Last Presidential Debate: A Draw

Campaign 2016 Debate

If you were able to watch Wednesday night’s debate, you were probably just as frustrated as I was. I don’t shout at ball games on television, but I do shout at politicians, particularly when they lie (Hillary Clinton) or miss perfect opportunities to expose the lies (Donald Trump). When all was said and done, voters probably did not hear anything new from either candidate that would have caused them to switch sides.

Hillary Clinton’s ability to argue a public position that is in direct opposition to her private position was on full display. And if you hadn’t kept up with the Wikileaks emails, you would have missed the contradictions. She spoke publicly about a secure border, while privately espousing the virtues of a borderless world. When asked about the conflict of interest between her job as secretary of state and the Clinton Foundation, she extolled the virtues of her charity, conveniently ignoring the evidence* that she used her public office to garner private donations.

*The latest WikiLeaks revelation shows she was promised $12 million by Morocco for her appearance at a public event. Unfortunately for the Moroccans, only Bill and Chelsea Clinton actually showed up.

Donald Trump did well defending his pro-life and second amendment positions. He was also able to point out several of Clinton’s lies in light of the two Project Veritas videos that were released this week. Both show paid Clinton operatives explaining how they carried out voter fraud and instigated violence at Trump rallies. One of these people, Robert Creamer, was a convicted felon and frequent visitor to the White House. He logged 340 visits since 2009, 47 of those with the President. Creamer spent five months in prison in 2006 for a $2.3 million bank fraud.

Trump repeated his stalwart stances on border security, his hope to work with Russia on Syria–if at all possible, cutting taxes on the middle class, and negotiating better trade agreements. He did get sidetracked a couple of times defending himself or attacking someone, such as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who spoke negatively about him.

The moderator was about as good as we’ll get from the mainstream media. Fox News’ Chris Wallace (son of Mike Wallace) hit Clinton with questions about her charity and an obvious conflict of interest, and why she would not vote for a ban on late-term abortions. He also fired questions at Trump about the allegations that he groped women and his lewd remarks from a 2005 recording.

But there was one question that had all the media talking on Thursday. Wallace asked, “Mr. Trump, will you absolutely accept the results of this election?”

Trump answered: “I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now… What I’ve seen is so bad. First of all, the media is so dishonest and so corrupt, and the pile-on is so amazing… But unfortunately for them, I think the voters are going to see through it. We’ll find out on November 8th.”

Clinton responded that his statement was “horrifying… and really troubling.” She added that Trump was denigrating and talking down our democracy, and “I, for one, am appalled that somebody who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind of position.”

Apparently, Mrs. Clinton has forgotten the 2000 election when Al Gore refused to accept election results that showed George Bush won. When speaking at a 2002 fundraiser, Clinton said that George Bush had been “selected, not elected” president of the United States.

Horrifying, isn’t it?

Continue praying for the election. God is merciful and kind. He is most interested in what happens in our lives, and He cares who occupies the White House. But thankfully, our well-being is not in who wins or loses, but in the grace of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

2 Sam. 22:3 – The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior; thou savest me from violence.

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