In 2019 we know that the Russians tampered with our elections as if we were a third-world country. Who knew before it happened that it was possible for a foreign country to affect the election results of the most powerful nation on earth? Remember the "hanging chads" in Florida. Do you remember the questions of unfairness that seemed to linger over the Bush-Gore results, when President Bush's brother, Jeb Bush, governor of Florida, appeared to have some possible impact on the outcome of how chads were dealt with? There are still some Democrats talking about how Bush "stole the election."
On a scale galactically greater in magnitude, the Russians tampered with US election results, and Republican leaders have helped downplay it's impact because it helped the "any Republican will do" candidate win and further discussion of it might diminish his chance of winning again in the future.
Since the election, we know that the President joked publicly with Vladimir Putin about not tampering with the next election. And far more gravely, we understand that the President and members of his staff have sought the aid of a foreign government (Ukraine) to affect the outcome of the 2020 elections.
The President showed absolutely no remorse in inviting Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son. Moreover, with impeachment proceedings looming, President Trump publicly stated that he would welcome China's assistance in investigating the Bidens: "China should start an investigation into the Bidens, because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine."
I am a Reagan-era, military man who spent 28 years in a uniform. We spent so many years preparing for the Russian and Chinese, communist, threat, viewing Russia and China as America's greatest enemies. We were made to study how the US fought both these countries by proxy in Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan. Perhaps, that seriously affects my view of the President's coziness with President Putin and his failure to outright condemn him for Russia's involvement in the 2016 elections. It causes me even greater alarm when I think of a sitting US President inviting China to become a factor in the presidential elections.
"My Republican colleagues' silence seems unsustainable and inexcusable, given the threat to our national security as well as the integrity of our democratic institutions," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) (Rucker, 2019)
These matters are far larger than the Republican party, they are as Senator Blumenthal said, matters of national security. No two countries pose a more significant threat to the security of our nation. These nations are not our friends. They are not friends of Democracy. If we are cooperating with them, there will be a price to pay, even if it's just a lowering of our defenses, taking our eye off the fact that they are more than just ideological rivals, but economic and military rivals as well. Here's an example of what the President's compromise could look like:
What did @realDonaldTrump promise China in exchange for interfering in our election? An easier deal on trade? Ignoring crackdown on Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement? Condoning repression of religious freedom? #TruthExposed @SpeakerPelosi
I don't believe, as Speaker Pelosi, suggests, that the President, offered these types of concessions to China, to do so would be an act of treason. I do believe, however, that by asking the Chinese to investigate Joe Biden, that the President unwittingly weakens his negotiating position on all of the things speaker Pelosi mentioned.
Third-world countries get their elections tampered with by the communist Superpowers. Inviting Chinese assistance, winking at Russian involvement, lowers our global prestige, and compromises the foundation of Democracy in a manner that would cause the Founding Fathers to roll over simultaneously in their graves.
The President is not just compromising Democracy in the United States but across the globe. If the integrity of the democratic process can be compromised by China and Russia in the United States, what chance do the other Democratic nations have in standing up against them?
How do we, as Christians, fit into all this? Christians have been an integral part of supporting the notion that "any Republican candidate will do." We, as Christians, however, must realize that Communism has always been a great threat to the spread of Christianity. Anyone who has ever worked with missions in a communist country will attest to that. Any act of the President that strengthens the hand of the Russians and Chinese likely also weakens the strength of Democratic ideals in the global political ecosystem. When Democratic ideals suffer, free speech and free elections suffer. The weakening of Democratic ideals across the globe is also without question, a threat to the spreading of the gospel.
If the greatest Democracy in the history of the planet can be compromised by Russia or China, especially at our invitation, how can we be so foolish to think that it will not further embolden these Communist nations to influence elections in other Democratic nations? What would then be the impact on the spread of the gospel in those nations?
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