Appalled by Senator John Thune’s endorsement of Trumpism? You have an alternative. Here’s candidate of conscience Jay Williams:
By endorsing Trump, Thune has aligned himself with many Republican party establishment leaders who support Trump in spite of Trump’s multiple actions that should disqualify him for any job.
Donald Trump’s lack of character is not really in dispute. Even conservative talk show personalities have denounced Trump’s litany of lies, which include false statements about everything from his failed business concerns (Trump Vodka, Trump Steaks, Trump Magazine, Trump University) to the nation’s unemployment rate (Trump said it is 35% — it is actually 4.9%). Trump has insulted women, Muslims, Mexicans, POWs and nearly everyone of his Presidential primary opponents. Trump’s lone supporter among foreign leaders in Vladimir Putin. Trump calls climate change a hoax and is calling for expanded use of fossil fuels, which would potentially cause world wide climatic chaos….
Trump is a greedy, bigoted, women hating, narcissist. The once great Republican party of Lincoln has selected him to be their Presidential candidate — how sad [Jay Williams, press release, 2016.06.02].
Williams gets one fact wrong. Trump’s support among foreign leaders as doubled to include Kim Jong Un. Toot that horn, Senator Thune!
Update 09:09 CDT: Thune’s surrender to Trumpism connects nicely with an article sent by a friend from conservative Christian blog Mere Orthodoxy, which finds the Religious Right’s kneeling to Trump an unacceptable abdication of principle:
…the religious right’s overall project was basically sound and the men leading it were trustworthy. That’s what we told ourselves. So we defended many of the men who have now proven themselves to be so cowardly and lacking the very thing they said the secularists and liberals were missing—a moral compass.
In 2007 we even endorsed Huckabee in the presidential primary. All of that seems depressingly naive and short-sighted this side of Trump 2016. There may have been good leaders in the religious right—Falwell Sr. was probably one and Francis Schaeffer and C. Everett Koop certainly were—but the conduct of these aging leaders during this campaign season is shameful and fully merits the strongest condemnation from serious believers.
It is also a cautionary tale about seeking to acquire power and influence while lacking the sort of Christian practice necessary to sustain virtue in the teeth of success. We chased fame and prestige as it is defined by the world and we had it… for awhile. It’s just too bad it clearly cost us our souls. Now the party we pledged ourselves too and which clearly never saw us asanything more than useful idiots is ready to kick us to the curb. But rather than standing by our principles, the purported moral voices of the old religious right are cravenly throwing themselves after the scraps that a racist, womanizing, vulgar, and laughably insecure rich boy brushes off his table [Jake Meador, “If the American Church Is Dying It’s Because We Deserve It,” Mere Orthodoxy, 2016.05.26].
Are we liberals and secular humanists the only politicos left with consciences?