Trump vs. Kaepernick

Last night at a rally in Alabama, Trump called for the NFL owners to remove players who kneel during the National Anthem from the field. It wasn’t clear if he meant just bench them, trade them, or fire them, but it’s still clear he wanted some punitive effort.

Now, let me say right here that I haven’t watched a single NFL game since the whole Kaepernick thing started. That not the only reason I no longer watch football, but it’s a large part of it. I will also say here and now that I’m unable to find a single example of a baseball player “taking a knee” during the National Anthem. Draw your own conclusions.

However, what this looks like to me is a desperate attempt by Trump to get his base of rednecks with Confederate flags on their jacked-up pickups happy with him again. He obviously lost a ton of them when he started making deals with Democrats (as people like your humble commentator said he would), and when he saw them burning their MAGA hats he knew he had to do something.

The result is calling out a man without using his name, who never played in Alabama, who never lived in Alabama, in a sport without a franchise in Alabama, at a non-sporting event. Because Trump is all about his own popularity, and his recent actions have eroded that badly, so he’s flailing to regain it.

If Trumpeters were smart, they’d see this for what it is. But the fact that they voted for Trump puts their intelligence in question.


Why Trumpeters Do What They Do

I’ve been considering this for quite some time now, and I think it’s time to put some thoughts down on paper, so to speak. I should point out right at the start that while I am a medical professional, I’m not in mental health (I’m in the lab).

First off, we have to understand that the man they pretty much worship, Trump himself, is a deeply insecure person. There are two major pieces of evidence for this:

  1. His thin-skinned, over-the-top reaction to even the slightest criticism. Just look at his response to the “tiny hands” comment. A secure, well-adjusted, mature person would take that kind of thing and shrug it off, because they know who they are. Some would even turn it into a self-deprecating joke. Trump, on the other hand, responds like a child, attempting to “prove” that it’s not true.
  2. His insistence on outward signs of his power, prestige, and wealth. One specific example is the gold drapes in the Oval Office. Again, secure people don’t need the outward trappings because they know who they are. I recently had the opportunity to meet Peter Furler, former lead singer for Newsboys, and he was obviously content with what our small city could offer him. He didn’t demand more, he was truly and honestly grateful for what we could give him. That’s a man who is secure in who he is. Trump clearly isn’t, he needs constant reminders. (See also the reports of him asking advisors to praise him during Cabinet meetings… more evidence of insecurity.)

With that said, from what I’ve seen online from Trumpeters clearly shows that a great many — possibly even a large majority — of them are drawn to him because they’re just as insecure as he is. They see supporting him as “proof” that they’re the macho alpha-males they want to be rather than the beta-males they fear they really are.

Again, we see the same evidence of insecurity in them as we see in Trump himself. They are incredibly thin-skinned, even the slightest criticism of them or Trump sends them into fits of frothing rage.

Second, they’re the ones with the online profiles with tons of flags and #MAGA slogans. Kinda the online version of gold drapes. You can think of them as the typical redneck driving the jacked-up truck with the exhaust you can hear miles away.

All this leads us to the conclusion that Trumpeters react they way they do because admitting that Trump isn’t the be-all and end-all of political greatness would strike at the very heart of their fragile egos. Since that threat is terrifying to them, they react like a cornered dog.

The Anti-Elites Have Become The Elites

It has been said that revolutionaries eventually, if they win, become just as bad as the ones they were trying to replace. America is seeing the same thing happen with the Trump-supporting “anti-elitists.”

Elite groups are known for being insular and highly dismissive of people that are seen as non-elites. We saw this in both Obama and Hillary supporters, demeaning anyone not supporting their candidate as “racist,” “sexist,” and just general “right-wing bigots.”

The Trumpeters have followed suit. If you don’t agree with everything Trump does, you’re a “progressive,” a “cuck,” and a “globalist,” no matter how good your conservative bona fides are.

It’s all about being part of the “cool group,” and many Trump supporters are the kinds of people who’ve never been considered cool in their lives, so they’re lashing out at those they feel excluded them.

Someday even these new elites will be the old elites that people want to kick out of power, and the way things are looking it may be a lot sooner than the Trumpelites think. Maybe they should remember that when dealing with people not in their little clique.

Trump’s “Muslim Ban” Misses The Mark In All But One Case!

A lot of pixels have been spilled over Trump’s “Muslim Ban.” I just went through and checked a list of terror attacks since (and including) 9/11, and guess what… only one of the attackers were from nations now subject to “extreme vetting!”

Here’s the list of the seven affected nations:

The executive order also suspends visa entry into the U.S. from seven countries that have predominately Muslim populations. They include: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Sudan and Yemen.

Now, here’s a list of terror attacks and where the attackers came from:

In summary, whether Trump’s actions are good policy or not — and that’s another debate — his list of countries is missing a lot of places where terrorism seems to come from, and includes a lot of countries that have never generated a terrorist attack! He’s going after exactly the wrong people!

God Does Not Use Great Men

A couple of weeks ago, I was driving by a church and was struck by the sign outside that said, “God does not need great men. Great men need God.”

That reminded me of an earlier post of mine here, about how Trump is likely America’s version of Saul from the Old Testament. If you know your Bible, you know Saul was pretty much a disaster as a leader, even at one point usurping the authority of the priests to offer a sacrifice to the Lord.

If God used Saul at all, He used Saul to punish the Israelites for demanding a king rather than being ruled by God directly. The same could be said of other “great” (according to the world) men in the Bible, such as Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar.

However, if you want to find the kind of people God uses for His good purposes rather than punishment, you must look to the weak, the despised, the ignored. Saul’s successor, David, was such a man. He was so little thought of that when Samuel came to his father’s house to find the next king of Israel, David’s own father forgot about him until Samuel had rejected all of David’s brothers and asked if there were any more. Then suddenly Jesse remembered, “oh, yeah, there’s David.” Being forgotten by your own dad is about as low and ignored as you can get, yet the Bible calls him “a man after God’s own heart.”

Look also at the disciples. Not as we know them today, but as they were in the society they lived in. Most were fishermen, which was really a lowly profession in those days. Simon Peter seemed to open his mouth most often just to change feet, as when he proclaimed that he’d never deny Jesus. There was Matthew, the tax collector, which means the Jews of the day saw him as a sell-out to the Romans. Another Simon, called Simon the Zealot, was according to his very name a member of a radical party in Israel at that time that thought the way to deal with the Romans was to, as the old saying goes, “kill them all and let God sort them out.” And of course Jesus also picked Judas Iscariot… enough said about him.

In his first epistle to the church at Corinth, Paul explains:

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

When God wants to bless people, He does it through weak, foolish, lowly people — what we today would call “losers,” not through the powerful or the popular or the ones the world calls “great,” and especially not the ones who think they’re great. Remember, as both James and Peter tell us, God resists the proud. He does not use them.

If those of us who call ourselves Christian conservatives want to turn America’s course around, we need to look to the humble, not to the braggarts.

A Plea To My Fellow Conservative #NeverTrumpers

I’ve been fairly active on Twitter the last few weeks, and I’ve seen a disturbing trend. People who claim to be conservatives opposed to Trump are using leftist sources as primary source material. Please note right up front, I’m not speaking to any Democrat, leftist, SJW, or the like who is opposed to The Don.

It’s easy to understand why conservatives would be tempted to use these sources. When you oppose someone you naturally gravitate toward anything that also opposes that person, but we need to remember that we are supposed to be the people with core values that we should uphold. One of those core values should be the value of truth, and let’s face it, the NY Times only prints the truth about anyone with an R after their name by accident. Their many falsehoods have been documented. Especially the recent one about Rick Perry.

I admit, I was and am dismayed by Perry’s apparent kowtowing to global cooling global warming climate change, but I can oppose him on that topic without resorting to the kinds of lies we find in the Democrat Media. The same goes for his new master who gladly handed over 30 pieces of silver… we can find plenty to bring against The Don without empowering those who speak the language of the Prince of Lies.

Also worth mentioning, relying on these sources will often find a good conservative having to backtrack as the falsehoods in the source are exposed. That will lead to a corrosion of our credibility, and we certainly don’t need or want that, do we?

Let us stand on our principles, and let our principles include a re-dedication to the value of truth. Leave the bald-faced lies to the Democrats. We’re supposed to be better than they are.

Trump, Kushner, and Double Standards

Let us engage in a little thought experiment.

Let’s say that Hillary had won the election. And, a couple of weeks before the inauguration, news comes out that she’s going to name Marc Mezvinsky (Chelsea’s husband, therefore Hillary’s son-in-law) as a White House adviser. How do you think Trump supporters would react?

I think it’s pretty obvious many of them would be screaming bloody murder about nepotism and many other things.

Yet, Trump is reported to be naming his son-in-law to a White House adviser’s job, and I’ve not seen a peep out of the Trumpeters.

So, I guess it’s OK with the die-hard Trumpeters for Trump to do this.

But there’s more to this than a double standard. When another Democrat takes the Oval Office — and it will happen at some time, no party ever has a permanent lock on the Presidency — if he or she appoints family members to White House positions, the GOP will not be in any position to complain without being hypocrites.

This is the legacy of Trump.