Bernie’s Words

In light of the effective and compassionate job the Trump Administration has been doing in uniting all Americans to face the COVID-19 crisis, I find it amazing and totally unacceptable that Trump’s enemies continue to snipe at him, whipping up panic, confusion and distain for our President. I originally wrote this article a few days ago, but held off publishing it, because I felt we need as a nation to put our differences aside and come together as one people. But after seeing how the radical press continues to find fault and carp at Trump — even in the midst of this national emergency — I’ve decided to publish it after all. They hate Trump more than they love this country and their strident voices are working to keep us divided. Their words are as destructive as Bernie’s words. They need to calm down and shut up.

 

When a politician speaks, how do you know he is telling the truth? For decades I’ve been hearing the words of politicians — words of analysis, words of promise, words of hope and words of confrontation. But never like today’s political talk. In the past, the politicians who won election were the ones who said “the right things” — the things that people wanted to hear. I’m now afraid that many people want to hear dangerous and destructive things.

On March 11, 2020 Bernie Sanders reiterated the outrageous and irresponsible accusations he’s been making throughout his campaign. He began by saying, “Donald Trump is the most dangerous president in the modern history of our country.” Never does he actually proffer evidence or specify reasons to justify his outlandish statement. He simply makes the accusation and repeats it ad nauseam until enough voters begin to believe it to make an impact on public perception and public opinion. 

Most often, once politicians are elected, they never actually do what they said they would do when they were only a candidate. As a result, we are comforted with the popular assumption that all politicians are liars. The electorate’s lack of trust in politicians is mitigated by an almost total loss of collective memory. Once elected, politicians do the darnedest things. But when they’re up for re-election, they start saying the right things all over again, and win yet another term in which to screw things up even more than they did before.

It’s a wonder that “We the People” keep re-electing these doofuses. Congress’ approval rating has been hovering below 30% for decades while the disapproval rating hovers around 75%. The only possible explanation for a consistently high rate of re-election is that the voters disapprove of everyone in Congress except their own Senator or Congressman. I’m still trying to figure that one out. Obviously Americans have a complete lack of objectivity when it comes to how they vote.

In their current political struggle against the populist Trump administration the progressive Left has resorted to repeating lies about the president, accusing him of every evil under the sun. Bernie Sanders is one such accuser. He appeals to people who want the government to do stuff for them and make their life easier and grander. He uses words to deceive, as bait to attract the unsuspecting to a social order inevitably destined to become a tyranny. 

Bernie’s words are not used to inform the intellect, but to inflame the emotions. Bernie is a rabble-rouser in the Bolshevik tradition. His lying accusations are not just a product of a personal character flaw of his own, but they arise from a systematic strategy aimed at defeating Trump and destroying the fundamental underpinnings of our free society. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Nazi propagandist, is noted for describing this strategy: “If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.”

Bernie called Trump a pathological liar but made no effort to prove it. Name-calling and hyperbole is what you resort to when you have no substantive argument to defend your own position in a disagreement. In real terms Bernie has nothing to offer Americans that can compare to what Trump has already accomplished in three short years. Other than Bernie’s lies and accusations, there’s no there there. 

But he went on, saying the president is “running a corrupt administration and clearly does not understand the Constitution of the United States and thinks he’s a president who is above the law.” So, apparently the recent exercise in impeachment meant nothing. Despite the partisan Democrat accusations, Trump was exonerated. But to those who hate and fear Trump, accusations alone should be sufficient to force him out of office. Regardless of the law and regardless of the facts, it’s still clear to Bernie Sanders that Trump is guilty. It is Bernie and his supporters who do not understand the Constitution. They don’t care about the Constitution. All they “know” is that Trump is a criminal. They know it because they know it, and that’s that.

An example of such false “knowledge” is the oft-repeated claim that Trump mocked a disabled news reporter. Those who claim this “know” it’s true. Nevertheless, it is not. I wrote about this in my article, “It’s A Lie!” https://retiredday.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/its-a-lie/ in which I make clear that what Trump was mocking was the reporter’s hypocritical back-peddling on previous statements he had made. Trump’s attack was on the reporter’s lack of intellectual integrity, not on the man’s disability. 

I’ve noticed that this is a typical pattern in the attacks on Trump by those who hate him. The flames were fanned in the now debunked Russia hoax when Trump was accused of appealing to the Russians to find the 30,000 emails of Hillary’s that were missing. Everyone with a sense of humor knew it was a joke — except for Trump-haters who are always looking for ways to distort and accuse and lie.  

If you keep repeating a lie, you even come to believe it yourself. Bernie finished his list of accusations, calling Trump a “racist”, a “sexist”, a “homophobe”, a “xenophobe” and a “religious bigot”. At this point, common sense would warn us to calm down. But Bernie wouldn’t let that happen. His reddened face, angered eyes, snarled lip and shaking finger were signs that his diatribe was only getting started. And that’s how it goes with Bernie. He’s trying to get your blood boiling. If you’re what Rush Limbaugh calls a young skull full of mush, that’s exactly what’s happening. Still, it isn’t limited to the young. It also is found in older folks who have already bought into the socialist lies that America was built on bigotry, cruelty and racism. 

Take a breath and pause long enough to consider this: is it really possible that President Trump is so evil? In light of his leadership in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis it is unreasonable to think an evil person would be doing such a great job. If he were a racist, why would he have taken so many actions that have benefited minorities? If he were a sexist, why would he have appointed more women to positions in his administration than any previous president? How exactly has he shown himself, either in word or deed, to be a homophobe? To me, the word is meaningless and the charge baseless. 

The charge of “xenophobe” undoubtedly comes from the fact that Trump has restricted access to our nation from known terrorist-supporting (Islamic) countries in order to protect us. Yet, the fact that those executive orders were found to be constitutional when challenged in the courts holds no water with the Trump-haters. They attack the originalist justices on the Supreme Court, and want to impeach them too, because like Trump, they are also evil. 

And finally, there is the charge of “religious bigot”. This name-calling has got Bernie in over his head. Not so long ago people were accusing Trump of being an atheist. But since he’s been President, he has consistently mentioned God and faith in his speeches, often referring to everyone’s right to worship God according to their own convictions. Trump has done more to restore religious freedom in our nation than any other president I am aware of.

So, if you take these accusations at face value, you’re not using your head. If you buy into these repeated accusations, you are only allowing your emotions to be manipulated. Every one of Bernie’s accusations is bogus. They aren’t real. They have no justification other than a negative judgment in response to the style of Trump’s persona. Bernie uses highly-charged emotions to whip up a mob mentality. He is a rabble-rouser, and if you buy into his rhetoric you are part of that rabble.

The Bible says to test everything and hold fast to what is good. Perhaps we should all do that, rather than stoop to character assassination and name-calling. 

About retiredday

I am Michael D. Day, a regular, everyday guy -- retired. I stand for God-given freedom, which means I think for myself. I believe in being civil, because the Bible teaches that we should love our enemies. But I also believe in saying it how I see it, and explaining just why I see it that way, sort of like 2 Timothy 4:2.
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11 Responses to Bernie’s Words

  1. Jack Wilkie says:

    Being unkind to people who are unkind to us is no virtue. Our challenge is to avoid being judgmental and be charitable to even the most difficult of people…especially politicians! Pro Life

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    • retiredday says:

      Telling the truth and exposing lies is not “being unkind”. Judging the right and wrong of things is not “being judgmental”. We are to test all things, not stick our heads in the sand. Was Jesus being “charitable” when he used the term, “brood of vipers”? We are to “judge rightly”, not try to sit on the fence between light and darkness.

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  2. Jack Wilkie says:

    Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the Lord, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:6-9

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  3. Jack Wilkie says:

    “To those who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency. If we don’t reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come? Can we say with a straight face that abortion is a great evil that cannot be tolerated and, with the same straight face, say that the bent and broken character of our nation’s leader doesn’t really matter in the end?”

    “To use an old cliché, it’s time to call a spade a spade, to say that no matter how many hands we win in this political poker game, we are playing with a stacked deck of gross immorality and ethical incompetence.”

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    • retiredday says:

      When I examine my own faith, I see goodness and redemption, justice and holiness, forgiveness and love. I also see that I (we — all Christians) have enemies. We are supposed to love them and pray for them. But we also are supposed to stand against them because they are our enemies and the enemies of God. Christianity is more about telling it like it is, than just trying to be nice. There are a lot of “nice” people who are heading directly towards hell as fast as they can run.

      I will respond to some phrases you used:

      …“blackened moral record”, “immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency”, “the bent and broken character of our nation’s leader”, “gross immorality and ethical incompetence”…

      These are nothing more than generalized accusations that make the presumption of guilt without any citation of fact, which is exactly what “the accuser” does. I would remind you that making an accusation does not make a charge true. There is no virtue in condemning a person on the basis of accusations. So why do you emulate the accuser? Why do you condemn Trump for his sins? Hasn’t the LORD forgiven you for yours? Have you forgotten “All have sinned” (Romans 3:23) and “keeps no records of wrongs” (1 Corinthians 13:5)?

      I have heard people like you say, “Trump is a terrible person”. It’s a lazy thing to say because it’s the popular mantra so many holier-than-thou people are chanting these days. And in doing so, they ignore the fact that there is no shortage of horrible people in government and media today — few of whom have ever bothered to keep the promises they make to their constituents, and very few of whom actually do actions that benefitted the voters.

      But most of all, I can’t call Trump a horrible person, because I’m much more horrible than he is. The fact is that I killed my own unborn child. When I was young I talked my girlfriend into having an abortion. (Planned Parenthood abetted in my sin.) But when I received Christ, he forgave me and now I am a new creature, forgiven — not condemned.

      A couple of years ago, Dr. Dobson (founder of Focus on the Family) stated that he was aware of Donald Trump praying to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior. So, despite his many rough edges, he is your brother in Christ, and like all of us, growing in grace.

      You, along with all his other accusers, need to take a deep breath, come down from the high horse of your false piety and begin praying in earnest that Trump’s enemies fail in their attempts to destroy him. President Trump is our best hope for the future of America. If he is defeated, the globalists, socialists and the LGBTQ gang will destroy our nation, leaving us void of any righteousness, justice or freedom.

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  4. Jack Wilkie says:

    Trumps not our Savior. Last words..”The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent even then of the works of their hands, so as to cease worshiping and paying homage to the demons and the idols of gold and of silver and of bronze and of stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries (drugs, intoxications) nor of their [sexual] immorality nor of their thefts. – Revelation 9:20-21

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    • retiredday says:

      I agree. Trump is not our Savior. Jesus Christ is the only name by which we are saved. I want to point out that my article was not about Trump. It was about Bernie Sanders and the despicable things he says about Trump. In your comments, you chose to echo Bernie’s accusations as if they are true. You have failed to shed the light of truth on Bernie’s accusations. Rather, you seem to go along quite willingly with Bernie’s words. I’m so glad God is the ultimate judge. Spiritually speaking, we won’t be judged by our political opinions. But politically speaking, I’d rather be associated with President Trump than with Senator Sanders.

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  5. no says:

    President Trump was not exonerated, he was impeached on December 18. Perhaps what you mean is that he was not removed from office, when the Senate voted against this on February 5.

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    • retiredday says:

      What I meant was what I said. Yes, Trump was impeached. He also was subsequently exonerated of that impeachment. Exonerated means to be freed of charges. Look it up. The completely partisan impeachment of Trump amounted to charges made by the House. But the Democrats failed to prove those charges in the Senate, resulting in Trump’s exoneration.

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    • retiredday says:

      This article is about Bernie and the Left, not Trump. They are rabble-rousing liars. And despite their never-ending accusations, Trump is doing his job well. I thank God for that.

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