Thursday, February 02, 2017

You don't need to be a believer ... to be shocked at this!

On February 1st, I tweeted this, after hearing him say on NPR--to which I wake up--that he is a man of his word.  Seriously, the morals-preaching religious people voted for this guy?  Anyway, the following is what I tweeted:
The day dawned.  The president did not disappoint me.  It was one awesome talk that he gave at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Of course, I am being satirical!

I tweeted twice about his speech (here and here.)

Think about the setting. A gathering of very religious-minded people.  The country and the world has lots of humanity-related problems.  And this screenshot of the president's address says it all:

Yes.  The answer is an emphatic yes, in case you are wondering whether that is what Jesus died for!

Nick Gillespie, over at the libertarian corner, is perplexed and shaking his head in utter disbelief.  He writes:
The real question in these early days will be who in the Republican Party will generally stand up to and rein Trump.
The answer is simple: Nobody!

This is but only the latest example of how Republicans have made quite an awesome deal with the worst horrible human being ever to appear as a presidential candidate who then won the election.  Republicans are comfortable to be in bed with him all because they want to maniacally pursue their ideological agenda; principles be damned!

I wondered then what Marcus Aurelius said in his final speech in the same settings.  I read that, and was moved. I urge you to read that.

Aurelius talked about "fear" as the theme, and how his faith helps him:
It is a primal emotion -- fear -- one that we all experience.  And it can be contagious, spreading through societies, and through nations.  And if we let it consume us, the consequences of that fear can be worse than any outward threat.

For me, and I know for so many of you, faith is the great cure for fear.  Jesus is a good cure for fear.  God gives believers the power, the love, the sound mind required to conquer any fear.  And what more important moment for that faith than right now?  What better time than these changing, tumultuous times to have Jesus standing beside us, steadying our minds, cleansing our hearts, pointing us towards what matters.  (Applause.)

His love gives us the power to resist fear’s temptations.  He gives us the courage to reach out to others across that divide, rather than push people away.  He gives us the courage to go against the conventional wisdom and stand up for what’s right, even when it’s not popular.  To stand up not just to our enemies but, sometimes, to stand up to our friends.  He gives us the fortitude to sacrifice ourselves for a larger cause.  Or to make tough decisions knowing that we can only do our best.  Less of me, more of God.  And then, to have the courage to admit our failings and our sins while pledging to learn from our mistakes and to try to do better.
Nero, on the other hand, knows only about how to fan the flames of fear, and then talk and act in ways that are only about his own self.  Exactly what Jesus preached that we all do.

This is what happens when 63 million Republicans elect a morally bankrupt person to the Oval Office!

Makes me wonder, over and over again, how the believers who so seriously believe that they walk the moral high ground voted for this man!  Thanks for your vote, you fanatics!

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