I am not ashamed of voting for Donald Trump

I voted against Donald Trump in the 2016 Republican primary, and I voted for the Constitution Party candidate in the 2016 general election. I voted against Donald Trump in the 2020 Republican primary as a protest vote, and then voted for Trump in the 2020 general election. It’s easy to justify the first three votes in today’s political environment, but I also stand by my 2020 general election vote.

You see, people want to pretend that Trump exists in a vacuum, and there was no other candidate on the ballot. The only choices were “Trump” and “not Trump.” That is not and never was the case. Joe Biden was a deeply flawed candidate advocating for very bad policy. Biden’s Vice President is ruthless, corrupt and dishonest, and she will almost certainly be President before Biden’s first term is over.

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A tragic anniversary: 48 years of Roe v. Wade

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the terrible Roe v. Wade decision. With that in mind, let’s address whether a common apology for abortion rights is actually logically consistent: If you truly believe the government should not interfere in the relationship between a woman and her doctor, you should oppose government prosecuting “candyman” doctors who knowingly over-prescribe painkillers and cause patients to become addicted to opioids. But you do not believe that, do you?

Our government at both the state and federal level regulates the practice of medicine all the time, on things such as distributing vaccines, controlling prescription drugs, setting malpractice law and regulating hospitals. Aside from the most hard-line libertarians, no one believes in the absolute statement that “government has no standing in the doctor-patient professional relationship.”

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Limiting the authority of county health officers

Here is a very quick civics lesson: We do not live in a technocracy. We live in a constitutional republic, where elected officials that make decisions are accountable to the public and can be replaced by voters in the next election. We are not ruled by unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats.

This, of course, leads to a much-needed effort in the Indiana General Assembly to limit the authority if local health officers, placing the final say with elected officials directly accountable to the voters. This effort has led to an anti-democratic backlash by people who do not trust their neighbors to make the right decisions about who to place in authority:

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A good President, marred by his own whining and grievance

As parents, we often tell our children – especially our sons – not to whine. It is a bad characteristic for a child, and is often repulsive in adult men. But for the last four years, we have had a President who was defined by how whining and grievances, and that has ultimately resulted in Donald Trump being the only President in American history to be impeached twice. Worse yet, the Republican Party has been infected with this whining and grievance politics. That needs to stop.

Trump is the only President in American history to be impeached twice, and both impeachments grew out of his victim mentality. After the Mueller investigation concluded, Trump could have been the bigger man and moved on. But if you read the transcript of Trump’s call with the Ukrainian leader, it is dripping with victimhood and grievance. Trump whined about the “Russia hoax” and how Joe Biden’s misdeeds were not properly looked into. Even if Trump had never mentioned Biden, it is unseemly for the leader of the free world to be venting his grievances to other world leaders.

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False gods are a cruel master

As our politics become ever more bitter and divisive, it is clear that politics itself has become a religion. That has very bad consequences for our nation, and for the political parties themselves. It is better for us to be grounded in something much more important than politics.

Politics should be grounded in principle, not partisanship. Yes, it does matter which party is in power, but our ultimate loyalty should not be to a party and our loyalty most certainly should not be to a particular politician. Our party loyalty needs to be subservient to deeper principles. A commitment to principle will also reduce “negative partisanship” – a commitment not to our own political party but to keeping “the bad guys” out of power. I cannot tell you how many times people have told me online and face-to-face that even if a Republican candidate for office is of bad personal character and/or opposes us on policy, he is “better than any Democrat.” Politics should not be about war and enmity.

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