself with the crap-load of Republicans In Name Only currently inhabiting the House and Senate.
While I certainly didn't agree with the liberal views he'd expressed in the past, I was confident he was someone I could "fall back on," should Ted not secure the nomination.
A sense of peace suffused me. Everything was going to be O.K.
As the days rolled by, Donald continued to talk more about securing our borders. Further, he talked about the sheer stupidity of our republican leadership, restoring our military, the Keystone Pipeline," creating jobs, and getting rid of "Common Core."
My spirits were riding high, and I prayed that fellow Christians wouldn't dismiss him before ever giving him a chance.
But then he started saying things that unsettled me.
I rolled my eyes when he referred to Megyn Kelly as "highly overrated" and a "lightweight," in the wake of her asking him those idiotic, tasteless, "gotcha" questions, during the first republican debate. There was no excuse for her "I'm hell bent to make you look like sexist pig" antagonism. And I honestly felt like slapping her upside the head when she refused to move on to an issue that actually mattered. But come on. "Highly overrated"? A "lightweight"?
The point is, I gave Donald several "passes," in light of how desperate we are to elect a president who will turn this Country around--before it's too late to even try. But when I heard an audio clip of him berating the guy who'd set up his microphone, at a rally in Florida, I knew the time for "giving passes" had come to an end.
"Now he's calling him a b*s*ard and telling the crowd he's not going to pay him?"
To my utter dismay, Donald's truest colors were beginning to seep through his slick, conservative, "I'm going to make America great again" facade, and I could no longer turn my head the other way.
Having surrendered the wishful thinking that had so severely impaired my judgment, one thing became exceedingly clear: those who say anything even remotely negative about Donald—those who question the validity of his assertions, or any other aspect of his character—are destined to suffer the full impact of his egomaniacal wrath.
Fail to give him the endorsement he tries to buy from you, and immediately you're a lowlife leech who took advantage of his infinite wealth and magnanimity.
Talk about any of his fly-by-night political views, as Glenn Beck has, and you're a pathetic loser, seeking revenge because he blew you off when you "begged" him to call into your radio show.
(Note: I regularly listen to Glenn's show, and I can tell you he has never begged Donald to do anything—least of all to call into his show. On occasion, he lets Donald know he's welcome to call. But he lets all the candidates know they're welcome to do the same.)
Insinuate that something he's saying isn't true, and BAM! You're the object of his venomous, knows-absolutely-no-bounds ridicule.
Confess something you did several decades ago (something that few would have the courage to confess), and you're not only a self-seeking prevaricator, but incurably "pathological," and tantamount to a pedophile.
Rise in the polls and you're: a "maniac," a "whack job," a "nasty guy," whom everyone "hates," a "basket case," a perpetual liar, a down-and-dirty election-stealer, a sneaky loan non-discloser, the puppet of "big oil" (because you want to phase out ethanol subsidies), doomed to the pitiful fate of Howard Dean, and going to get your a** sued off because you're not "eligible" to run for president.
Granted, what Donald says about others saddens and sickens me. But what he says about himself downright terrifies me.
The more he talks (and tweets), the more obvious it becomes that he is–and always will be—a card-carrying member of the "establishment" he so passionately pretends to eschew.
What kind of conservative says, "We've got to get a little establishment in order to get things done"? What kind of conservative brags about "real establishment types/serious establishment types" getting in touch with him, "left and right," asking him how they can "get involved" in his campaign? What kind of conservative says this, this, and this? And seriously, what kind of conservative makes such infantile, outlandish faces in front of millions of viewers during presidential debates?
(Note to Donald: it wasn't the "conservatives" who broke their promises. It was the RINOs. Yuge difference.)
The truth is, our Country is in the mess it's in precisely because of all the so-called "deals" our power-hungry, double-crossing republican "leaders" have made with their democrat counterparts, throughout the last several years. Donald knows this full well and is simply biding his time ‘til he can quarterback the con game.
Ted is the antithesis of Donald in every way. He's dignified, even-tempered, honest, gracious trustworthy,principled. He flat-out refuses to be a part of anything that fails to put the Constitution/our Country/his constituents first. No one in the establishment can sway him, and that's exactly why they despise him.
While Donald has no record—save his calculated wishy-washiness on pretty much every issue in existence—Ted's record is rock-solid. Had I not been paying such close attention to his "revile me all you want, but I'll still do the right thing" tenacity, over the last two years, I might have fallen prey to Donald's incessant "Ted has no record" twaddle. But I have been paying attention, and I'm locked and loaded for bear.
If you doubt the authenticity of Ted's unflinching conservatism, check out his "Liberty for All," "Heritage Action," and "FreedomWorks" legislative scorecards, as well as a partial list of pro-freedom legislation he has sponsored/cosponsored.
Let it hereby be said that Ted is the only one who regularly enters the Senate Chamber and opposes the status-quo pantywaists who'd never even consider risking their committee chairmanships to do what's best for the Country.
Here are just a few of the things Ted's done—on our behalf—throughout those last two years:
Fought against amnesty and implored Obama to start enforcing existing immigration laws.
Authored Kate's Law (a bill that would impose a 5-year-minimum mandatory sentence on illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes), and repeatedly urged his colleagues to pass it.
Hammered Harry Reid when Reid asserted that prosecuting such illegals would cost too much.
Strove to prevent the passage of the suicidal Iran Nuclear Farce Agreement.
Lambasted the RINOs for attempting to hide their refusal to defund the most lucrative abortion cartel in the world. Likewise, rebuked the Justice Department for refusing to investigate that cartel's latest atrocities.
Dispelled the myths anti-gun activists continue to propagate regarding so called "assault" weapons.
Laid bare the brainlessness of "climate-change"
Railed against the IRS for targeting conservative organizations.
Exposed Mitch McConnell for the profligate scam-artist he is (and always has been). Note: Ted was the first and only Senator who had the guts to call McConnell out. But, as "no good deed goes unpunished," certain members of the establishment wasted no time grabbing their "Poor, Put-Upon Mitch" Stradivariuses and milking the moment for all it was worth.
Took the democrats to task for blocking legislation that would have protected us from radical Islamic terrorists.
Filibustered the passage of Obamacare to the point of the democrats and RINOs unnecessarily shutting down the government. Of course, while the yellow-bellied establishment attacked him for his impudence, the democrats blew a disingenuous gasket designed to convince us that no one can survive without 24/7 governmental assistance.
I don't know about you, but all I remember about the shutdown is Obama trying to make everyday life as difficult as possible for everyone—the most vulnerable included. For example, he ordered the closures of the World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, and the White-Cross Memorial in Normandy; he ordered the closure of several privately-funded parks; he cut off financial aid for active-duty servicemen and women pursuing higher education. He defunded advanced-cancer treatment for adults and children; he prevented tourists from taking pictures of Mt. Rushmore, and the list goes on.
Closing war memorials and private parks is petty, underhanded, and juvenile enough. But withholding care from children stricken with cancer? Deplorable.
Onward to Ted and Donald's endorsements. Not surprisingly, several full-blown-conservative Congress members have endorsed Ted. Click on the following names to learn more about each of them: Mark Meadows, Allen West, Greg Abbott, Tim Huelskamp, Louie Gohmert, and Jim Bridenstine.
Conversely, several RINO Congress members have endorsed Donald. Click on the following names to learn more about each of them: Tom Marino, Michael Turner, Chris Collins, Duncan Hunter, and Scott Brown. (Note how many times Sen. Brown voted with the democrats, in direct opposition to Ted.)
There is one more political endorsement Donald has received that I'd be remiss in overlooking: the endorsement of Jimmy "let's wear an extra sweater" Carter—i.e., the worst president in the history of our Country (though Obama might very well assume that mantle as soon as he leaves office). Click here to listen to Jimmy's spot-on endorsement.
But I digress.
Normally, I wouldn't even talk about which "evangelicals" endorse which candidates. However, since Donald takes every opportunity to gloat over the "evangelical" vote he claims to have sewn up, I feel compelled to set the record straight.
Those who've endorsed Ted--James Dobson, Bob Vander Plaats, Jack Hibbs, Tony Perkins, Steve Strang, among others--are legitimate, well-respected Christian leaders. Likewise, are the 200-plus pastors across the Country who have endorsed him. While the list of those pastors is far too long to include in this paper, I've provided a handful of their names below:
Pastor Andrew Goodwin, Gurdon First Assembly of God, Arkansas
On the contrary, those who've endorsed Donald are a bunch of "if-you-buy-me-a-couple-more- jetliners-God-won't-send-you-to-hell" flimflammers. Not so long ago, an array of those flimflammers gathered ‘round Donald, "laid hands" on him, and blathered Scripture-laden "Yes, Lord, Yes! Praise Jesus! Hallelujah! Can I get an Amen?" invocations to the Almighty.
Click on the following links to watch a few of these charlatans—as well as a few of their predecessors—doing what they do best: Benny Hinn, Mike Murdock, Orrin Pullings, Jan Crouch, Paula White, Riva Tims, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Robert Tilton, Jimmy Swaggart, and Peter Popoff.
(If any of these clowns were to endorse me, I'd "crawl" into that proverbial "hole" and do my best to stay inside it ‘til Kingdom Come.)
One more endorsement before I close. While Donald seems awfully pleased with himself for having secured Israel's coveted "Tree of Life" award, Ted has secured the endorsement of the Prime Minister himself. Enough said.
Simply put, we cannot survive four to eight more years of "Let's Conspire with the Enemy Make a Deal." And Ted is the only candidate who will see to it we don't have to.
Can I get an Amen?
© 2016 Karen Norling