Brett Kavanaugh and a #NeverTrump Writer's Reckoning
Leading up to the 2016 presidential election, between PJ Media and my personal blog, I wrote close to 30 #NeverTrump articles. In fact, I'm pretty sure that I was among the first to suspect he was a contender. All the way back in 2015, I began to wonder if Donald Trump was being underestimated by the powers-that-be in D.C. Sitting in a BBQ restaurant in Arlington, VA, that fall, I asked some of my friends who are part of the D.C. elite movers and shakers about Trump. They laughed dismissively, and explained why he was going to disappear.
"Sure, he's polling well now," one friend conceded. "But the people who are responding to the polls don't vote."
Well, as we all know, history was not kind to my friend's prognostication.
Over the next few weeks, I began to wonder if my friends weren't overlooking the anger and fear among conservative voters. So, in January of 2016, I wrote my first #NeverTrump article. And as many readers of PJ Media can attest, I did not let up.
After the inauguration, I was mostly silent about President Trump. Being a conservative Christian, I take the Bible seriously, which means that I take Romans 13:1 seriously when Paul commands: "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities."
While not a full exegesis of the verse, I believe that Romans 13:1 means that we are to respond respectfully to the president, even in disagreement. Not wanting to foster a spirit of rebellion in those who didn't vote for President Trump, I decided to keep my thoughts to myself. Frankly, and to my surprise, in the main the president has done very little to raise my ire. That's not to say that I don't have some serious disagreements with some of his policies, actions, and words, but that would be true no matter who is president.
So, since President Trump was sworn into office, I have been mostly disengaged while assuming that I would once again refrain from voting for him in 2020. But the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and the subsequent sexual McCarthyism that attempted to destroy this honorable man have me reconsidering.
To vote or not to vote for this president was first revisited by me while sitting in a restaurant this past Sunday evening.
Two friends joined my family at our favorite local restaurant. For those who are unaware, which is surprisingly quite a few, Arlington is right next to D.C. In fact, for a brief time in the early 1800s, what is now Arlington was part of the District of Columbia. So we were eating dinner about four miles from the anti-Kavanaugh protests. By the looks of them, I wouldn't have been surprised to discover that many of our fellow diners had come to that restaurant after protesting.