Cal Thomas has written a column that leaves me wondering, Nonpartisanship tossed out the window at Trump’s ‘National Prayer Breakfast’ (A missed opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to heal rifts). Here is how it starts.
For 68 years the National Prayer Breakfast has been a political oasis, a chance for Republicans, Democrats, national and world leaders to assemble and pray for each other and the nation.
Not this year.
One could tell where things were headed when President Trump arrived later than most other presidents and held up two newspapers with the headline “Acquitted,” a reference to the vote by the Republican majority in the Senate the day before, which refused to convict him of articles of impeachment written by the Democratic majority in the House.
The president then shook hands with only half of those at the head table, apparently because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was sitting on the other side of the podium. It was Mr. Trump who refused to shake Mrs. Pelosi’s hand at the State of the Union address last Monday night and it was Mrs. Pelosi who tore up her copy of his speech for all to see.
The co-chairs of the 2020 breakfast, Rep. John Moolenaar, Michigan Republican, and Rep. Thomas Suozzi, New York Democrat, spoke of their deep personal relationship and their ability to bridge differences because of it. (continued here)
Forgiveness. As Thomas goes on to tell us, God calls upon us to forgive each other. Is Thomas right? Should President Donald Trump have offered Speaker Nancy Pelosi his hand in friendship and reconciliation? I don’t have a straightforward answer. I just know what King Solomon observed in Ecclesiastes. There is a time for everything, perhaps even forgiveness.
Imagine the grief of King David. He had been a poor father, but he loved Absalom. So, when Absalom rebelled, David blamed himself, and now Absalom was dead at the hands of David’s second in command. Was this a time to weep?
The war was over, but civil war is costly, and the people had paid a heavy price. Yet their leader was lost in his grief. He had no joy in victory, no sense that the victory had been worth the cost.
Are we in the aftermath of a bloody conflict? Are we at war? We are just approaching an election, right? No. Elections are wars fought with ballots, and elections have consequences. Depending upon who wins, more babies are aborted, more children are poorly educated and indoctrinated in strange and vile beliefs, more people lose important rights, more people suffer from lost income, more public infrastructure suffers from improper maintenance, more people are homeless, more people defecate on the streets and sidewalks, …….. When Trump made his speech at that breakfast, should he have forgiven a vicious and power-hungry enemy, or was it his job to rally the people to the defense of our constitutional republic? Should he have allowed the likes of Pelosi to seem reasonable, or should he have made it clear to everyone the danger she represents?
What’s the answer? Well, Cal Thomas has expressed his opinion. What do you think?