The Anti-Elites Have Become The Elites

It has been said that revolutionaries eventually, if they win, become just as bad as the ones they were trying to replace. America is seeing the same thing happen with the Trump-supporting “anti-elitists.”

Elite groups are known for being insular and highly dismissive of people that are seen as non-elites. We saw this in both Obama and Hillary supporters, demeaning anyone not supporting their candidate as “racist,” “sexist,” and just general “right-wing bigots.”

The Trumpeters have followed suit. If you don’t agree with everything Trump does, you’re a “progressive,” a “cuck,” and a “globalist,” no matter how good your conservative bona fides are.

It’s all about being part of the “cool group,” and many Trump supporters are the kinds of people who’ve never been considered cool in their lives, so they’re lashing out at those they feel excluded them.

Someday even these new elites will be the old elites that people want to kick out of power, and the way things are looking it may be a lot sooner than the Trumpelites think. Maybe they should remember that when dealing with people not in their little clique.

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Trump’s “Muslim Ban” Misses The Mark In All But One Case!

A lot of pixels have been spilled over Trump’s “Muslim Ban.” I just went through and checked a list of terror attacks since (and including) 9/11, and guess what… only one of the attackers were from nations now subject to “extreme vetting!”

Here’s the list of the seven affected nations:

The executive order also suspends visa entry into the U.S. from seven countries that have predominately Muslim populations. They include: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Sudan and Yemen.

Now, here’s a list of terror attacks and where the attackers came from:

In summary, whether Trump’s actions are good policy or not — and that’s another debate — his list of countries is missing a lot of places where terrorism seems to come from, and includes a lot of countries that have never generated a terrorist attack! He’s going after exactly the wrong people!

God Does Not Use Great Men

A couple of weeks ago, I was driving by a church and was struck by the sign outside that said, “God does not need great men. Great men need God.”

That reminded me of an earlier post of mine here, about how Trump is likely America’s version of Saul from the Old Testament. If you know your Bible, you know Saul was pretty much a disaster as a leader, even at one point usurping the authority of the priests to offer a sacrifice to the Lord.

If God used Saul at all, He used Saul to punish the Israelites for demanding a king rather than being ruled by God directly. The same could be said of other “great” (according to the world) men in the Bible, such as Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar.

However, if you want to find the kind of people God uses for His good purposes rather than punishment, you must look to the weak, the despised, the ignored. Saul’s successor, David, was such a man. He was so little thought of that when Samuel came to his father’s house to find the next king of Israel, David’s own father forgot about him until Samuel had rejected all of David’s brothers and asked if there were any more. Then suddenly Jesse remembered, “oh, yeah, there’s David.” Being forgotten by your own dad is about as low and ignored as you can get, yet the Bible calls him “a man after God’s own heart.”

Look also at the disciples. Not as we know them today, but as they were in the society they lived in. Most were fishermen, which was really a lowly profession in those days. Simon Peter seemed to open his mouth most often just to change feet, as when he proclaimed that he’d never deny Jesus. There was Matthew, the tax collector, which means the Jews of the day saw him as a sell-out to the Romans. Another Simon, called Simon the Zealot, was according to his very name a member of a radical party in Israel at that time that thought the way to deal with the Romans was to, as the old saying goes, “kill them all and let God sort them out.” And of course Jesus also picked Judas Iscariot… enough said about him.

In his first epistle to the church at Corinth, Paul explains:

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

When God wants to bless people, He does it through weak, foolish, lowly people — what we today would call “losers,” not through the powerful or the popular or the ones the world calls “great,” and especially not the ones who think they’re great. Remember, as both James and Peter tell us, God resists the proud. He does not use them.

If those of us who call ourselves Christian conservatives want to turn America’s course around, we need to look to the humble, not to the braggarts.

A Plea To My Fellow Conservative #NeverTrumpers

I’ve been fairly active on Twitter the last few weeks, and I’ve seen a disturbing trend. People who claim to be conservatives opposed to Trump are using leftist sources as primary source material. Please note right up front, I’m not speaking to any Democrat, leftist, SJW, or the like who is opposed to The Don.

It’s easy to understand why conservatives would be tempted to use these sources. When you oppose someone you naturally gravitate toward anything that also opposes that person, but we need to remember that we are supposed to be the people with core values that we should uphold. One of those core values should be the value of truth, and let’s face it, the NY Times only prints the truth about anyone with an R after their name by accident. Their many falsehoods have been documented. Especially the recent one about Rick Perry.

I admit, I was and am dismayed by Perry’s apparent kowtowing to global cooling global warming climate change, but I can oppose him on that topic without resorting to the kinds of lies we find in the Democrat Media. The same goes for his new master who gladly handed over 30 pieces of silver… we can find plenty to bring against The Don without empowering those who speak the language of the Prince of Lies.

Also worth mentioning, relying on these sources will often find a good conservative having to backtrack as the falsehoods in the source are exposed. That will lead to a corrosion of our credibility, and we certainly don’t need or want that, do we?

Let us stand on our principles, and let our principles include a re-dedication to the value of truth. Leave the bald-faced lies to the Democrats. We’re supposed to be better than they are.

Trump, Kushner, and Double Standards

Let us engage in a little thought experiment.

Let’s say that Hillary had won the election. And, a couple of weeks before the inauguration, news comes out that she’s going to name Marc Mezvinsky (Chelsea’s husband, therefore Hillary’s son-in-law) as a White House adviser. How do you think Trump supporters would react?

I think it’s pretty obvious many of them would be screaming bloody murder about nepotism and many other things.

Yet, Trump is reported to be naming his son-in-law to a White House adviser’s job, and I’ve not seen a peep out of the Trumpeters.

So, I guess it’s OK with the die-hard Trumpeters for Trump to do this.

But there’s more to this than a double standard. When another Democrat takes the Oval Office — and it will happen at some time, no party ever has a permanent lock on the Presidency — if he or she appoints family members to White House positions, the GOP will not be in any position to complain without being hypocrites.

This is the legacy of Trump.

Trump Will Not “Drain The Swamp.” Trump IS The Swamp!

So, the Trumpeters are all agog about how Trump will “drain the swamp.” They need to take a good hard look at the transition team he’s assembling.

First, there’s Reince Priebus. If ever there was a swamp-dweller, it’s Priebus. But Priebus has been on the Trump Train since at least January when he famously removed NRO from the debates for writing not-nice things about The Don, so this is his reward.

And that’s just the start:

…[T]he Trump transition team is a who’s who of influence peddlers, including: energy adviser Michael Catanzaro, a lobbyist for Koch Industries and the Walt Disney Company; adviser Eric Ueland, a Senate Republican staffer who previously lobbied for Goldman Sachs; and Transition General Counsel William Palatucci, an attorney in New Jersey whose lobbying firm represents Aetna and Verizon. Rick Holt, Christine Ciccone, Rich Bagger, and Mike Ferguson are among the other corporate lobbyists helping to manage the transition effort.

This is nothing new. Trump supported swamp-dwellers Reid and Pelosi, not to mention Gang of Eight members Chuck Schumer (D), Dick Durbin (D), Bob Menendez (D), Lindsey Graham (who might as well be a D), and John McCain, who calls conservatives “wacko birds.”

Trumpeters, of course, say you gotta be a swamp-dweller to drain the swamp… but that is in marked contrast to what they said prior to November 9, where you had to be an outsider! In short, they’re moving the goalposts.

America’s Saul Election

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and praying since Tuesday night, and I’ve come to the conclusion that the closest parallel to what’s happening in America right now is something that happened to Israel in the Bible.

The story starts in 1 Samuel 8, when the Israelites demand not to be led by God, but by an earthly king. Samuel takes this request to God, and God replies with a series of warnings about what kind of king they would have. They said, in essence, we don’t care, we want what we want and we want it now!

So, God let the people pick their king. They picked Saul, solely on his public appearance, not what was in his heart. And if you’ve read your Bible you know what kind of a king he was.

We have just elected a reality TV “star” based only on his recent public statements. Every time his older statements — like saying that Hillary would make a great President — they are brushed aside. Yet those are a valuable insight into the man.

Also troubling is his immediate call for a $1 trillion — yes, that’s trillion with a “T” — porkulus package. We know these “stimulus” things never work, Obama tried one and it was a huge flop. But Trump seems to think that he can do it better. That’s the mindset of the people who want to keep trying socialism over and over despite it’s many failings… they just think it hasn’t worked because they weren’t in charge.

I fear for my nation. I can only trust that God has a plan.