For Cruz and Trump, It’s War… Against Liberal Mainstream Media


In the 2005 movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are assassins married to each other without the other knowing about it. The powers that be decided to have them try to kill each other rather than trying to do it themselves. As contrived as the premise was, the movie was entertaining and it’s becoming more relevant in American politics today. For the GOP, there are two strong candidates and the left-leaning mainstream media wants them to go after each other.

The Democrats and their media proxies believe that they can kill two birds with one stone by having the spirited, controversial candidates that sit atop the polls destroy each other before one of them has to face the Democratic candidate. For them, a civil war in the Republican party may be their only chance of winning based upon the weaknesses of their corrupt candidate of choice, Hillary Clinton. Their manipulations are starting to come out more fervently as the Iowa caucuses loom.

It isn’t total destruction that they want, though. They are comfortable with Trump being the nominee and they feel that an attack from Trump against Cruz will accomplish two things:

  1. Weaken both candidates, particularly Trump’s appeal to the conservatives in the Republican party.
  2. Take out Cruz, the candidate they fear more than Trump.

This played out over the weekend and will be a constant drumbeat until the primaries if the two candidates don’t decide to hit the brakes. Watching the news coverage of Trump’s Tweets pointing to future attacks against Cruz reminded me of junior high kids chanting, “Fight! Fight! Fight!”

If the Republican party wants to win the general election, they have to understand that these are the two most likely candidates (though we won’t discount Republican Establishment favorite Marco Rubio just yet) and that uniting to fight the Democrats and their media puppets is a far better strategy than attacking each other. Trump and Cruz are not enemies and they cannot allow the media to manipulate them into becoming anything other than competitors for a prize.

The Democrats are the enemy. Mainstream media is the enemy. Hillary Clinton is the enemy. For the top two GOP candidates, they must rely on their grasp of the issues and the solutions to save America rather than allowing themselves to be manipulated into attacking each other. In many ways, they’re saying pretty much the same things. Trump is more aggressive while Cruz is more detailed. Both have strong perspectives but their core policy proposals are extremely similar. There’s really nothing that they can attack about each other anyway unless they make it personal.

That’s our job. Conservative journalists are picking sides and taking jabs at the opponents while supporting our candidates. As a Cruz supporter, I’ve taken several jabs at Trump, but at the end of the day if he’s the candidate I will support him. However, if they attack each other, they will hurt each other more than the media is doing today.

Unfortunately, Trump is already taking the bait per mainstream media’s plan.

Cruz, hopefully, will not take the bait.

Both Trump and Cruz need to focus on the real enemy: Hillary Clinton. America needs one of them to be President, but if they let the media manipulate them we’ll end up with Rubio losing like Romney and McCain.



It’s Time for Christians to Radicalize, though Not Like the Terrorists


When we think of radical Islamic terrorists, we often picture people in desperate situations who succumb to the pulls of an ideology that empowers them in some way. This western mentality is completely inaccurate and the San Bernardino shooters are most likely examples of the true attributes of radicalization that threatens the world more than anything else. They were living the American dream by most accounts. They had a baby to raise and prospects were good for their future. These facts didn’t chance their allegiance to the Islamic State.

Despite the narrative that has often been espoused by both the Obama administration and mainstream media, it isn’t poverty or desperation that drives radicalization. We knew this overseas as affluent people like Osama bin Laden turned to the most heinous of actions to demonstrate their allegiance to Allah. Now, we see that this may likely be the case in America and that should worry us all.

Then again, it really shouldn’t. Bible-believing Christians know in their hearts that they have nothing to fear in this world as long as we wear the Armor of God at all times and obey the teachings of Jesus Christ. This may sound like a common theme in evangelical America, but it’s not. As a geopolitical religious grouping, the body is lukewarm at best. The love of money is encompassing. The distractions from worldly callings surround us Even the churches themselves are turning into caricatures of true Christianity with a focus on unity superseding the desperate need for Biblical truth, repentance, and many of the other callings that Jesus Christ charged us to fulfill.

American needs a radicalization of Christianity. We need to start embracing the tenets of the Bible, the whole Bible, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide every aspect of our lives. Thankfully for everyone who isn’t a Christian, this does not mean building pipe bombs or shooting people in the name of our God. Radicalized Christians can be the gentlest of humans when we truly listen to the calling.

This isn’t a calling for anyone to act like members of Westboro Baptist Church. Their actions are hate-driven rather than Bible-driven. The radicalization that’s needed in America is one that requires full acceptance of the Bible and separation from the evils of this world. That’s not to say that we can separate ourselves from the world; we are here for a reason. What we need is to live as we were intended to live in this world through adherence to the Word and the spreading of the Gospel.

As is written in the Book of James, we are not to forgo the callings of works despite what many pastors teach today. Salvation is granted through faith in the Word and belief in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, but we are called to do good works in our quest to live our lives through a Biblical worldview. Now is the time to help others. Now is the time to be as free from hate as our humanity will allow. Now is the time to boldly go forth and represent our faith as the foil against the corruptions of radical Islam, militant atheism, and destructive humanism.

Now is the time to radicalize.

It is called upon every man and woman to pray constantly, read the Bible regularly, and share the Gospel whenever the opportunity arises. As society pushes against us, it’s time for us to push back peacefully, thoughtfully, and with Jesus Christ as our guide.