I’m endorsing Donald Trump for president.
Donald Trump is the only candidate that has a clear path to securing the Republican nomination. He’s smart. He’s not politically correct. He has the personality, the drive and the toughness to unify the party and take the fight to Hillary and win in 2016.
Many conservatives are concerned that he’s not conservative enough on moral issues. Some cite his recent comments about the new North Carolina bathroom law, which requires transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond to the gender they were assigned at birth.
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling was fired by ESPN for posting comments on Facebook supporting the law. When Trump was asked about the law, he said he would allow transgender people to use the restroom of their choice because the controversy is hurting local businesses and building separate facilities would be very costly. Trump has since clarified his statement, and said he believes it’s a state (not federal) issue.
Trump is not the most socially conservative candidate, but he doesn’t have to be in order to be a great president. We need a president who will do the things only he can do: Secure the border, strengthen our armed forces and influence policy that produces jobs.
If conservatives had the courage of their convictions, we would be winning the culture war and people like Curt Schilling wouldn’t lose their jobs. We would be organized to fight the left state by state on every single issue that threatens to undermine decency and common sense.
Where are the strong conservative moral voices of our time? Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr. co-founded the Moral Majority, which became one of the largest political lobby groups for evangelical Christians in the U.S. during the 1980s.
Rev. Falwell and his group were credited with delivering two-thirds of the white, evangelical Christian vote to Ronald Reagan during the 1980 presidential election. During his time as head of the Moral Majority, Falwell consistently pushed for Republican candidates and for conservative politics.
The Moral Majority pushed back against the left’s attempt to normalize homosexuality, and it fought against Larry Flynt and his pornography empire.
According to a Pew Research survey, the number of Americans who describe themselves as Christians has dropped by nearly eight percentage points in just seven years, from 78.4 percent in 2007 to 70.6 percent in 2014. The U.S. is still home to more Christians than any other nation in the world, but we have far less impact on the culture and are timid in comparison to the atheists and “humanists” who make up the left’s constituents.
The mainstream media amplify their voice, but a 2015 Gallup survey found that fewer than 4 percent of Americans self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender!
We have to take back our families, schools, the media and our government city-by-city and state-by-state. The government is not a moral institution; it’s the people who make it moral. The power comes from God through the people, and they tell the government what to do. But conservatives seem to have forgotten that. If all we do is complain and look for a politician to fix outcomes after we’ve lost the cultural argument, we will lose elections – and we’ll lose our country.
Even Ronald Reagan had to be lobbied by the Moral Majority and other conservatives to act. And he accomplished many great things.
The loudest and best-organized constituents within the party will influence Donald Trump, like other presidents. He’s already proven he can beat the odds by turning the political establishment on its ear. He’ll make America great again, but we have to demand that he do it. Trump is an outsider. He’s not an ideologue; he listens to his constituents, and he’s open to learning.
Ted Cruz is taking shots at Trump for some of his stances. Yet, Cruz no longer has a legitimate chance to be nominated. Even if he were, he lacks the personality and fortitude to accomplish true change. He has a very limited appeal, and despite what some pollsters say, he wouldn’t beat Hillary.
Cruz is staying in the race to act as a spoiler in hopes of keeping Trump from getting the 1,237 delegates he needs to secure the nomination. This scheme will continue to divide and fracture the party longer than necessary. This is a selfish and dangerous game. For the sake of the country, Cruz and Kasich should drop out.
We must act with logic and not be so into any one candidate that we miss the big picture. Conservatives need to drop their anger so they’re not emotionally, spiritually and physically overwhelmed and blinded. The moral issues will come to order once we the people begin to demand it. In this election, we need to unify and focus on national security, building the wall, fixing broken immigration laws and creating jobs. Donald Trump is the only candidate with the courage and will to implement what we the people demand of our government.
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is endorsing Donald Trump as a private citizen.
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