I'm not sure what era Donald Trump wants to go back to when America was "great". I use the word in quotes because I am not sure what the Trump definition of "great' is. I am assuming he wants to take America back to a time when he personally thought it was "better". Being the narcissist he is, I assume that means he wants an America that is "great" for Donald Trump.
I remember a time in the mid-seventies when America was celebrating its bicentennial. I just moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in show business. America seemed pretty great to me at that time. No cell phones, no personal computers, no twitter, no Facebook, and only a choice of three television networks to watch. The news was broadcast in the morning and in the evening. If you missed what was happening then you would read a newspaper. Information was harder to come by. To do research you had to use the library. Before I find myself writing "you kids get off my lawn" I want to make a point.
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At that time in America, a man named Jimmy Carter was running for President of the United States. In a very controversial interview for Playboy Magazine Mr. Carter admitted that he had sometimes "lusted" for women in his heart. The Republican party became outraged at his lack of morality and used that quote as often as they could to demean the candidate. It almost derailed his Presidential bid. Not unlike the controversy that surrounds Trump with his "star privileged pussy grabbing" comment to Billy Bush. But here is the difference.
Jimmy Carter was using that "lust" comment to say that as a devout Baptist he had fallen short of Jesus's teachings that said, "if you have lust after a woman in your heart you have committed adultery". It was a contrite way to say that he was not perfect in his faith but trying to keep on the straight and narrow path. To some fundamental religious right wingers Mr. Carter had as much as admitted he was a sinner and an adulterer, and unfit to lead the America. This was even before the Religious right decided to hijack conservative politics.
On the other hand, Mr. Trump's comments were not contrite but pompous. He bragged about not only lusting after Nancy O'Dell but attempting to have sex with her, even though he knew she was married. He himself newly married to his third wife. If the fundamentalist are keeping score that is actually an admission to breaking a couple of commandments in that one statement. Then, however, in Trump style he doubles down on the statement by saying that he could abuse his "celebrity star power" to take advantage of any woman he wished to "have". Unlike Carter who was making the statement that as a Christian he was trying to be better, Mr. Trump brags about his conquests and his lack of respect for women. If we take America back to that time of Greatness, the Trump campaign would be over.
Two days ago there was a very mean and hateful claim about Hillary Clinton on Facebook. According to this "meme" Mrs. Clinton is a criminal, liar, traitor and unfit to be the President. The meme originated on a Facebook site called Christians for Donald Trump. Other propaganda on that FB page says that Christianity is under attack by Hillary Clinton and only Donald Trump can save the Christian faith. Really? Trump is the Christian cross bearer? The man who quoted his favorite Bible verse was from, "Two Corinthians?" Trump? The man who has never been seen entering a church except for participating in his last three weddings. Trump the man who has not just "lusted after women in his heart" but publicly embraced adultery during two marriages. The man who openly states that physical qualities of a woman are more important to him than the quality of their character? Trump the man who said he would be dating his daughter Ivanka if she wasn't his daughter. The Father that agreed with Howard Stern that the same daughter was a "fine piece of ass". The man who sees people as Mexican rapists, Muslim terrorist, oppressed blacks and refugees as a poisoned bowl of candy? If his rhetoric of hate, racism and blatant sexism is acceptable to Christians for Donald Trump, I resign. I disavow my endorsement of Christianity. In my opinion, Christians who support Trump do not understand the Constitution nor the Bible.
Maybe we CAN make America great again. We should start by embracing the idea of separation of Church and State. It is a two edged obligation, duty and right. It means that America will not impose religion on its people, but neither can Religions impose a government on Americans. Stop using tax deductible sanctuaries to promote a political addenda. Government should protect all religions and favor none, and religions should protect any government that keeps the promise of religious freedom for all.
As you were,