Trump’s cruelty to the poor, his indifference to empathy, and his overt racism begs this question: Are there racial, social and economic gradations in the image of God?
The only acceptable, only American and only remotely Christian answer is, “NO!”
Dear Republicans and White Evangelicals, your loyalty to Trump now consists of defending the indefensible from paying off porn stars to keep silent, to overt disgustingly puerile racist statements and – worse -policies.
Trump’s advocates are becoming desensitized to moral corruption. You are losing your ability to believe in anything more than power. That “power” is going to be short-lived since it is based on appeals to the worst in us not the best.
The Republican Party deserves to be destroyed and it will be in 2018 and 2020 because they are now officially anti-American. Their self-indicting silences, in the face of Trump’s racism, misogyny and cruelty, their obvious lies (like those told by evangelical Sarah Huckabee, almost every day and those provided by elected Republicans) to cover for this degenerate’s sins are eternally discrediting.
Then there are the facts: Will some evangelical white Trump-supporting Christian please explain to me how Jesus would take medical care away from a poor person to save money for a tax cut for billionaires?
(If Trump’s GOP truly wanted to help underprivileged Americans find jobs there are more effective ways than taking away Medicaid health care. Investing in skills, apprenticeships and job-matching services, not to mention a bit of basic decency and compassion, come to mind.)
In the half-century since Medicaid was first created eligibility has always been based on need. The program’s goal was to help less-well-off Americans get medical care. Trump has announced he wants states to impose tough barriers to Medicaid.
Trump is toxic and undermines democratic values: Trump’s cable-news addiction and refusal to educate himself on the policies he’s shaping has led to a year of confusion on Capitol Hill. That has diminished the moral quality of our lives here and our standing in the world, like nothing before in American history.
Trump’s assault on the FBI, a nonpartisan law enforcement agency, and his insistence on prosecuting political opponents suggest he does not understand the differences between advanced democracies and authoritarian states. He’s even insisted that the country should have tougher libel laws that would make it easier for powerful public figures – such as himself – to sue writers who say things that are “false” — that is anything true about him, to gag critics the president does not like.
The Trumped Republicans have rejected the very values that made America great: If we hadn’t been blessed by waves of immigrants driven by the dream of a better life, freedom (including freedom of the press) we’d be a shrunken, stagnant, third-rate society.
White evangelical Trump supporters are putting themselves in the garbage can of history. Yet they blame others for their low standing with the rest of us who cherish basic moral decency.
Trumped white evangelicals don’t see most American’s rejection of their delusional orthodoxies on race, science and religion as a sign that they might need to rethink. Instead, they’ve soured on facts, scholarship and education. They’ve welcome Trump’s calling anything that makes him look bad “fake” because that too is their only “defense” against the myriad of facts that contradict their religious, political and racial delusions.
Evangelical white Trump supporters complain they’re discriminated against and demand “religious liberty” to free them from facts, but when the official position of your religion is that climate change is a hoax and evolution never happened, you won’t get much support from people who take evidence seriously.
We are called to be part of the long American story, to celebrate its achievements and repair its failings. We have no idea how our struggle against Trump’s incompetent tyranny will end. But we know how it must be repaired someday: with a majority of Americans shaping a future that raises our sights to the eternal truths that rest on mercy, compassion, beauty and truth.
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