|"Heeeere's Donald!" Are you scared yet?|
Fr. Longenecker got into the debate asking if you would buy a car from this guy and pointing out his less than stellar family life. That actually has me scratching my head and asking, "Who am I to judge?"
I'm currently reading the November issue of Chronicles with a picture of Trump on the front cover with the question, "A Man for Middle America?" Well, I find it hard to think of someone worth $10 BILLION DOLLARS being a middle American. But he probably pays the salaries of a lot of middle Americans. As for his "bombast," a lot of it sounds eminently sensible. I don't think he's a warmonger like so many of his Republican brethren and he's about as far from politically correct as a man can get. And THAT is a definite plus! And he says some things that sound...well...I have to call it like I see it...downright statesmanlike as here:
A nation without boundaries is not a nation...A nation without laws is not a nation...a nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation.Sounds like St. Thomas Aquinas to me who said that, for the good of a nation, immigration must be proportional and must have two outcomes, unity and the common good. In other words, immigrants need to have the goal of assimilating and embracing the values of their new home. If they don't, they are not an assest, but a liability. Look at Europe with no-go zones and areas where Sharia Law rules. A nation has the right, no the duty, to manage immigration for the good of her people.
The disproportional invasion we are experiencing at present is both destroying the unity of our country and threatening the common good as the victims of terrorism and crime are fully aware. No matter what the bishops say, and none of them would operate the boundaries of their own chanceries and cathedrals as they recommend for the country, we are experiencing dysfunction and destruction of our nation through illegal invasion.
As for Donald Trump, he seems to me no more of a narcissistic clown than the one in office at present. And I doubt if Trump would do nearly as much damage as has been inflicted on us by Obama's monarchical style of government by executive order. While Trump's enemies like to paint him as a total fool, I just don't believe it. Chronicles writer Roger McGrath described a dinner he attended and his impressions of Donald Trump:
When it came time for him to speak, he took control of the room immediately....He spoke clearly, directly, and extemporaneously...His bold, brash, and aggressive style has probably led many people to underestimate his intellect. Do so at your own peril. The guy is far sharper and far quicker, and has a far greater appreciation of the issues, than the left or the Republican Party bosses would like you to believe....Most importantly, throughout his talk to the FOA (Friends of Abe), Trump, again and again, addressed issues that the Republican establishment has been afraid to mention -- the very issues that the Republican base has pleaded, again and again, to be brought to the fore. Moreover, he didn't pull his punches. His candor, clear grasp of the issues, truth telling, and political incorrectness were not just refreshing but inspiring....I can see why people are willing to forgive him for whatever character flaws he may have or whatever transgressions he may have committed. Finally -- finally! -- there is a Republican candidate who cares nothing for the the sensibilities of the left or the media and delivers two or three blows for every one he takes. All I can say to The Donald is, keep punching.The entire Chronicles issue is worth reading to get a more balanced portrait of Trump than the one being scribbled by the NY Times, the Washington Post, Huffpo, the left, and the Republican wimps. So I refuse to join the knee jerk, bash Trump crowd. I find him intriguing and, as Justin Raimondo (another Chronicles writer) said, a "stark contrast to the rest of the Republican pack, which can't wait to reignite the Cold War." If nothing else, Trump has given me a reason to pay attention to politics again. I wish him well and I don't apologize for it. He seems to me to be a man who loves his country despite his flaws. I can't say that about most politicians who seem to go to Washington to get wealth and power and the country be damned. Trump is already as rich as Croesus so that is certainly not his agenda.