Why we Vote for Donald Trump

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As the race for President heats up, many people are flocking to vote for Donald Trump because he has said that he will stop Muslims from immigrating to the U.S., and he will build a wall against Mexican immigration, and make the Mexican government pay for it. He trash talks his opponents, whether they be presidential hopefuls, or critics, threatening to both sue and to expand the libel laws to allow for more suing of critics. Trump has said that he will endorse water boarding for use in torturing prisoners of war for information, and will bomb the families of the leaders of ISIS.

police killingsThis has galvanized a large portion of the United States, mostly whites, who are now realizing that their long sleepy dominance of the U.S. is fast fading. As the numbers of non-European Americans has risen to 25%, and the country elected, what?, a black president, so have the stories of black people killed monthly by local police risen. Both the nation’s racial readiness, and the advent of cameras everywhere, has led to a new accountability for white dominated police departments. Whereas in the past the police could mete out whatever justice they wanted to the lowest rungs of society, now it is frowned upon, and liberal whites are shocked at what was going on all this time.

The middle class has been steadily shrinking, so parents have been urging their children to have a better chance of staying in the middle class by getting the all important college education, incurring huge college debt, averaging $35,000. Who has the most to lose with these changes in the U.S.? Blue collar America, especially white blue collar America. So Donald Trump appeals to the lowest, basest fears.

Jesus mentioned that hypocrites point out the sawdust in their brother’s eye while having a plank in their own eye. We project onto groups what we don’t want to admit is part of our own group. Are white people the problem? Surely not, we say. It has to be the immigrants! Statistically immigrants are much more law abiding than the general American public. Why? Because they have worked so hard to get here. They are more grateful, and they know to watch out more carefully what they do, because they are not from here.

Germany in the 1930s was in financial crisis with runaway inflation, and high Germany Wheelbarrow Moneyunemployment, with stories of going to the bakery to buy bread with a wheelbarrow full of almost worthless money. The people were scared. So they elected someone who demonized groups of people:  Gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, mentally retarded people and the largest group: Jews. (For centuries Jews in Europe had been banned from owning land (farming) or being licensed in trades, like bakers, carpenters, blacksmiths, or leatherworkers. So Jews had gone into banking, clothing and jewelry in order to make a living. This created a stereotype of Jews in Europe, and an envy by those less fortunate or industrious. Hitler capitalized on the people’s fear, unemployment, projection and envy, and was elected to parliament. It took a few more years of maneuvering and jailing his opponents before he could be Prime Minister and finally Der Fuhrer.

RUSSIA-SYRIA-CONFLICT-PUTIN-IRANVladimir Putin has done the same thing in Russia recently, whipping up the Russian people’s fury against Ukraine and the United States as the economy and political power of Russia fades. Donald Trump is doing the same.

Who votes for Donald Trump?

1. The religious right.  Fundamentalists, pentecostals and evangelicals have traditionally been more authority-minded and authoritarian than the general public. They admire people who use the military, and are often the first to encourage their children to join the military. They confuse nationalism with Christianity and believe they are loyal Christians when they go off to fight for U.S. interests.

2. Blue collar workers. People who have been marginalized by our society, starting work at minimum wage and barely getting a raise each year. Why would like to identify with someone who is rich, famous and claims to be able to make a profit.running-dick

3. White people who want America to stay white. When I was learning to read the reader we learned from was full of Dick, Jane, Sally and Spot. Now the readers are full of Juan, Immanuela, and Zenab. This panics those who want everything to go back to the 1950s when black people weren’t allowed to vote. Stop change! is the cry of poor white Americans.

but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them ?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them.

Luke 9

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About Mark

I was raised in the conservative non-institutional churches of Christ and attended Florida College in Tampa, Florida. I served as a minister for 8 years in the non-institutional churches of Christ, and 4 years at a mainline church of Christ in Vermont.
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12 Responses to Why we Vote for Donald Trump

  1. Gary Bray says:

    Thank you for your insights here and for caring enough to share them. IMO God has no stake in this election. Jesus didn’t come to save this world, he came to show us the way to his world. Logic does not apply to God or the “the bible.” If I wanted to save this world or “make America great” I would vote for Trump. Would Jesus vote for Trump? On a good day, I have no stake in this world or any election. On most days, I want to build walls and shut out everyone that’s not like me. That’s why me and other humans can’t be trusted. Only God can be trusted, and he will never make since to humans. With love and respect, Gary Bray

    • true2jesus says:

      I have to agree Gary. Most of what was on the blog is nothing but being in the ‘anybody but Trump’, and are based on either half truths or deliberate lies to try to get people to react rather than to have actually heard what Trump said – in context. I’m afraid whoever wrote the letter is still not free to think for himself – but he sure wants us all to believe as he does.

      When we abide in the words of Jesus – we know the truth – and know when someone is trying to pull the wool over our eyes or speaking lies and half truths.

      Even the Pope was against Trump? All the more reason to vote for him! Too many have spoken good of him – from lifetime friends in childhood through school and adulthood -to verterans that he has helped – to the millions of people he inspires to believe that there is still hope for America (USA).

      One more political post from this message list and I’m dropping it like a hot-potato.

    • Mark says:

      Hi Gary,
      Your reply is similar to the doctrine of “other worldliness” that was part of Stone and Lipscomb’s theology, but not part of Campbell’s. Churches of Christ have traditionally said they don’t comment on politics, and that politics are not part of religion. However the apostle John wrote an entire book about politics (Revelation), as did many of the prophets of the Hebrew Bible. Jesus occasionally commented on the relationship one should have with the governing power. When the gospel writers quoted from the Scriptures about the coming Messiah, they quoted political statements from Isaiah and Daniel, about a ruler who would conquer all the nations, how war would stop and swords would be turned into plows.
      The problem is that everything is political: what we eat and how we grow our food, to how we travel, how we practice birth control and family planning, how we educate our children, how we get rich or go bankrupt, how we take care of the poor among us, how we stay healthy or treat our sick. I have a 54 year close relative with a bachelor’s degree in engineering who lost his $120,000 a year job at the beginning of the recession. He spent his retirement account, couldn’t get enough food stamps, lost his house, went into debt with a couple of ER visits, went bankrupt. At the end of the recession he found a $60,000 a year job. He now pays $600 a month, according to the new bankruptcy laws, plus payments to the IRS for back taxes, plus payments to the hospital because hospital bills cannot be included in bankruptcy. Add to that the fact that he has unsuccessfully been trying to find vocational training for his handicapped son. His life will be much shorter because of the stress he has been through.
      Many people on Wall Street became fabulously wealthy while he went bankrupt and drove from food shelf to food shelf with a decaying car. Everything he went through is political. Even the air we breath and the water we drink is political.
      Evangelicals and fundamentalists believe that God calls us to personal piety. Mainstream Christian denominations believe God calls us to feed the hungry. Both are true.

      • Gary Bray says:

        Hi Mark, Thank you for the letter sir and I appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts. (That’s not just a thoughtless greeting, I really do appreciate it). To make a long story short, I grew up working class and retired at a high level from one of the worlds largest corporations. My thoughts on God, religion, politics, human suffering, human greed and most of all “the gray area between right and wrong” have all changed a great deal over the past 60 years. At this point in my life, walking the “razors edge” has become impossible. I am a hypocrite based on the difference between what I know about Jesus and how I live my life. Jesus: Give to Ceasar the things are Ceasars and give to God the things that are God’s – If someone steals from you, give them even more – turn the other cheek – to live is Christ, to die is gain – give no thought to how we will live (the birds give no thought and God provides) – you will be forgiven as you forgive others… etc, etc. IMO the spirit of Gods message is to let go of this world completely, regardless of the consequence. Does that mean the most evil of the world will slaughter us? Yes, they will nail us on crosses. In reality, I live like a king. If half my wealth were to disappear, I wouldn’t notice unless it were pointed out to me. The rich young ruler was told to sell what he had and give it to the poor and then follow Jesus. My nature won’t let me do that. It won’t allow me to be nailed to a cross or watch my grandkids suffer when my money could have prevented it. I believe in Christ, but I am not Christ like (Christian). Or do I really believe? When put to the test, will the cock crow three times for me? It already has. It’s my belief that we can’t have one foot on this world and one foot on the next, shifting the weight as best suits the circumstance. If grace extends to me, it will truly be an undeserved gift. Thanks for reading my friend, gary

    • Mike says:

      Actually, Jesus came to SAVE this world. God puts in power those He wants in power. God has already chosen who our next President will be. We just have to wait and see.

  2. Mark says:

    No, people who believe in predestination do not look before they cross the street. That’s why they have signs up that say, Watch for Presbyterians.

  3. David Halter says:

    When were you at FC? I was there from 69-73. D.Halter

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