This year's POTUS election has really turned to be a circus. One of most surprising things to me has been the chaos of Catholic leadership. Catholic hold tremendous political power in elections, as do the evangelicals. I don't think a candidate can win without appealing to a majority of these voter blocks.
As I've mentioned here numerous times before, I was shocked to learn of Trump's support in solid Catholic families. Early on, knowing the number and quality of catechized Catholics, I didn't hold much hope that other candidates would be able to overcome Trump's momentum.
Catholic support for Trump is not like anything I've experienced before. Usually Catholics rally around a candidate, campaign and write op-eds to garnish support. Trump's support is more like a silent deadly rebellion.
This op-ed hits the Trump phenomenon nail on the head.
The problem is, the eloquence of Weigel and George’s denunciation notwithstanding, Trump’s supporters are not misinformed or unaware of whom they are supporting. They know his many flaws and contradictions and they are not, sadly, merely waiting for illumination before transferring their support to a more viable candidate.
They do not think that a vote for Trump is a vote for what they care about or believe in, they do not even think a vote for Trump is a vote for Trump. Trump is the ultimate, insulting, offensive, protest candidate and his supporters are simple, old-fashioned, protest voters.
The very characteristics which make Trump grossly unsuited to be president are the reason he continues to attract support as a candidate.
Truth be told, Trump's message resonates with me each time I listen to him. Like most Catholics, I hate to acknowledge it.
I initially threw my support behind Huckabee and when he withdrew, supported Rubio. Though I know Cruz is now our best shot at knocking Trump out of the race, I've had some trouble warming up to him. I'm not alone as I don't see any meaningful support for him in the Catholic voter block.
I think that's because the political rhetoric and antics around his campaign is less than honest and ethical and the nastyassing is amateur. If Catholics are going to vote for a nastyass, they're going to throw their support behind the expert.
One example of Cruz's political tactics are his odious attacks on Rubio for being an enemy of Christians in Syria because he not vow to support the dictatorship of murdering terrorist Assad.
Assad is not a virtuous man who is fighting a war against the slaughter of Christians.
I do believe Obama's attempt to overthrow Assad is passive-aggressive assistance to islamic terrorists and for right now, the enemy of my enemy can serve a short-term purpose to fight ISIS, but nobody in their right mind should be asking candidates to pledge their support this monster.
ISIS has killed many Syrians but Assad has killed more.
More info on Assad HERE and HERE.
Would you make supporting Kim Jong Un a virtuous talking point in your campaign for POTUS and then claim those who do not support Kim Jong Un are enemies of human life of North Koreans?
Of course not, because it's ridiculous.
I loath deception and in Cruz's case, he's using it to paint a daily Communicant as an enemy of Christians. It is so sickening, I can't seem to put it behind me.
The US military is not a club you join for free tuition. It's the military power charged with fighting enemies of liberty and life of Americans.
The wisdom of the strategy to fight the enemy on his own territory seems to evade Cruz supporters.
The wisdom should be obvious: We don't want wait until they have conquered the whole world and are ready to take up the battle in Main Street, USA.
The error of withdrawing US troops from the Middle East should also be obvious: It has led to eight years of the ethnic cleaning of Christians and the enemy is now within.
Cruz's support of Assad results in support of his brutal regime of murder so long as the victims are not Christian. It is a chilling conviction of the sissified and selfish culture that's lead to the complete annihilation of our people in the Middle East.
This is a perfectly sound and legitimate position, based upon deep concern for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East. I've given this much prayerful thought. To see my own position labeled as an enemy of Christians is a fatal blow to supporting Ted Cruz.
The goal of supporters of human life, including Christians in the Middle East, is to strip the Democrats of their power and positions. Ultimately this means keeping Hillary out of office come what may. I do not detect support for this goal in the Cruz team which leads me to suspect they will help the Democrats retain power by waging an anti-Trump campaign.
This is not a viable position for those concerned about human atrocities against Christians.