Trump and his supporters not the enemy

Published: 2/9/2017 4:41:22 PM

The demonstrations around the world against Donald Trump’s presidency were impressive. The question arises, what next?

I believe that Donald Trump won the presidency because he lured all the other candidates into fighting on his terms — on the basis of a cult of personality, through personal attacks, rather than principle.

Donald Trump and his supporters are not the enemy. The enemy is carnal mindedness — anger, revenge, hate, arrogance, self-righteousness, dishonesty, greed — and all the lower propensities of the human personality. If Donald Trump were gone, that would not cure the problem. The antidote is not more of the same, but truth and love. As St. Paul said, “although we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world but they are mighty through God to demolish strongholds.”

The supporters of Donald Trump are our fellow Americans. I believe they will not be persuaded that voting for Mr. Trump was a mistake by impassioned protest, but many of them (including those in Congress, whose cooperation is imperative) may be convinced by facts, logic, and the evidence that will unfold. The arguments on both sides have tended to be conclusions rather than facts, as has been the so-called news reported in the media. It is important to distinguish the difference and to be clear about presenting facts about every issue that divides us.

Donald Trump is the president of the United States. He was elected according to the rule of law. To deny his legitimacy as president is to buy into the cult of personality that is the hallmark of despotism. This country not a democracy, it is a republic, which is about the rule of law, not of men. Even though the election process failed to elect a president who is supported by a majority of the people, it is the law. Absence of law is chaos.

Citizenship is a sacred trust. It is imperative that all of us accept our responsibility to educate ourselves about facts and challenge lies and distortions, but it is also important not to vilify those with whom we disagree but to calmly, respectfully, and non-violently stand up for the truth.

Judith Truesdell


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