Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Eric Metaxas' exercise in false equivalency and dishonesty

Eric Metaxas
Somehow Eric Metaxas manages to have his mind-numbingly moronic content offered by the Wall Street Journal. Wednesday Metaxas asks: “Should Christians Vote for Trump?
… we have a very knotty and larger problem. What if the other candidate also has deal breakers? Even a whole deplorable basketful? Suddenly things become horribly awkward. Would God want me simply not to vote? Is that a serious option?
I have my doubts about his god having any opinion on the matter. He continues:
What if not pulling the lever for Mr. Trump effectively means electing someone who has actively enabled sexual predation in her husband before—and while—he was president? Won’t God hold me responsible for that? What if she defended a man who raped a 12-year-old and in recalling the case laughed about getting away with it? Will I be excused from letting this person become president?
Metaxas is a Yale graduate. I must grudgingly give him some credit for his intelligence (although my search for it has thus far been unsuccessful). Bill Clinton's misbehavior 20 years ago is irrelevant to Sec. Clinton's candidacy. Sec. Clinton defended a rapist because she was ordered by the court to do so. What she laughed about was the fact that her client passed a lie detector test which, she said, forever changed how she felt about their reliability. She certainly was not laughing at the victim. Clinton has been defending children ever since she graduated from law school. That is what depicts her character when it comes to kids.
What if she used her position as secretary of state to funnel hundreds of millions into her own foundation, much of it from nations that treat women and gay people worse than dogs? Since these things are true, can I escape responsibility for them by simply not voting?
There is not a shred of evidence to support the notion that she did anything improper as Secretary of State. Funnel? Where is the benefit to her? She has never received so much as a dime from the Clinton Foundation which has done very good charitable work. And since when do we hold charities accountable for the actions of their donors? And since when does Eric fucking Metaxas — bigot that he is — give a rat's ass about how gay people are treated? “These things” are not true which makes Metaxas a liar in addition to an anti-LGBT bigot.
Children in the Middle East are forced to watch their fathers drowned in cages by ISIS. Kids in inner-city America are condemned to lives of poverty, hopelessness and increasing violence. Shall we sit on our hands and simply trust “the least of these” to God, as though that were our only option? Don’t we have an obligation to them?
Just what does Metaxas think that Trump is going to do about any of that? He has no history of public service or even philanthropy for that matter. Trump only really cares about one person — Trump. Clinton helped to get bin Laden.
It’s a fact that if Hillary Clinton is elected, the country’s chance to have a Supreme Court that values the Constitution—and the genuine liberty and self-government for which millions have died—is gone. Not for four years, or eight, but forever. Many say Mr. Trump can’t be trusted to deliver on this score, but Mrs. Clinton certainly can be trusted in the opposite direction. For our kids and grandkids, are we not obliged to take our best shot at this? Shall we sit on our hands and refuse to choose?
It's a fact that Hillary Clinton has different ideas about liberty (for all). Metaxas is a theocrat. That is as unconstitutional as things get in this country. And some of those kids and grandkids are going to be LGBT. What is in store for them with more Scalias on the bench? Those are people who see being LGBT as either mental illness or a character flaw because they cannot embrace the science. They choose instead (like Metaxas) to be slaves to ancient chronicles.
If imperiously flouting the rules by having a private server endangered American lives and secrets and may lead to more deaths, if she cynically deleted thousands of emails, and if her foreign-policy judgment led to the rise of Islamic State, won’t refusing to vote make me responsible for those suffering as a result of these things? How do I squirm out of this horrific conundrum? It’s unavoidable: We who can vote must answer to God for these people, whom He loves. We are indeed our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.
Actually, while ill-conceived,  having that server did not violate the rules. There is no evidence that it endangered Americans or national security. There is also no evidence that she deleted anything other than private, personal emails. Stating otherwise is dishonest. There is no evidence that Sec. Clinton's judgment in any way benefited the Islamic State which, in reality, was created when Bush invaded Iraq for no discernible reason. Clinton is not perfect. Her judgment is not perfect but crediting her for the rise of ISIS is dishonest.
We would be responsible for passively electing someone who champions the abomination of partial-birth abortion, someone who is celebrated by an organization that sells baby parts. We already live in a country where judges force bakers, florists and photographers to violate their consciences and faith—and Mrs. Clinton has zealously ratified this. If we believe this ends with bakers and photographers, we are horribly mistaken. No matter your faith or lack of faith, this statist view of America will dramatically affect you and your children.
There is no such thing as a partial birth abortion and no organization sold baby parts. That is just dishonest right wing gibberish. Those bakers et al? Even with Scalia on the Court there were not four justices who wanted to hear the case of the photographer. It was Scalia who wrote that there are no religious exemptions to otherwise valid laws.
For many of us, this is very painful, pulling the lever for someone many think odious. But please consider this: A vote for Donald Trump is not necessarily a vote for Donald Trump himself. It is a vote for those who will be affected by the results of this election. Not to vote is to vote. God will not hold us guiltless.
These are lame excuses framed as an intellectual exercise by someone whose intellect is shaped by superstition. It is also predicated upon Metaxas' inherent dishonesty. Running this country is a massive undertaking that requires sound judgment, patience, management skills, determination and focus. There does not exist any evidence that Donald Trump would be remotely competent. The simple decision is to vote for proficiency.

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