Is it remotely possible for a Catholic to support Donald Trump? August 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, General Catholic, pr stunts, rank stupidity, secularism, self-serving, shocking, Society.
I know I’m not the only one who thinks Trump a complete fraud and charlatan. I don’t know what the heck he’s doing, he isn’t building a normal campaign organization or wooing delegates to win a nomination, he’s on a massive self-promotion tour.
He is all over the map on policy, and he has already come out with many policies that are decidedly not conservative. He has in fact been an exceedingly liberal New Yorker all his life.
And yet he’s polling 40% support among self-identified Republicans. Judging from much of the commentary I’ve seen from his supporters, they apparently believe him when he says he’s an outsider and anti-establishmentarian. Please. He’s a multi-billionaire. He has bragged many times in the past at how he has bribed local, state, and national level politicians. Some of that may be hubris from his titanic ego, but I doubt he’s gotten those many sweet deals without greasing a lot of wheels. Atlantic City, for one.
And yet his supporters are just manic that he is going to “teach the establishment Republicans a lesson,” that he’ll build a wall along the southern border, etc. It all feels very scripted to me. I think he’s a stalking horse for the very establishment he is being crafted to oppose, a way to get Republican voters to support a hyper-liberal candidate who lauds the Canadian health care system and has been a fervent supporter of abortion on demand without limitation, pseudo-sodo-marriage, and many other moral atrocities.
From the Catholic standpoint, I have to conclude the man is a joke. He is the epitome of the areligious self-serving “if it feels good do it” sexular pagan crowd. Several times now he has been questioned regarding his self-declared Christian beliefs and he has revealed himself to be utterly ignorant of even the most basic aspects of anything even remotely related to Christianity. As a for instance, see the below:
You have be pretty ignorant of Christianity to be unable to name an Apostle or even a book of the Bible. Throwing out “Ringo” isn’t cute, it’s profoundly disrespectful, bordering on blasphemy. Dismissing the Apostles as “they’re all great guys, really super guys, great people”……..why speak in the present tense when the last Apostle died over 1900 years ago?
Judging by the comments from Trump supporters, they apparently either feel he is trying to declare himself above this kind of “gotcha” question (is it a gotcha if he makes being a Christian a significant part of his campaign, and when so many Republicans are Christian?) by giving flippant responses, or they just explain it away as unimportant along with all the other liberal, incoherent responses he’s given.
But none of this seems to matter. His campaign is like a replay of ’08, where Obama said all these ridiculous things, real portents of doom for his administration, and yet people just loved him the more for it, constantly projecting their own vision on the false, blank canvas of the man the media and his campaign team created.
There’s something else, though. A lot of his support seems to be built around the desire among a good number of conservatives for revenge upon the culture they feel has turned on them. Witness this comment (language warning):
I cannot believe I’m typing this, but Trump is turning me. He has been nothing but a lib in the past, but honestly, I don’t see how he’ll be any worse than than the other R’s and will in fact be better because he is not beholden to the donors or the donor’s butt boys in Congress and will in fact kick them and the media in the nuts. So yeah, if we are going off the cliff, I want to ride in the Trump jet.
So it’s a gotterdammerung campaign, that’s the attraction? Elect the most destructive candidate possible to speed the collapse of the United States, and if you can work in a lot of schadenfreude on your perceived enemies in the process, so much the better?
The question is, can actively conspiring to help destroy a nation be even remotely acceptable for a Catholic? All my study, limited though it is, says no, as does my basis sensus fidei.
Pretty sad that we’re at a place in this nation’s decline where a good 40 or 50 million people see their best alternative as bringing about a national moral, economic, and political collapse, or who are just so twisted off at being ignored, belittled and put upon by the Republican establishment that they’ll go with a far left con artist just to stick it to ’em. But this kind of death wish assumes that whatever comes in the wake of the collapse has to be better. History shows that is a losing bet. Collapse is almost always followed not by enlightened, benevolent government, but by ever increasing levels of despotism, as people will sacrifice almost anything to restore order.
So, vote for Trump, America’s Kerensky?
I tend to doubt many readers are feeling drawn towards supporting Trump, but if there are any, I’d be interested in hearing the reasons for that support. I do agree that the Republican party has undergone an institutional crisis and transformation into something almost totally indistinguishable from the demonrat party, but how does Trump address that crisis?