SUBJECT: EVANGELICAL MEETING – PLEASE READ EVANGELICAL MEETING – IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN_DEAR FRIENDS, A GREAT READ. PLEASE SOAK IT IN AND FORWARD TO AS MANY AS YOU CAN ON YOUR EMAIL LIST. TRUMP WAS NOT THE FIRST CHOICE FOR MANY — BUT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO HELP ELECT THE ALTERNATIVE? YOU MIGHT ENJOY HEARING FROM SOMEONE WHO WAS “INSIDE THE ROOM”: THIS IS FROM BILL PERKINS OF COMPASS INTERNATIONAL. PLEASE VOTE IN NOVEMBER. NOT VOTING IS A VOTE. TRUMP MEETS WITH EVANGELICAL LEADERS. THIS WAS A FASCINATING DAY IN NEW YORK CITY AS OVER 1000 CHRISTIAN LEADERS FROM ALL OVER THE U.S. GATHERED TO ASK DONALD TRUMP TOUGH SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS POLICYS AND INTENTIONS, SHOULD HE BE ELECTED POTUS. THE EVENT ORGANIZERS ORIGINALLY REQUESTED DALLAS, TEXAS AS A MIDDLE-OF-THE-NATION LOCATION TO HOLD AND GET SOME PRIVATE TIME WITH TRUMP, HOPING TO ATTRACT SOME 200-300 NATIONAL CHRISTIANLEADERS. BUT THE ONLY OPENING ON TRUMP’S SCHEDULE WAS IN NYC FOR 30 MINUTES, 30 DAYS OUT. SO THEY TOOK IT!! A SCREENING COMMITTEE, SCOURING THE INTERNET, SENT OUT INVITATIONS TO ABOUT 1000 CHRISTIAN LEADERS. BECAUSE THE HIGH EXPENSE OF FLYING INTO AND STAYING IN NYC, AND THE DATE LESS THAN 30 DAYS AWAY, THEY RESERVED A ROOM FOR ONLY 100 PEOPLE AT THE MARRIOTT MARQUIS IN TIMESSQUARE. EACH PERSON WHO ACCEPTED THE INVITATION THEN HAD TO BE VETTED, AND ULTIMATELY OK’D BY THE SECRET SERVICE. ONCE CLEARED, YOU WERE NOTIFIED BY PHONE. I GOT TWO SETS OF PHONE QUESTIONS ABOUT MY WORK WITH COMPASS AND WHEN FINALLY APPROVED, HAD 10 DAYS TO MAKE PLANS. (I’M SURE I WAS AT THE END OF THE LIST!!) BUT DESPITE RECEIVING THE LATE NOTICES, THE RESPONSE TO ATTEND WAS OFF THE CHARTS. ALMOST EVERYONE THEY INVITED ACCEPTED THE INVITATION. SOME WHO WERE LEFT OFF THE ORIGINAL LIST APPARENTLY LOBBIED FOR INCLUSION. ULTIMATELY THERE WERE OVER 1000 WHO HASTILY CHANGED THEIR SCHEDULES TO ATTEND. THE SECURITY WAS TIGHT FOR THE 7 AM OPENING FOR REGISTRANTS. I STOOD IN LONG LINES FOR AN HOUR, PASSING THROUGH THREE CHECK POINTS BEFORE FINALLY GETTING THROUGH SECRET SERVICE SECURITY. ONCE I FINALLY GOT TO MY SEAT AT MY TABLE. I WAS ASTONISHED TO BE SITTING NEXT TO A SHARP AS A TACK AUBURN GRAD WHO IS MARRIED TO ANOTHER AUBURN GRAD AND LIVES IN VESTAVIA, ALABAMA WHERE I GREW UP. SHE’S A REGISTERED LOBBYIST WHO WORKED FOR GEORGE BUSH WHEN SHE FIRST GOT OUT OF AUBURN, WAR EAGLE TO THAT ONE! ALSO AT MY TABLE WAS A CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE FROM NORTH CAROLINA, A CHRISTIAN TV STATION OWNER FROM FLORIDA AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THEBOARD OF THE WASHINGTON TIMES. THERE WERE ABOUT FOUR PAST STEELING CONFERENCE SPEAKERS IN THE ROOM, THAT I NOTICED. PROBABLY MORE I DIDN’T SEE. AFTER OPENING REMARKS BY THE CONFERENCE ORGANIZERS, JERRY FALWELL JR. SPOKE, THEN FRANKLIN GRAHAM. BOTH ATTESTED TO THE AUTHENTICITY OF DONALD TRUMP. GEORGE BARNA, THE POLLING GUY, SPOKE. USING SEVERAL CHARTS HE SHOWED THAT TRUMP HAS A GENUINE PATH TO VICTORY IF CHRISTIANS VOTE. BUT IN THE LAST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, SOME 40 MILLION EVANGELICALS STAYED HOME AND THAT WAS LITERALLY THE DIFFERENCE IN THE ELECTION. THEN BEN CARSON SPOKE FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES. HIS EASY AND SOFT SPOKEN STYLE EASILY WARMED THE CROWD. HE REFERRED TO THE FACT THAT TRUMP HAD A BAD THREE WEEKS, AND CLINTON HAD A GOOD THREE WEEKS AND YET THE RACE IS STILL CLOSE, VIRTUALLY TIED. BUT HIS MAIN POINT WAS THATTRUMP IS A PROVEN LEADER. HE’S CERTAINLY NOT A POLITICIAN WHO’S ALWAYS WORRIED ABOUT OFFENDING SOMEONE. AND THAT’S WHAT WE NEED, ALEADER, NOT A POLITICIAN. NEXT CAME HUCKABEE, WHO MODERATED THE DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE CROWD AND TRUMP. BEFORE INTRODUCING TRUMP, HE MADE THE POINT THAT WE’RE NOT VOTING ON A PASTOR OR A POPE, BUT RATHER A LEADER. A LEADER WHOIS QUITE DIFFERENT FROM THE PAST IN ORDER TO CHANGE THINGS FROM THE STATUS QUO. SO THE DAY WAS SET THAT THIS WAS NOT ABOUT TRUMP’S CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE OR VIRTUES, BUT RATHER WHERE TRUMP WANTS TO TAKE THE COUNTRY, AND WHERE WE’RE HEADED IF TRUMP IS NOT ELECTED. THE BIGGEST CONCERN CENTERED AROUND THE SUPREME COURT. THE NEXT PRESIDENT WILL APPOINT ANYWHERE FROM ONE TO FIVE MEMBERS. THE SECOND AMENDMENT, FREEDOM OF RELIGION, PRAYER IN PUBLIC PLACES, ETC., WILL LIKELY BE SETTLED BY THE NEXT PRESIDENT’S APPOINTEES. WHEN DONALD TRUMP WAS INTRODUCED, HE DIDN’T SPEAK FROM THE PODIUM BUT RATHER SAT NEXT TO HUCKABEE ON THE STAGE FIELDING QUESTIONS FROM THE CROWD FOR ABOUT 90 MINUTES. SO MUCH FOR THE 30 MINUTES ORIGINALLY ALLOTTED. THERE WAS NO PRESS ALLOWED INSIDE, SO IT WAS JUST TRUMP AND THE CHRISTIAN LEADERS TALKING BACK AND FORTH. THE REALLY BIG CHRISTIAN LEADER NAMES GOT TO DIRECTLY ASK TRUMP QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR— I.E. PEOPLE LIKE JAMES DOBSON, RALPHREED, TONY PERKINS, ETC. MOST FELT RELIGIOUS LIBERTY WAS AT STAKE WITH THIS ELECTION, SAYING THAT IF THE POLICIES OBAMA HAS SET IN PLACE ARE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE, CHRISTIANS WILL EVENTUALLY HAVE NO FREEDOM TO WORSHIP. HARASSMENT OF CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATIONS WOULD CONTINUE. THROUGH IT ALL, TRUMP ANSWERED EACH OF THEIR QUESTIONS WITH SOLID ANSWERS, BOTH ACKNOWLEDGING THE PROBLEM CITED AND HOW HE WOULD TAKECARE OF THE PROBLEM. HE SEEMED TO BE GENUINELY CONCERNED ABOUTCHANGING THE DIRECTION OF THE NATION. HE ADDRESSED MANY SUBJECTS INCLUDING THE SUPREME COURT, NATIONAL DEFENSE, BORDER PROBLEMS, CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION, HIS PRO-LIFE STANCE, ISRAEL, HEALTHCARE, EDUCATION. AND ENERGY. I WOULD SAY THAT MOST OF THOSE WHO ATTENDED WHO WERE NOT SURE IF THEY WOULD VOTE FOR HIM, LEFT CONVINCED OF HOW MUCH IS AT STAKE IN THIS ELECTION, IF TRUMP IS NOT ELECTED. AFTER TRUMP LEFT, TO A STANDING OVATION, MORE QUESTIONS WERE TAKENFROM THE AUDIENCE ADDRESSED TO A PANEL OF CHRISTIAN LEADERS. THINGS LIKE THE WEAKENING OF THE MILITARY, CHRISTIAN BUSINESS RIGHTS, ETC., WERE DISCUSSED AT LENGTH. I HAVE TO SAY, WE PRETTY MUCH ALL CAME AWAY THINKING THAT IF CLINTON, OR ANY DEMOCRAT, IS ELECTED, THE PATH THIS NATION IS CURRENTLY ON WILL CONTINUE AND WILL LEAD TO DISASTER. IF WE DON’T TURN THE SHIP NOW, WE’RE HEADED TO BE LIKE SOCIALIZED EUROPE, RELIGION PUSHED OUT OF EVERYDAY LIFE AND A FINANCIAL DISASTER GETTING WORSE BY THE MONTH. EVEN REACHING PROBLEMS LIKE WHAT’S GOING ON IN ARGENTINA, WHERE THEY ARE CURRENTLY, LITERALLY FIGHTING FOR FOOD, IS NOT OUT OF THE REALM OF POSSIBILITIES. IT’S THAT BAD. DON’T THINK IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE. AT THE END OF THE DAY WAS PRAYER. WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS, THE ENTIRE ROOM KNELT ON THE FLOOR IN CORPORATE PRAYER FOR OUR NATION. I TOOKTHE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE A QUICK PICTURE OF THAT SIGHT, SOME 1000 PEOPLE IN THEIR SUNDAY CLOTHES ON THE GROUND PRAYING TOGETHER. WHO KNOWS WHERE THIS WILL LEAD. MAYBE . . . .SO, THE BOTTOM LINE FOR ME IS THAT I LOVE THIS COUNTRY AND OUR CONSTITUTION MORE THAN I DISLIKE TRUMP’S ANTICS AND EGO. HE WILL ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE DIRECTION THAT GODLESS LIBERALS AND THEIR PROPAGANDA MEDIA HAVE LED THIS NATION. WITH TRUMP WE HAVE A CHANCE. WITH CLINTON WE HAVE NO CHANCE. BE THANKFUL WE STILL HAVE A CHANCE AND VOTE THIS FALL FOR TRUMP. PLEASE PASS THIS ON. THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY IN GENERAL AND OUR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IN PARTICULAR DEPEND ON EVERY CHRISTIAN BEING REGISTERED TO VOTE — AND VOTING. ONE FLAG, ONE LANGUAGE, ONE NATION UNDER GOD! Kay Vogl Duncan…In God We Trust
The author is the political correspondent for Bloomberg. “Who is Donald Trump?” The better question may be, “What is Donald Trump?” The answer: A giant middle finger from average Americans to the political and media establishment. Some Trump supporters are like the 60s white girls who dated black guys just to annoy their parents. But most Trump supporters have simply had it with the Demosocialists and the “Republicans in Name Only.” They know there isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between Hillary Rodham and Jeb Bush, and only a few cents worth between Rodham and the other GOP candidates. Ben Carson is not an “establishment” candidate, but the Clinton machine would pulverize Carson, and the somewhat rebellious Ted Cruz will (justifiably so) be tied up with natural born citizen lawsuits (as might Marco Rubio). The Trump supporters figure they may as well have some fun tossing Molotov cocktails at Wall Street and Georgetown while they watch the nation collapse. Besides, lightning might strike, Trump might get elected, and he might actually fix a few things. Stranger things have happened. (The nation elected a Marxist in 2008 and Bruce Jenner now wears designer dresses.) Millions of conservatives are justifiably furious. They gave the Republicans control of the House in 2010 and control of the Senate in 2014 and have seen them govern no differently than Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Yet those same voters are supposed to trust the GOP in 2016? Why? Trump did not come from out of nowhere. His candidacy was created by the last six years of Republican failures. No reasonable person can believe that any of the establishment candidates will slash federal spending, rein in the Federal Reserve, cut burdensome business regulations, reform the tax code, or eliminate useless federal departments (the Departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Energy, etc.). Even Ronald Reagan was unable to eliminate the Department of Education. (Of course, getting shot at tends to make a person less of a risk-taker.) No reasonable person can believe that any of the nation’s major problems will be solved by Rodham, Bush, and the other dishers of donkey fazoo now eagerly eating corn in Iowa and pancakes in New Hampshire. Many Americans, and especially Trump supporters, have had it with: Anyone named Bush Anyone named Clinton Anyone who’s held political office Political correctness Illegal immigration Massive unemployment Phony “official” unemployment and inflation figures Welfare waste and fraud People faking disabilities to go on the dole VA waiting lists TSA airport groping ObamaCare The Federal Reserve’s money-printing schemes Wall Street crooks like Jon Corzine Michelle Obama’s vacations Michelle Obama’s food police Barack Obama’s golf Barack Obama’s arrogant and condescending lectures Barack Obama’s criticism/hatred of AmericaBarack Obama’s Hawaii Vacations Valerie Jarrett Holiday trees Hollywood hypocrites Global warming nonsense Cop killers Gun confiscation threats Stagnant wages Chevy Volts Clock boy Pajama boy Mattress girl Boys in girls’ bathrooms Whiny, spoiled college students who can’t even place the Civil War in the correct century and that’s just the short list.Welfare Totally Out-Of-ControlGive-A-Way Programs Should Be Eliminated Trump supporters believe that no Democrat wants to address these issues, and that few Republicans have the courage to address these issues. They certainly know that none of the establishment candidates are better than barely listening to them, and Trump is their way of saying, “Screw you, Hillary Rodham, Rove, Bush!” The more the talking head political pundits insult the Trump supporters, the more supporters he gains. The only pundits who seem to understand what is going on are Democrats Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell and Republican John LeBoutillier. All the others argue that the voters will eventually “come to their senses” and support an establishment candidate. But America does not need a tune-up at the same old garage. It needs a new engine installed by experts–and neither Rodham nor Bush are mechanics with the skills or experience to install it. Hillary Rodham is not a mechanic; she merely manages a garage her philandering husband abandoned. Jeb Bush is not a mechanic; he merely inherited a garage. Granted, Trump is also not a mechanic, but he knows where to find the best ones to work in his garage. He won’t hire his brother-in-law or someone to whom he owes a favor; he will hire someone who lives and breathes cars. “How dare they revolt!” the “elites” are bellowing. Well, the citizens are daring to revolt, and the RINOs had better get used to it. “But Trump will hand the election to Clinton!” That is what the Karl Rove-types want people to believe, just as the leftist media eagerly shoved “Maverick” McCain down GOP throats in 2008–knowing he would lose to Obama. But even if Trump loses and Rodham wins, she would not be dramatically different than Bush or most of his fellow candidates. They would be nothing more than caretakers, not working to restore America’s greatness but merely presiding over the collapse of a massively in-debt nation. A nation can perhaps survive open borders; a nation can perhaps survive a generous welfare system. But no nation can survive both–and there is little evidence that the establishment candidates of either party understand that. The United States cannot forever continue on the path it is on. At some point it will be destroyed by its debt. Yes, Trump speaks like a bull wanders through a china shop, but the truth is that the borders do need to be sealed; we cannot afford to feed, house, and clothe 200,000 Syrian immigrants for decades (even if we get inordinately lucky and none of them are ISIS infiltrators or Syed Farook wannabes); the world is at war with radical Islamists; all the world’s glaciers are not melting; and Rosie O’Donnell is a fat pig. Is Trump the perfect candidate? Of course not. Neither was Ronald Reagan. But unless we close our borders and restrict immigration, all the other issues are irrelevant. One terrorist blowing up a bridge or a tunnel could kill thousands. One jihadist poisoning a city’s water supply could kill tens of thousands. One electromagnetic pulse attack from a single Iranian nuclear device could kill tens of millions. Faced with those possibilities, most Americans probably don’t care that Trump relied on eminent domain to grab up a final quarter acre of property for a hotel, or that he boils the blood of the Muslim Brotherhood thugs running the Council on American-Islamic Relations. While Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s greatest fear is someone giving a Muslim a dirty look, most Americans are more worried about being gunned down at a shopping mall by a crazed lunatic who treats his prayer mat better than his three wives and who thinks 72 virgins are waiting for him in paradise. The establishment is frightened to death that Trump will win, but not because they believe he will harm the nation. They are afraid he will upset their taxpayer-subsidized apple carts. While Obama threatens to veto legislation that spends too little, they worry that Trump will veto legislation that spends too much. You can be certain that if an establishment candidate wins in November 2016, his or her cabinet positions will be filled with the same people we’ve seen before. The washed-up has-beens of the Clinton and Bush administrations will be back in charge. The hacks from Goldman Sachs will continue to call the shots. Whether it is Bush’s Karl Rove or Clinton’s John Podesta who makes the decisions in the White House will matter little. If the establishment wins, America loses.
Donald Trump turned his sights on Bernie Sanders during a Wednesday speech, telling a Virginia crowd that the Democratic presidential candidate was a “maniac” and a “communist.”