I’ve only recently gotten deeply involved in politics so there are phrases and terms that really mean very little to me. One that has been bounced around for a couple of months with almost Christmas morning like zeal by the media is “October Surprise”. Well, the one that was designed to sink Trump was a doozy for sure!
The Washington Post “obtained” and released a video of Donald Trump having a crude and careless conversation with Billy Bush on a bus. It is presumed that he was unaware that there was a hot mic recording the conversation and the things he said are in exceptionally poor taste. It makes it just a little bit worse when you find out that he was recently married to his beautiful third wife, Melania, so he might also be cavalierly talking about adultery. Wait, adultery and a the White House, haven’t we had this news cycle before? Oh right, that was an actual President, and a Democrat to boot so this is clearly completely different and way worse!
During the 2016 primaries here in Texas it came out that a local candidate for a state seat had a bit of questionable behavior and comments from his past come to light. I supported and admired that man before I heard about his transgressions, and I still support and admire him today. He won his primary bid and I will work for the next few weeks to help him win his general election bid and go back to Austin to continue fighting for Conservative principles. I said at the time “he’s only human, candidates are allowed to have a past with mistakes in it.” I would much rather a candidate have done some stupid things that make a campaign manager scramble to earn their paycheck than a candidate who has worked and angled their whole life to be electable. Candidates are usually only successful if they’ve lived in the real world.
Humans are fallible. Humans make mistakes. Humans sin. As Christians we were given the ultimate example to follow of love and forgiveness. We should humble ourselves before Him and beg for that forgiveness with the way we vilify others for being human. Judge not lest ye be judged and all that.
This is not an endorsement of Trump. This is not an approval of his behavior. This newest revelation has not and will not change my feelings on the November Presidential election in the least little bit. What it will do is 2 things. First it will put Trump and his family in my prayers. This is a horrible thing to have to deal with learning through the lens of the public. I’m going to pray for Melania to have the strength to cope with the humiliation, and that she has a good enough relationship with God to turn to Him with this struggle. I’m going to pray for Trump that he has repented for his behavior and is more respectful to women now. And I’m praying for their son. He’s just a child and I hope that he is being shielded from the worst of this but, he will eventually grow up and he’ll learn of this eventually. I pray for peace for him.
The second thing that this October Surprise does is the crucial one. It puts the rest of the races on the ballot in a pinch. There are so many races happening around the nation that are vital to the Conservative movement and those candidates are now going to have to fight even harder to win. Many voters will stay home now. If they were reluctantly for Trump but this has turned them off, they will wash their hands of it all and stay home. Some fence sitters will vote Democrat now. If they were on the fence but this will sway them to Hillary then they will just lump all Republicans together and vote for the Democrats on the ballot.
As Conservatives we have out work cut out for us now just as much as the candidates do. I was once told by a friend “one thing I can say for you Conservatives is that you put your money where your mouth is and you get out and do the work”. We have to do that now. It is CRUCIAL that we speak to as many people as we can and remind them of the races down ballot and how much those will affect our every day lives more than the Presidential one. We have to remind people that one bad apple does not mean we throw out the whole bushel. Just because the candidate with the R beside their name at the top might be reprehensible to them, it does not automatically convict the rest of them. And we need to help fund the races were it will be tight. It costs a lot of money to win an election. It’s October money is tight all over the nation and the holidays are right around the corner, but freedom and liberty need you now so if you can help financially, please do so.
This is potentially one of the craziest election cycles we will ever see as a nation. But it comes at a time when it is also one of the most crucial to the Conservative movement. We cannot give up the fight just because the storm at the top is making us weary. We have a couple weeks left to double down and push through. Let’s win some seats from the bottom up and reduce the damage that will trickle down from the top.