You Need A Soul Check Before You Vote For Donald Trump

BY Herschel Smith
8 years, 1 month ago

Regular readers know I like Ted Cruz.  It doesn’t matter.  He likely can’t be president because he can’t be the nominee.  He can’t be the nominee because he isn’t a blowhard, loud mouth, megalomaniac narcissist like Trump.  Another reason is that he’s principled.  When he declined to offer Iowans welfare for corn, while Mr. Trump gladly promised continued ethanol subsidies, he probably sealed his fate.

There are so many Ted Cruz hate articles I cannot list or link them all.  I wouldn’t anyway, because I think they’re all worthless except for reminding us of the total moral vacuum in which our politicians function, and the total lack of scruples that affects our rulers.  It’s good to know just how bad it really is, and those articles remind us of that.

Ted Cruz isn’t perfect, but he’s the best of the bunch in my estimation.  But listen to me closely when I say this to you, dear reader.  This post isn’t about me trying to persuade you to vote for Ted Cruz.  I don’t care who you vote for – that’s between you and God.  But that last statement is important.

I’ve often said to my close friends that being a parent isn’t about what happens to your children.  God handles your children the way He sees fit in His sovereignty and providence.  Being a parent is about what happens to you – the process of sanctification, the growing, the learning to trust the Lord in all things, the process of applying God’s principles to your daily life and giving the rest over to God.  He’s preparing us for heaven.

The same can be said, albeit in a lesser form, about many things.  A single vote may not redound to anything.  But God gave you that vote, and whether it effects changes in the nation or not, it shows your soul, and it effects change in you.  What happens inside the voting booth means something to God, just as much as how you spend your hard earned money.  Do you tithe?  Do you support missionaries?  How did you cast your vote?

Mr. Trump is well known for his support of Clinton’s assault weapons ban.  He is also well known for his pro-choice views.  He believes that TARP/bailout was a good idea, and he is in favor of a single payer health care system like Obamacare.  And listen closely to me on this, because I’ve been listening closely.  Mr. Trump hasn’t promised to stop or even slow immigration.  He has promised to build a wall, make everyone go home, and then open the gates wide for them to return under new work rules as long as we know who is here.

And just in the last few days because of a great interview by Field & Stream, we now know that his sons are Fudds and he wants to maintain federal control over BLM lands.

AL: I’d like to talk about public land. Seventy percent of hunters in the West hunt on public lands managed by the federal government. Right now, there’s a lot of discussion about the federal government transferring those lands to states and the divesting of that land. Is that something you would support as President?

DT: I don’t like the idea because I want to keep the lands great, and you don’t know what the state is going to do. I mean, are they going to sell if they get into a little bit of trouble? And I don’t think it’s something that should be sold. We have to be great stewards of this land. This is magnificent land. And we have to be great stewards of this land. And the hunters do such a great job—I mean, the hunters and the fishermen and all of the different people that use that land. So I’ve been hearing more and more about that. And it’s just like the erosion of the Second Amendment. I mean, every day you hear Hillary Clinton wants to essentially wipe out the Second Amendment. We have to protect the Second Amendment, and we have to protect our lands.

He goes on to preen over having a concealed handgun permit in New York, asking the interviewer if he knows how hard it is to get a permit in New York?  Not once did he rail against a New York system that makes it that hard to get a permit.  He just preened over his own, doubtless gotten because of the millions he can pay lawyers to lobby on his behalf.

Now we learn that Mr. Trump knows that he has cult-followers.

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” he said.

Of this, Mike Vanderboegh remarks this.

Donald Trump, as near as i can make out, is absolutely unprincipled and like all demagogues is saying what he believes he needs to say in order to achieve his ends. My concern is that he is obviously as much of an insecure personality as Obama and, like Obama, gets his “principles” in the mirror every morning when he wakes up. Taken together, their proclaimed fidelity to the limits of the Constitution are so much fart in the wind. Only when the mask slips as at Dordt College, do you get a sense of Trump’s inner demagogic voyage of discovery. To paraphrase George Corley Wallace, if you put Obama and Trump in a barrel and rolled them down the hill, there would always be an unprincipled son of Beelzebub on top.

Yes.  Unprincipled.  Demagogue.  And listen to me closely – if you believe that he will expand gun rights, if you believe that he will hold crony capitalists accountable, if you believe that he will close the border, he will disappoint you.  I promise.

And I won’t laugh at you because I know you care about these things.  But it’s absolutely going to be a bitch for you when he effectively signs amnesty into law and expects you to continue paying for the medical care for 30 million immigrants for the sake of the corporations.  It will be a bitch.


  1. On January 24, 2016 at 11:57 pm, Daniel Barger said:

    Whether or not Trump is a better option than Cruz may be debateable. What is NOT open to debate is that he would be better than either Shrillary or the Burner the commie. What matters most is that the DEMS DO NOT WIN. I don’t know if Trump ( OR Cruz) can slow the decline or fix anything. I DO KNOW that either of the Dem candidates winning will be the FINAL NAIL in the coffin of the USA.

  2. On January 25, 2016 at 12:02 am, DAN III said:

    Cruz….like soetoro-obama…. is not a natural born citizen. But like soetoro-obama, the Constitution means nothing to Cruz and the bulk of citizens today.

    Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5. What does it matter, eh ?

  3. On January 25, 2016 at 12:11 am, Herschel Smith said:

    Well, then vote for a man who believes in the murder of unborn infants and an assault weapons ban. That’s between you and God.

  4. On January 25, 2016 at 6:50 am, DAN III said:

    And you Herschel, can vote for and support, an unconstitutional candidate. So while you want to implore 2A, USC in your reference to firearms with your left-wing terminology of “assault weapons”, you choose to ignore Cruz’ failure (and Rubio’s) to comply with the Constitution. Smacks of hypocrisy to me.

    God may have differences with me but, I’m certain all is right with you and Cruz. Goldman-Sachs appreciates you both.

  5. On January 25, 2016 at 11:22 am, Herschel Smith said:

    AW is their terminology, not mine. I didn’t name it, they did. It’s the term Trump used, not me. Blame Trump.

  6. On January 25, 2016 at 5:25 pm, Damocles said:

    Trump is as big government and progressive as they come. He would bulldoze your house to build a parking lot if was in his way. People and blogs are accusing Cruz of being in the pocket of the banks and ignoring the obvious with Trump? Puhleeze…. Donald Trump is owned by every big bank on Wall St. If you are for small limited government why on earth would one vote for Trump…? The only true conservatives in this race are Cruz and Rand Paul.

  7. On January 26, 2016 at 2:30 am, DAN III said:


    Your ignorance astounds me !

    “Donald Trump is owned by every big bank….”

    I guess Cruz’ sleeping with a senior executive of Goldman-Sachs doesn’t qualify one as being “owned” by the big banks, eh ?

  8. On January 26, 2016 at 8:50 am, Damocles said:

    Awww, did I pick on your wittle Trump? Yeah, Cruz and Paul at least understand that thing called the US Constitution. Trump is the establishment candidate and a progressive. If you think you have a one party system now, wait until your boy is President. He’ll be cutting deals left and right with the rest of the progressive libs in Congress at your expense and my expense. I’ve been around long enough and seen enough shit on this planet to know a snake oil salesman when I see one, and you call me ignorant? Pot meet kettle.

  9. On January 26, 2016 at 2:50 am, DAN III said:


    Rand Paul ?

    Hahahahaha….another establishment hack who rode into town on the back of his father’s good name.

    I see the morons always support and vote family name. From dogcatcher to POTUS. Family name recognition will get the morons to vote for you every time. Well….ALMOST every time. Even a moron knows that banging one’s head on a wall, ala Bush and Paul clans, hurts. They eventually stop banging their heads.

    Evidently, your skull is thicker than most. Rest assured, the pain will eventually sink in. Hope your preps include some Tylenol.

    Hahahahaha….Rand Paul.

  10. On January 26, 2016 at 1:53 am, DAN III said:

    Well, Herschel, perhaps you should have put “assault weapons” in quotes, eh ? Without such, that makes them YOUR words, not Mr. Trump’s, not mine, not Hillary’s. They are YOUR words. In your effort to deflect my criticism of your promotion of the Marxist’s mantra demonizing my rights enshrined in 2A, you want to denigrate Mr. Trump. You could have used many other words to describe ARmalite or Kalashnikov firearms, that you were demonizing with YOUR usage of the term “assault weapons”. But, blame Mr. Trump. How very Alinsky of you.

    Now, it is a capital offense to change, alter, one’s beliefs as you express regarding Mr. Trump’s public stance on the right to bear arms. Using your measurements to determine one’s sincerity on a given topic, I stand accused and guilty of supporting a woman’s right to choose.

    There once was a time I believed abortion was not the killing, the terminating, the murdering of human life. Not so any longer. Today I believe abortion is wrong. But, because I once believed abortion was legitimate I must now be considered a flip-flopper, a liar, as I express my beliefs today. Perhaps I’ve seen the light ? Perhaps, Mr. Trump has seen the light ? Of course, in Herschel’s world, we are permanent scum to be forever banned for having the brain GOD GAVE US to alter our thoughts. Please forgive me Herschel. Won’t you consider forgiving Mr. Trump too. It would only be the CHRISTIAN thing for you to do. Forgiveness. How many Hail Marys and Lord’s Prayers would you have Mr. Trump and I say before you “forgive us our sins” ?

    In closing….let us turn to your boy Cruz’ failure to meet Constitutional requirements of Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5. Cruz, like Rubio and the current scum in the West Wing, are usurpers to the United States Constitution. But you, like many other Americans, don’t care.

  11. On January 26, 2016 at 10:25 am, Herschel Smith said:


    This is a gun rights web site, and you accused me of pushing Marxist ideas on gun control, which makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. As is obvious to you and every other reader who could ever possibly read this, I was referring to Trump’s position, which is:

    “I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun.”

    As for forgiving him, that makes no sense either. Christ said, “If a man sins, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him.” Trump has said in no uncertain terms that he has never felt the need to ask anyone for forgiveness. Besides, Trump didn’t sin against me. He has nothing to do with me.

    This has to do with policy. If he becomes president, as best as I know he has never repudiated his position on abortion or his assault weapons ban. That means he would appoint Supreme court justices who believe that Roe v. Wade was rightly decided, and who would not believe in the Second Amendment.

    This has to do with policy, not whether I like him or whether I can “forgive” him.

    Now. Your comments have become petulant, petty, mean-spirited, and argumentative. Stop it. Don’t do it any more.

  12. On January 25, 2016 at 8:16 pm, Josh said:

    Wow. You’re a little salty, huh? Was it the sting of realizing you’ve been supporting an abortionist? Or was it being called out for it?

    So that you don’t have any excuse, and will have been warned off: you’re supporting a third Obama term if you vote for Trump.

    No excuses. Excuses are unbecoming.

  13. On January 26, 2016 at 2:37 am, DAN III said:


    “Warned off” ? Spare me the keyboard threats.

    Now explain for me how one supporting Mr. Trump, equates to giving the usurper barry hussein barak obama barack soetoro (excuse my not knowing your POTUS’ legit name) a 3rd term ?

    Enlighten me.

  14. On January 26, 2016 at 8:25 am, Josh said:

    Enlightening yourself is your own responsibility. Take ownership of it.

    As for “threatening” you, well, I think you’re reading what you want to read. It was a clear warning off of the Trump lie and façade. You’re just looking for a fight.

    No excuses.

  15. On January 26, 2016 at 2:39 am, DAN III said:


    “a little salty” ? I learned from the best.

  16. On January 25, 2016 at 2:27 pm, Haywood Jablome said:

    I was actually able to foresee the comments before even opening them. I’m glad you wrote the article…and I couldn’t agree more. My suggestion is to let the Trumpbots cackle in the comment section and ignore them all. I have yet to find one with whom you can reason. They are just as brainwashed (and braindead) as the Obummer supporters. There must be good ones out there, but they are as silent as the “good” Muslims. At first it was amusing. Then I was stupefied. Now, I’m numb. I really believed the uprising in 2010 and 2014 were about limited government and values. Now I see many of the blowhard’s on the right just wanted THEIR Emporer on the throne.

    So, all you Trumpbots…bash away. I don’t read a single reply anymore….

  17. On January 25, 2016 at 2:56 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    Insightful comments. See my conversation below with Frank. These are interesting times, when the crowd is engaging in mob behavior, incapable of civil comment when the truth is spoken, hurls names and insults at people at seemingly inappropriate times, and generally acts in random ways when their version is challenged. Again, the version of Mr. Trump they want to elect bears no resemblance to reality. They’ve fabricated a fake person as their savior. It’s sad, really.

  18. On January 25, 2016 at 7:20 am, t_reese said:

    Herschel, you sound like any of the dozens of politicians that spout crap everyday. And me and my God get along just fine!

  19. On January 25, 2016 at 9:12 am, Herschel Smith said:

    Spout crap. Okay. Which position makes me sound like a politician spouting crap. (a) the belief in the sanctity of life, (b) the belief that the feds should divest of lands, or (c) the dislike of Fudds who think the second amendment is about hunting?

    Be specific. And be respectful if you wish to continue to comment.

  20. On January 25, 2016 at 2:30 pm, Haywood Jablome said:

    You will get neither specific rebuttals or simple respect from the Trumpbots. It would be funny if it wasn’t so dangerous.

    Trumpbot cackles in 3, 2, 1…..

  21. On January 26, 2016 at 2:20 am, DAN III said:


    Read my recent reply to the blog owner above.

    Oh, and as you sit astride your high horse, contemplate Cruz’ failure to be a natural born citizen per Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 of the United States Constitution.

    As barak soetoro hussein obama has proven and the demon Hillary Clinton has confirmed regarding the USC, “What does it matter ?”

    Regarding respect….”Trumpbots” ? How respectful is that term used to denigrate those of us with a different thought process as yours ? Your dispect using the denigrating term “Trumpbots” is right out of Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals. Rule #5 to be specific. But you already know that, eh Jablowme ?

    Unlike the usurping Cruz, Trump is a natural born citizen and in compliance with the USC. Oh and Mr. Trump’s spouse is not a senior executive at Goldman-Sachs. Unlike Cruz whose spouse is an executive for Goldman-Sachs. Talk about being “in bed” with the banks !

  22. On January 26, 2016 at 4:51 pm, gyrwan said:

    Why do you care, Dan? Are you going to vote for Trump? Voting hardly seems the job of an anarchist.
    Are you really an anarchist? Or do you just play one at WRSA?
    Does an alphabet soup agency sign your checks to troll right-wing websites?
    Or, do you sow dissension as an Alinskyite leftist? Is that why you have Alinsky on the brain?

  23. On January 25, 2016 at 7:40 am, Frank_in_Spokane said:

    20-25 years ago, Howard Phillips convinced me that principle was more important than party. He commonly quoted one of the founders: “The duty is ours; the results are God’s.” I have voted thus ever since. (Usually to the consternation of more than a few friends at church.)

    Also, I am beginning to think that maybe the national-level offices and contests aren’t as crucial as the local. See Franklin Sanders and Joel McDurmon.

    And lastly, I found Chuck Baldwin’s support of Rand Paul to be of interest: . I certainly agree with him that our militarist foreign policy is the most important issue. We cannot garrison the globe and expect to enjoy liberty at home.

  24. On January 25, 2016 at 12:13 pm, Herschel Smith said:

    Ah, Howard Phillips. Now there’s a name I haven’t heard for a while. The last time I heard from him was when I heard R.J. Rushdoony interviewing him.

    What we’re witnessing is unique and may never be repeated. It’s how Fascists get swept into power by mobs. From a purely clinical perspective, we can all learn from this, and the historians will have study it for a long time.

    There is no end to the good men who wouldn’t otherwise countenance the idea of killing the unborn, but would vote for Trump. Or who believe, like we do, that the feds shouldn’t own land. Men who would support the Ranchers, but who would turn around and vote for Trump who has said he will maintain federal control over those lands. Or who, like we do, believe in gun rights, but who will then turn around and vote for a man like Trump who supported Clinton’s AWB.

    I regularly (twice daily) get emails from a Christian friend who has convinced himself that Trump will return America to its Christian greatness, and Trump himself has said that he has never felt the need to ask anyone for forgiveness for anything, including God. I have mentioned this to my friend, but my friend doesn’t hear. He is part of the mob.

    People are so pissed off at both parties that they are latching on to anything they can find, and in the process are finding someone who looks exactly like what they’re pissed off about.

    As my son Joshua said to me recently, the dems and GOP are giving him a choice (Hillary and Trump) that are the same. There isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between them.

    I agree about ideology rather than party, but even the libertarians are lost, and support abortion on demand. The entirety of the system is in shambles, corrupt from top to bottom. That leaves us with no good choices, and thus I will sit this one out.

  25. On January 25, 2016 at 12:53 pm, Frank_in_Spokane said:

    I suspect you’re aware that Phillips died a few years ago? He was the Constitution Party presidential candidate in ’92, ’96 and ’00. Followed by Michael Peroutka (’04), Chuck Baldwin (’08) and Virgil Goode (’12).

    While I can’t tell you precisely who I voted for each of those years (Constitution Party, Libertarian or Independent), it was always somebody other than one of the approved choices. If they weren’t on my state’s ballot, I wrote them in. Just a hopeful finger in the eye of the party that claims to represent me best. I hope they felt it.

    While I wouldn’t ever vote for a pro-choice Libertarian, there are many Libertarians who are pro-life, based on their Non-Agression Principle. (Government’s job is to defend the weak against the aggression of the strong, and nobody is weaker than the unborn, who is being aggressed against in abortion.)

    I hear you re. “sitting it out,” but I encourage you to think about doing so by writing in the name of the best candidate you can think of (assuming that he doesn’t violate your fundamental principles, of course). In hopes of overturning the corrupt “two party system,” if nothing else.

  26. On January 25, 2016 at 5:03 pm, Fred said:

    Sir, You should vote. You should because when the shooting starts it matters to God that we tried everything else first. The founders suffered a decades long train of abuses seeking redress through the law and civil action while they waited for “shots fired”. They were counted righteous before God, this is why they won the war while losing battle after battle for decades.

    Unless, of course, you won’t because God is saying you should not lend credibility to this sham.

  27. On January 25, 2016 at 5:36 pm, Fred said:

    …I want to keep the lands great, and you don’t know what the state is going to do. I mean, are they going to sell if they get into a little bit of trouble?

    I remain undecided. Anyone with half a brain should be worried about this statement. Forget that it’s Trump and imagine a known socialists saying this. You would say to yourself, “well that’s a socialist for ya.” Trump made his fortune from developing PRIVATE land. He knows better than 99.9 percent of Americans that private property is an absolute requirement for individual wealth and that individual wealth is an absolute requirement for prosperity. Everywhere you turn you hear a billionaire say “wealth for me but not for thee.” Just another aspect of the rising fascism. If the states were to sell huge chunks of the land in parcels it would cause instant and sustained growth in personal wealth and GDP. Give us our land back and throw the Federal Register on a bonfire and it would be a matter of mere months before the largest explosion in economic growth in the history of mankind would be off like a rocket. Trump knows this.
    He wants to the “keep the lands great”??? all you have to do is throw in a “deutschland” and it sounds a little Hitlerian.

  28. On January 25, 2016 at 6:34 pm, chrismalllory said:

    If you support sending more American troops to die for Israel, then Cruz is your man. If you think that literally being in bed with Goldman Sachs is a good thing, then Cruz is your man. If you support a Cuban-Canadian to be US president, then Cruz is your man.

  29. On January 25, 2016 at 6:37 pm, Haywood Jablome said:

    Ummmm…ok. Thanks!

  30. On January 26, 2016 at 4:18 am, DAN III said:

    For all you supporters of the Canadian-Cuban Ted Cruz….meander over to Look at Teddy’s campaign contributions. Goldman-Sachs is one of the top 5 contributors to Cruz’ campaigns !

    Of course, even though his wife is a senior Goldman-Sachs executive; even though G-S is one of his top 5 canpaign contributors….that doesn’t mean he’s influenced by the banks, does it ? One would be remiss if they were to accuse Teddy of “sleeping” with the banks, wouldn’t they ?

  31. On January 28, 2016 at 4:32 pm, Frank Clarke said:

    Reliance on the white-hat Republicans to save us from the black-hat Democrats has been foolish for at least 70 years. It is not getting less foolish as time goes by. Each year we are faced with (again) the same old lesser-of-two-evils. It may have seemed in years past that not voting for Republican evil would be catastrophic.

    Okay, kids, here we are at the end of the road where even voting for Republican-style evil buys you catastrophe of a sort largely indistinguishable from Democrat-style evil.

    What’s the game plan from the LO2E cheering squad now?

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