Privileged Trump

I would rather not write about Donald Trump.  But he is such a danger to our democracy and freedom, and is so adroit at deflecting criticism and concern, that it is important to tell the truth before it is too late, and he is voted into office.

The truth is that he has no integrity.  He does not have a political or social philosophy, other than amassing wealth and power for himself.  He uses people’s fears to promote conflict between groups of people, then offers himself as the solution to any problem.  But he never says what the solution is.  I don’t believe he has the knowledge or desire to do the work necessary to come up with solutions.  Continuing to promote conflict serves his personal agenda.

He promotes distrust between different groups of people, rather than trying to remove the barriers between them.  He is by definition a racist, promoting race based conflict.

He also displays disturbing fascist tendencies.  Anyone who disagrees with him is a problem that needs to be punished.  There would not be open debates under a Trump administration.  Dissent is violently suppressed, and would continue to be.  Trump supporters seem to not have a problem with this.  I don’t think they realize how easily they might end up in the future being on the wrong side of Trump, and then becoming his target.

He is obviously ignorant of how government actually functions.

He promotes the idea that government should be run as a business.  Therefore a businessman, such as himself, would be a good President.

That is a fundamentally flawed argument.  We don’t pay taxes so the government can make money.

We pay taxes to provide the common services needed by all.  For infrastructure construction, and services such as public education, emergency services, food, water and drug safety, etc.  These are not intended to make money, and should not be characterized as subsidizing the poor.

The inability of our government at all levels (Pence in Indiana) to provide these services calls into question whether we should continue to pay taxes when the government is failing us. “No taxation without representation”.

 

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3 Responses to Privileged Trump

  1. Katie Glass says:

    So well articulated, Jeff! I can’t wait to get on Facebook tonight and share it on my page. Unfortunately (and shocking to me!), I know a trump supporter or two, and I’d love to share your wise words with them. Thank you for writing this!

    On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, Quakers, social justice and revolution wrote:

    > jakisling posted: “I would rather not write about Donald Trump. But his > is such a danger to our democracy and freedom, and is so adroit at > deflecting criticism and concern, that it is important to tell the truth > before it is too late, and he is voted into office. The trut” >

    • jakisling says:

      Thank you Katie. I also know a Trump supporter. He seems fairly typical–a reaction against what is going on now, rather than really supporting Trump himself. As everyone says, Congress created this mess by refusing to govern.

  2. Speaking for myself, I continue to feel bound by Christ’s teaching that, since the government issues the currency for our benefit, it has the right to demand it back from us. (“Whose image is on this coin?” “Cæsar’s.” “Yes. Therefore render unto Cæsar what is Cæsar’s.”) If we let that principle slip, then we lose the moral right to demand taxes from the antisocial when the taxes are being spent for things that *we* approve of — and that is a point worth thinking long about. Jesus taught that we cannot simply drop out of the community.

    Trump is another matter. I am mindful of what the early Friend Edward Burrough said, at such length and so beautifully, that we Friends are not for this candidate or that one, we do not side with this party or against that one, but we are for the moral values of Christ — justice and mercy, truth and peace, freedom, goodness, righteousness, meekness, temperance, unity with God and with one another — that these might prevail. Our job as Friends is to teach those values, and regardless of whether it is Clinton or Trump that assumes high office, we will need to teach them. We cannot teach them easily if we are identified as partisans, for if we are identified as partisans, the president will assume she/he already knows what we have to say. *We must be prepared to stand apart, in the manner of prophets.* And we must be willing to assume the sufferings of prophets! It is not too soon to be asking ourselves, right now: how will we teach those values after the election?

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