John Butch Preston
My name is Ned. I recently ran into a new acquaintance of mine and naturally asked him how he was doing. His reply was: “God and Trump takes care of me.” Even though I thought this was a very crude remark, to him it was a valid statement. Indeed, God takes care of everyone and indeed Trump takes care of those who believe in him.
But the word “and” is a conjunction, a linking word, joining two things together, as in coupling two coal cars together. Could it be that in his mind he was equating Trump with God? There may be a little truth in that. For it has been said that Trump is a cult figure, a person who compels religious worship.
But maybe he just admires Trump because, like he himself, Trump is a businessman. But we all know how that works, or should. Every once in a while, some candidate comes along claiming that because he or she knows how to run a business that the government can be run more efficiently by using a business approach or method. But the government is not a business; it is a government. A businessperson’s first thought upon waking in the morning is how can I make more money today and thus become more prestigious. But running a government takes more extensive knowledge of the world than that narrow view of it. I’m sorry.
But the most astonishing Trump-related encounter took place recently with a longtime friend whom I didn’t know was a Trump fan until she brought it up in our conversation. In my constant effort to try and understand why such people can’t see through him, I asked her why she thought he was so great. Her answer was because “he talks like we do.” I took that to mean he talks like a commoner rather than a billionaire. In other words, he talks as if he hasn’t got a penny to his name like many of us?
However, this woman is a highly regarded educator who has worked with PBS on learning programs. She contradicts her own self; when she herself does not speak in the common way as Trump speaks, nor does she espouse untruths. We not infrequently find that quite intelligent persons, who are otherwise adverse to anything of an unseemly nature, go so far as to base their beliefs on mendacious utterances. I don’t understand. I can only conclude that there is a blind side to Trump fans—especially those who have set aside the words of Jesus Christ for the actions of Trump, i. e. further disrupting an already disrupted and dangerous world. Know what I mean, man?