It’s not often that an American political fact reveals a Biblical truth, but last week’s news reports of fundraising numbers from various political organizations in today’s ever-evolving
electoral landscape demonstrated one concept beautifully. During the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:19-21), Jesus preached: “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” While I’ll freely admit that the subtleties of the savior’s lessons often eluded me at first glance, sometimes they were right out in the open for everyone to see. Here, Jesus wasn’t instructing us to build up our earthly treasures for personal satisfaction, but rather to prioritize belief, faith, and heavenly riches as the keys to eternal life. I’ll leave the balance of the explanation to your pastor, but it’s evident, at least where politics is concerned in 2022, that where you put your contributions exposes where you’ll vote. Politics might equate to the least spiritual value of all earthly endeavors, but it fulfills a purpose in influencing the way folks live their lives in the world. If that’s the case, then former president Donald Trump is enjoying some impressive success. People are putting their “hearts” with him along with their money. In a story titled, “Trump fundraising juggernaut has more money to dole out than DNC, RNC combined,” Stephen Dinan reported at The Washington Times:
“Former President Donald Trump is sitting on an absurd amount of campaign cash — more than the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee combined.
“His political committees raised $51 million over the last six months of 2021, and he ended the year with $122 million in the bank, most of that in his Save America Political Action Committee.
“His operation said the money came from more than 1.6 million donations, and more than 98% of those were considered ‘small-dollar’ contributions of less than $200, in what political operatives described as an unprecedented show of force for someone not currently in office.”
For what it’s worth, Dinan indicated that the DNC has $65 million on hand and the RNC claims $56.3 million. That’s not exactly chump change, but it also suggests that GOP candidates will vie harder than ever for a favorable nod from Trump himself, regardless of whether the former Oval Office occupant decides to make another run for a second term in 2024 (all signs indicate that he will). Otherwise, funding their campaigns might be very, very difficult.
It's not exactly a crawl on your knees type scenario, but office seekers should mind what they say and do. Trump doesn’t just appreciate loyalty, he demands it. And after over a half decade playing politics at the highest level, the first-time politician isn’t trustful of the establishment, especially the upper echelons of the GOP.
Trump seeks true believers -- not of himself, but his America First vision for the country, with a strong military, reinforced borders and a “let the people decide for themselves” orientation. Trump is as distrustful of the elites as the average working man is. That’s good. Dinan’s article indicated that Trump’s organizations are bombarding potential donors with emails, sometimes five or six a day. I personally receive some emails, but my solicitations arrive primarily in the form of texts -- usually several a day, including weekends and occasionally late at night or early in the morning. Geez, president Trump’s operators are at it 24/7, aren’t they? Where the people put their treasure is where their heart is, though. Since Trump is getting darn near close to 100% of his donations in small amounts, this means almost everyone is contributing from their spare cash. And “regular” folks wouldn’t part with their extra few dollars if they didn’t believe Trump was a viable option, would they? The sheer number of small donors must be turning the bluebloods at the RNC absolutely green with envy, since many of these contributors might otherwise be chipping in to the national party. But the people are not excited at the prospect of seeing their money go towards establishment candidate X in state Y. For all they know, the RNC funds would be sent off to try and reelect Liz Cheney in Wyoming or Lisa Murkowski in Alaska.
It's actually a very good sign that conservatives are turning away from the large political operations and placing their trust in a proven entity -- in this case, Trump -- to allocate their resources. After all, it’s where their heart is, right? It’s not just for the benefit of the candidate himself -- it’s a measure of goodwill that Trump will steer the assets towards candidates who aggressively support his MAGA agenda.
This phenomenon appears unique to Trump, too. Dinan’s article referred to the three living two-term former presidents and how they’re handling their post-presidency lives. Bill Clinton likely still raises big sums of cash, but it surely goes towards his crooked foundation which he shares with wife Hillary and daughter Chelsea. Barack Obama’s loot is being dedicated to his presidential library, which will no doubt be a must-see tourist destination in the future (NOT!). Obama’s also deposited significant money into his redistricting operation he shares with former AG Eric Holder. Trump’s raised funds will go to further his mission -- and to defeat his enemies, both within his own faction and Democrats. With the party primaries set to start in the next couple months, now is the time for conservatives to vet the contenders and select candidates who won’t simply go to state capitals or to Congress and shine the seats of their chairs with their rear ends. No, we want fighters like Marjorie Taylor Green and Lauren Boebert and Louie Gohmert to take the battle to the other side. As would be expected, Democrats and the media are using the fundraising numbers to insinuate the Republican Party is simply acting as Donald Trump’s peculiar political operation, like he’s some mystical cult of personality dictator or something. They’re trying to drive a wedge between Trump and his tens of millions of supporters. But if the GOP is truly Trump’s exclusive political operation, where’s the problem?
Many millions of conservatives believe Trump was cheated out of a second term by the corrupted combination of COVID-forced changes to the voting regulations in certain states and money dumps from liberal billionaires such as Mark Zuckerberg who donated hundreds of millions to blue municipalities to ensure every last Democrat vote was counted.
It was a perfect storm of ballot irregularities along with numerous instances of strongly suggested cheating that allowed senile Joe Biden to win the election. Now, over one year since the Democrats took power, 65 percent of voters believe the country is on the wrong track and Biden’s approval ratings are in the low forties (according to the Real Clear Politics average), if they’re even that high. Trust in government has hit rock bottom, and faith in the Republican party to lead the way sans Trump isn’t much higher. The electorate is fed up with Joe Biden and open to an alternative -- or even a return of the man who shook up the system so dramatically for four years.
Democrats appear to believe that Trump represents their best chance of retaining congressional majorities in 2022, and they’ll pull out all the stops to tie him and the January 6 riot to every Republican candidate at every level. It’s a serious miscalculation on their part since the public has moved on from the last days of the Trump presidency and is singularly focused on saving what’s left of the country from waves of invading illegal aliens, rampant inflation, woke cultural destruction and a pathetically weak foreign policy.
How do I know? Again, look at the fundraising totals.
What would Americans get if they kept Democrats in power? For one, two more years of Nancy Pelosi. She’s running for reelection, and it’s not because she’s willing to step down from her leadership post. Pelosi promised her caucus to only serve two terms if she was elevated to the Speakership after the 2018 midterms. If San Fran Nan were to be replaced, the radicals would take over and that would be it for the party.
Joe Biden won’t suddenly become coherent or lucid in his few media appearances from here on out. If two-thirds of the voters believe America is on the wrong track, Joe Biden isn’t the one to get things heading back in a positive direction.
Americans don’t cast votes with their pocketbooks but they do show where their hearts are with each political contribution they make. The fact that Donald Trump is so heavily outraising both the Democrat and Republican national committees speaks volumes as to his command of politics today. Trump will have his say on the 2022 midterms and beyond.
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