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Trump is Still Your President and His Supporters are Still Your Countrymen

I’m going to go out on a limb here and state that I am uniquely qualified to write this article to my fellow countrymen about my fellow countrymen. Yes, ladies, I’m including you as well but I’ve neither the time nor the grammatical inclination to make every statement gender neutral. Countryperson just does not have the same literary flow to it. Come to terms with that, however you must. Yet, I think I am uniquely qualified because I would not classify myself as a Trump supporter in any sense of the word. I am a conservative leaning man with libertarianism tendencies, and as such, there is much that Trump does which scratches particular itches for me. However, I’m just of the opinion that those itches are not sufficient enough for me to quietly tolerate the additional baggage he brings.

I find value in the democratic institutions of our republic and I have no indication that Trump values them above himself. I’m not his biggest detractor, but nor would I say I support the President apart from a general patriotic sense to support whatever man sits in the Oval Office. I am, however, a big fan of Trump supporters. They are my friends, family, fellow Marines and brothers from another mother. They do not deserve the political tropes that have been thrust upon them such as racist, fascist, or deplorable. So I’m going to spend the next few minutes helping Trump supporters make their case to the American public at-large. Trump supporters are your countrymen and you’d do well to treat them as such.

An Evangelical Call to Love

Let’s go ahead and get this out of the way. Trump’s dicey relationship with Evangelical Christians has been somewhat of a popular topic in the wake of the Christianity Today editorial that questioned is moral ability to lead. As a Christian myself, I’ve genuinely lamented what modern politics has done to what should have been a call to love their neighbor as themselves. When asked what is the greatest commandment, Jesus responded with love the lord your God with all your heart. He went on to say the second greatest is to love your neighbor as yourself. Meaning, you if went to sleep at night and did nothing other than love God and your neighbor as yourself, then you’ve scratched the top two priorities in the universe off your to do list.

Easter 2015

It has always amazed me how quick we are to point a laundry list of moral obligations and other doctrines of men when Jesus laid out the top 2 in explicit fashion. I am not sure any other religion lays out the two most important things you can do on any given day with such clarity. Later on Jesus would clarify and call you not only to love your neighbor, but to love your enemies. He expounded again on how anger against your brother is akin to murder and liable for judgement.

Christian brothers and sisters, if you hate your political enemies then you do not get to claim the moral authority over anyone. If you hate a Trump supporter, you do not get to bemoan the treatment of the wandering stranger and nation-less at our borders. Hey Trump supporters, if you hate Democrats or Socialist, yeah I said it, if you hate socialist you do not get to cry foul over the legitimate evil of abortion while blatantly denying Christ call to love your neighbor and your enemy. Jesus used the word “enemy” and not me. Those were his words and not mine.

There is no moral authority or superiority while you hate your political enemy. None, drop it, give it up. I am saddened that this will fall on deaf ears as I’ve also come to realize that for many of my fellow believers, evangelicalism is nothing more than a political and social construct to get what you want. Yet, for those who say the gospel drives them, at least spend a moment or two lamenting how you have come short of Jesus’ call to love. Call them a Trumpkin, or call them a Socialist, if you don’t love, you don’t get to claim moral authority. Jesus said if you love me you will keep my commandments. He commanded you to love. Hard to say you love Jesus when you hate. That’s about all I have to say about that.

A Secular Call for Civic Respect

Granted, not all believe in Jesus, but I’d say about 99% of the western world finds some value and virtue in the Judeo Christian values they were founded upon to some degree. I said some and not all. If you truly believe that Trump supporters are all racist, then I am convinced you do not know enough of them. Dare I say apart from the caricatures painted about them in the media, I’d go so far as to say that you don’t know a single one. You might remember this one getting eggs thrown at her for wearing a Trump shirt. I could tell you about the kid who was punched for wearing a MAGA hat, the list goes on and on.

Yes, there are many racist who have chosen Trump as the best thing they are going to get these days. That doesn’t mean those who are anti-abortion, pro free market, border security or any other conservative stance are inherently racist. Much the same, blatant socialist like Bernie and AOC have chosen the Democratic Party as the best they are going to get these days. That doesn’t mean those who believe in a strong social safety net or perhaps enhanced mental health checks before a weapons purchase are Socialist. 

James Mattis said it best when he said, “I don’t care for ideological people. It’s like those people just want to stop thinking,” Mattis said. “I think ideologies can be countered by showing people a better education and hope for the future by learning how to get along with one another. And for all of our problems in our country, we’re probably still the best example of that in the world.” You guys remember Mattis, right? That guy we loved until Trump got mad at him?

If you do not feel an evangelical call to love, then can you at least find it in your reasoning to behold a secular call to fight the ignorance of ideologues. You don’t look smart when you bang the tribalistic drums like an ideologically driven monkey. Hard to look smart, when you act like an ignorant monkey. Republican or Democrat, when you embrace tribalism, this is all I see:

Trump Won, Come to Terms with It

To be quite honest, my message to you is not any different than my message to opponents of Obama in the early days of this blog. Harken back to five years ago and half the people who hated Obama and subsequently love Trump now were about 75% convinced that Obama was going to Jade Helm everyone and lock them in an empty Wal-Mart. Seriously, that was a thing and go back and look it up to remember. There were many of my fellow Americans who simply could not come to terms with the fact that Obama won, twice!

Trump not only won the election, but he survived the impeachment. He is your President and apart from action this November, he will continue to be your President. Time spent loathing any current President is appropriate when it leads to political action. Time spent loathing your fellow countrymen because they support someone that you oppose is a waste of civic energy and a sign of mental weakness. Trump supporters love him and that is not changing. Trump commemorative coins like the ones you see below are flying off the shelf and it is not to memorialize hate. Good men and women genuinely support the guy. Love it or hate it, but the Trump Presidency has been historic and the marketing is killer.

He walked into North Korea, blew up an Iranian General who killed Americans and the dude created the Space Force. I don’t care if the logo looks like Starfleet, the guy created the Space Force. He is going to be in the history books and rightfully so. Yet, so will Obama and rightfully so. So will W. Bush and rightfully so. So will Clinton and rightfully so, though some sections will likely only be for 18 and older readers. This political opposition thing is how we do things here in America. Hating your fellow American is optional and not required. That is on you if you choose that path and the country is not better off for it. Once again, if you sound like an ideologically driven monkey you don’t look smart. Hard to look smart when you act like a monkey.

I’ll say it one more time, if you call yourself a Christian and you hate libtards, Trumpkins, Socialist, Capitalists, AOC or Trump Jr., you don’t get to claim moral authority. Jesus said love your enemies and he didn’t put an asterisk around it. If you choose to hate your political enemies, that’s because you love something else a little more than the gospel. Such is the flaw of us all and such is a reason to be thankful for the gospel. Trump is still your President, my fellow Americans, and his supporters are still your countrymen.

I’ve said my piece now go do as you please. I don’t know if I will vote for Trump in November. I know I won’t vote for a Socialist, and that is not because I hate them. I love them despite that they are terribly wrong about the universe. What gives me the right to lecture my fellow countrymen as such? Well, it’s my blog and I bought the domain name. Come to terms with it as you must.

Jeff Edwards

2 Comments

  1. A good place from which to start changing perspective for people on both sides.

  2. Much of what you said here speaks to me. I don’t hate anybody. I never have. I have friends and family who are diehard Trump fans and even while I think they’re terribly misguided, I also know they are good, loving, kind people whom I will always love.
    I DO despise Trump. But I don’t hate him. I’m sorry to say (if I must) that I also don’t love him and never will. He is just too evil. He always has been. He may be president but I don’t have to like it.
    Also, that has to be the best picture of Mattis which I ever seen!

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