When you first announced your run, I was undecided on how I felt. If I'm being honest, I've never seen a single episode of "The Apprentice." Though I've been to New York City five or six times, I have to also say that I've never been in a single one of your buildings. I did walk by Trump Tower one time and ride by it a second time, but that's the extent of it. It's not that I wasn't a fan of yours. It's just that we had nothing in common. I don't mean in terms of money, because I surely don't have that. I mean we had nothing in common in the sense of ideology. For years, you have been a Democrat and have supported some of the more liberal policies in our nation's history. I am a pastor with a licensed ordination and a Bachelor's and Master's degree. Let's just say we run in different circles.
But as I heard you talk, I have to admit, I became almost engrossed in your ideals. You're either the most crooked liar politics has ever met, or you have indeed evolved on some of your more liberal issues. I know you claim conservatism, and truthfully, many of your now espoused policies would fit the bill. If I'm honest, your "take no prisoners" and "in your face" rhetoric struck me as a breath of fresh air. I'm so tired of the pathetic whining of many self-inflicted victims who become offended at the slightest sneeze. Of course, according to scripture, Jesus said in the last days offense would rise, and putting it that way might be an understatement in today's politically correct fantasy utopia.
Roosevelt was a genius politically. He knew how to play the game without losing his soul. He knew how to make deals that bettered the country and not just the political party. While not much of a committed church attender, Teddy had a strong belief in God and prayed regularly. He read scripture daily as he also devoured as many as twenty to thirty books a month. Academically, he could hold his own with anyone. Physically, he couldn't be stopped. He wasn't afraid to offend when he believed he was right. In your early debates and speeches, I became drawn to you because of the similarities. But Mr. Trump, I'm afraid the admiration ends here.
I like parts of your strategy for the annihilation of ISIS. We should have been taking the oil for years now. I do believe you are committed to veterans, and the Lord knows if we need to be taking care of anyone in this country, it's our veterans and their families. The VA is the biggest running joke in our country next to our immigration policies. It's a tragedy that men and women who go overseas out of love and commitment for their country, its people, and duty to the Commander in Chief of the USA, come back with little to no help and are placed in waiting lines that stretch to infinity. Meanwhile, their families are left behind trying to fend for themselves and having to learn to adjust when their soldiers do come back home unable to not be affected by all that they have seen and very possibly been asked to do for their country and another country that they have no allegiance to.
I think in terms of economics, you would probably be the one of the greatest presidents the country has ever had. There is no denying that you understand the economics of this country and even the world. You have businesses everywhere. You have partnerships around the world. You know more about trade and corporate dealings than most every voter that will cast a ballot in November for president. I have literally no doubts that an American economy under a President Trump would soar, even though I'm not a big supporter of your tax plan admittedly.
You constantly speak about how people treat you unfairly and how it's all frankly, unfair. Mr. Trump, life is unfair. I'm just a small town pastor with big dreams and great ambitions, and in my 35 years, I can't begin to tell you how unfair I've been treated by people. But people who whine about how unfair they've been treated and make subsequent threats because of it look more like victims than victors in the end. We've already got a "Victim in Chief" in office. We don't need another one.
This is a political race for the highest office in the world. It's going to get ugly and it will be unfair. It's been unfair ever since the beginning. The presidential election between our second president, John Adams, and his challenger and eventual winner, Thomas Jefferson, was easily the dirtiest election the young country had ever seen and remains so even years later. Some candidates may say you have an unfair advantage with all of your money. You tout not taking any donors' money, and while that's fine and good, every individual who has an aspiration to run for president shouldn't have to be rich so as not to need the support of donors or organizations. I recognize the travesty that is the special interest groups and lobbyists. It's almost illegal, if not so. But other candidates could surely say that it's unfair that you're rich and they're not. The world is unfair. Other countries will treat you unfairly. Pundits are going to be unfair. But you can't expect to be taken seriously by the American public while playing the role of victim and harping on the platform of unfairness. Rise above it. Move forward. Don't play in the mud. Be the bigger man. It's not just about being presidential. It's about having integrity and character.
While it is true, Mr. Trump, that people do evolve on their positions and change, your record of political support over the last decade is indeed relevant to this, one of the most important elections in American history. Everyone's record is available to be attacked. It's not unfair. It's called vetting and weeding people out. You have to understand that for someone like me, whose number one issue is the issue of abortion, it does concern me greatly that you not only used to support abortion, but you supported partial-birth abortion and have given money to candidates who seek to not only protect it, but push it further. It concerns me greatly that you think Planned Parenthood does a good job outside of doing abortions. That's like saying Hitler did a good job leading Germany outside of killing millions of Jews. Where so much evil abounds, good is not present. You have to understand that in this most important election, we, the voters, want to know about your record. We want to know how you evolved. We want to know why you evolved. Because our greatest fear is that should we elect you to office, you may evolve again. I know you've played the political game from a business perspective, and for that you've been smart. But this isn't business. This is life. When you claimed in the last debate that parts of Planned Parenthood were good, you lost me.
No only there Mr. Trump, but you lost me when you attacked former President George W. Bush. Let me be clear from the beginning. Bush was certainly not one of our greater presidents and is not one of my favorites necessarily. However, I admire his heart and courage. I admire his stance on the issues. I admire his sincerity. While in many ways I agree that the Iraq War was a mistake, and I even commented while it was starting that George W. Bush was finishing up his father's unfinished business, there is no mistaking the fact that Saddam Hussein was committing some of the most egregious crimes against humanity since WWII. It is also undeniable that he was a main supporter of terrorism and a major financial backer of Al Qaeda who alone was responsible for 9/11, not President Bush, sir. The world is a better place without Hussein. Iraq was a better place without Hussein. But you are correct, that we created instability because we didn't have a good plan in place for the aftermath of the war. I could even subscribe to the argument that we didn't have the greatest of plans in place to fight the war to begin with. But to say, and then backtrack, only to insinuate further, that President Bush lied to go to war and didn't keep America safe, is full slander.
Terrorism is it's own animal and despite the best efforts, it will always be subject to taking place based on the hearts of mankind. Your's or any other's immigration policy won't stop it, and to assume it or to declare it boldly as you have been lately, is not only laughable, but makes you look completely ignorant to what's really going on in the world. Again, the great Theodore Roosevelt said, (and I paraphrase), "It is not the man who gets in the arena and fights and struggles and loses that is the loser. It is the man who was too afraid to step in the arena to begin with." President Bush acted. He did his best in a world that was changing before all of our eyes, and still very much is sir.
And maybe, just maybe, Mr. Trump, that one action may inadvertently speak to the whole crux of your campaign. I don't believe you threw your large donation to that church on top of the Communion plate on purpose. But in doing so, you essentially threw your money on top of what Christians believe is a representation of Christ's broken body and blood, broken and poured out for all mankind, on the hill of Calvary. It is your money that you tout in the debates. It's your money that you tout in your speeches. It's your money you tout against the other candidates while also screaming "not fair." It's your money that opens doors for you, and it's your money and prestige that had you on the national stage before your political entrance. Maybe in the end, that's what you're about. It's the money. It's saying what needs to be said and doing what needs to be done, to make a dollar, and maybe more importantly, to make yourself that much more famous. I'm not qualified to judge your faith sir, but I can't help but to feel like you pander to Evangelicals more so than you stand with us. Money trails speak volumes.
The fact you keep threatening a third party run, just demonstrates to me that you don't have the country at heart. You don't have the American people at heart. You have ego at heart. You're a smart man, Mr. Trump. You know that this is an election we can't afford to get wrong. And you also know that if you ran third party, you'd split the Republican vote and all but hand the Liberals the presidency, and now, an immediate Supreme Court appointment. And yet knowing that, you keep threatening it. Whether you're serious about that, or whether you're simply trying to play poker with the RNC (of whom I agree is corrupt themselves), the fact you even continue mentioning it demonstrates where you stand.
Roosevelt ran a successful primary run to be the Republican nominee. The old guard of the RNC wanted Taft. He was controllable, and they worried what it would look like to unseat a sitting president by his own party. At the convention held in Chicago, it appeared Roosevelt had the votes to be the nominee going in. But backhanded deals and threats resulted in many abandoning their promise of votes. Those cast for Roosevelt in the face of such pressure were disqualified under suspicious means. Roosevelt was so livid that he helped solidify a third party which was first the Progressive Party, but later became known as the Bull Moose Party, affectionately named for Roosevelt himself. Roosevelt split the Republican vote and Woodrow Wilson won the White House in the general election. But Roosevelt did better than any third party candidate in American history. He soundly beat Taft in the general election, but with the vote split, he lost to Wilson. Had the RNC nominated Teddy from the beginning, he would have crushed Wilson, and would have been the president during the early stages of World War I. What a difference it would've made. After losing the election, and upon reflecting on the events a few years later, Roosevelt wrote that he regretted he ever ran for office. He realized the harm it did, and he felt responsible for the outcomes. In time, the RNC also realized their wrong and the two made up. In fact, before Roosevelt's untimely death in 1919, the plans were being made to make him the RNC's candidate for the presidency in 1920. He would've won that election hands down.
Mr. Trump, the fact I even choose to compare you with such a great man should be an honor for you, for you sir, are no Theodore Roosevelt. You share qualities, but at Roosevelt's heart was the people, America's history, and her standing with the Bible of which he read repeatedly and believed to be the moral foundation of life. You're words, actions, threats, and whining all seem to suggest that at your heart is only Trump. I do believe you love America and its people, but I'm unsure that you love them more than you love yourself. And that Mr. Trump, is what this country needs more than anything. We need the return to the presidency of the Public Servant, not the Partisan Authoritative Executive. I may be wrong about you, but understand please Mr. Trump, that your constant actions, words, disrespect, and whining don't necessarily go a long way towards proving my opinion wrong.
And that's why I've written this letter/article. I'm under no grand idea that you'll ever read it. If you do, I can only imagine the vitriol that I'd probably receive. Instead, I write this article for those that will read it; for those like me who resonate with many of your words and who desperately want a change in American policies, culture, and direction. I write this article not with the absent-minded presumption that every candidate to some degree is probably stretching the truth to either hide previous decisions or malign his or her competitors. I understand we're voting for President of America, not Pastor of America, but can a Christian divorce himself from the reality that before he is anything, he is first a blood bought heir of salvation paid for by Jesus Christ? That's why I encourage all voters to not only look at the issues, but look past the rhetoric. If you claim Christianity as everyone seems to do in the RNC, look beyond the words and vote on Biblical principles. The best economic principles will fail if we dishonor God's Word. The greatest economic principles will mean nothing if we continue slaughtering millions of unborn babies. The greatest cultural changes and Washington changes will mean nothing if we continue spitting in God's face as if we the people created marriage and not the Creator of all mankind and all creation. The economy is important. The military is important. But we need revival and we need Jesus. Vote for the candidate you believe is best suited to follow scripture and Christ in the Oval Office.
For me, today, I choose to support Marco Rubio for President of the United States.