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10 Reasons Catholics Should Vote For Trump

July 25, AD2016

capitol1.) He’s not Hillary Clinton. 

We know exactly who she is, what she is, what she stands for, and can pretty well guess what she will do to our country. We can’t risk her getting into office.

If you can’t vote for Trump, vote against Hillary. The only realistic way to do this is by voting for Trump, since he is the only candidate that has a chance against her.

2.) He might pass and protect pro-life laws.

While we know for sure that Hillary will push the corrupt Planned Parenthood down our throats every chance she gets, and she will keep abortion-providing Obamacare in place, Trump is a bit of an unknown with the potential for being pro-life. That is, he claims to be pro-life, and it’s worth the leap of faith on this one. He has said, “Public funding of abortion providers is an insult to people of conscience at the least and an affront to good governance at best.”

3.) Voting for an imperfect man is not a sin. 

I have taken philosophy and theology classes since 8th grade. I mention that to lend myself some credibility, not to imply expertise in the subjects. But I studied them enough to know that neither Aquinas nor Aristotle ever said that the ruling sovereign has to be a saint. I understand that lending someone your vote is a big deal, and it is preferable to have a candidate you really believe in. Many people do really believe in Trump, and so this might not be an issue for you. But if you have reservations, I would ask you to consider that:

4.) Voting for a third-party in this presidential election= a vote for Hillary Clinton.

Recent polls have shown Trump ahead by a couple points. He has a chance in this election, so every vote counts.

I’m sympathetic to the ideals of third-party candidates, Libertarians, and Independents. It’s a democracy, anyone should be able to win. We have a rigged system right now, which only allows Republicans or Democrats to realistically win. However, the way to further these other parties is in local elections, and ongoing campaigns. Fuel the fire during the off-season, not during the presidential race! Be realists, not idealists. We have to work with what we have.

5.) There will likely be several Supreme Court spots opening up.

The president is in charge of appointing the Supreme Court justices. With Hilary, we know the type of person she would nominate. With Trump, we might have a chance of getting better people in.

There is a vacant seat right now. There have been rumors about Justice Thomas retiring this year. Ginsburg is already 83, and Kennedy will be turning 80. Breyer is 77. The record age for a Supreme Court Justice was 90; the average being closer to 80. We’ll probably be looking at a few new Justices this term and the next.

6.) Ben Carson endorsed him.

As Carson said, “It’s not about Mr. Trump. This is about America.” Carson is a Christian and a man of character, and a week after dropping out of the race, he took the time to vouch for the character of Trump. He said, “Some people have gotten the impression that Donald Trump is this person who is not malleable, who does not have the ability to listen, and to take information in and make wise decisions. And that’s not true. He’s much more cerebral than that.”

7.) In the interest of our religious freedoms. 

The government is slowly stripping our country of religious freedom. Across the United States, crosses are being labeled as gang symbols, Catholic business owners are being pressured to provide abortion access to their employees, and believing in the beauty of marriage is becoming equivalent to hating gay people. In the past 8 years, under Obama, our country has already changed.

We can’t risk another 8 under a similar president.

8.) He is a successful business man. 

Our economy could use some expertise in that area. I know he’s  had some bumps in the road, but there is a possibility he could bring good ideas to our economy.

9.) He hurt my feelings; I’m still voting for him. 

Many of the objections I hear, and made myself (earlier on in the race), against Trump include: he’s cocky,  he’s racist, he’s sexist, he’s a joke, he’s not smart enough. The majority of these claims come from statements he has made, not actions.

10.) He’s not Hillary Clinton.

As you may be able to tell, my motivation for writing this is mainly that I know some Catholics are having a hard time deciding whether or not to vote for him. He is not my ideal candidate by any stretch of the imagination. However, I think he’s decent in many ways, and ultimately better than his opposition. For me, that is enough, and I hope you will end up deciding that as well.

 

 

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About the Author:

Colleen is a Literature major at Christendom College where she enjoys serving as an RA, leading the Students for Life club, writing for the Rambler, and enjoying the beautiful setting of the Blue Ridge mountains.

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  • Bev Tellin

    This is the kind of article that makes people dislike organized religion. I was looking for comfort on the loss of a stillborn baby and came across political anger. Nice.

    • Marianne

      Bev, I’m sorry for your loss. Please don’t be angry that you didn’t find what you were looking for on this thread. We are living in troubled times and the future of our country is at stake.

      There are several books available that may offer you the consolation you seek. Here’s the link. It also includes comments from readers on which books they find helpful. http://www.womensbiblecafe.com/miscarriage-infant-child-loss/

      I wrote an article about a brother’s anger at God for his brother’s death (not an infant, but a loss). Perhaps it may speak to you and help you make some “sense” of it all. http://mariannejoy.com/suffering.htm

      I wish you peace and healing.

  • Misty Kiwak Jacobs

    Stupid statements he has made are a valid way to assess his intelligence and fitness for office.

  • Kathleen

    Your reasons are not persuasive. With Hillary, we do know what we are getting and can harness our energy to defeating her policies in a more constructive way. She would be president, not God. Let us not forget that there are 3 branches of government. You can reason with a reasonable person. Until Mr. Trump speakes and behaves in a way that strikes me as reasonable, I will not vote for him.

    • Timothy

      Things have worked so well with the R Congress to contain Obama. Have you noticed the the Obama judicial appointees are now having major influence in the federal courts at all levels ? Hillary would seal that deal for the culture of death.

  • Juanito

    When Trump made the statement about killing someone and getting away with it, he had the name Colleen McCrum firmly planted in his mind as the person that would allow it. He could probably kill a few people, just not unborn babies, those are off limits of course.

    • Timothy

      You want to base a presidential election upon a stupid comment made in jest ? Obama made a bunch of them too, as did Hillary. Your comment is pointless.

  • Agilemind

    Wow the author should really re-evaluate whether she is indeed a Catholic after writing this piece of trash. The Pope is against a Trump presidency, because as the good books say “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God” and Donald Trump routinely claims he is a very rich man (though since he won’t release his tax returns who knows how true that actually is).

    Trump only cares about one person – Donald Trump. He has blatant disregard for freedom of religion as his many pronouncements against Muslims confirms (freedom of religion applies to all religions or to none, if he is allowed to discriminate against Muslims then it opens the door for any religion to be discriminated against including Catholics).

    As for pro-life that is a stance that has suddenly come to him after he began campaigning, and he is as open to throwing desperate pregnant mothers in prison as he is to punishing abortion providers.

    • Timothy

      The Pope has NOT taken a position on Trump and the US election. Please stop with the false propaganda. It is the Obama – Clinton team which has restricted freedom of religion and implemented abortion worldwide. Wake up !

  • Dennis

    Really, Catholics should support Trump?
    Catholics always seem to forget
    “Thou shall NOT LIE”
    The same thing happened back in the ’30s overseas…

  • Darlene

    Thank you for this excellent article. I could not agree more with every point you make. I simply do not understand those who “cannot in good conscience vote for Trump” especially with it being so likely that at least 3 Supreme Court Justice positions will be appointed by our next president. These justices will interpret the law and set the policies that our country will abide by. You could omit your other nine reasons, and this alone would be an excellent reason to vote for Trump. We do not need any more liberals on the Supreme Court. Your article was well-written and non-inflammatory. I wish more people would take the time to really think about the consequences of not casting a vote. Voting is a privilege and a moral duty. In Christ’s words, “the lukewarm I spit out of my mouth.”

    Take this precedent: Should the tribal elders of Israel’s voted for Absolom the usurper, who was undeniably taking better care of the interests of the people than the King, or should they have voted for David, the adulterous murderer who had cast out Absolom? Sitting out this election or finding a third candidate was not an option. You either stood with Absolom or David. Both were beneath what the faithful wanted; yet, there was a right answer, if you did not stand with it, you stood against God Himself. With Trump, our faith is unthreatened. With Clinton, our faith most likely will be deeply restricted over the next few years: the groundwork has already been laid with the current administration’s assault on Christianity and Catholicism.

    There is no perfect candidate. We have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God and we will never have the opportunity to vote for anyone who is perfect because we are ALL sinners! What we have in this and in EVERY election is the opportunity to vote for “the lesser of two evils” or “the better of two choices.

    • Agilemind

      So you want supreme court judges who put businesses before people. That doesn’t seem very Catholic of you. Christ fought for the poor, the alienated, the dispossessed, against the rich corrupt oppressive government of the day. Trump will pass laws which disenfranchise the poor, tax-cuts which favour the rich, and spew hatred toward the alienated. He will make the system even more skewed toward the rich and powerful like himself – those who inherit multi-million dollar businesses from their parents. To vote for him is to reject all the teachings of Christ.

    • Darlene

      If you think Hillary will be better for our country, then vote your conscience, but please vote. There is no perfect candidate, so we must each support the person, who of the two we have to choose from, is the better of the two choices. While some of Trump’s positions may conflict with the teachings of Christ, much of the democratic platform does not morally coincide with the Christian faith. If you are voting democrat AND consider yourself a follower of Jesus you should do a true examination of conscience, and take a look at that party’s position on all of the issues, not just those related to business. The Democratic party is dedicated to undermining the Christian faith, killing the innocent, normalizing deviancy and perversion, and restricting the liberty of those who believe in Christ. Their general hostility to Christians is so strong that it goes as far to believe that Christianity is naturally offensive and needs to be excluded from all areas of public life. All disciples of Christ need to realize that some political issues should take priority over all other concerns. It is my belief that the Democratic party poses a threat to Christianity, and this issue (for me) outweighs all the others.

    • Timothy

      The Obama- Clinton policies are making the poor more poor, ruining our cities with decades of misguided government programs destroying families and spawning rampant violence. As Pope John Paul II stated, the free market together with Christian principles has been demonstrated to provide the best way to improve living standards for society. All you have to do is look at the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, North Korea and Cuba to see the failures of Marxist socialism.

  • Ken Knott

    This post makes me disappointed to be Catholic. Donald Trump is far worse than an ‘imperfect person’. You should look a little closer at Jesus and do some more comparative analysis.

  • David P. Rundle

    But words matter. Lies matter. Trump said Sunday he got a letter from the NFL when he never, That is a lie.

    Also, see James 1:26.

    He defends Putin. He has ;ed an amoral life. He has stiffed small contactors, causing them severf=e harm/

    The lesser of two evils is still evil.

    • Timothy

      We have all sinned. By your approach, we could only have the Virgin Mother Mary as president. Sorry, that is not realistic. We must pray for her wisdom and intervention in this critical election to defeat the forces of the culture of death, led by Obama and Clinton.

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  • Sharon Crowson

    Thank you for once again proving to me that I made the correct choice when I left the grotesquely immoral organization that is the catholic church. I take pleasure that this business has driven away so many good, decent people that it had become irrelevant to today’s society

    • Timothy

      You obviously have no clue as to how the Catholic Church created the free, productive and caring society in which you live in the West. It is far from perfect, but much better than the hell holes of the Middle East.

  • Blondmyk

    Even Pope Francis suggests that Donald Trump perhaps may not even be Christian (New York Times, 2-18-2016). I would think that the leader of the Catholic Church would give you better direction for your religion than some less than average “Joe off of the street” like THIS bozo would give…

    • Timothy

      I suggest that you not rely on the New York Times to know what the Pope actually said about Trump or anything. What the Pope concluded about Trump, in a brief exchange with reporters some months ago, was that he would “give him the benefit of the doubt. ”

  • will

    you are the reason not to vote for Trump , all you will do is butt your nose where it does not be long in some body else business . Telling them what they can or can’t do with their bodies , who to love and what shape that love should be . Spoke person for Christ ! NOT hateful people like your self hide behind religion . To spread your garbage Church and State should never be acting as one .

    • Timothy

      I suppose that you think that killing an unborn fully developed baby is a matter of your personal business. Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

  • bneslin

    Who is this woman? What are her credentials? (An RA at Christendom College – never heard of it.) She said a vote for a third party is a vote for Hillary. This is only true if there are more people who vote for a third party but would normally vote for a Republican than there are Democrats who vote this time or their first time for a third party. You would think the latter as there were so many Bernie supporters, but we have to hope the vast majority will vote for Clinton. This woman has misplaced faith in a man who has so many flaws and hasn’t demonstrated he is a good businessman or anything else of value. He wants to rule by himself, for himself.

    • Timothy

      The author has not expressed faith in Trump. In fact, she acknowledges his weaknesses and flaws. In attacking her, you reveal your own ignorance of many things, including not knowing that Christendom College is one of the finest Roman Catholic colleges in the USA, with strong endorsements from recent Popes and Cardinals.

  • Mary jo

    Colleen, I am a Catholic and you do not speak for me. Trump’s words, actions and attitudes are as far from emulating the life of Jesus as you can get. I do not see him embracing those who are weak, welcoming others as Jesus did and certainly does not have the humility of Jesus. When I listen to Trump, I say to myself WWJD. It is never what Jesus would have done or said.

    • Timothy

      Trump is no saint, and the author makes no pretense that he is. The question is who would be a better president for the USA, Trump or Clinton. For Christians, the choice for Trump should be clear cut, as Dr Ben Carson and many other prominent good pro-life Christians have concluded.