Trump Hypocrisy - Supports Russia & Nazis

Opinion piece in NYT defends Evangelical Support of Trump ( Insanity )

OK, so I found this opinion on a news app on my Android Tablet and found it so outrageously insane that I had to share this.  I expected to be reading about how any Christian is making a mistake in supporting Trump.  The author , David Brody, in his article, “In Donald Trump, Evangelicals Have Found Their President.”   I only can hope they were not looking too long and too far.  The article begins with the President sharing, a memory of Billy Graham, with the author.  Then the author asks how Evangelicals could support a person as flawed as Trump?

Trump Hypocrisy - Supports Russia & Nazis

Trump Hypocrisy – Supports Russia & Nazis

It should be noted that the author only lists one characteristic described by news sources, which is blatantly immoral and sinful – namely the fact that he is a racist.  The author of this opinion piece never provides any further comment on whether or not this was an unfair characterization of the president.  Indeed, Evangelicals did publicly condemn racism, bigotry a few months ago and asked him to reconsider his support for neo-nazis, the KKK, and various white supremacist groups.  The fact that this letter to him was ignored did not mentioned in this article that appeared on February 24, 2018, months after a woman was murdered by one of this groups.  So, my first gripe is with regard to hypocrisy among the Evangelicals and various House and Senate Republicans who theoretically “Christian.”

Okay, quoting the main argument, ” …evangelicals take the long view on Mr. Trump;  they afford him grace when he doesn’t deserve it.  Few dispute that Mr. Trump may need a little more grace than others. But evangelicals truly do believe that all people are flawed, and yet Christ offers them grace.  Shouldn’t they do the same for the president?”

It is argued that the Bible is replete with examples of flawed individuals being used to accomplish God’s will.  Satan himself may be used to accomplish God’s will but I’m not going to vote for Satan.  Trump doesn’t have a few flaws that we find in various individuals in the Bible, he has all the flaws that a person could have and could be found among individuals in the Bible.

In addition, these flawed individuals did repent of their sins and change their life.  Other than Paul ( from the new Testament ) most of the flawed individuals were presented in the Old Testament  ( the Hebrew Bible ).  Let’s take an example, King David.  We recall his sin of Lust that led him to try to orchestrate the death of the husband of a woman he wanted.  Clearly he is flawed.  However, he was credited with the Psalms, many of which allude to his trust in God that he a just man of God would grant justice with regard to his enemies that meant him harm.  This proves that King David had repented and could call himself just and God-fearing.

In this opinion piece the author appears to suggest that one should ignore what he does publically and trust that when he comes to hear about God and Jesus in face to face conversations, he will grow and evolve or that they have discovered that he really is a  good person despite that any person who has observed him, has seen his malice, his racism, his infidelity toward his wife.  Despite the fact that a biblical dictionary would read:
The Seven Deadly Sins: See Donald Trump.

The fact is that it is very problematic to base one’s overall judgement of Trump on what you noticed in a face-to-face encounter.  Did you miss his statements about how he could fool people into thinking he is or can be “presidential?”  It is infinitely clear that Trump lacks a soul ( metaphorically speaking, if you will ). Even persons who defend him, know he should never testify in any interview about his conduct because they know he will lie.  They even make up a term, perjury bait.  Why do they fear him testifying in front of anyone?  Do they want to invent a new mental illness characterized by an inability to tell the truth?  That doesn’t matter anyway, since he has done nothing wrong.

What is the thinking here?  Trump did bad things that are criminal but for him and only him,  the laws do not apply.  The mere suggestion that he follow the laws the country, that he should protect the Constitution and our country, these are things that we supposedly should not even expect from Trump.

The behavior of a president is very public.  Therefore supporting Trump is equivalent to presenting him as a model for behavior for our children and teenagers.  Jesus specifically addressed those who would lead a child to sin.  So, characteristics of Jesus, such as love, compassion, empathy, sacrifice and avoiding sin, these are just liberal ideas that we should reject outright.  You cannot possibly claim that all those behaviors modeled by Christ have absolutely no possible meaning today.

In order to get Trump to appear as if he had normal human characteristics like compassion when a person is hurting…  listening to others…  etc.  When he spoke to the victims ( 17 high school kids and teachers ) who lost their friends in Florida, he needed a cheat sheet for the most basic of emotions and behavior that anyone, should just know.  Certainly a Christian does not need to write down such very, very basic emotions, responses and behaviors in order to appear moral.  We all sin and fail to be the perfect Christian but we instinctively know the basics of how we should act, the minimal requirements for how a charing, humane person should respond to people in pain.

Nunes is a Traitor for protecting a Traitor

Nunes seeks with Fox News to Undermine Justice and Truth

Representative Nunes has been convincing Americans to view law enforcement in our country as biased against Trump.  However, without the help of Fox “News” he would have less effect on Americans.  Here are things one should be asking.

1) Why is Nunes the authority for the authenticity of “his” memo when he did not even read the underlying documents upon which the “memo” is based?

2) Fox “News” actively pushed for the release of the memo to protect Trump and discredit any investigation into the attack on our nation and the possibility that Trump and his campaign, transition team and cabinet members.  Why do Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and others Fox hosts fail to reference that actual memo when they present their outrage at the Justice Department, the FBI and prosecutors?

3) Why didn’t people notice that the White House initially tried to distance themselves from Carter Page ( the subject of unfair treatment in the Nunes memo ) only to later lend full support for his unfair treatment?

4) Lacking any examination of facts or evidence, why do people accept what Fox and Nunes are telling their viewers?

5) Why do people accept contradictory notions of what is happening?  For example, accepting without question that Rod Rosenstein, a Republican, is their enemy in a Democratic conspiracy?

6) Why do Fox “News” hosts and people like Nunes reject the need to protect America from attacks by Russia?  They are not seeking a new independent investigation.  They just want to end all efforts to find out what Russia did and seek ways to protect America from further attacks.

Nunes is a Traitor for protecting a Traitor

Nunes is a Traitor for protecting a Traitor

There are many, many times where I have had to ask myself what exactly are they seeing,  (they being, Fox, Nunes et. al), that is shocking, unjust or illegal about the actions of the FBI or prosecutors.  What I read, actually contradicts the argument they are trying to make.   These efforts actually are having an effect on many Americans who accept the notion that the FBI is biased against Trump.   We all chose to let the news reporters or the hosts of various News shows explain various sources of information that has been made public.  However, for myself, in the specific case of the Nunes memo, I wanted to know what was actually being said in the document.

The Nunes memo boils down to a biased and unfair investigation of Carter Paige and Judicial approval to search and surveil Carter Paige.   We know that Carter Paige was being investigated by authorities for many years, long before he became a part of the Trump campaign.  The Nunes memo does not prove that there was no justification for investigating Carter Paige.  We may not like it when we think that a mistake has been made in a judicial process.  However, as a matter of protocol, we accept that Judges can sign off on a warrant.  We also accept that a jury can determine guilt or a grand jury can indict a person based on evidence.

What we have is an attempt to circumvent the judicial process based on politics.  Every person, charged by the Special Council and working with the FBI, will have the right to the legal representation.


Making a Mockery the American Values

Many Republicans in politics support a “pro-life” stance.  It is infinitely clear that this term “pro-life” should be examined.  Over the past two years, we have seen a certain hypocrisy that goes well beyond normal hypocrisy to the point of mocking any sense of truly valuing human life.  They have taken the term “pro-life” and given it a laser-sharp focus of definition, so limited from any common sense notions that one might have about the meaning of what it might mean to value human life.  One cannot reasonably claim that the Republican “pro-life” stance has any real motivation that relates to the value of human life.

Image of GOP = Greed Over People

One cannot reasonably argue that a human being does not remain dependent for survival on a caregiver ( or caregivers ) for nourishment, clean water, and physical care.  An opposition to abortion is claimed to be a moral stance or a religious stance ( Christian ).  It is argued that all life is valuable, including the unborn.  One cannot make that stance and then show complete indifference toward that same life after it is born into the world, knowing that the child continues to be dependent on others for survival.

In the name of Christianity, Alabama’s Republican party with the support of our president supported a man who sexually assaulted children.  He used his power to harm the most vulnerable people in society.  This person lacked any sense of empathy that would have allowed him to see that he was hurting someone.  Even someone who is not Christian cannot appreciate the words of Jesus when he said that the two greatest commandments were to love God and to love one’s neighbor and that all other commandments ( guidelines, rules ) were based on those two commandments.  This makes it very easy to judge good and evil.  It makes it very easy to see that the true motivations in opposing abortion are not based on a value for all human life…  much less innocent and vulnerable human lives!

The Republicans have also made it clear that they had to pass a tax reform plan because of pressure from their donors.  Well, clearly, one must be very, very rich to be a donor that has this much control over a candidate.  Pure greed has blinded them from any sense of moral values.  How can anyone come to any other conclusion?  They supported a tax plan that takes money from the most vulnerable, the lowest income and middle income and given a huge tax cut to the richest people and corporations.

Image of Monsters And Hypocrites that keep me up all night!

Monsters And Hypocrites that keep me up all night!

We live in a society where children under the age of 16 cannot work and thus, one cannot place an expectation of any moral responsibility or work ethic upon these children for meeting their needs.  I value adults also but to remove any sense of responsibility being introduced into the argument, I will use the example of children.  We have already had a problem of homelessness and poverty despite being the most advanced and most wealthy nation in the world.  We have seen our citizens in Puerto Rico suffer from lack of access to clean drinking water.  This is the most basic need that a human has for survival.  Prior to addressing this problem, Republicans decided to first pass a tax break for the richest of the rich.

I do not recognize my country any longer.  We have replaced democracy and values for an authoritarian regime, with no compassion, no morality…  an oligarchy in keeping with the country that defeated us in the recent attack on our country – Putin’s Russia.

"The Plot to Hack America" by Malcolm Nance

Understanding the Attack on the US by Russia

For strange reasons, persons within the US have characterized this serious attack by an enemy nation as a political battle within and among parties of the United States.  This assumes that Russia would care about mere politics in the US and would spend so much effort just to pick one party over another…  this overlooks why Putin’s Russia would care about who won.  What is in it for Russia?  What goals does Russia have?

"The Plot to Hack America" by Malcolm Nance

“The Plot to Hack America” by Malcolm Nance