When I saw Three questions about President Trump (from Doug) by Salvageable, I thought that’s interesting. Doug is a Never Trumper, and he is quite adamant about it, but he at least has the virtue of being able discuss Trump without completely blowing his stack. Since his questions were interesting and politically relevant, I thought answering them would make a good meme for Trump’s supporters. Consider the questions and the various answers (mine, insanitybytes22‘s (here), and ‘s and perhaps you will see why.
What are ‘s questions? He originally wrote them here on ‘s blog.
- If your affinity for Trump, in part, is because you have a wish to return the country back to what once was (the idea reflected in MAGA)… what period of time would that be/have been when you felt the most comfortable?
- In what way have you suffered personally in the past that contributes to your favoring the President?
- If by some chance Trump gets impeached from office, resigns, or loses the 2020 election, are you willing to accept that and move on.. or would you want to strike back in some way, be it peaceful or not? (Understanding your answer could be different for each condition)
Here are my responses.
Question # 1.
Slogans are hardly anything new in American politics. In various forms, MAGA has been around for awhile. Here is how a Wikipedia article begins.
“Make America Great Again” (often abbreviated as MAGA) is a campaign slogan used in American politics that was popularized by Donald Trump in his successful 2016 presidential campaign. Ronald Reagan used the similar slogan “Let’s make America great again” in his successful 1980 presidential campaign. Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen has called Trump’s use of the phrase as “probably the most resonant campaign slogan in recent history,” citing large majorities of Americans who believed the country was in decline. (continued here (en.wikipedia.org))
Before Trump was elected, did I believe America was in decline? Yes. Do I think the election of Trump solved the problem? No. Even though Trump has done better than I expected, one man all by himself cannot control the destiny of a great nation.
What does MAGA mean to me? When I was growing up, I saw America as a nation based upon the shared belief that “all men are created equal”. I was just an ordinary kid, but I was going to be an astronaut. I watched the space program, and I was awed. I wanted to be part of something GREAT!
GREAT! is an attitude. What did I see as my biggest obstacle? Me. If I wanted to accomplish my ambitions, I had to make myself do the work. Did I become an astronaut? No, but I tried. If I had not tried my life would not have been as sweet. Still, the Kingdom of Heaven is my home, not here.
I look around, and half the country thinks they are the victims of bigoted, angry, greedy white men. We have let demagogues divide the nation into innumerable identity groups. We have let jealous know-nothings pit us against each other. We have even starting hating the founders of this country because some of them owned slaves. This whole racket is just about as sick as the Nazis picking on the Jews. What kind of country listens to fools preaching the hatred of some group just so everyone else can gang up on it and destroy it? Who in his right mind wants to waste his life by being a victim? America? America is not suppose to be such a place. We are suppose to be a nation of winners, not vicious, name calling, whining victims.
Yet look at these silly articles.
- Decoding Trump’s meaningless mantra: Making America great again for the sour, mean and delusional (salon.com)
- What Does Trump Mean By ‘Make America Great Again’? (huffingtonpost.com)
Do you want to understand what MAGA means? Try reading What Does it Mean to Make America Great Again? (townhall.com). Try to understand that life is not a zero-sum game. Our success does not have to depend upon robbing and destroying someone else. Our success depends upon building each other up. If the hill is a dung-heap, what good is it to be king of the hill?
Question # 2.
Consider my answer to the last question. Then consider at Doug’s second question again.
In what way have you suffered personally in the past that contributes to your favoring the President?
What has my personal suffering got to do with supporting a politician? If we are not voting the candidate we think will do the best job for our country, we are not doing the right thing. We are just being selfish and shortsighted. If our government does not do a good job for all of us, eventually all of us will suffer.
Question # 3.
Please read the following. It is my answer.
Romans 13:1-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
Submit to Government
13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will [a]bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
There is no such thing as a perfect government. Yet even a bad government is better than the chaos that accompanies the lack of any government at all. Therefore, the fellow who wrote The Book of Romans told Christians to submit to the Roman Empire.
How serious was the Apostle Paul? Eventually, minions of the Emperor of Rome chopped off Paul’s head with a sword. The emperor, it seems, was jealous of Paul’s obedience to God. Still, Paul understood that the Roman Empire provided as lawful a government as the people of the Roman Empire were capable of producing. So he did not call for rebellion. The circumstances that justify a violent rebellion are actually quite rare. The American Revolution succeeded because the founders of our nation thought over the matter quite carefully.
I hope we Americans can do better than the tyranny Rome produced, but we will get the government we deserve, not the one we hope for. Utopia, if there is such a thing, comes from the love that is in each man’s heart, not the delusions of our imagination. If we love our neighbor, work for each other’s good, we will have a good government.
If we try to use the government to claw what we want from each other, we will suffer tyranny. The more power we give the government to force our neighbor to bend our will, the more power our neighbor will give the government to force us to bend our his will. And the winner? He will be the king of the dung-heap.