Alan Keyes talks about Trump.
Ask most conservatives and they’ll agree that one of the things that characteristically distinguishes socialists from God-fearing constitutional conservatives is their attitude toward truth. Socialists think that the ends justify the means. They think that if something contributes to the outcome they have in view, whatever has to be said or done to produce it is justified. There is no “truth” except what serves their agenda; and likewise no permanent good. God-revering constitutional conservatives think that the right end or goal of human actions must be judged in light of our Creator’s intention for us. What fulfills that intention is right and justified. What interferes with fulfilling it is a violation of right, i.e., wrongdoing and injustice.
The socialist mentality in this respect has many dire consequences, up to and including the large-scale, murderous atrocities that have frequently been associated with right (e.g. Nazism) and left-wing (e.g., communism) socialism. In respect of “truth” one of those consequences is the tendency to judge people and events according to a variable standard (would that it were only double), which is, in effect, whatever portrays their adversaries in a bad light.
Until recently, Donald Trump was a poster child for the glamor of evil. Now he seems to be extending the iniquitous character of his previous enterprises to politics. St. Paul abandoned the culture of violent persecution that characterized his life before encountering Christ. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Trump claims to have a relation with God that needs no such encounter. Moreover, he brings to his newly minted professions of commitment to moral causes the snarling, culture of verbal annihilation characteristic of the ideology he claims to have abandoned. Indeed, he seems more extreme in that regard than he has ever been.
His behavior invites people to draw the conclusion that his increased commitment to slurs and slandering is necessary in order to pander to the people he now seeks to con. Thus he makes mock of them, acting to discredit their spirit even as he seeks to exploit their support. By doing so he lures them away from the culture of respect for life and God which they profess. When he betrays them, they will open their eyes to find themselves stranded between faithlessness and zeal, like those of whom Christ says “because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you up.” (Revelation 3:16)