“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” – Abraham Lincoln

This election cycle I proudly sent my ballot in for Donald Trump. I wanted to take the time to explain why myself and so many others voted for him as well as some of my theories regarding the election and America.

First off, we voted for Trump because a lot of us see Trump as a vote against the system and against liberal progressive policies. Let me ask you this: Take Obama the person out of the equation and honestly ask yourself….was the country more united or more divided after his 8 years as president? It’s quite obvious that the country was more divided. We need change more than ever and another democratic candidate just won’t get it done. Furthermore, balance has to be restored.

I personally believe that the ideas of liberalism have infiltrated society and manipulated way too many people. The whole liberal movement has hijacked a portion of society who are completely uneducated (Not all liberals are uneducated. Some are incredibly intelligent and I respect their opinions.) and have never taken the time to really understand the ideas behind the sanctity of the constitution and the issues that both the republican party and the democratic party hold.

I can tell you this. At one point in time I had considered becoming an independent. I had considered this until I objectively looked at true conservatism. I thought, “wow I actually agree with this”. I could never support abortion, I told myself. Abortion in the United States occurs up to 24 to 26 weeks. At around 8 weeks a baby has a heartbeat. At 24 to 26 weeks, a baby is fully formed but yet we’re going to kill it? That doesn’t sound like pro choice at all. Where’s the baby’s choice? In 2012, the CDC reported that there were over 650,000 legal abortions among those that were actually reported. Over the past couple of years there have been millions of abortions nation wide. This is not even a political opinion. Abortion and murder is morally wrong.

Nevertheless, many of us agree on the stances like these of the republican party and Donald Trump was and is an opening for that. But let’s talk more about the issues. Donald Trump has said repeatedly he wants to protect our 2nd amendment. The founding fathers gave us this amendment to protect us from the dangers of people and tyrannical governments that may try to infiltrate the system (and yes I believe in background checks). We believe in protecting the constitution and that fundamental right.

We also believe in a stronger military. While a promise is only a promise, Trump has claimed he wants to build back the military. This is crucial in a time where ISIS is running crazy. We need a strong military. As technology advances and governments around the world continue to build up their military, we cannot become victim to policies that tear down our military. If anything needs to be funded in a society that is running rampant with debt, it’s the military.

This leads to my next point. Our country may be at the point of no return financially. We have done this to our self and sadly we may be too late. Our country is currently at it’s lowest labor force participation rate in 38 years. That number stands at 62.4%, depending on who you ask. Furthermore, our debt as a nation is over $19 trillion! We need a candidate who actually has experience in business. Donald Trump may be the most qualified candidate economically speaking that the country has ever seen.

I think one of the biggest issues people related to was ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. I love immigration but illegal immigration has got to go. In a world that is currently filled with violence and deception, Trump was one of the first and only candidates to speak out on this. How can we just open up borders with no checks on who is coming in? You really want that? Let me give you a little scenario. Saddam Hussein walks up to the border and walks straight into the country. You’re okay with that? Look, I want to help immigrants as much as the next person but there are safer and more intelligent ways to help the poor and needy from neighboring countries and countries abroad. Safe Zones are an example of this. Just because you support the securing of our borders does not mean you can’t still help. Supporting legal immigration also does not make you a racist like some have claimed of Trump. Is it not true that some people who come across the border could be criminals? Actually it’s a fact that if you come across the border illegally you ARE a criminal by law. The media blew this one up and took it out of context.

Beyond immigration, there are a ton of other reasons that Trump was a candidate 50% of the population wanted to endorse. I know for me personally, I like the idea of repealing the Johnson amendment which gives organizations a voice to endorse candidates.

For me, I know one of the biggest reasons I voted for Trump was because I was sick of seeing the bias in the media. The media has created a double standard for all of society and a vote for Trump was a way of me sticking it to them. We look at a tape of a man that was over ten years ago and we point the finger claiming words such as bigot, racist, sexist and more. I say he who is without sin shall cast the first stone. Largely, from a society standpoint, we’re all hypocrites. Look at the music you’re listening to. The same people who claimed this stuff often we’re the same people endorsing music that objectifies women. The same people who claimed this stuff we’re the same people going to watch 50 Shades of Grey. How as a society can we claim such a thing from a single event in a man’s life while we endorse the same? No I do not think he is any of those things and I will gladly stand by this. Now, is he a perfect man? No he’s not and I would say he is far from that. He’s said some very wrong things that I do not approve of. So do I love Donald Trump from an action standpoint? No I do not. From a Christ like stand point I do love him though. I support Donald Trump. I support the influence he has in his life right now of Godly men such as Mike Pence, Mike Huckabee, and Dr. Ben Carson. I pray over Donald Trump.

Trump was never my first candidate. Ben Carson was my pick. Donald Trump is an imperfect human being that is flawed just like the rest of us. He’s made some mistakes, some of which he has apologized for and others which he has not. Nevertheless, this is just my opinion but as you can see it’s an opinion that I have put quite a bit of thought into. For all I know, Donald Trump could be a horrendous president and if that is the case then you were right, we shouldn’t have voted for him.

So no, I do not expect everyone to think like I do. I do not have an expectation that you vote like me. If you voted for Hilary Clinton, I still love you. If you voted for Gary Johnson, I still love you. More than the voting and the chaos that has surrounded this election, I have love for this country. I feel blessed to live in a country where I have the right to express my speech and my faith. I want that continue. I also want you to have that right.

Lastly, I want to end it like this: No Jesus would have never picked a political side. The last thing we need to do is bash each other. As a country, no matter who is in office we need to pray for them. We need to remember that we’re One Nation Under God. We need to remember that a house divided against itself cannot stand. Division is not the answer. The only answer is unity. I am a Christian and I proudly voted for Donald Trump.

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Make life your passion. I am telling you to make life your passion because too many people walk around life as zombies. So many people wake up every morning scared to take on the day.

They get up in the morning and start with their cup of coffee to wake them up. Half asleep they get into the car and drive off to their 9 to 5 job with one focus in mind. Their focus is to get the day over with. They look to the weekends to solve their problems. They look to the late and drunk nights to help them withstand their broken spirit.

They see life as this huge mountain that they have to climb. Maybe, just maybe, this mountain is all based on perspective. The reality is that life is a continuous mountain. It’s true that life is tough. Life is tough on everyone whether you’re rich, poor, depressed, diseased, lonely, anxious, etc. For each person living on this earth, he or she has a set of circumstances in front of them that seem like a modern day Mount Everest.

Here’s where it gets good. Life may seem like a mountain but you have unlimited perseverance and endurance. God did not design you to go through life struggling. The struggle is the way of the world but you can overcome this.

Mount Everest

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See, the mistake that everyone makes is that passion is some sort of gift that only certain people hold. They don’t believe that they could ever hold the sort of passion that the greatest men and women of all time held. That’s a flat out lie.

Passion is a choice. Every day you have the choice to either roll over and die or you can live. You can make the choice to live for God. You can make the choice to live for the people around you every single day of your life. You can make the choice to be excellent in whatever you’re currently doing. You can make the choice to be ambitious and strive for your goals. Perseverance and passion is absolutely a choice and not a gift!

Are you going to be like the millions of other people out there who walk around with a negative attitude or are you going to make a difference in the lives of those around you? Are you going to make a difference in your own life? Are you going to empower yourself?

I get it. I really do get it. Life is hard and that’s why I write on the challenges of life but at some point we need to start making choices. We need to believe that we are stronger than what is holding us back.

EVERY SINGLE DAY OF OUR LIVES. Every single day of our lives the world will push us down. Even when you make the choice to make life your passion, the world will come against you. Circumstances will come against you. You will fail at overcoming obstacles and taking on difficult tasks. People will resent the energy that you bring. People will talk behind your back. It sounds terrible right?

Well it’s not terrible because you will succeed. As you love people and chase your dreams, good things will happen. You’ll find the right people who want to be around you because of the energy, inspiration, and the confidence that you bring.

So make the choice today. Don’t make the choice tomorrow. Don’t prolong this. Make a choice today to make life your passion and watch what begins to unfold.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.  – Maya Angelou

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You know that a dream is big enough when people start laughing at it. I have much come to the realization that no matter how big or small your dream is, people will often criticize and doubt it. They’ll look at you and laugh. Maybe they’ll laugh on the inside and other times they will laugh in front of you. Then, there are times where people will talk behind your back.

That’s good. It means that you are being totally unrealistic with yourself. Your dreaming something that should hardly be possible. That’s not a bad thing but you’ll start to believe that it is if you listen to the skeptics for too long.

The skeptics will tell you that it’s not worth your time. They’ll ask you why you would spend years working on a dream while making virtually no money. The skeptics will often remind you that only 1% every truly make it into what you are trying to do. But guess what?

The skeptics are absolutely right. The dream that you are dreaming is way too big. On paper, you stand virtually no chance. There’s more. What do you think the critics and haters said to the current 1% living out their dream? They said the same exact things.

So next time you hear a critic, just remember there are people who achieve their dreams. The way I look at it is with this simple question. Is God not big enough to help you accomplish that dream? I once heard a line say that if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain move from here to there and it will be done. How much faith do you have in your dream?

On top of the world

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That’s the question you have to ask yourself. Another question you have to ask is whether or not it’s worth the sacrifice, because if it’s not, then you might as well give up on it now because the challenges that come with your passions are incredibly difficult. They might suffocate you if you don’t have the will power to see it through. But it can be done. I swear to you it can.

Remember this too. If the road of a dreamer was easy, then everyone would be doing it but it’s not. This is not meant to discourage you but to give you the facts and to encourage you that you can do it. I have faith that anyone reading this can accomplish their goals and dreams if they put their mind to it. You have to have self-belief and you have to be your number one fan. If you’re not your own number one fan, then nobody will ever truly take on that role.

On this day, have it in mind that you can accomplish your goals and dreams. Listen to the critics and let them inspire you. Remember that the critics are on the sidelines for a reason while you play out the game.

So now you have the option to choose for yourself. What’s it going to be? Are you going to run away from your dream for fear of failure or are you going to dive in? What’s the worst that can happen? If it doesn’t work, at least you can say that you tried.

I believe in you, so now believe in yourself….

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