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More than a few people have asked me what Israelis think about President Trump leaving Syria. I stated in a Facebook post that Israelis were shocked; they did not expect it. After watching the Friday night Israeli news, there was not one Israeli pundit or politician that thought it was wise for America to leave the region.
However it was the response I got from American Christians that was chilling. I was told, “to trust the plan” that “God put Trump in power” and I should basically shut my mouth because he is “God’s anointed.” I am stunned at the blind devotion to President Trump as if he is infallible.
Now to be clear, I voted for the president and have supported him. I have also been willing to say when I disagree. That is called democracy. The way some have responded is if there is some secret plan and all we have to do is support Trump—not matter what.
So let me make a few statements.
America is a democracy where every citizen has an opinion and the right to share it. Politicians, including the president, work for the taxpayers. We should never be shamed for sharing our opinion. In Saudi Arabia or Iran you can get jailed or killed for sharing your opinion.
2. God’s Anointed Analogy is Flawed
The concept of not touching God’s anointed comes from 1 Samuel 24 when David finds the evil, treacherous King Saul and is encouraged by his men to kill him. David refuses to take matters into his own hands because he had a conflict of interest. Killing Saul would make him king in Saul’s place.
“The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” (1 Sam 24:6)
If one is saying that Trump is God’s anointed, they are saying, “He, like Saul, is evil and we should not criticize him even though he is evil, because he is in power, and God puts all people in power.” In other words, the analogy is not valid because they are not saying Trump is evil, on the contrary, they are saying that even when he does something we don’t understand—Trump has the right plan. But Saul and his house were judged severely. The idea in 2 Samuel is don’t touch God’s anointed because God is going to remove him and judge him.
3. Praising Trump for Obama’s policy?
When President Obama pulled our troops out of Iraq, those on the right criticized the move. They were concerned that the lack of U.S. presence would lead to more radical groups. Indeed Trump correctly said that Obama created ISIS by leaving the region. Brian Kilmeade, the Foxnews host who I have never heard criticize President Trump, had very harsh words for him.
“[Trump is] giving Russia a big win. Vladimir Putin praised him. He also is doing exactly what he criticized President Obama for doing. He said President Obama is the founder of ISIS. He just re-founded ISIS because they have 30,000 men there and they are already striking back with our would-be evacuation.”
Anyone who criticized Obama’s irresponsible withdrawal from Iraq but defends Trump’s irresponsible withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan needs to check their hypocrisy.— Marc Thiessen (@marcthiessen) December 21, 2018
This move signals weakness to America’s enemies. It will encourage Islamic terrorists. They will hail this as a win against the weak-stomached Americans. How do I know this? Because that is exactly what happened when Obama left the region. And declaring victory over ISIS only brings back memories of Obama calling them the JV team. Islamic terror is not going anywhere, anytime soon. Sadly, they have not been defeated and have a knack for reinventing themselves.
4. Trump and Putin
The Russians who are allied with Iran, are seeking a deeper foothold in the Middle East. This is a Christmas gift to Putin who has praised the US move. Something is wrong when Americans support a move that our entire military leadership and most of our political leadership is against and former KGB henchmen and present Russian Dictator Vlad Putin supports.
5. Blindly Following is Dangerous
Blind obedience to any politician or claiming there is some secret plan, is risky. Is there anything that the president could do that would make these folks think twice? Remember that it was candidate Trump who bragged about the control he had over his followers saying, “I could stand in the middle of 5thAvenue and shoot someone and I wouldn’t lose any voters.”
Let me clear, I am a supporter of the President. He has done some wonderful things. Recognizing Jerusalem was very brave, canceling the Iran Nuke Deal was bold, the tax bill has stimulated the economy and he has been the best friend to evangelicals in decades. But the way democracy works is that when you feel that the president, no matter who he is, is straying from that which is in the best interest of America, you lift your voice; you hold him accountable. It doesn’t mean that you are being disloyal, as some have suggested, it means you care about the country. You hope he will feel the pressure, reevaluate and change course. And when some of his most loyal supporters are criticizing him over something, it is time to have an educated opinion; not a time to blindly follow.
We correctly criticized folks on the left for turning Obama into a Messiah. Let’s not do the same with President Trump. Let’s pray for him, bless him, but not blindly follow him.
Footnote: I do find it incredibly hypocritical that those on the left who supported President Obama irresponsible policies in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq and in regards to ISIS are now critical of President Trump for leaving Syria. They need to first own up to their own failure with Obama.
I have been in the US now for three days. With all the hoopla over the midterms and taking a few days to rest and get over jet lag (yes, it is a real thing!), I have been watching the news—both Fox and CNN. One of the themes that I see on CNN, over and over again, is that Donald Trump has a problem with black women. And, today, I hear he has a problem with all black people.
They come to this conclusion based on his criticisms of Maxine Waters, Andrew Gillum and Stacy Abrams. And then, he went too far, attacking Michelle Obama (Don’t let the fact that he actually attacked her husband—not her, and it was only after she attacked him, cloud your judgment). [of him].)
Indeed, he did call Gillum a thief and said that he has done a horrible Job as mayor of Tallahassee. He wants Stacy Abrams to concede in Georgia. And, yes, he has referred to Maxine Waters (who has encouraged violence again Republicans) as “low-IQ Maxine”. Then on Friday, he went after Michelle Obama. She wrote in her new book that she would never forgive President Trump for advancing the birther debate. He responded that he would never forgive former-President Obama for gutting the military.
And now he is attacking the black leader of the Broward County Election Commission, Brenda Snipes, over irregularities in the way they count votes. Well, he didn’t mention her by name, but he did refer to the “political corruption” in Broward County. That should be enough for CNN and MSNBC to label him a racist.
Equal Opportunity Offender
If we simply look at these statements, sure, we can make a case that President Trump has a problem with African Americans. But we have a problem. He has made more statements than these—many, many more statements—AGAINST WHITE MALES! President Trump has actually proven he is not a racist! He has been rude, mean and critical of people of every race, not based on the color of their skin, but rather, on the content of their “politics.”
Trump Must Hate White Males, Too!
If we are to conclude that President Trump hates blacks based on his harsh rhetoric, then we must conclude that he really hates white men! Here is a list of some of the mocking nicknames he has had for white men:
• Lyin [sic] Ted (Cruz)
• Little Marco (Rubio)
• Sleepy Joe (Biden)
• Da Nang Richard (Blumenthal)…mocking his fictitious tour of duty in Vietnam.
• Low Energy Jeb (Bush) …effectively putting an end to Jeb Bush’s hopes of becoming president.
• ‘Leakin’ [sic] James Comey
• Al Frankenstein
• Crazy Bernie (Sanders)
• Cryin [sic] Chuck Schumer
The list of people that he has labeled with clever, even if mean nicknames is made up overwhelmingly of white males!
Based on his mean words to white men, should we conclude that he hates white men? Of course not! Just read his twitter feed. He is going after Taylor Swift and Hillary Clinton. He calls faux, native-American Elizebeth Warren, Pocahontas. He calls Nancy Pelosi, High-tax, High-crime Nancy. Does he hate white women?
Not A Saint/Not a Racist
My desire is to look honestly at President Trump. I don’t think he is a saint. And I do not think that the “Trump is never wrong” mentality is good for our nation. I do think that he has contributed (along with Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi and certain unhinged people in Hollywood) to the division in this country. He could do better. And yet, he seems to understand the frustration of the average American who feels judged by elite left for “clinging to their guns and religion.”
I do think that he could be gentler and kinder in the way he speaks of others. I do think that he is easy to goad, because of his thin skin and short temper. While I think CNN’s Jim Acosta is a grandstanding narcissist, he knows exactly what he is doing when he challenges the president. He knows how easy it is to provoke President Trump into going off script and losing his cool.
However, to conclude that he is a racist based on the way he speaks against certain African American politicians or entertainers is utterly dishonest. Look at the black people he has embraced from Ben Carson to Kayne West, from Mike Tyson to Jim Brown. In addition, there is Hershel Walker, Terrell Owens, Latrell Sprewell and others. Just the other day, President trump said this about Oprah:
“Oprah was a friend of mine until I ran for office. Once I ran for office we diverged slightly … until I ran for office, we did very well. We had a good relationship. I like Oprah.”
How can someone who hates black women say such things?
The fact is, the president has made many verbal missteps, but these have nothing to do with race. If we are going to conclude that hatred of an entire ethnicity or gender are the same as criticism of a particular individual’s stance or politics (regardless of their ethnicity or gender), then we have to conclude that he hates (along with every other classification) white, Anglo males the most…because that is who he attacks the most.