2016 Election Christianity

Which Presidential Candidate Should Christians Support?

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Written by Tim Dukeman

 

These rankings are based on a Christian, constitutional perspective, as best I understand it. As I say this, I don’t intend to imply that those who rank the candidates differently are not truly conservatives. I’ve done my best to give both the positives and negatives of each candidate, rather than ignoring the negatives of my preferred candidate (Cruz) and only giving criticisms of all the others. Obviously, this list isn’t even close to exhaustive, and much more can be said about each of the candidates.

Here’s how I think a Christian, Constitutional Conservative should view the candidates. If you think I’m wrong, comment away!

Without further ado, the rankings:

  1. Ted Cruz
    ++Literally memorized the Constitution
    ++Fantastic on Abortion, Marriage, and Religious Freedom
    +Best Immigration position in the field
    ++Great on Supreme Court Justices
    +Doesn’t think America should be in the middle of every war, everywhere
    +Great likability ratings
    +Great on taxes and spending
    -Not as electable as Rubio
    -Not especially likable

(drop off)

  1. Marco Rubio
    ++The most likable candidate in the field by a wide margin. Great speaker.
    +Great on Abortion and Religious Freedom, solid on marriage
    ++Great on taxes and spending
    ++Great on Supreme Court Justices
    +Great likability ratings
    -He favors enforcement first on immigration, but he won’t take citizenship off the table. On an existential issue like immigration, that’s a big deal.
    -Has betrayed conservatives before, so it’s hard to trust him. However, Republicans in Congress could block him from doing anything disastrous on immigration.
    -Thinks America should be in the middle of every war, everywhere.
    -Might be too immature as a candidate.

(HUGE drop off)

  1. Jeb Bush
    +A solid record on taxes and spending
    +Defended Terry Schaivo
    +Should appoint fairly good Supreme Court justices
    ++Fantastic record on School Choice
    -Personifies the Republican Establishment
    –Outrageously terrible on immigration, worse than even Bernie Sanders.
    –Favors exceptions on abortion
    -Didn’t learn any lessons from his brother’s disastrous Middle East military adventures.
    –Terrible likability ratings

(HUGE drop off)

  1. Donald Trump
    +Very good on immigration, though his plan might be vulnerable to touch-and-go amnesty.
    +Doesn’t think America should be in the middle of every war, everywhere
    +Amazingly talented politician
    –Completely undefined political views
    –Doesn’t want to cut spending at all
    –Doesn’t want to defund PP
    –Would appoint terrible SC Justices
    -Bad likability ratings
    –Openly hostile to the separation of powers and limited, constitutional government

(drop off)

  1. John Kasich
    +Good on taxes.
    +Crossover appeal with independents
    –Terrible on spending
    -Bad on marriage
    -Bad on religious freedom
    –Shows outright contempt for Conservatives. Thinks that people who oppose redistribution of wealth are evil.
    –Views redistribution of wealth as a moral mandate.

(drop off)

  1. Bernie Sanders
    +Better than you’d expect on immigration (he admits that we should have borders)
    +Better than you’d expect on guns
    –If he got his way, he would completely destroy the American Economy. Congress could stop much of his agenda, however.
    –Perhaps the most notorious advocate of Marxist Class Warfare in American history.
    -Does he even have a foreign policy?
    –Would appoint terrible SC Justices
    –The embodiment of utopian foolishness

(drop off)

  1. Hillary Clinton
    +Seems to understand that a Welfare State works better if you don’t kill the economy in pursuit of utopian socialism.
    –Hates conservatives with tremendous passion. Would use the arm of government to punish her opponents.
    –The embodiment of political corruption
    –Would be a malicious, menacing threat to conservatives everywhere, especially Christians.
    –Loves abortion more than anyone in the world (with the possible exception of Barack Obama)
    –Would make the total destruction of religious freedom a top priority

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Tim Dukeman

Tim is a graduate of the University of Memphis, earning his Master's in Political Science with concentrations in American Politics and Political Theory. He lives in Louisville with his wife. You can find him on Twitter @TDukeman

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