The country is falling apart and it's your fault.
Here's his opinion on Donald Trump and his supporters:
'We are teetering here on the brink of national disintegration and in this hour of immense and profound consequence, millions of Americans hoist a showboating charlatan on their shoulders and appoint him savior. I’m far beyond annoyed. I’m disgusted. Let everyone else criticize Trump. I’m criticizing his supporters, and I make no apologies for it.' (More here....)The more Trump speaks, the less I like him. He's a bloviating, crude, raunchy snake oil salesman. I can't help wondering whether his entire schtick is about destroying the Republican party even though the establishment has been doing a good job of that without his help.
As for the country, of course it's our fault. We are a people addicted to entertainment who hardly ever pick up a piece of serious literature. According to surveys one in four adults don't read a single book in a year. Reading statistics are dismal. When abortion and pornography are two of the biggest industries in a country, you have to wonder about its future!
Our young people (on college campuses, no less) can't identify the sides in the Civil War and don't know when the Declaration of Independence was penned (I guess they think July 4th is Lady Gaga's birthday.). Most don't know who the Vice President is much less the Secretary of State. I'll bet if you asked them who Antonin Scalia was, they'd guess he was a member of the mafia. Yes, indeed, we've seen the enemy and it is us!
We are certainly living in perilous times and if the two candidates for president are Donald Trump and either Mutt or Jeff, I'd say the country is finished. We should all do what we can to prevent that outcome, but don't panic no matter what happens. A priest friend asked me once what I thought it must have been like for the average Joe as the Roman Empire collapsed around him. Something to ponder as we see our beloved country, like Rome, disintegrating from within.
People went on living the best they could. Some who had no anchor but their belly no doubt despaired. But those whose hearts leaned toward heaven persevered in faith. And that's what we need to do. Pray and work like the monks. During that challenging time with barbarians invading the cities, they established monasteries, copied books, and preserved civilization for the time when order would be restored.
We can do that too in our homes. Preserve the good, make our families little oases of peace and prayer even as we suffer.
Never give up or give in to despair. It's not an option. Cling to Christ the King and His Mother, the Queen of Heaven. They will never abandon us. "Pray, hope, and don't worry."