The Trump presidency represents my values

Ashley Verdugo/ Contributing Writer

Within Trump’s first year as president he has proven to relate to people of faith. In the midst of the left media accusing him of being inexperienced, he’s proven that he represents the people.

He campaigned on one clear message: the American people will be heard. Hillary Clinton was a polished government official, but Trump related to Americans. He talked about faith, small government and abiding by the Constitution.

Evangelical Christians became his base and ultimately put him in the White House. During his first year, he made it clear that his administration will not sway from the campaign promises.

He’s tightening immigration laws. Congress has set aside $20 million for prototypes. Eight prototypes have been built to determine the best design to keep illegal immigrants out. Many have called the President “Hitler” for wanting to tighten restrictions on immigration.

But what they don’t realize is that he is a public servant. His job, first and foremost, is to protect the American people.

No one can deny that the immigration laws in this country need to be improved. Both aisles of the political spectrum are advocating for improvement. “Sanctuary cities” have long broken the law for protecting illegal immigrants. That’s completely bizarre.

No one should be awarded for breaking the law. No other country in the world would allow this type of behaviour, why should America?

Trump has surrounded himself with faith filled leaders such as Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell Jr., and Paula White. He doesn’t deny the discrimination against people of faith in this country and wants to improve that.

News flash, being a Conservative Christian doesn’t make you likable in politics. Hillary Clinton said, “you must update your faith to fit modern society” and I absolutely disagree.

Government doesn’t have the right to tell you to“update” your values with whatever society decides to believe that day. The first amendment clearly states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”.

The Constitution doesn’t “update” its right on the American people.

Trump understands this and passed an executive order promoting free speech and religious liberty. The executive order doesn’t create new laws, it enforces the existing ones and gives the churches their voice back. But he didn’t just stop there.

His Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an amicus brief in support of the Christian baker, Jack Phillips for the Supreme Court case being heard later in December. He didn’t bake a cake for a homosexual couple after citing religious beliefs.

Phillips’ is a small business owner who’s being pressured by the federal government to provide a service that goes against his belief. Last time I checked the Constitution, that’s not how a republic works. The government doesn’t get to force was to go against our values to accommodate others.

The amicus brief from the DOJ makes it clear that forcing Phillip’s to provide a service against his religious belief is a violation of his freedom of religion and expression.

The Trump administration isn’t stepping in to change laws in Phillip’s favor, they’re reminding the Supreme Court that the Constitution will not be ignored.

Politicians don’t relate to Americans the way they used to. Politics have become separate from people of faith. But Trump brought faith back into the white house.



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