Sunday, May 14, 2017

God And Country At Liberty

Commenting on a catapault system, known as Electro-Magnetic Aircraft Launch System, on a new aircraft carrier, President Trum told TIME Magazine

I said, “You don’t use steam anymore for catapult?” “No sir.” I said, “Ah, how is it working?” “Sir, not good. Not good. Doesn’t have the power. You know the steam is just brutal. You see that sucker going and steam’s going all over the place, there’s planes thrown in the air.”

It sounded bad to me. Digital. They have digital. What is digital? And it’s very complicated, you have to be Albert Einstein to figure it out. And I said—and now they want to buy more aircraft carriers. I said, “What system are you going to be—” “Sir, we’re staying with digital.” I said, “No you’re not. You going to goddamned steam, the digital costs hundreds of millions of dollars more money and it’s no good.”

It was unsurprising that the goddamned steam man who has conceded "I am not sure I have ever asked God for forgiveness because "I don't bring God into that picture" was heard two days later delivering the commencement address at the college founded by Reverend Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Virginia.

It was unsurprising because current Liberty University president Jerry Falwell, Jr. was an early and staunch supporter of Mr. Trump and remains one of his most important boosters.  The man who once condescendingly remarked "when I drink my little wine... and have my little cracker" was heard assuring graduates "in America we don't worship government, we worship God."

But an individual should not be judged upon his or her religious beliefs, and clearly evangelical voters- most of whom support Trump- have proven his lack of faith is irrelevant to them.

Nonetheless, the individual who has demonstrated that he would sell out his country for 30 pieces of silver (actually, he demands much more) stated also in his commencement address

I know that each of you will be a warrior for the truth, will be a warrior for our country, and for your family. I know that each of you will do what is right, not what is the easy way, and that you will be true to yourself, and your country, and your beliefs.

Religious hypocrisy is not uncommon, a sin many of us have fallen prey to at one time or another. Nonetheless, when the politician who ran to "Make America Great Again"- implying thereby America is not great- and has described the country as one beset by "carnage" emphasizes patriotism in public, we must cry "foul." Newsweek's Kurt Eichenwald reported last September

A company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in Communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings.

Documents show that the Trump company spent a minimum of $68,000 for its 1998 foray into  Cuba at a time when the corporate expenditure of even a penny in the Caribbean country was prohibited without U.S. government approval. But the company did not spend the money directly. Instead, with Trump’s knowledge, executives funneled the cash for the Cuba trip through an American consulting firm called Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corp. Once the business consultants traveled to the island and incurred the expenses for the venture, Seven Arrows instructed senior officers with Trump’s company—then called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts—how to make it appear legal by linking it after the fact to a charitable effort.

It's not Russia but Cuba, a far less important nation, but still a reminder that God and country have never been much of a concern of the man we call "President."

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