As most Americans already know, both the Democratic and Republican nominees for president have a low approval rating even within their own parties. Concerns abound with both candidates, even though both of them are far apart ideologically. I must be insane releasing an article like this since both pro Trump and pro Clinton friends may be upset by its contents; however, I have never been motivated by the accolades of people.
The following are five of my primary concerns regarding both candidates post election:
My top five concerns with a Hillary Clinton presidency
1-Her Supreme Court Justice selections
Clinton made it clear during the last debate that she will choose Supreme Court Justices who will uphold Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in 1973. She made no mention of choosing Judges who will uphold the U.S. Constitution because she views the court as legislators who make laws. With the death of Antoine Scalia, the present court is virtually tied ideologically between constitutional literalists and liberals. If Clinton gets elected, she has the potential to choose up to three or more Justices, which will tilt the court to the left for generations to come. This is my number one concern with a Clinton presidency. To quote Nathaniel Bruno of the ADF
“To zero in on just one of the decisions identified above, Justice Ginsburg declared in her dissent in the Gonzales v. Carhart case (in which the Court upheld the federal ban on partial-birth abortion, based on a respect for the government’s interest in protecting preborn life): “Today’s decision is alarming.” It is ironic and lamentable that Justice Ginsburg found the majority opinion alarming but was apparently not alarmed by the brutal practice of substantially delivering a fully formed, fully alive baby before crushing his or her skull. If Justice Ginsburg had her way, that barbaric procedure would be permitted throughout the United States.”
2-Her view on the freedom of religion
Clinton is known to be against freedom of religion, which can eventually result in 501C3 revocation for religious organizations that do not comply with her societal views.
Mrs. Clinton stated, “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed”. For those who do not believe liberals would abrogate religious freedom, I want to make you aware that as of October 1st, all public organizations (including churches) have to comply with transgender bathroom laws in the state of Massachusetts. (Of course, I believe there is a humane and sensitive way to deal with this issue from the pulpit and in churches, but the point here is that the government is forcing its views upon religious entities). If Clinton becomes president, these laws will likely spread to every state, which will crush the first amendment and freedom of religion.
3-Her view on Abortion
It has been documented that Hillary Clinton has radical pro-abortion views, even until the third trimester. Hence, she is the only presidential candidate ever officially endorsed by Planned Parenthood. This is the same Planned Parenthood that harvests aborted baby parts for money .
Some people say that P.P. does other things besides abortions like providing mammograms and other family health services. My response, would you hypothetically support a racist organization like the KKK if they opened up a hospital? Of course not, then why support a legalized child killing organization like P.P. if they do a few good things? Furthermore, it is well known that P.P. founder Margaret Sanger was an avowed white supremacist who wanted to use abortion to exterminate blacks. Instead of receiving their endorsement, Clinton should work to defund them. Unfortunately she chose the former.
4-Her constant scandals
The fact that there is always a scandalous cloud always hanging wherever Clinton goes is an understatement. Whether it is the thirty thousand plus emails she deleted before the FBI investigation, to the Benghazi cover-up, to the whitewater scandal, to her involvement in causing unrest in Trump rallies and on and on and on, it’s almost legion and too numerous for one article. Furthermore, as I write this article, everyday there are more “Project VERITAS” videos and wikileaks released daily that continually connect Clinton to other scandals not mentioned already. Can you imagine four more years of her scandals being front and center of the news every day?
5-Her foreign policy disasters
Notable black economist Thomas Sowell lays out a litany of foreign policy disasters that took place while Clinton was Secretary of State that he says disqualify her from the presidency.
Whether it is participating in decisions that resulted in the formation of ISIS, the emboldening of Russia and China, the outrageous Iran nuclear arms deal, Benghazi, and mor, her foreign policy record is so dismal it would be a scary thing to see what would happen the next four years if she were president. Clinton may think Trump is reckless, but the director of the FBI James Coney is on record saying her actions regarding national security were “careless” .
My 5 top concerns with a Trump Presidency
I describe myself as being “anti-Clinton” (for the reasons above) not “pro Trump”. Also, I have never endorsed any candidate in public. That being said, when it comes purely to policy, most social conservatives would say Trump has the advantage. Although he may have an advantage, many have serious concerns regarding several of his personal issues: the way he allegedly acts and speaks about women, some of his initial comments regarding immigrants, and his boorish behavior in debates, on social media and while campaigning. However, historically many look at the big picture when it comes to a leader’s personal moral flaws. For example, what would have happened if the Black church abandoned the Civil Rights movement because of allegations against Dr. King? Also, many people still have a high regard for JFK and Bill Clinton in spite of allegations regarding their numerous affairs?
My five top concerns with a Trump presidency
1-Can Trump work with a divided congress
Trump seems to lack patience when dealing with those with opposing views. While in debates, and on twitter, he personally attacked, insulted and demeaned his opponents. How would that play out with congress? Would he attempt to steamroll through policy decisions when Congress moved too slow or opposed him, or perhaps he will surprise everyone and work well with both parties? That remains to be seen.
2-Will the republican establishment attempt to undermine his first term
While many Americans like the fact that Trump is not part of the establishment, the fact is, he still has to depend upon the already established infrastructure of his party to get things done as president. If elected, he may be the first president in recent memory that will have major opposition from both parties. That is to say, it is very possible that the Republican establishment will work hard to undermine Trump’s first term in office so that another Republican will never attempt to buck their party again.
3-His ability to work with world leaders
Some may say that alpha leaders like Russian President Putin will respect another Alpha leader like Trump, which can lead to a better relationship between our countries. However, others may say that Trump’s leadership style may alienate friend and foe alike. Of course, we probably need a hard line stance with certain nations to keep them in check (Iran and North Korea.) Consequently, Trump’s leadership style may be a plus or minus in world affairs, this also remains to be seen but is a concern for many.
4-His relationship with communities of color
In the opinion of many, Democrats like Hillary Clinton have not done enough to further the quality of life for our black and brown communities. That being said, whether fair or not, Trump has been branded negatively and even racist by the mainstream media and by some activists. If Trump gets elected it may also result in protests and civil unrest in many cities across America. Although, there is evidence not all protests are totally grassroots but are funded and or exacerbated by George Soros backed organizations. The question is, can Trump overcome this stigma and work closely and effectively with communities of color, especially Hispanics? This remains to be seen and is a concern of mine.
5-His evolving view on immigration reform
In this area, I part company with many conservatives. I never agreed with the initial Trump plan to deport all undocumented immigrants. As a pastor in a Hispanic community, I have seen many undocumented immigrants successfully assimilate into the church and community, build families, work hard and have economic success. I am in favor of a path to citizenship for these people. Because as a nation we have allowed illegal immigration to go on for decades, it is almost de-facto legal. At the same time, those who have proven they are a danger to society and committed felonies should be deported. Moving forward, I am for clamping down on illegal immigration because a nation without borders is no longer a nation. I am also in favor of either stopping or having a foolproof vetting system in place that forbids radicalized Muslims from entering our country, especially from nations that foment terrorism.
Regarding immigration, Mr. Trump’s views seem to be changing as he went from a hardline approach to a more refined approach recently. I am concerned about where he will eventually land if elected as President
In conclusion, I am not endorsing either candidate, nor am I saying we should not vote. Liberals who don’t vote, help Trump; conservatives who don’t vote, help Clinton. Many social conservatives I know say that Trump is not perfect but has the edge over Clinton because of the Supreme Court, Freedom of religion, abortion, the numerous scandals and more. A few social conservatives are also “never Trumpers” who do not believe he is a true conservative.
The unfortunate fact is, whoever gets elected, half the nation will be divided and our unity as a country will be greatly challenged. Truly, politics and a politician cannot restore our nation to greatness. The bible says that only righteousness can exalt a nation (Proverbs 14:34).
On November 9th, irrespective of who gets elected, may righteousness again be restored in our families, churches and in the halls of power.