by Pat Tarzwell 5/27/16
Sorry, I just had to respond to this so-called minister, Mychal Massie, who wrote the article, Trump Is Not Conservative, He’s a Pragmatist. There’s nothing unique in this article at all; this is just more Trump Apologetics. The author implies that he has a concept of the conservative ideas or the principles that made this nation great. He uses the term “so-called Republican conservatives.” But what he is really saying is that the Republican Party has lost its way. That is the only place where I agree with him. Sure, some of the problems he refers to are real, but Trump may make all of those worse if he does what he says he will do.
He calls Trump a pragmatist. Well, I suppose you could say the same thing about a lot of history’s tyrants: they were pragmatists; they saw a problem, and they used their power to fix things the way they saw fit. (Like getting rid of those pesky Jews for example.) I do not know how Trump will govern (nor does anyone else, not even Trump). There is a slight chance he will do well. There is a bigger chance he will be horrible, but we do not know. We are supposed to learn from history, and his story (Trump’s, that is) is replete with Trump using the power of government to get his way, no matter who gets hurt in the process.
He is a pragmatist, for sure: he buys politicians whenever he needs their assistance in getting his way, no matter who he steps on “he is antithetical to the ‘good old boy’ method of brokering backroom deals that fatten the coffers of politicians.” He has been the one doing those backroom deals most of his life. (“Antithetical” – I do not think that word means what he thinks it means).
He is a pragmatist, you bet: he can, and does, take whatever side of any issue that suits him at the moment. Principles are things that get in the way, and values can only be applied to material things. In December of 2015 he is full Pro-Choice up to and including partial birth abortion. In January of 2016 he is Pro-Life, praise God for changing his heart, we hope, somehow. And I might be cynical here, but I think he is just being “pragmatic.”
Those of us who are awake recognize his ability to lie with such ease as normal political speak. We are just not used to it coming from someone who is so transparent in his lies, while having so many, otherwise, intelligent people buy the crap sandwich he is selling. He is a pragmatist! Of course he is – a more beautiful woman comes along, and he sees no reason why he should make any effort to live up to the covenant vows he made before God. He gets what he wants when he wants it. So, yeah. He is “free of idiomatic political ideology.”
Trump has no idea of what made this nation great or what is great about America or how to make it great again! This “idiomatic political ideology” that this minister seems to disdain – the idea that our rights come from God, that no man can take them away and that we cannot cede them to any government, that we need, as a people, to look to God for our salvation – are these the problem? Apparently, according to this guy, they are.
Those of us willing to stand up for these “idiomatic political ideologies” and live this “idiomatic political ideology” understand that being pragmatic is not what we need. I contend that it is long past time for the churches to stand up and stop being pragmatic, stop worrying about butts in the seats, and start worrying about God’s Word (not the IRS and their 501(C)(3) tax status). The churches have shown the way of pragmatism: water it down, and live in fear of speaking the truth, because it could affect the bottom line and their tax status. Very pragmatic and free of those nasty Ideologies, indeed.
What this guy is claiming about the Republican Party is because of pragmatism: they need to stay in power, so they are pragmatic and take a lot of money from the likes of Trump to get re-elected, (very pragmatic). They need to reach across the aisle and compromise on things like life, marriage, gender specific bathrooms, assisted suicide (and the list goes on and on). If they just give a little on minor issues like those (very pragmatic), then we can win on things like the debt or the out of control government spending and growth or stopping religious persecution of Christians in this Christian nation.
But wait – we need to give in on those as well, just to be “pragmatic.” Just re-elect them, and then they’ll start to fight for you. Oh, that’s right, these are more of the hollow political promises of “pragmatism,” a la Donald Trump. If the majority of Republicans had even a tiny bit of the ”idiomatic political ideology” of the Founders, or if the bulk of the pulpits had any courage left, maybe we would not be in the dire straits we are in today. (We only spend $200,000+ per second and borrow $40,000+ per second, but attempting to stop that would not be “pragmatic,” so we don’t even try.) Massive government debt – don’t worry: it’s for the children.
I will fight on, because that is what all of us “idiomatic political ideologues” must do. But when I see a so-called minister writing this kind of tripe, I must confess, I have concerns, in the same way Thomas Jefferson did when he wrote, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” If self-described ministers cannot stand up for the truth, then maybe God will turn his back on this nation. I know he will not turn his back on those individuals who seek Him. But we need His blessings for this nation now more than ever, and we need people to ask for His help to have the courage to fight for Him and this nation. This so-called minister shows that the battle is more than political – it is also spiritual – and without God’s help, we will not win.
And, yes, the only reason I despise Trump is because I have never accomplished anything; I have always played it safe, never willing to risk anything. Although I admit, I can do nothing, except by that which God has given me. I would think, as a minister, he would understand this; but I guess he is just being pragmatic, so it is OK.
“If the liberties of America are ever completely ruined…it will in all probability be the consequence of a mistaken notion of prudence which leads men to acquiesce in measures of the most destructive tendency for the sake of present ease.” — The Writings of Samuel Adams, Harry Alonzo Cushing, editor (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1906), Vol. II, p. 287, Article Signed “Candidus,” originally printed in the Boston Gazette, December 9, 1771.
Pat Tarzwell was born conservative, runs a successful hi-tech business, and lives a red-state life in a deep blue one. • (1760 views)