July 19, 2018 –
“(Trump) didn’t just have a closed-door meeting with a murderous, authoritarian tyrant. He then, in front of the whole world, DEFENDED Russia while throwing our nation, government, and its people under the bus.” Common Defense email.
Trump is advocating a special relationship with authoritarian Russia over our allies in NATO and around the world. His July 16 news conference with Vladimir Putin, Trump said he is blaming his own country for the ills of the world. As David Rothkopf wrote for the Daily Beast:
“This is an extraordinary moment. It is without equal, not only in American history but in modern history. A hostile foreign power intervened in our election to help elect a man president who has since actively served their interests and has defended them at every turn.”
Rothkopf’s conclusion – President Trump has committed treason against the United States.
Yet, conservative evangelical Christians still have unwavering support for the man. Why? Because Trump is advocating for a theocratic government for the United States.
Trump supporters also believe that his election was part of some divine intervention. As Rick Snedeker writes for Patheos.com:
“The idea (is) that God himself endowed monarchs with absolute authority over all their subjects. Who says? Well, the Bible, according to various historical rulers with authoritarian inclinations, including current U.S. President Donald Trump.”
Allow me to review the term “Authoritarianism.” It is a broad term that states that the government is ruled by either a single person or a privileged class or group. In the extreme, it would include Hitler’s Germany or the old Soviet Union. Today’s Vatican, Cuba, Russia, and China would also be included in that grouping of authoritarian governments.
By allowing his cronies to cite biblical references to justify their positions, the president is advocating a theocratic form of government that is in direct conflict with the intent of the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and our Founder’s vision of a separation of Church and State.
By having known evangelical heads of departments (ie: Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, et al) and allowing them to inflict their religious authority over secular government, the President is stressing and invoking his god’s authority over the nation.
By having his evangelical “religious council” advise him on national issues, the president has surrounded himself with advocates of Christian nation ideals.
We must call out those who are committing this treason without hesitation or regret. It is the president and his supporters who are willing to sell out our nation’s 230-plus years of secular rule. Again from Rothkopf:
“If they succeed, America will be profoundly weakened, our standing, our alliances and the international system we built may be irreversibly damaged.”
We can do something to help change the damaging course our government is currently taking. We must vote in the November general elections for candidates who support the Constitution, and a secular America. We must vote Trump’s supporters out of office.