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‘Never bend to envy’

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Donald Trump’s pandering to Christian conservatives seems to have splattered all over him.

He told the Christian Broadcast Network that his favorite Bible verse is in Proverbs. It says “Never bend to envy,” according to Trump.

One problem has emerged. There’s no Proverb that says such a thing, according to media researchers who looked high and low for Trump’s allegedly favorite passage from Scripture.

Trump blows effort at pandering

Is it  becoming more possible — now, finally! — that this blowhard entertainer can be exposed as the fraud he is?

The litany of gaffes and goofs keeps piling up. Trump has managed to maintain his amazing poll standing in spite of it all.

I stand utterly amazed that this blowhard has gotten this far.

 

Religious intolerance is alive and kicking

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The fellow who stood up in that Donald Trump town hall event and made those disparaging remarks about Muslims brings to mind a serious hypocrisy that fuels so much of today’s political debate.

You’ll recall the guy who said that Muslims present a problem in this country and he asked Trump how should the federal government “get rid” of those who adhere to Islam. Trump, of course, didn’t condemn the remarks as being bigoted and hateful.

It struck me, though, that so many on the right and far right keep saying two mutually exclusive things.

They keep harping on “religious liberty,” and accuse those on the left of “declaring war on Christians and Christianity.” The leader of that anti-Christian movement, in their eyes, is the president of the United States, who many of them believe is a closet Muslim.

Well, “religious liberty” is written into the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It’s a cherished civil right that — as I understand it — means that all Americans are free to practice whatever religion they wish.

That includes those who believe in Islam.

Why, then, do some — maybe many, for all I know — keep insisting, as that Trump town-hall yahoo said the other evening, that Muslims need to be shut down, silenced, denied their basic right to practice their religion?

That is precisely what that guy said, to applause from the rest of the crowd who had come to listen to Trump.

Do they believe in “religious liberty” for all … or just those who believe as they do?

 

How about this response to birthers?

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” … no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

This passage comes from Article VI of the Constitution of the United States of America.

Why mention it here? Because Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did not shut down a questioner in a town hall audience this week who said he believes President Obama is a foreign-born Muslim.

I’ve been waiting for a long time — during the length of the president’s time in office — for a politician to tell an ignoramus like the fellow at the Trump campaign event that a politician’s religion has no bearing on his or her qualifications to hold public office.

Trump not only did go there, he didn’t even tell the fellow that the president is, in fact, a Christian who was born in Hawaii in August 1961.

Oh, I almost forgot: Trump himself has been questioning the president’s birth and his constitutional qualifications to serve the office to which he’s been elected twice.

Well, whatever. The issue keeps presenting itself. The president’s place of birth isn’t an issue either, given that his late mother was a U.S. citizen, which granted young Barack “birthright citizenship.”

As for a politician’s religion, I keep referring to Article VI.

There should be “no religious test.”

If only that would end this ridiculous talking point.

If only …

 

That’s how you encourage hatred, Donald

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Donald Trump was handed a gold-braided chance last night to declare once and for all that President Barack Obama is as American as he is.

He didn’t. Instead, Trump — who was fielding questions at a so-called “town hall” meeting in New Hampshire — chose to allow a questioner to level a hateful attack on the president … and on Muslims.

Think, then, about this man — Trump — becoming president of the United States.

He fluffed the question not because of some careless inattention, but — I happen to believe — he actually believes the nonsense that continues to fly around out there, that the president really isn’t “one of us.”

This is just one more in a lengthening list of disgraces that Donald Trump has brought to the Republican Party primary presidential campaign.

The exchange went like this:

“We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims,” the man began. “We know our current president is one.”

“Right,” Trump said.

“You know, he’s not even an American. Birth certificate, man,” the man continued.

Trump laughed and said, “We need this question?”

Then came the clincher:

The man in the audience said: “But anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question: When can we get rid of them?”

Trump’s hideous answer? “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things,” Trump responded. “And you know, a lot of people are saying that, and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. We’re going to be looking at that and plenty of other things.”

Looking at what? Finding ways to get rid of Muslims? Is this entertainer/politician considering ways to rid the nation of millions of American citizens who happen to belief in a faith other than Christianity?

What the … ?

Sen. John McCain, while running for president in 2008 against then-Sen. Obama, got the same kind of question during a town hall. His response was to shut the questioner down and declare flat out that his opponent is a “patriotic American” and a fine public servant.

Donald Trump has disgraced himself yet again.

 

 

Trump in everyone’s sights now

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Donald Trump relishes the role of front runner.

He’s the man to beat — at the moment — in the wild Republican Party race for president of the United States.

And soon, he and the other top-tier GOP candidates are going to discuss their respective campaigns on national TV at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

Who has the most to gain from this?

My hunch is that it’s Carly Fiorina, who wowed ’em at the “happy hour debate” broadcast this past month. She has worked her way onto the first-team stage. Trump has made fun of her appearance, in addition to other GOP foes.

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I have no clue how this is going to shake out when the debate ends.

My hope is that someone in that pack of contenders can reveal to the Republican Party faithful that their guy — Trump — is the sham they say he is.

I’ve said all along there is no way on God’s green Earth that the Republican Party is going to nominate this clown to run against whomever the Democrats nominate next year.

But I haven’t done well on these projections this year. Then again, I don’t feel too lonely. Few other observers have predicted this campaign would take this turn, either.

My wife and I are on the road and we might not watch it live. I’ll wait for the reviews in the morning.

I’m hoping for the best … however it turns out.

Jindal turns up heat on Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures and declares "You're fired!" at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Dominick Reuter      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1GZCO

Now it’s Bobby Jindal who’s taking dead aim at Donald Trump.

The Louisiana governor and fellow Republican presidential candidate calls Trump a “madman” who “must be stopped.”

Holy cow, governor! You’re beginning to sound like, oh, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who fired both barrels at Trump after an earlier round of insults that Trump had loosed on someone.

How much good did Perry’s salvo do? None. He has left the campaign.

Stop the madman

Jindal is declaring, of course, what a lot of American believe about the current GOP front runner. The man is loony.

“Sane conservatives need to stop enabling him,” Jindal wrote in an op-ed published by CNN.

“They need to stop praising him, stop being afraid of him and stop treating him rationally,”

I agree with Gov. Jindal.

His No. 1 concern, though, is this: Will the Republican Party’s primary voters, the base of his party, agree with him or will they rally behind Trump … yet again?

None of the rules that works for conventional politicians is working today.

To be continued …

Perry drops out of campaign

Texas Governor Rick Perry made his final appearance (in office) at a Texas GOP convention on Thursday, June 6,2014 in Fort Worth, Texas. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)

And then there were 16.

OK, it doesn’t sound much different from 17, which was the number of Republicans seeking to become president of the United States.

Today, though, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry “suspended” his campaign. He’s out of money, out of staff, out of momentum.

“When I gave my life to Christ, I said ‘your ways are greater than my ways, your will superior to mine,’” Perry said in a speech in Missouri. “Today I submit that His will remains a mystery, but some things have become clear. That is why today I am suspending my campaign for the presidency of the United States.”

It wasn’t supposed to be this way for the one-time Texas political juggernaut. He said he’d learned his lessons from his short-lived and disastrous 2012 GOP primary campaign. He just didn’t figure out how to cope with all the other who outflanked him on the right — which is tough to do, given Gov. Perry’s own conservative credentials.

But they did. And, of course, a guy named Trump has sucked all the air out of the proverbial room.

Perry’s out

You probably think I’m crying crocodile tears over Perry’s departure. OK, maybe a tear or two are of croc variety. But I am disappointed he didn’t do better this time out.

I believe in redemption and I hoped Perry could redeem himself from that hideous “oops” moment four years ago.

It isn’t meant to be.

As for his “suspending” a campaign, I wish political flacks could come up with another word for it. To “suspend” something connotes a temporary condition.

Hey, here’s another way he could have said it: I quit.

Has Trump done it now … finally?

Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, speaks at CPAC in National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 26, 2015.

Just about the time I think Donald Trump has made the single public utterance that dooms his campaign, the polls surprise me.

He’s been brash, tasteless and thoughtless. He’s crossed so many lines of good behavior, it’s as if those lines never existed in the first place.

The latest, though?

He made fun of a fellow Republican presidential candidate’s appearance. The other person also happens to be the only woman running in the GOP primary field, Carly Fiorina.

He talked about Fiorina’s face and asked “Would you vote for that?” Trump said the next day or so that he was referring to her “persona.”

Sure, Donald.

I learned long ago, perhaps when I was a boy, that there are two aspects about someone that are off-limits: their name and their appearance.

I got kidded a lot as a kid about my name. It’s an ethnic name and some folks found it hard to pronounce. So, they’d poke fun at my name. I didn’t get it a lot, but I got ribbed about it some of the time.

As for my appearance, if my fellow junior high or high school pukes made fun of my looks, they did so behind my back.

If Trump — the GOP “front runner” in this presidential campaign — can get away with saying what he said about Fiorina, well then I’m going to worry greatly about those who keep standing behind someone such as that who seeks to become the head of state and government and commander in chief of the world’s greatest nation.

This individual disgraced the presidential campaign a long time ago.

Trump dishes out another insult … poll standing to rise?

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Donald Trump has added another Republican presidential primary rival to his list of personal insult victims.

And, hey … it happens to be the only woman in the field of 17 GOP candidates.

On the receiving end of a Trump insult is Carly Fiorina. Trump decided to make fun of her physical appearance.

Look at that face,” Trump said. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?” Trump reportedly bellowed while watching his Republican presidential rival on the news. “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”

OK, here’s the point of this brief post: If the public response follows form, Trump well might see another spike in his poll numbers. That’s how it’s gone for this guy: He says something patently nasty, the victim of the barb responds … and Trump gets a poll boost.

My question now is this: What in the world has become of American voters, most notably Republican Party primary voters who think it’s all right to be personally insulting?

Doesn’t the Golden Rule apply any longer? Do we no longer seek to treat others the way we’d insist that they treat us?

And what about the notion among some of the more conservative voters out there that the United States is a “Christian nation” comprising people of deep faith who are committed to religious principles?

Are these same folks now going to applaud Donald Trump for tossing aside “political correctness”?

 

Trump: Military school was like serving in military

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Do you remember when Donald Trump chided Sen. John McCain for being captured during the Vietnam War?

He said that McCain is a “hero” only because he was taken prisoner by North Vietnam. “I like people that weren’t captured,” Trump said.

He did not know what he was talking about.

Now comes a biography about Trump in which he says that his enrollment in a pricey military prep school was just like serving in the military.

Here’s a flash for Trump: No. It’s not.

Trump got deferments throughout the Vietnam War, which in some circles would classify him as a “chicken hawk.” He was sent to New York Military Academy to correct some behavioral issues, according to the book titled “Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success.”

Did it work? Well, that might remain an open question.

But to suggest that a military school gives one the same training as the actual military is pure hooey.

Why? Because high school military cadets do not face the prospect of going to war upon completion. Therein lies arguably the difference between what Trump went through as a child and what actual war heroes — such as John McCain — went through upon graduation from one of the nation’s service academies.

It’s at best a stretch to equate one’s military school upbringing to what actual soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines went through.

Actual veterans — notably some of us who actually went to war while Trump sat it out — well might take offense at what they’ll read when “Never Enough” hits the book shelves later this month.