Commentary

“Referendum on Trump”

 

Dwight A. Moody 

Four years ago, we elected Donald J. Trump President of the United States. The election now under way is a referendum on Trump and his efforts to “Make America Great Again”. Here are ten ways Trump has wasted his opportunity, undermined efforts to secure justice, liberty, and prosperity for all, and in general trashed the country we love and the values we cherish.

 

Refugees: Trump has reversed our long-standing national policy to provide a safe haven for refugees around the world and to offer them an opportunity for freedom, prosperity, and peace. He has rejected applicants for asylum, separated refugee children from their parents, and in general failed to “lift our lamp beside the golden shore”.

 

Rhetoric: Trump has employed public rhetoric that is rude, crude, and socially unacceptable. His language is partisan, mean, and full of cruelty. The press, knowledgeable people of all kinds, and elected leaders who resist his agenda have been pointed objects of his verbal abuse. In so doing, he has unleased among his tribe a tsunami of vicious and violent behavior that threatens to disrupt the peace in ways not seen in decades.

 

Debt: Trump signed the tax reduction bill that reduced the amount of cash flowing into the government (mainly from wealthy individuals and corporations).. This decline in revenue coupled with the economic crisis brought about by his mismanagement of the Coronavirus has plunged the country into debt not seen since the Second World War.

 

Judges: Trump has filled the federal courts with judges that represent only a narrow slice of the population that comes before them as plaintiffs: young white men, ideologs of a particular approach to the law, with limited experience and narrow sympathies, most intent of undermining the wide range of liberties secured through the courts over the last 75 years.

 

Dictators: Trump has shown strange attraction to dictators around the world, including those in Turkey, Russia, and North Korea. He has failed to promote human rights, civil liberties, and democratic reforms where he has had opportunity to do so. He has shown nothing but disdain for our historic democratic partners, thus diming the hopes of millions for a better, more just social environment.

 

Art: Trump has denigrated the art community throughout in the United States, hosting not a single concert or artistic recognition during his four years in the White House nor attending even one year of the Kennedy Center Honors. Each year his proposed budget has recommended cuts to, or elimination of, funding for the arts and public radio.

 

Justice: Trump has failed to respond to the nationwide, grassroots call for justice for the marginalized communities of color in our cities. Instead, he has denounced their calls for reforms and encouraged local police, national guards, and even rouge militias to respond to public protests with unflinching force and little empathy.

 

Partisanship: Trump has spent his four years in office holding rallies for his tribe of voters rather than appealing to the common interests and values of all the American people. Rarely has he attended non-political events and rarely has he created opportunities to address all of us as American citizens with shared interests in community, cooperation, and human kindness.

 

Environment: Trump has reversed much of the progress our nation has made away from fossil fuel and toward renewable energy. He has isolated us from the global effort to address climate change and embrace strategies of environmental sustainability. He has even undermined efforts of individual states and corporations that have been leading the way toward this necessary future.

 

Virus: Most of all, Trump has mismanaged the federal effort to address the COVID pandemic, failing to understand its threat to human life and economic flourishing, refusing to heed the warnings of public health professionals, and neglecting to practice even the most basic protocols of safety. In these ways, he has brought untold damage to families, businesses, and communities throughout the country, harm that will last for decades.

 

Donald J. Trump does not deserve more time in the White House. I have already voted for Joe Biden and have received an email, a text, and even a phone call from the Georgia board of elections to tell me my vote has been received, accepted, and counted. I’ve done my part. Make sure you do yours!

 

 

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Commentary: Archives

Here is an archive of my new series of weekly columns, which began in the spring of 2018.  I welcome your feedback using the reader RESPONSE form at the bottom of every page of this web site.

Three Dirty Little Kids

Referendum on Trump

The Last Legal Hanging

White Christian America

Politics and Prayer 

Jesus, RBG, and the Law 

Soundtrack of My Life

The Soul of the Church 

We Thought It Could Not Be Done

Standing on the Street Corner

Abortion and the Virus 

The Power and the Glory

Redeeming the Year

Seven Steps Toward Justice 

What I Miss Most 

More of What Happened 

Here Is What Happened

Late Great Planet Earth

Walk Together Children 

The Color of Jesus

Lexington and Galveston 

Black Lives Matter

When Christians Ruled 

Lament and Longing 

The Pentecost We Need 

A Christian in Brunswick 

Is This Man A Christian?

Ever the Twain Did Meet?

Remembering Ridgecrest

Science, State, & Stranger

He Did Not Have To Die

Moses, Jesus, and Brett 

In Honor of Pierce Gerety

The New Mission Field 

Pandemic: What It Ain’t

Is Your Church Ready?

Pandemics and Prayers 

Give Me the Ashes

The Color of Money 

All the Way to Rome

Turn Your Radio On!

Where’s Jesus?

Eulogizing Kobe

The Education of a White Man 

Living with an Angel

On the Road Again

Signs of Hope 

What’s Right with Southern Religion?

What’s Wrong with Southern Religion?

The End of the World 

Partners in Persecution 

The Write and Wrong of C. S. Lewis

Can the Court Save the Culture?

With Billy Barr on the Sawdust Trail

Can Singing Save America?

Living, Dying, and Praying 

The Mystery of  Mister Trump 

One Story, Two Visions

Blowing in the Wind 

Will You Also Unsubscribe?

What Do They Want?

“A Completely Crazy Position”

“Let It Go. Give It Up. Throw It Down.”

“I No Longer Identify As A Christian”

Graham, King, and the Two Americas

I Am So Very Sad

Running as a Pro-Jesus Democrat 

Celebrating America the Beautiful 

Surviving a Screen Sabbatical 

Moving the Statue of Liberty

Jesus Loves Obamacare 

Freedom or Confusion?

Praying for the President

And What Do You Do?

Saving the Catholic Church

A View From the Top 

Praying on a Three-Legged Stool 

Was Jesus a Christian?

Keeping My Religion in 2020

What Has Paris To Do With Jerusalem?

Getting Religion in 2020

Religion, Politics, and Election 

Listening to the Preacher 

Making America Great Again

David, Goliath, and Donald

Southern Baptists and United Methodists 

Practicing Exclusion 

Praying for Revival

From the East and the West

Forgetting the Past

Remembering Angela 

Loving Our Neighbor 

Preaching Us Together 

My Theory of Preaching 

Twice A Year

Helping Dr. Mohler 

Reading Thomas Merton

Meeting Kevin Cosby

When I Read the Book

Bohemian Encounter

A Future for Baptist Seminaries?

Fear in Politics and Religion

The First Muslim Seminary

Don’t Preach This Sermon

Read.Talk.Pray.Gossip.

The Lilly Endowment 

The Christian Tsunami

Words Seem Like Nonsense 

The Big House in the Middle 

Judge, Preacher,  and Good Samaritan 

I’ll Pass on the Bottle 

A Week of Shame and Pride 

Sabbatical Grace 

Questions for Catholics 

Religious Liberty for All

Resurrection of Kristopher Hampton 

Death of Kristopher Hampton 

All About the Children 

I Pledge my Allegiance

Let’s Move the Statue of Liberty 

Some Preachers of Promise

Southern Baptist Need Pope Francis 

Mystery of the Trump Presidency 

Two Funerals: Graham and Cone 

On the Other Side of Oddville

Here are a few of the articles and stories from my book On the Other Side of Oddville. These were collected from my first series of columns, published by Mercer Press in 2002. You can order a copy by using the response from at the bottom of this page; $20 will cover the cost of the book and mailing. (Checks to Dwight A. Moody).