The following is my letter of resignation to the Yavapai County Republican Party:
Chairman Sensmeier and fellow Board Members,
I began my political journey as a young, loyal GOP voter in the 2008 election. As time went on, it became obvious that not much of what the GOP did actually represented the conservative principles I believed and that they claimed. On the contrary, the Republican Party for decades had actually been standing firmly as an obstacle to conservatism. Through fear and the siren song of “unity to beat the Democrats”, I and others like me were being driven to vote against our own values and faith, rewarding people who had no intention of keeping the promises they made on the issues we cared about. Rather than retreat from the system, I decided to do what I could to change it. I became more politically involved at the tail end of the Tea Party movement in 2012, and while most of my efforts to change the GOP were met with disappointment, I personally became more involved and determined to do what I could to fight for my principles within the structure of the Party that had once served as a vehicle for conservative values and Christian principles.
That path ends today.
Through the nomination of Donald Trump, the Party has shifted from an obstacle to a political enemy of my values. Of course, this doesn’t mean that I have anything in common with the Democrats either. In fact, if there were an “against Hillary” option on the ballot, I would gladly fill that bubble. But that is sadly not the case. The option presented by the Republican Party has a name and a face. It is a person with a demonstrated record that I must consider on his own merits. If there’s one thing my time in politics has taught me, it’s that voting against my principles is the best way to ensure that they aren’t represented. So in reality, I would actually be robbing the system of my voice and throwing away my vote by casting it against my beliefs. Nothing has done more to expose this reality than this election cycle, and I will not do it again.
The stark reality of being told that I must make a choice between a degenerate, corrupt, narcissistic, big-government progressive strongman on one hand, and Hillary Clinton on the other has awakened my senses to just how far we’ve fallen. These candidates are merely a symptom of a society that has rejected God.
The saddest part is that Trump is being pushed by those who should know better, having once stood for what was right. Those who once decried the deviancy of Bill Clinton, now extol the virtues of Donald Trump. Those who opposed the executive overreach of Obama and recognized the danger it posed to Liberty, now cry out for their own strongman like the Israelites demanding a king. Those who once stood for Christian family values, now try to defend the actions of a sexual predator as “locker room talk”, retreating from their responsibility to protect women and girls, and acting as if this were some sort of outburst of masculinity. Those who claim to follow Christ who died for all turn a blind eye to the dark strain of racism and nationalism that has risen on the heels Trump.
The examples are endless. All of the actions and ideas that were once so wrong when they were done by Democrats, have become suddenly acceptable to enable and support in Trump. Do we really believe we can take this fire into our bellies and not be burned the same as others? Is America so special that it can repeat the mistakes of history without suffering the same pain? Should we be surprised that young Americans largely want nothing to do with our churches and political organizations?
In my astonishment at the level of hypocrisy demonstrated by so many in this election, what I’ve begun to realize is that very few are actually voting for the real Donald Trump. They are voting for a fantasy to carry out their own desires, a hero to defeat their political enemies, an idol that promises everything they want without consequences or reality. This is why they can so easily cling to fleeting pandering promises from a man with no record to back them up, while simultaneously ignoring the long trail of broken promises that ought to deter any sane person from placing a shred of trust in the same man. We cannot separate him from who he is in order to justify ourselves.
This is the most regrettable thing about this election cycle. While I do not deny there is much to lose in a Hillary Clinton presidency, I can also not ignore the reality that in abandoning our values, we surely lose everything. As a Christian, I believe in a God who is greater than all earthly political schemes. A God capable of carrying out His will through, or in spite of, any political leader. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but love, power, and a sound mind. While we fret about the Supreme Court, God holds a Higher Court. We speak in apocalyptic terms about a loss of religious Liberty while reading the epistles of a man who was imprisoned and on death row for his faith. What irony. What a sad testimony would I tell the world if I showed them that God could not be trusted enough to apply His standards to my political choices? God does not ask for us to control outcomes, or make decisions based on calculations of what others will do. He asks for us to obey Him and leave the results in His hands.
It is no accident that we cling so tightly to our political idols when it has become obvious that an act of God is our only hope for America. This a strategy we must break from. Surely, we must see that a system offering Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the face of spiritual, moral, and cultural decline, is beyond any hope that either of them could ever offer. His Word says that if we humble ourselves and pray, and turn from our sin, then He will heal our nation. How can we then seek a savior in a man who lifts himself up in pride as Nebuchadnezzar, and spits in the face of God, claiming that he alone can solve our problems? I declare that only Jesus Christ can make America great again. It is only in obedience to Him, and submission to His standards and plan for our salvation that we can find any hope for our lost nation.
And so I am writing this to encourage others to follow their conscience, and let their faith guide them in this election. That isn’t to say that we should not be politically involved or vote, but it is to say that we should remember why we are politically involved and why we vote. Let us do this as if we are servants of God, not as if He is a servant of us and our desires for power and fleeting political victory, or a security blanket subject to our fears. Let us overcome our fears and vote as if we believe what we say, that God is in control, and obedience to Him is our only hope. And let us not be unequally yoked with unbelievers who would seek to bring our faith under submission to their desires for political power. Let us reject the voices of those who would try to tell us we have a moral obligation to violate our morals.
To that end, I hereby resign from my positions in the Arizona and Yavapai County Republican Parties, and will no longer be registered as a Republican while I await a new vehicle that will allow me to carry my Christian faith and conservative values into the public square without compromising the integrity of them. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18