Forgiveness used to be a Conservative value… not so this election season!

GOP, Establishment, RNC, Hillary Clinton
GOP, Establishment, RNC, Hillary Clinton

Yom Kippur, the holiest of Jewish days is upon us. It is a day of atonement, self reflection, and a time where if we put the right amount of effort in repentance we are forgiven by God of our sins. There is a reason why God created this day for us, we are human.

Donald Trump, the 2016 Republican nominee, is far from perfect.  Let’s make it clear, all humans are far from perfect. Trump has said some things over 10 years ago that were inappropriate, yes, for sure. Let’s get right down to it.

We are not voting for the next rabbi of the United States or the pope of the United States, we are voting for the next President of the United States. A leader of the free world. A Commander in Chief of the United States Military. This is who we are voting for.

I am shocked by some of the comments from Never Trump conservatives regarding Trump’s comments. I expected more from them.

In Judaism, we, as Jews, are supposed to be forgiving and understanding as the Torah teaches us and I know that is also taught in Christian doctrine. There is a Bible verse stating that the one without sin can cast the first stone. But no one threw, because they knew they were all sinners. That’s something I remembered being an Army Chaplain Assistant monitoring chapel services few years ago.

Who are all of you to judge a small comment which was meant to be private when everyone of you has had sins of your own? I admit I have made many mistakes in my life.

And shame on the GOP for backing out on Trump. Turning your back on someone because they made a mistake over 10 years ago does not represent conservative values. Your behavior towards Trump has shown me you are all nothing but hypocrites. At least Trump has the chutzpah to admit he is not a perfect person, and for his honesty that is something to admire him about.

Plus Trump’s mistakes were not fatal like Clinton’s. Donald Trump offered a decent apology. He said he was wrong and apologized for it. I feel we as the conservatives should accept it and move on.

As far as Liberals go, well I am not surprised. From the beginning of this election you supported a candidate who does not care about leaving 4 Americans to die in Benghazi, or sending weapons to ISIS, deleting 30,000 emails which were secret and kept on a public server. So by all means continue to be hypocritical.

Fellow conservatives, this is a time of repentance and forgiveness, and we owe it to ourselves to forgive Trump and continue to support him all the way to the White House.

Cartoon Credit AFBranco at ComicallyIncorrect

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David Weissman was born in Queens, NY and served 13 years in the U.S. Army as a chaplain assistant, including two deployments to Afghanistan. Upon being honorably discharged he made the Jewish right of return (Aliyah) and moved to the city of Ashkelon in Israel where he experienced the war with Hamas in the summer of 2014. David is now a freelance writer living in the city of Efrat in the Jerusalem district.


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