I’ve never once considered Donald Trump to be of “statesmanlike” quality. Oh, Ronald Reagan, I did. At least he acted the part very well if not lived up to it…but his speeches were so well rehearsed (he’d been doing them for General Electric for two decades) before he ever got to the White House. And there have been others, but none really as of late. You certainly couldn’t call Obama a statesman. I couldn’t call either of the Bush’s that. And I’d call Bill Clinton a predator before I’d call him a statesman.
Jimmy Carter was no statesman. He had one success in the White House (actually Camp David), and that was offset by a myriad of failures. Ford, Nixon, LBJ, no…they weren’t statesmen either. Kennedy tried to be one, but I don’t think he ever accomplished it. Now you’re back to Eisenhower, and he wasn’t. Truman may have been, but he was too hated during his time in office. That takes us back to FDR, who probably was a statesman. But Donald Trump? No way.
Until this past weekend.
Trump spoke at Liberty University’s commencement and I was actually impressed with the speech. This from the guy that added “yeah, right” to the lexicon of presidential catch phrases. What Trump said was amazing. He compared the United States to government. And the two are markedly different. I know that will upset my liberal friends, but they are. And he compared religion to government. Again, a comparison that is very apt, but very troubling to liberals.
What Trump said that was so amazing was, “In the United States, we don’t worship government. We worship God.” THAT is as statesman-like a statement that has ever come out of that man. And he just, in one sentence, explained the primary difference between today’s liberal and today’s conservative. Conservatives worship God. Liberals worship government.
Whoever wrote his speech (we know presidents don’t write their own anymore), did wonders with that one. Trump spoke of religious freedom being threatened. It has been for quite some time. We live in a country where Muslims and Buddhists are more welcome to practice their religion than Christians and Jews. We are no longer a country that is built on religious tolerance and freedom to worship as you please. We are now a country that is free to worship as you choose so long as your religion is a sworn enemy to the United States or is in direct conflict to Christianity.
That feeling is one that is going to lead us down the path of destruction as a nation. Mark my words…that is the one major flaw in America today. We were founded on the basis of religious freedom. We welcomed so many people to our shores who sought to worship as they chose without persecution. And today, Christians are being persecuted, Jews are being persecuted. The very reason we were formed as a nation is no longer valid in the eyes of 47% of the people. And that’s because we have lost our way in God’s eyes. We no longer follow Him. We follow government. We worship the District of Columbia, and the Capitol Building is the new Holy Grail. And until that changes, we as a country are doomed.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!