evolving Trump thoughts
by Andrea Elizabeth
Incitement vs wakeup call
nurturing America vs racism
While staying home from Church with my sick daughter, I watched some of the Sunday morning political talk shows. The above categories surrounding Donald Trump are what have crystallized in my mind. I also caught a bit of a biography on poet and black literature professor Sonia Sanchez who started the Black Studies movement in the 60’s in universities. She lauded Paul Robeson, who was a wonderful singer, but who got in trouble for his communist views. Some people are comparing the violence that has recently erupted at Donald Trump rallies to what occurred in the Civil Rights movement in the 60’s. Perhaps this is what happens when the establishment is oppressing the people. But in this case both sides are claiming that. Both sides of the anti-establishment movement: Trump and Sanders supporters, with the latter, it appears, infiltrating Trump’s rallies to disrupt his speeches, and Trump at first advocating a violent response. This morning he is backing down from that.
I am surprised by both sides. I knew the right felt disenfranchised by Obama’s healthcare, social policies legalizing immoral behavior, the continuing of outsourcing jobs, and the increase of the size of government; but I did not know they blame the system. I thought they just blamed Obama. Thus I am very surprised that the left don’t feel like things are going their way. Apparently it’s the Millenials.
“They grew up in the recession, watched their parents struggle and became anxious about their futures. They are graduating from college with huge debts and gnawing uncertainty about landing jobs and affording homes. They have little faith in government and other institutions they thought they could depend on.
They are the country’s gloom-and-doom generation of millennials — and they have found a gloom-and-doom candidate to love in the 2016 presidential election: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the democratic socialist who has attracted a stream of young people to his rallies in numbers unmatched by any other candidate from either party.”
It seems these young people don’t want any rules at all. They don’t like property rights, and they don’t believe that you have to earn everything you get. This gets at the heart of the American work ethic. This work ethic is going against both sides, really. If the hardest (or smartest) work earns the lion’s share, then it’s survival of the fittest, and that can include forcing weaker countries and their immigrants, forcefully so or not, to provide your labor at a lower cost at whatever conditions you mandate. It’s the human rights advocates and middle (not as good at climbing to the top) class white guys who don’t like this scheme. But the younger left isn’t like the traditional human rights advocates as mentioned above. They seem to want a free for all with no one watching.
I tend to think things have a religious motivation, or at least a religious correspondent. Traditional Americans believed that God would honor and provide for people who followed the Bible which sets out moral commandments. Somehow righteous living survived their corresponding belief in a get out of jail free grace card. Maybe righteous living was a hanger on from a more works based Catholic salvation plan. The moral part of this has been fading for a long time. But the work ethic is just now getting a run for it’s money.
I think Orthodoxy provides the correct balance between works and grace. There are some who are saved by attaining perfection. These are the Saints who put to death their passions for food, power, wealth, and other carnal desires (this is hard work), and replace it with grace attained through constant correct prayer. There are others who get in through their relationships with the interceding Saints or Christ, as the Evangelicals would insist is the only mediator. This relationship is first achieved by humility in admitting that we are not good enough, and by continually asking to be forgiven and granted grace anyway, which is God’s energies of love, communion, light, and life.
I’m not sure what the Millenials believe gets them in, except for just being born. That’s all on their parents, and it’s up to us to intercede for them by virtue of our part in it?
Back to Trump. He believes that being a good American is what should get you in, and that laws should work for your advantage. Who are good Americans? I have heard him say many times, “these are good people”. He doesn’t think illegal immigrants from Mexico who commit crimes are good people. If you google “how many illegal Mexican immigrants commit crimes” every other article says a lot and the others say not so much. He doesn’t think Muslim extremists are good people, nor is he sure other Muslims know what they’re professing or supporting. I’ve not really heard him categorize black Americans or Africans, unless they’re Muslim.
Trump: “I know plenty of people that cry. They’re very good people. But I have not been a big crier.”
“One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government.”
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“Trump said he would want [deported illegal immigrants] back in if they’re “very good people.”
“If they’re very good people, you let them come back legally. I want people to come back. You know, I’m building a wall, but I want people to come in. I want immigrants to come in, but they have to come in legally. I want a lot of people to come in. I want to have really smart people, really good people, really hard workers come back in, but they have to come in legally, so I want people to come back into the country.”