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Is the Trump presidency a warning from God?

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Over the years, right-wing televangelists have been quick to tell us that certain big disasters in America are warnings from God that our libertine ways have gone too far.

For example, Pat Robertson and  Jerry Falwell (who has since deceased)  appeared jointly on television just two days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and declared that these events were signs of God’s disapproval of abortion, homosexuality and other increasingly popular evils.

But a question has occurred to me of late: Why have preachers of this ilk had nothing negative to say about the message God is sending with the disastrous presidency of Donald Trump? More to the point: Why do these men  — they’re almost always men, aren’t they? — seem more likely to favor Trump than oppose him?

Evidence that Trump is a disaster is plentiful. Most Americans did not vote for him to begin with. And he’s been unpopular from the get-go of his presidency. His approval rating in the polls has been lower than any previous president. Oh, sure, he has his supporters, but they are outnumbered by his critics.

Trump likes to pretend that he, too, is a religious man. But it’s all  a charade. His support among evangelicals arises almost solely from his stated opposition to abortion. The man’s career and lifestyle have long been marked by vulgarity.  He’s been married so many times that he almost has rice scars. His attitudes about women were amply reflected by the infamous tapes recorded on the Access Hollywood bus a few years back.

Trump was a gambling mogul in Atlantic City until his casinos there went bust. He has a hotel in Las Vegas, but Nevada won’t give him a gambling license because of his shady reputation.

Trump University was a scam, and he had to pay $25 million to settle a lawsuit brought by aggrieved former students.

He repeatedly promised that he would release his tax returns if he got elected president, but he has reneged on the irrelevant  grounds that he’s being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

All in all, the man is an immoral disaster. But the preachers who regularly appear on television to scrounge for money for their ministries have nothing to say against him. If they mention him at all, it’s always in terms of praise. Liberty University, a school founded by Jerry Falwell, even invited Trump to give the commencement address at graduation ceremonies last week.

As for whether the Trump presidency is a message of some sort from God, I remain unconvinced. But I can’t help but wonder about the silence — or outright hypocrisy — of the religious leaders who usually have plenty to say about such matters.

 

 

 

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  1. Robert Hazz Geaunads

    Everything Trump does is scandalous. Everything. Doesn’t matter if its a benign act, its scandalous. Eventually, if his enemies throw enough at him, something will stick. Just a matter of time. He’s doomed is my prediction.

    • Robert Hazz Geaunads

      PS – I hope youre going to be happy with Pence. When it comes to conservatism, he’s the real thing.

  2. Steverino

    His upcoming road trip will include Muslims, Jews and the Pope so go figure.

  3. Robert Hazz Geaunads

    Im watching this media circus about Trump and the classified data… and now another OMG moment, Comey supposedly writes a memo about his meeting with Trump and somehow its relevant and a legitimate introduction of evidence of some wrongdoing. What total BS… just to fill up the airwaves… the media is out of control. Out of control… PS – has anybody seen that memo Comey wrote? No… and now we bury the Seth Rich story about his leaking to wikileaks… unbelievable…

  4. Steverino

    Comey kept many paper trails during his tenure with DOJ and FBI but nothing with Obama because he was truthful.

    • Robert Hazz Geaunads

      Comey had an obligation to make public his recent memo claims about Trump, when they happened, not when it was politically expedient as a touche moment. If Trump did try to influence Comey’s actions toward Flynn, Comey should have gone public right after that meeting…There’s a loss of credibility there.

  5. Robert Hazz Geaunads

    Hey lefty, make the case for impeachment with facts and evidence or look like a fool…and call for it with nothing but heresay…

  6. Robert Hazz Geaunads

    Talk about warnings, here’s a precursor to the future goals of Pence. He’s creating a PAC. He has ambitions, I would say. President Pence, order up.

    My greatest opposition to Hillary was her war hawk status and the anti-Russian theme being set up for her to follow through on. Seems now that nothing will stop that escalating conflict from happening.

    Oh well, I’m sure the bew fascist left will be more than willing to join in the prelude to the world war, its coming. Happy now leftys?

    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-05-17/pence-takes-steps-to-build-war-chest-as-white-house-stumbles

  7. Robert Hazz Geaunads

    Although I believe there is and has been a deliberate and very vicious attempt to destroy Trumps presidency from the start, I can no longer support him. He’s just not capable of handling the heat. It’s ruthless there in DC and when they hate you with a passion, and its coming from many fronts (something Obama didn’t have to deal with in anywhere near the volume and breadth that Trump is recieving), I can understand how it would weigh on a person. The health of the country is much more important than one man’s ego.

    • BaHaHaHaHa! The more you post, the more ludicrous you get, Robert! You and your ilk put this idiot into the White House and you will bear responsibility. He showed he wasn’t qualified during the campaign. You have been promoting him and blaming everyone else for his problems. Trump’s problems are of his own doing. Trump is destroying Trump. And Obama? Really? You’re just a sick troll, Robert!!

      • Robert Hazz Geaunads

        You’re a nut case. Seek counseling.

        • Oh my! Another brilliant retort from the Trump toady. Clap, clap, clap!!

          • Robert Hazz Geaunads

            Thanks for making my case and point. You never fail me. Do you need a hug? Poor thing.

  8. Robert Hazz Geaunads

    Patrick, didn’t Comey, on May 3, give testimony under oath, that Trump had never pressured him or his agency to halt an investigation for political purposes?

    Im certain he did. So now, we have the supposed bastion of all things truthful and honest, The NYTimes, claiming a memo exist from Comey that says otherwise, although no one has seen it. Someone is being dishonest here. Comey had a responsibility to make public any claim that Trump tried to influence him at the time it happened.

    Comey had lost the respect of many of his employees for his handling of Hillary’s email investigation but the media paints him as well loved.

    The more dangerous thing happening in the USA is the MSM that lies, deceives and promotes anonymous sources as legitimate avenues to cause a special prosecutor and manipulate public sentiment.

    Don’t you care about what’s happened to the field of journalism in the past 20 years and particularly by the left wing liberal media outlets that have amplified the Fox News biased model to blatant disregard for any sense of truth or reality? Is there any news outlet that’s believable these days?

    PS – my interest here isn’t so much to defend Trump as it is to show Comey has dug a very deep hole. Trump’s on his own and the truth, I hope, will clear him of any wrongdoing. So far, nothing has stuck and even Nancy Pelosi has said you can’t impeach someone based on heresay. That’s all there is.

    The current news says ABC is confirming one WH staffer is being investigated. Really? Who? Why can’t they say? All this kind of scurrilous gossip does is destroy peoples belief in any sense of honesty from the media or our government. The media is destroying our country, not Trump.

    • Robert Hazz Geaunads

      This is the testimony that Comey gave. He didn’t specifically say Trump didn’t try to influence him, but he was talking about influences in a greater sense… he did say at the end if someone did try to influence the FBI investigation, it would be a big deal and its not happened in his experience.

      If I were an atty for the opposition, I’d have a hay day with that testimony.

      Don’t you think if there was any type of effort by anybody to influence an investigation, it would have been acknowledged in that testimony and at that very public event? And as I’ve noted, wouldn’t it be an expectation of the FBI and particularly the head of the FBI, to have made mention to the appropriate bodies before we heard about it last week?

      PS- I don’t really like using zero hedge as the end all to be all source, but we’re talking about a video in their story… let’s see where this goes.

      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-05-18/comey-admits-under-oath-obstructions-investigations-never-happened

  9. Robert Hazz Geaunads

    Here’s the next scandal the loony left media can create. They can claim Trump is getting a gift from a foreign government and it will make him indebted to that nation.

    PS – The worst news outlet for inciting the public against Trump is the Huffington Post, under the guidance of their new militant lesbian editor. Nothing but specious assumptions coming out of that rag since her arrival in late Dec 2016. It’s a disgrace to journalism. If she can find a way to enflame racial divisions, she prints it.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4526092/Roger-Stone-Trump-s-Saudi-award-makes-want-puke.html

  10. Robert: Several questions:

    1. What does the lesbianism of the HuffPo editor have to do with the subject at hand? You’re ever the bigot boy, aren’t you?

    2. When are you going to learn how to spell?

  11. Robert Hazz Geaunads

    Patrick ask,

    1. What does the lesbianism of the HuffPo editor have to do with the subject at hand? You’re ever the bigot boy, aren’t you?

    Robert responds,

    Ms. Polgreen chooses to make her first impression be that she’s not only a lesbian, but a butch one. Hence, the reference to her being a militant lesbian. By promoting that image she’s telling the world her view of life is from her lesbian identity, and to a greater point of view, the LGBTQ society. She’s also Black, so it could be assumed she would also be playing that card too, because that’s what activists do. Which reminds of why people who want to be open minded about such things, often think, “how are we suppose to treat minorities equally when they keep reminding us how different they are?

    I think many, if not most, lesbians and gays (notice I left off BTQ), choose to be less stereotyped by their appearance, and have wider varieties of opinions, both left, center and right.

    When I first saw Ms. Polgreen’s elevation to editor at the HuffPo, it was apparent where she was going to take that leftwing propaganda organization, and she did take it way far left. It’s a total anti-Trump, minorities are victims type of rag now, with the occasional feel good story, but still from an anti-Trump point of view. It’s not a news outlet anymore, but I don’t think most news organizations are anymore. Ms. Polgreen made the HuffPo look like the what the DNC did to the democratic party, she chose to play to the identity politics agenda rather than what the democratic party use to stand for, all blue collar worker types, the average person. The person without deep pockets. It was for that reason, that many people saw Trump as being more for them than the politicians who sold out America and our factories to the lowest foreign country bidder, like Bill Clinton helped along with his DLC organization that saw corporations as a source of donations, and so began the fast growing decline of American factory jobs to foreign sites, as Ross Perot predicted with that “sucking” sound.

    2. When are you going to learn how to spell?

    When I can afford a human editor. I make occasional mistakes, so what? So do many of these bot written articles I read.

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