By Robert J. Garrison
Last week, Robert J. Garrison created a bit of friction when he went against the grain and argued that a vote for Trump is a vote against evangelical principles. In this week’s Q&A column, Garrison addresses who evangelicals ought to vote for this fall, if Trump is actually a Christian, and if Trump will get the United States into more wars amongst other topics.
– Political editor
Q: Who would you have Evangelicals vote for?
A: I would ask, why do we have to vote for Trump or Hillary? Some say, “Well there is always a third-party candidate,” like Gary Johnson. However, Johnson’s stance on same-sex marriage is a bridge to far for evangelicals to back him.
So my answer is, don’t vote for president! There isn’t a candidate that evangelicals can back without damaging their beliefs or integrity. I would call on evangelicals to focus on local and state races as well as Senate and House candidates.
Statement: I doubt there are many evangelicals who think Trump is actually a Christian.
A: An evangelical heavyweight seems to think that he might be (Dr. James Dobson on Trumps Christian Faith).
While it may be the case that few evangelicals believe that Trump is a Christian, that was not the basis of my article, nor is that factor the basis in which evangelicals are supporting Trump. Many evangelicals are supporting Trump because they feel he is a friendlier candidate to them.
Statement: And he will appoint better Supreme Court justices than Hillary.
A: Would he? Just because he’s a GOP candidate does not necessarily mean that we will get conservative judges.
Reagan appointed Sandra Day O’Connor in 1981. She turned out to be the swing vote on many key cases yet she is best known for her voting with the liberal judges to reaffirm Roe v Wade. I’m not calling her a liberal justice by any means, since she agreed with conservative judges about 75-80% of the time. But she was a disappointment in overturning Roe v Wade.
Reagan’s appointment of Anthony Kennedy who for the most part is a conservative. However, after O’Connor’s retirement, Kennedy became the swing vote. Everyone knows that he is a the swing vote on the court; that is, he can go either way.
Bush 41 nominated David Souter, which we were led to believe would be as John Sununu said “a home run” for conservatives. Well he started off that way but took a turn away from that in cases like the reaffirmation of Roe v. Wade. He also voted against prayer in schools: Lee v. Weisman. He then started to align himself with justices Ginsburg and Breyer more often than not.
Bush 43 appointment of John Roberts turned out to be a moderate. Justice Roberts shocked conservatives when he voted with the liberals on the court to uphold the Affordable Healthcare Act, i.e., Obamacare.
Statement: And he won’t get us into stupid wars.
I’m not sure about that. Trump’s stance on the need to go after ISIS seems to be saber-rattling to me. Also Trump’s stance on trade deals (which I happen to agree with, for the most part) could lead us into a trade war or armed conflict.
Statement: He’ll try to change perceived unfair trade deals.
I do think that he will try his best to change trade deals but the thing is, will congress go along with that? Remember both Democrats and Republicans voted for these deals. Or in the case of TTP, they gave the President the power to negotiate trade deals.
Statement: Not so much a grab for power as simple political agreement.
I think its is very much of a power grab by Evangelicals. Evangelicals haven’t had political power since the late 80s/early 90s. Also after 8 years of Obama, Evangelicals feel as though this country is on the path to be “judged” or on the verge of falling apart. They feel that it is up to them to get someone in office that they can have influence over and turn things around.
Robert J. Garrison is a political and religious contributor for The Systems Scientist
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