I caught the last segments of the presidential debate Monday night. It was a bit disappointing for me. I suppose everyone who reads my blog probably realizes that I am not a Clinton advocate at all. From the beginning I did not like Trump either. As a person I still don’t care for the man, but, I believe that God has raised him up for a time like this. God can use anyone He chooses for any purpose He chooses, much like Cyrus as recorded in 2 Chronicles, Ezra, and Isaiah. I was disappointed in Trump, he acted somewhat cavalier in his attitude toward the debate. Maybe that is not exactly the right word, but, for now it is what I have. He came across to me as arrogant, combative and ill prepared. If I had not already made up my mind, his demeanor would not have garnered my vote. I can see why so many conservatives are opposed to him. Clinton on the other hand put her attorney hat on and presented herself as professional, prepared and serious. I can’t say that I believe anything she says, but, if I were unaware of her history and undecided then the debate could have pulled me more in her favor. However, regardless of the professionality of her demeanor during the debate, her expressions while listening to Trump seemed forced and disingenuous. Where he displays his raw emotions openly, she hides hers behind a well practiced façade.
I do believe that Clinton was speaking lies on many things, particularly those comments about Trump and his involvement in discrimination, his treatment of women, his inexperience to be a leader. For goodness sake the man is a very successful businessman, that means he is a leader. We may not like some of his business tactics, but, he is successful and that counts in his favor. Whether she was intentionally speaking lies or whether she believes lies that others in her campaign feed her is irrelevant. Either way it does not speak well of her character. I also think that she was not being completely honest about her own thoughts on issues. Actions speak louder than words, both candidates could practice more action with fewer words.
I did go to the NPR website to read through the transcript of the debate and the commentary from various experts. It seemed pretty obvious to me that the commentators are biased in favor of Clinton and have bought into some of the misinformation that is promulgated by government and science. The climate change issue, is really a non-issue because even with the impact humans have on the planet it has always gone through cycles and what is happening now is unprecedented and has more to do with Biblical prophesy than anything else. But, religious implications cannot be considered in a country that has denied God. The commentary about fuel prices being lower than during the first year of Obama’s presidency and the final years of the Bush presidency do not take into account the price manipulation of other oil producing countries in an effort to keep control of the oil. I don’t think that Obama had much to do with the price of oil dropping, but the commentator was giving him all the credit. There were other instances, but, I won’t list them I only mentioned the first couple to point out that the commentators at NPR are feeding people the party line.
Back to my own impression on the debate. Trump’s response to her various allegations was spontaneous without any forethought. He did not seem prepared to defend himself in a logical, clearly spoken and rational manner. You could see the range of emotions on his face as he listened to Clinton. Unfortunately the man frowns a lot. His lip pursing and brow narrowing could easily be misinterpreted by viewers. Is he unhappy that she’s spreading lies or unhappy that this matter was brought up because he knows it’s true and he has to think of a way to deflect?
My husband has a saying about successful people at any level. In order to succeed one must know how to hide their inadequacies and deflect blame. I think Clinton was doing a good job of that in the debate last night. Trump did not pull it off so well and spent too much time in his own defense and in lashing out at Clinton verbally. He has some really rough edges and Clinton is much better at smoothing out her own in a public debate.
By the way, she actually looked pretty good for the part of the debate that I viewed. If she really has some health issues then they were well under control Monday night. Maybe those days of rest before the debate were just what she needed. I’m only a few years younger than Clinton and there is no way I could keep up the kind of schedule she has. I would be in excessive pain in my hip and back by standing at a podium for as long as a debate takes. It would take several days to recover. I certainly couldn’t keep up the travel pace either. So, she seems to be doing pretty good for her age. Trump is a bit older than she is and seems to have more stamina for the campaign schedule. I’d say it has to do with his lifestyle. Sure he’s been married a few times and his current wife is much younger than he is. I can’t say much to that, there about the same age difference between Donald and Melania as my dad and mom. Who am I to talk about that age difference? According to his own words he has never consumed alcohol, smoked, or taken any sort of illicit drugs. I would say he probably eats a pretty healthy diet too. We never hear anything bad about his health and if there was something I’m sure the mainstream media would be all over it.
If I have the opportunity I will try and catch future debates. If Trump does not listen to his advisors and make himself better prepared for the next debates then I do not see any reason to actually watch them. Maybe his roughness is his appeal to many Americans who are angry, but, I am not an angry American. Instead, I am saddened at the state of our country. This is because I know that regardless of who the next president is or if that person takes office legitimately or by deceit, our country is in a state of terminal decline because they have denied God and His role in establishing this once great nation.
2 Chronicles 36:22-23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
The Decree of Cyrus
22 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, the word of the Lord spoken through[a] Jeremiah was fulfilled. The Lord put it into the mind of King Cyrus of Persia to issue a proclamation throughout his entire kingdom and also to put it in writing:
23 This is what King Cyrus of Persia says: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and has appointed me to build Him a temple at Jerusalem in Judah. Whoever among you of His people may go up, and may the Lord his God be with him.
Ezra 1:1-2 (HCSB)
The Decree of Cyrus
1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, the word of the Lord spoken through Jeremiah was fulfilled. The Lord put it into the mind of King Cyrus to issue a proclamation throughout his entire kingdom and to put it in writing:
2 This is what King Cyrus of Persia says: “The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and has appointed me to build Him a house at Jerusalem in Judah.
Restoration of Israel through Cyrus
24 This is what the Lord, your Redeemer who formed you from the womb, says:
I am Yahweh, who made everything;
who stretched out the heavens by Myself;
who alone spread out the earth;
25 who destroys the omens of the false prophets
and makes fools of diviners;
who confounds the wise
and makes their knowledge foolishness;
26 who confirms the message of His servant
and fulfills the counsel of His messengers;
who says to Jerusalem, “She will be inhabited,”
and to the cities of Judah, “They will be rebuilt,”
and I will restore her ruins;
27 who says to the depths of the sea, “Be dry,”
and I will dry up your rivers;
28 who says to Cyrus, “My shepherd,
he will fulfill all My pleasure”
and says to Jerusalem, “She will be rebuilt,”
and of the temple, “Its foundation will be laid.”
45 The Lord says this to Cyrus, His anointed,
whose right hand I have grasped
to subdue nations before him,
to disarm[a] kings,
to open the doors before him
and the gates will not be shut:
2 “I will go before you
and level the uneven places;[b]
I will shatter the bronze doors
and cut the iron bars in two.
3 I will give you the treasures of darkness
and riches from secret places,
so that you may know that I, Yahweh,
the God of Israel call you by your name.
4 I call you by your name,
because of Jacob My servant
and Israel My chosen one.
I give a name to you,
though you do not know Me.
5 I am Yahweh, and there is no other;
there is no God but Me.
I will strengthen[c] you,
though you do not know Me,
6 so that all may know from the rising of the sun to its setting
that there is no one but Me.
I am Yahweh, and there is no other.
7 I form light and create darkness,
I make success and create disaster;
I, Yahweh, do all these things.
8 “Heavens, sprinkle from above,
and let the skies shower righteousness.
Let the earth open up
so that salvation will sprout
and righteousness will spring up with it.
I, Yahweh, have created it.
9 “Woe to the one who argues with his Maker—
one clay pot among many.[d]
Does clay say to the one forming it,
‘What are you making?’
Or does your work say,
‘He has no hands’?[e]
10 How absurd is the one who says to his father,
‘What are you fathering?’
or to his mother,
‘What are you giving birth to?’”
(I love it when Yahweh Himself speaks to people in the Old Testament. GP)