Donald Trump is not qualified to be President

What Donald Trump said about John McCain – smearing McCain’s war record because he was captured, despite McCain’s well documented heroism in captivity – is completely inexcusable and morally repugnant. I call on all decent Republicans (especially Republicans seeking the 2016 Republican nomination for President) to condemn and denounce Trump’s despicable smear on John McCain.

And this is about much more than John McCain. Trump smeared all veterans by extension, not just McCain. Trump said “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” That is a statement that applies to McCain, but is a statement of general principle too. The words trump willingly chose – in the heat of the moment or not – are a smear on all Americans who have ever been prisoners of war.

Plus, why should Trump’s statement not be applied to war dead? Trump could have said “They’re war heroes because they died for their country. I like people who weren’t killed by the enemy.” That could also apply to severely injured veterans, like the many who came home from Iraq and Afghanistan maimed. After all, according to Trump’s “logic,” shouldn’t we honor those who were not injured over those who were?

And yes, obviously Trump has free speech rights. I cannot believe I actually saw that argument in his defense. There are consequences for smearing veterans, though, and one of those should be loss of political support from all decent Republicans who actually respect our veterans. I also have free speech to point out that Donald Trump is a morally repugnant clown who will never get my vote under any circumstances.

Yes, Republicans are longing for someone to be as aggressive as Trump has been, willing to take it to the Democrats and not back down when attacked. I addressed that issue earlier this month. It is too bad that so many Republicans have been blinded by his celebrity status and his willingness to say things that are “politically incorrect” that they see that need filled by a pro-abortion, gun grabbing, racist hate monger, liar, thug and thief.

Wake up, Republicans! Donald Trump is not a conservative. He has a long and well documented record of taking Leftist positions and supporting Democratic politicians. He’s only saying the “right” things now because he knows he cannot get out of the Republican primary if he says what he truly believes. He is a shyster and a fraud of the highest order. In fact, I do not believe Trump has any principles at all, other than his own ego. At least Barack Obama believes in something. I do not agree with Obama’s beliefs, but at least he has beliefs.

If Donald Trump is the Republican nominee in 2016, I will vote for the Libertarian candidate for President.

Sandra Bland presents a teachable moment

The sad, tragic Sandra Bland situation represents a teachable moment in an age where we hate legitimate authority.

It may well be that the police officer who arrested Bland was on a power trip. It may be argued that he was a jerk. However, he issued a lawful order when he told Bland to get out of her vehicle and she should have complied. Police have this authority for a reason, and there is no legitimate reason not to exit the vehicle. If a police officer tells you to get out of your car, just get out of your car. This is not rocket science.

Obviously, a police officer’s authority is not unlimited. But there is no reason to be confrontational, even if the cop is acting like a jerk. Simply comply with lawful orders, be polite and courteous, and be on your way without incident. If Bland felt the officer was acting in an egregious or unprofessional manner, she can always file a complaint later – and take her complaints public if she is not satisfied with how her complaint was handled. I filed a complaint against a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy a few years ago when I thought he was behaving in an unprofessional way.

This does not excuse the behavior of the officer, who could have and should have de-escalated the situation. From what I have seen, this is far from an example of stellar police work. This does not excuse the jail staff not checking on her to make sure she had not harmed herself. But had Bland simply cooperated with the officer’s order and submitted to his lawful authority, a horrible end could have been avoided and a family would not have lost their daughter.

It is long past time to de-fund Planned Parenthood

Note: This is the speech I delivered at the rally to de-fund Planned Parenthood on July 28, 2015

I stand here before you today, as a citizen of Bloomington and an official write-in candidate for Bloomington City Council, calling for the end of city and county funding of this deplorable organization. The videos showing that Planned Parenthood was selling the body parts of aborted babies shocked the conscience and reminded many who would rather ignore the reality of abortion just how brutal and barbaric this procedure is.

When I announced my candidacy for Bloomington City Council, I said I was opposed to city funding of Planned Parenthood, though I did not expect the issue to become as prominent as it has been the last two weeks. Yet here we are, in response to some truly gruesome revelations.

But the fact that Planned Parenthood has been selling the body parts of aborted babies is far less serious and far less abominable than the fact that they are killing little human beings made in the image of God. And because of the city council and county council’s actions, we have all been forced to subsidize this organization that exterminates human lives and corrupts our youth sexually. What does God think of this?

“Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto Me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter, That thou hast slain My children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them?” — Ezekiel 16:20-21

The baby parts selling scandal comes on the heels of this clinic, right here in Bloomington, being written up for severe and disturbing violations by the Indiana health department. The lack of concern for women’s health detailed in the citations is just as disturbing as the videos that have caused a nationwide firestorm, and should be more so for those of us gathered here because this is happening in our own community.

How much more evidence do we need that this organization does not deserve funding from our local tax dollars? If Planned Parenthood applies for a grant from the county council’s social services fund, that application should be rejected. And city councilor Dorothy Granger, who works as a clinic escort at Bloomington’s Planned Parenthood facility, should have disclosed that fact and recused herself from the vote this past June.

No more corporate welfare for Planned Parenthood!

A plea for unity

There has been a lot of bickering in the Monroe County Republican Party lately, and if we want to be a viable alternative to the Democrats people need to cool down and learn to work together. Whether we should have had this or should have done that is irrelevant and not worth worrying about. You have to play the hand you are dealt, not the hand you wish you had. Republicans need to push ahead and keep our eye on the goal.

And we learn from how things were done this year and in past years so we can think about how we can improve it in the future. This is positive, rather than negative criticism.

Republicans have been in a major drought in city elections for sixteen years. A lot of people do not think there is a point to being active in the GOP at the city level. Many qualified candidates are especially reluctant to run for office, as it can make one a target without having any election results to show for it. When Republicans are fighting amongst ourselves, that makes it even more difficult while not accomplishing anything.

I, for one, do not buy that Monroe County is totally, unredeemably blue. The Republican Party was within about 200 votes of a 5-4 majority on the city council in 1999. Yes, the city council. If we had approximately one hundred more votes in District 6, and about another hundred in District 4 would have won both of those districts and would have put one of the at-large candidates on the council. (The top Republican finished 100 votes behind the third-place Democrat.) Then Republicans ran the table here in 2002 – only thirteen years ago.

We have to register more voters and turn out the Republicans who have stayed home. We have to get more young people involved – people in their 20’s and 30’s. But if we are going to fight amongst ourselves, we are never going to win anything because we cannot win with a splintered coalition. And infighting is going to drive people away.

We are always going to have disagreements – sometimes strenuous and heated disagreements – on issues, policy and ideology. That’s to be expected, and it is healthy for a Big Tent party to have these disagreements. But the personal bickering that has gone on, especially for the last couple years, needs to stop.

Third Party?

ABC World News reported last night that Donald Trump is considering running for President as a third party candidate – guaranteeing that Hillary Clinton will be our next President.

(Remember, Trump has donated thousands upon thousands of dollars to Mrs. Clinton.)

So, Republicans: Still think Donald Trump is a genuine conservative?

He’s not.

Planned Parenthood’s body parts selling racket

Last week, my news feeds on Facebook and Twitter have exploded with the news that Planned Parenthood was caught in an undercover video arranging to sell the body parts of aborted babies. This is awful and this is horrible, but this is not a surprise. Planned Parenthood traffics in the extermination of innocent human life. That they would be caught on video selling the mutilated corpses of their victims is a lesser evil.

Planned Parenthood is corrupt all the way to the core. This is why the Bloomington City Council should commit to never giving this organization even one penny of the money city government forcibly confiscates from taxpayers.

While the selling of mutilated body parts is horrifying, it is far less horrifying than abortion itself – the willful, intentional termination of a human being made in the image of God. We have seen over fifty million babies slaughtered in our abortion clinics. Every week, our own Planned Parenthood “clinic” kills innocent unborn babies, and that “clinic” is supported by the Democratic supermajority on the Bloomington City Council.

We are all under the authority of Almighty God, who in His Word speaks of those who kill children and babies:

  • Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto Me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter, That thou hast slain My children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them? — Ezekiel 16:20-21
  • And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. — Jeremiah 32:35

City government does not have the authority under our legal system to close the abortion “clinic” on South College Avenue, as much as I wish we did. But what we can do is never give another penny to an organization that corrupts our youth sexually, kills babies made in the image of God and then sells their body parts for money. This abominable abuse of the tax money entrusted to the city council needs to stop.