The Latter-day Saints Still Have Standards

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has standards.



Those who follow these standards have been ridiculed throughout the ages. Today, People who wish to change these standards are still incorrect, even though they claim “times have changed.” Not much has changed how the world regards the prophets, though. In the past, they were stoned; today, they’re verbally & legally assaulted or simply ignored.


Prophets still speak.

The Book of Mormon is still true, and ever will be.

Tattoos and piercings are still desecrations of the body, which is a temple.

Alcohol and drugs are still morally wrong to use. They affect your judgement, which robs you of your moral agency.

Coffee is still unworthy to drink… and will keep you out of the holy temple, and you will be unable to participate in the ordinances of salvation. Tea of the leaf falls under this same category.

Sex should only take place between a married man and woman. Always has this been a commandment, as long as man and woman have been on the earth, and ever will it be.

(Not sure what the limits are? Take a watch of this video.)

Homosexual activity (NOT feelings), of ANY kind, is still a sin. If you’re a member of the Church, it’s apostasy. (But we still love those who are engaged in this behavior and do not perpetrate hate toward them, as this is not Christlike behavior to hate those who do not hold our same moral standards.)

Pornography is still evil, and ever will it be destructive in the lives of any who touch its unworthy hand. If you struggle with it, consider getting the help you need.

Missions are still a commandment for young men. This has never been rescinded. President Thomas S. Monson has reemphasized this repeatedly during his tenure as the prophet.

Media choices are still something that influences how the Spirit can speak to you. If you choose to engage in unworthy media, you can expect that He will leave you until you’ve repented.

The requirements set forth from these prophets, who are living mouthpieces and speak as if Christ Himself were here, are just as valid, if not more so, today. The necessity of adhering to these principles and practices will help to ensure the doctrine of the priesthood is instilled in our hearts. (See Doctrine and Covenants 121 for more on this.)

That doctrine is that we can be clean from sin, through Jesus Christ. No matter what we have done, that invitation is open to all of us. When it comes to weakness, He will treat us with mercy, and He can help us make those weaknesses strong. (See more on this concept in this article from Ann Pingree.)

He expects us, however, to be and do our best, to NOT buckle on these standards, and invite all others to join in our walk to Him.

This is what it means to be a Mormon, a Latter-day Saint. Yes, times have changed. They’ve changed a lot. This means we’ll have to stand alone on not just some, but many issues.

Personally, I’d rather err on the side of the prophets. If they give guidance, even if it errs slightly, I can only be blessed in following their counsel, especially if I seek to gain my own testimony of whatever they teach. If I discard their words because I think they’re too old, then I rob myself of an opportunity to commune with the Holy Ghost and gain stronger personal grasp of what it means to have a prophet on the earth today.




The original post was made on October 10, 2014  on the author’s personal Facebook Page.


5 Things My Sales Career Has Taught Me about Relationships

When I was first approached to enter financial services as a sales professional, I was 23 and set on becoming an English major, with the eventual plan of obtaining a law degree. The man who would eventually become my first sales manager stayed persistent, pushing me to be my best self and eventually set me free to learn the sales world on my own.

When I got out there, I learned five absolutely invaluable concepts that helped me across all aspects of life, especially relationships. I’m really glad that sales manager stayed persistent because I’ve learned much about business, sales and strategy as a result of his efforts that encouraged me to take off my blinders and figure out there could be another path for me.

While I still plan on getting the law degree, sales jobs have given me a broader view of being my own boss, wanting my own firm and clients, so I can better support my family.

These goals, plans, and past experiences have greatly helped me and my wife to have a “we can win” mindset as a couple, and it even helped me find her and win her over in the first place. Her strong independence is critical to the success of our relationship and works well with my persistent, aggressive personality.

1.Qualify everyone – not everyone is a good fit. This is first on the list for a reason. Sure, someone can be exceptionally attractive, and you can be smitten by them, but if their personality doesn’t mesh with yours or you don’t share many or even some of the same values, chances are you’re setting the relationship up for failure.

This isn’t to say you shouldn’t date someone who is different from you. Quite the opposite, my wife enjoys very different activities from the ones I enjoy, which has forced us both to try new things and (gasp!) learn to like them. She’s quite introverted; I’m usually the center of attention at any social gathering. We balance each other out quite well.

Before my wife, I had a few spurts of dating anything that was female and even just mildly attractive. Most of these incidents didn’t last more than a few weeks, and they would last 3 to 4 months, at most. Only when I decided to stick with a certain type of person did I begin to see success and long-term relationships.

2. Be persistent. I don’t mean keep going after the person who clearly isn’t interested in you; this is harmful to your mental and emotional health. I do mean keep getting out there, keep meeting new people, keep asking people on dates (not just to hang out). Go to activities where you know there will be other single people and you know the opportunity to get to know someone will present itself.

I have had many prospects who I know would be a great match for what I’m selling, but because they’re not familiar with how my company works, I have to spend time calling, taking them to lunch, emailing, educating. Eventually, if we’re both willing to communicate what we’re looking for, we can come to a conclusion together whether or not it’s in the best interest of both parties to have a business relationship

The same goes for everyday romance. If you really are interested in someone but you’re not sure about their feelings, keep inviting them do join you. Eventually, they’ll see who you really are, and this may open opportunity to develop further relationships.

For those in committed relationships, especially marriage, this can be translated into “Be consistent.” Frequently do kind things; be a team player all the time, not just sometimes; tell your partner how much you love them and why, and do it daily.

For both stages of life, be the same person all the time, wherever you are, and you’ll find it attracts other genuine people, ensuring stability and success throughout the life of the relationship.

3. Play to win. Go after what’s attractive to you and don’t let up until it’s yours.

In my sales career, that’s been the goal of $100,000 annual income. I haven’t reached that goal yet, but it’s consistently at the front of my mind as I work throughout the day. If I was playing not to lose, I’d be satisfied with $50,000 a year, but I can tell you it won’t provide the type of lifestyle I want. Sure, it’s been really hard work building my career, and sometimes I end up in places I don’t want to be. But calculated risks usually end up either working out well, teaching me something valuable, or both.

The same goes for relationships. If you’re playing to not lose, you’ll end up in a mediocre relationship that might make you happy, sometimes. Conversely, when I told my mom I wanted to marry a gorgeous woman with a strong personality, she said, “Then you need to be ready to fight for it.” She couldn’t have given me better advice.

I fought for Jessica throughout our courting experience, and I continue to do that every day. She fights for me, too, and we make quite the winning team. We’re both

4. No doesn’t always mean no, but a firm no always means no. When someone says they’re not interested, do your best to find out why, if they’re willing to share with you. This can be valuable insight to help you improve yourself. When prospects tell me “no” or current clients cancel services, I do my best to figure out why it didn’t work out. I take it to my next sale and work to improve the relationships.

Understanding the boundary of a firm “no” is one of the most important skills you can develop in interpersonal relationships. In sales, some professionals set a number of “no’s” they want to hear before they back off. However, boxing yourself in like that isn’t the best way to do it. Instead, listening to understand concerns is your first step to avoiding a “no” in the first place.

Remember, though, that just because you make changes, it doesn’t mean the person will be interested. If this is the case, just do your best to move on. When someone firmly tells you they aren’t interested in a relationship, the very best thing is to move on and prospect elsewhere.

When I was engaged to another woman some years ago, I thought I had her sold on me. We were three weeks from the wedding when she called things off. Devastated as I was, the best thing I could do was show respect for her decision, head to therapy, and get back into the dating realm. I was a little broken and it was tough, but many girls I met during that time period really did understand and helped me see that I could bring value to a relationship.

While a dating/relationship “no” is more emotionally painful than the sales version of “no” because it’s a rejection of you and not your product/company/service, the end action should be the same: go find and create other opportunities, or you’ll burn out and begin to feel like you’re wasting your time.

Understand the “no” and respect it. Boundaries like this are healthy and will give you strength to love yourself and others more in the long run.

5. Relationships can sour if you don’t consistently care for them. Going along with “be consistent,” continue courting each other throughout the relationship. If a paying client isn’t regularly reminded that their business is appreciated, even if just by words alone, they’re likely to take their business elsewhere. They’ll forget why they bought from you in the first place, and they’ll begin to see paying you as a waste of money.

My wife and I go out regularly. It doesn’t always have to cost money; we can do things together like rock-climb or take dance lessons or even cook dinner together. Text messages throughout the workday help us to know that the other cares about what’s going on in our day-to-day routines.

I make sure she gets white roses (her favorite) regularly. She gives me shoulder rubs when I have a headache. Little things like this help us to continue to know that we love each other, and we make sure we verbalize “I love you” at least a few times a day.

Bonus for single people: Prospect everywhere, but develop specific places and sources that work well for you and use them regularly.

When I was single, I had specific places I went regularly to find people who shared my values and interests, including religion classes with my Church, Latin-dance social clubs, business networking meetings and more. I also created an online dating profile, which is how I ultimately met my wife. I did this because it was a consistent place to always be filling my “pipeline” with new people, and I met a lot of great girls that I would have otherwise never connected with, including my wife.

Understanding the boundary of a firm “no” is one of the most important skills you can develop in interpersonal relationships. In sales, some professionals set a number of “no’s” they want to hear before they back off. However, boxing yourself in like that isn’t the best way to do it. Instead, listening to understand concerns is your first step to avoiding a “no” in the first place.


Senator Paul’s bill to protect the separation of Powers

My friends, the fact that is has come to this is frankly very disturbing, but nonetheless, our government is functioning correctly. The President has vocalized intent to infringe on the Constitution- again- and Senator Rand Paul has introduced a bill to essentially nullify any executive orders that come out of the White House the would result in said infringement.

Also, please note: this bill is only 4 pages long, easy to read and understand, contains literally no special interests, and could easily pass both houses.  Even if the President vetoes it, said veto ought to be overridden by congress, putting and keeping legislative power back into the hands where it belongs: Congress.

Without further ado, here it is:



Here’s the link if you can’t see the embedment.

Thanks, Sen. Paul. We need more courageous people like you in Congress.





3 Financial Mistakes Many Young People Are Making

There are a lot of mistakes we can make in our early years as couples or even as individuals, but there are three things that can absolutely devastating effects.

Not Having enough life insurance/disability income insurance. There isn’t anything less wise than denying the fact that we will all die. Everyone will die at some point, and we all know that when that happens is entirely unpredictable. Moreover, not planning for this is irresponsible, even if you don’t have children or a spouse.

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Saying, “I’ll get life insurance later” is a sure way to make sure that by the time you do apply for it, it’s definitely going to be more expensive than if you bought it young. There’s even a serious risk that you may not be able to obtain enough coverage or even no coverage at all. Your health status can change overnight,  and there are many conditions that make you uninsurable.

An equally serious topic is long-term (3 months or more) disability insurance. There are multiple studies that show anywhere from 20% to 33% of adults in their 20s will experience a disability lasting anywhere from two to five years that will keep them from working full time and restrict them from being able to engage in at least two activities of daily living by themselves. wheelchair.jpg

Both these types of insurances are easily obtained by meeting with a financial advisor. I recommend meeting with an advisor that is either a broker or who works for a mutual insurance company with a large book of business and many happy clients.

People who sell these products have the proper licenses and training to help you make sound decisions about what types of financial products to buy, and will generally help you make a better decision about how much insurance you need than if you simply did an internet search by yourself. There’s a lot of garbage information out there from financial entertainers (who are usually unlicensed, inexperienced or both) and others who have even fewer credentials. Most of these people only have a background in real estate (I’m not knocking that, it’s just not financial planning) and hate the fact that people who work in the financial services make money from commissions or fees, and let their bias cloud their advice, which is hypocritical, given real estate agents and brokers make their money the same way.

Not starting retirement planning now. While you may think that there is plenty of time to begin saving for retirement, the fact is that the sooner you begin, the longer you’ll have to build a strong portfolio. This should be the central focus of your finances in your twenties, but it shouldn’t be a secondary thought, either.


You might say, “Hey, I’ve got a 401(k) at work. I’m contributing.” Cool story, bro. It’s likely not more than 6% of your gross income, and it’s also probably a pre-tax donation (meaning you’ll have to pay taxes on it in retirement). Your employer probably doesn’t match more than 3% either. That puts you at 9% pre-tax money (granted, 3% is definitely free money for you).

Most financial advisors recommend putting at least 10% of your take-home (net) income toward retirement, and more if you’re single. (My financial advisor has us working toward a goal of 20% monthly). If this is done for 8 years, and no more, and then you simply invest the money and allow it to grow, you’ll likely have more money at retirement than if you started on the 9th year and continued to contribute every year after that until retirement begins.

Not saving/Living paycheck to paycheck. This is perhaps the largest, yet most egregious error we can make with our finances. At least 10% should be going straight into your savings account and not be touched except in the event of job loss or an emergency.


Recently, the Washington Post published an article that nearly half of Americans can’t afford a $400 unexpected experienced. I suspect this is largely because of the consumer-minded culture that has developed in our country (and the West in general) of keeping up with the Joneses. It causes us to incur stifling debt, regularly spending more than we bring into our bank accounts. This kind of cognitive dissonance is disturbing and financially dangerous, especially in the long-term, bigger picture, but can be overcome on a household basis.

The two best things to overcome this financial illness are to 1) have an automatic savings plan and 2) create multiple streams of income. Doing this will help you overcome financial bumps (they will happen), giving you a reserve and helping you have a backup plan, preventing you from incurring more debt and ultimately making you the master of your finances.

BONUS TIP: Track all your expenses. If you are already doing the things above (and even if you’re not),  you may wonder where the rest of your money is going. Even more important than budgeting is tracking every penny that goes out of your bank account, your PayPal, your wallet, change jar, or any other form of spending that you have. Knowing what you spend and where you’re spending it will bring you peace of mind and ultimately stop you from continuing to make poor spending decisions.


The Role of the Mormon Prophets

I have a firm belief that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is just that: Jesus Christ’s true Church, Restored as it was when He was here on the earth in mortality, run by Saints, or everyday people who belong to that Church.

I make it no secret to anyone who knows me that I’m a Mormon, and it’s been this way since I was a child. I was raised in the Church, and I’m maximum grateful for that. I’m grateful for parents who taught me the clean doctrine of Christ, who taught me to be loyal to the prophet of God, and to always be strengthening my testimony of his role as prophet, seer and revelator.

Currently, that man is Thomas S. Monson. His 88 years have been dedicated to serving the Lord and testifying of Christ. He now holds the keys to the Kingdom, just as Joseph Smith did when he lived. He is Brother Joseph’s successor in every facet. I will be an apologist for this concept until my death, for every successor that comes from now until that day.



I’m aware that many now say that these men are wrong, are old, are out of touch. Quite the contrary, no group of men is more in touch with what the world is going through. For them to change with the times, as some suggest they should, would cause them to be “driven with  the wind and tossed,” as the ancient apostle James taught.

A particularly testimony-building experience of knowing the prophets are real happened for me when I was I sat in my living room in Florida, when I was 18 years old as I listened to the General Conference of the Church with my family. In that conference, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles clearly declared that “There are prophets in the land again.” (We sustain the Apostles as prophets, also.)

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As Elder Holland said the following, I was struck with the Holy Ghost, telling me that what he said is true. 

“… over the years some sources have suggested that the Brethren are out of touch in their declarations, that they don’t know the issues, that some of their policies and practices are out-of-date, not relevant to our times.

“As the least of those who have been sustained by you to witness the guidance of this Church firsthand, I say with all the fervor of my soul that never in my personal or professional life have I ever associated with any group who are so in touch, who know so profoundly the issues facing us, who look so deeply into the old, stay so open to the new, and weigh so carefully, thoughtfully, and prayerfully everything in between. I testify that the grasp this body of men and women have of moral and societal issues exceeds that of any think tank or brain trust of comparable endeavor of which I know anywhere on the earth. I bear personal witness of how thoroughly good they are, of how hard they work, and how humbly they live. It is no trivial matter for this Church to declare to the world prophecy, seership, and revelation, but we do declare it. It is true light shining in a dark world, and it shines from these proceedings.”

Elder David A. Bednar, also of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke to the matter of older men being called as prophets this past October 2015 and why this is a good thing:

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“Some people have suggested younger, more vigorous leaders are needed in the Church to address effectively the serious challenges of our modern world. But the Lord does not use contemporary philosophies and practices of leadership to accomplish His purposes (see Isaiah 55:8–9). We can expect the President and other senior leaders of the Church will be older and spiritually seasoned men.

The Lord’s revealed pattern of governance by councils in His Church provides for and attenuates the impact of human frailties. Interestingly, the mortal limitations of these men actually affirm the divine source of the revelations that come to and through them. Truly, these men are called of God by prophecy (see Articles of Faith 1:5)” (emphasis added).

The need for prophets is made clear in the book of Amos, in chapter 3, verse 7. “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, except he revealeth his secret unto his servants, the prophets.”

The Book of Mormon is replete with doctrine to back up the necessity of prophets. The Book of Ether, particularly, shows the need of prophets coming to call repentance, with accounts of prophets warning the people that their actions would lead to destruction if they don’t stop their wicked behaviors and follow Christ.


(Ether warns King Coriantumr of the pending destruction of his people if they refuse to repent. Source:


(Corianutmr, the last of the Jaredites, kills Shiz in a great final battle of his people, as depicted in the Book of Ether. Source:

The role of a prophet is not simply to “prophesy” as some might think. After King David’s adulterous affair with Bathsheba, Nathan the prophet and seer came to him and brought a message of repentance, even when David seeked to hide his sin by sending out Uriah (Bathsheba’s husband) into battle. The Lord gave Nathan this revelation to make clear that the king’s unchaste actions were absolutely unacceptable before the Him and that the King must repent.

The prophet’s stinging words, “Thou art the man” ought to resound with all of us, reminding us that keeping the commandments is paramount to salvation and exaltation, which David will not gain.



Jeremiah, although readily prophesying of the destruction of Jerusalem, had a more central message: repent. Jeremiah was thrown into prison numerous times because he called these people to repentance though his prophecies.



Joseph Smith rightly prophecied of the Civil War. In 1832, on Christmas Day, he received a revelation from the Lord helping him to understand what would happen in the coming years regarding the state of the Union. This was because of the wickedness of the people in the United States, their shunning the prophets and killing the saints. These people who would be “vexed” would be denied the priesthood blessings the Lord had restored through Joseph Smith.



A modern example of prophecy was set foward in 1995, when the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve released the Proclamation to the world on the Family. At the end of the document is a strong warning:

WE WARN that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets.”

Not only are we encouraged to make and keep covenants, but once again, they declare that there is active prophecy today.

So, what? What do we do, if there are really prophets in the land again? Elder Holland continued “Secondly, each of these conferences marks a call to action not only in our own lives but also on behalf of others around us, those who are of our own family and faith and those who are not.”

What is this call to action? It is to invite others to repent and to come unto Christ. This is the central role of the prophets: to testify of Christ. They testify that He came to earth, was born of a virgin, Atoned for our sins, illnesses and trials, was crucified on Golgotha, was buried in the tomb, and was Ressurected on the Sunday morning that followed.

Although some might demand constant new prophecy, I will make this clear: the central role of the prophets is to testify of Christ. It’s not to come out with brand new prophecies at the demand of every unsastified non-member, apostate/disobedient member, or anyone else, for that matter. The prophecies will come when the Lord send them, for they are revelation.

(If you want revelation, please seek for it yourself, through prayer, scripture study, temple attendance, Church attendance, and listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit.)

The Prophets and Apostles testify that Christ came to earth; was born of a virgin; that He atoned for our sins, illnesses and trials; that He was crucified on Golgotha, was buried in the tomb, and was Ressurected on the Sunday morning that followed, and that He lives today.


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Said President Russell M. Nelson“The ministry of the Apostles—the First Presidency and the Twelve—is to bring about that unity of the faith and to proclaim our knowledge of the Master. Our ministry is to bless the lives of all who will learn and follow the ‘more excellent way’ of the Lord [1 Corinthians 12:31; Ether 12:11]. And we are to help people prepare for their potential salvation and exaltation.” 



They testify that He lives, physically, again today. They actively testify that He will come again. Everything they do points to the preparation of the world for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, whether its the accelarated building of Holy Temples, dropping the age for missionaries to serve, or changing policies of the Church.



Prophets testify of Christ, inviting all of us to repent. This will indeed unify all of us, as President Nelson teaches. I add my voice to theirs, at this Christmas season, that He lives, and that the heavens are not closed.

Indeed, there are prophets in the land again.



The Two Main Reasons Donald Trump isn’t a true conservative

Not Conservative


“Build a wall!”

“Keep ISIS out!”

“Make America Great again!”

Yeah. It all sounds really good, at first. In fact, on the surface, it’s exactly what we all want to hear. After all, Donald Trump has   garnered more than 30% of the republican voter support, according to some of the latest polls, and some polls putting him as high as 38%. 

He’s steadily rising in his numbers. So are Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who, as of yesterday, was at 15%, but Trump still maintains a very strong lead. Frankly, I’m puzzled as to why this is.

Donald Trump is not the conservative poster child, and ultra-conservative pundit Matt Walsh even goes as far as to call Trump a “phony.”  Why, then, is he continuing to gain popularity with the republican base? There are many reasons, I assume, and I won’t address them in this post. It will suffice to say that Trump is loud, speaks to issues that are bothering the majority of republicans and even Americans, and has a solid business background. He’s been known to go after Wall Street (and is considered Main Street), some even insinuating that he hates hedge fund managers and would seek to close loopholes on them.

Nonetheless, strong appeal that Mr. Loudmouth brings to the presidential race and politics in general, his positions are truly centrist and ofttimes liberal. Don’t believe me? Here’s two strong  reasons why this conservative-libertarian won’t be voting for The Donald, and why you probably should examine your position if you currently support him.

Reason 1: Donald Trump is for stronger, more centralized federal government. Mr. Trump is on the “repeal and replace” Obamacare train. He has said he’d replace it with “something terrific.” Later, he clarified that meant striking a deal with hospital networks and having “more options” for federal plan subscribers, which undoubtedly means a more “fiscally responsible” form of the current Obamacare marketplace.

The true conservative response: repeal Obamacare and open up interstate commerce, allowing consumers to buy insurance across state lines. This would drive down costs significantly, and even though it would take time to form and allow the market to shape it over time in a more inexpensive form.  So while “repeal and replace” sounds nice, it’s not the real conservative solution. It’s centrist, at best.

Secondly, he directly stated that anyone who kills a police officer should get the death penalty. That’s not the executive branch’s job to decide that; it’s the legislative and judicial branches’ responsibility to introduce legislation and exact such penalties on criminals found guilty of the crime.

The most he could do is sign such a bill into law on a federal level, but most murders are tried on a state level, and several states don’t even have a death penalty. Since the federal government doesn’t currently have that much authority on most murder cases, it would be an usurpation of power that currently resides with the states.

Reason 2: Donald Trump rarely talks about the Constitution, and if he does, he’s usually trashing it. In fact, if you Google “Donald Trump talking about the constitution,” it literally pulls up nothing of him defending it.

Most of the time, he’s just ignoring it, if just verbally. The definite exception would be his Second Amendment position, where he’s said that but even that’s shaky, at best, given his past positions have included bans on so-called assault rifles; but I digress.

Trump is definitely known for his recent comments about barring Muslims from entering the U.S. (This is another switch, because as recently as May of this year, he was saying we should let in Syrian refugees). Senator Marco Rubio reminds us that this places a “religious test” on someone, which is in direct violation of the First Amendment. While Sen. Rubio says that Trump “didn’t think it through,” I’m willing to bet at least someone on his senior campaign team told him that this was a bad idea.

Yet, in his progressive arrogance,  he continues to defend this stance. He even likened it to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s actions in World Ward 2. FDR, last I checked, was one of the most liberal people ever to occupy the Oval Office. Under Roosevelt’s administration, there were Japanese internment camps where Japanese-American families – American citizens, mostly – were rounded up, their weapons and assets seized by the government, and forced to live in miserable circumstances. Along with this and his creation of the modern welfare system, FDR is hardly a model for someone who wants to woo true conservatives to their mindset.


So there you have it, folks: two reasons (along with many, many others) why I won’t be voting for Donald Trump. Hopefully, you’re now a bit more informed about him, his stances, his role models, and his history. Donald Trump is, quite simply, nothing more than a progressive, big-government opportunist.