I love Donald Trump...

...because Jesus loves Donald Trump.

However, I do not think he is presidential material.

  • I believe a president should desire the uplift of everyone in society and not by scapegoating some. He has scapegoated Mexican immigrants, Muslims, and African-Americans. 
  • I believe a president would make a good neighbor, not someone who brags about sexual assaults, seduction of married women, engagement in multiple affairs, lewd comments about his own daughter, and repetition of white supremacist conspiracy theories. 
  • I believe a president should have a track record of public service. He has none. 
  • I believe a president should have experience in negotiating the labyrinth of political bureaucracy with its intentional and constitutional checks and balances, not only decisions by fiat. The executive branch is not superior to the legislative or judicial branches. 
  • I believe a president needs a thick skin who will hearken to a rebuke without responding by attacking the messengers. on the contrary, Trump has believed it productive, despite all evidence to the contrary, that attacking parents whose child died in combat, or women who gained weight, or name-calling politicians, and bullying his opponents is more appropriate.

The nation's founders, for all their flaws had high aspirations for the republic. Their words are worth heeding.

GEORGE WASHINGTON (1732-1799) "Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder."

What is the character of this candidate?

ABIGAIL VAN BUREN ("Dear Abby") advice columnist "The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back."

WOODROW WILSON (1856-1924) "If you will think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself. Character is a by-product, and any man who devotes himself to its cultivation in his own case will become a selfish prig."

CALVIN COOLIDGE (1872-1933) "Character is the only secure foundation of the state."

DWIGHT EISENHOWER (1890-1969) The qualities of a great man are "vision, integrity, courage, understanding, the power of articulation, and profundity of character."

Source of quotes.

Jesus says, "The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks." Luke 6:45
"But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.  These are what defile a person." Matthew 15:18-20

James 3:11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

Despite all his obvious faults, Jesus loves Donald Trump. Jesus wants Donald Trump to know his complete love for him. Jesus wants to show him perfect love through neighbors like me. I completely disagree with Donald Trump. I think he would be a despot if president. He does not love his neighbors nearly as much as he loves himself. Yet, I am called to love him. This is my challenge, but one I am willing to accept.


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