If you have been wondering where the truly great men are, America has found one. You want an example of bravery, courage and merit? Look no further than Senator Mike Lee.
To me, this is what warrants the Protection of Divine Providence.
Here is a man who was NOT in a firestorm, who knowingly walked into the fiery furnace. All he had to do was shut up, stay quiet and his life would be fine. He had no reason to do this. He is 30-plus points ahead of his challenger in Utah. He is at the top of the list to become the next Supreme Court justice!
Why would he do this!?!
There will be a ton of insipid accusations, votes, money, etc., but logic and reason will dismiss all of them. The only reason is because he believes in something: America is greater than we are allowing her to be.
This is what God and country over self looks like. This is what long-term vision looks like.
I don't know how it ends for him, but this is a man to whom I proudly stand next to and pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.
This heroism and loyalty to God's most basic eternal principles is the seemingly impossible duty that Jeremiah had tasked the King: Accept your situation and trust in Me. This most basic loyalty to His principles is something most preachers refuse to give.
Mike Lee's declaration was the single greatest act of bravery I have witnessed in a very long time. If the GOP is worth saving, they will follow suit.
Don't get me wrong, Mike will fail in some way, just as I will falter and fail in someway. We are all human. But this act of bravery needs to be noted.
While I don't know Mike's future --- other than the hate, isolation and death threats --- I can guess the future of the once standard-bearing party. Lincoln would walk away and stand with United States Senator Mike Lee.
Every person, each of us, must decide what is a bridge too far. Mike Lee obviously reached that point, where the moral compromise his party asked him to make was simply beyond what is acceptable.
It is not acceptable to ask a moral, dignified man to cast his vote to help elect an immoral man who is absent decency or dignity. If the consequence of standing against Trump and for principles is, indeed, the election of Hillary Clinton, so be it. At least it is a moral, ethical choice.
If she is elected, the world does not end. Once elected, Hillary can be fought. Her nominees can be blocked, her proposed laws voted down. Her tactics are blatant and juvenile. Battling her by means of political and procedural maneuvering --- through the media, through public marches and online articles --- all of that will be moral and worthy of a man of principle.
The alternative does not offer a moral person the same opportunity. If one helps to elect an immoral man to the highest office then one is merely validating his immorality, lewdness and depravity.
But as long as it's not her, it's okay, right?
Lee's call for Trump to step down and withdraw from the race was respectful to him and to the process. Trump stepping down does not guarantee a Clinton win, but it does guarantee the Republican Party still stands for something.