In my recent blog post about Trump and the lack of trust on the part of his supporters, I said I had little information about him. That’s because I avoid most mainstream media, and only hear belatedly and second-hand what may appear there. I have honestly never been very curious about Trump’s life; to me, it falls into the same sordid category as the stories about the Kardashians and other ”celebrities” whose lives are either of no interest to me, or repugnant to me.
Recently some stories have appeared that depict Trump in a most unfavorable light, especially from the perspective of a Christian. It’s charged that he supports Planned Parenthood and abortion — even though he’s said he does not approve of abortion, and would de-fund PP for that reason. It’s also reported that in an interview with a certain mens’ magazine, he spoke of his daughter in a very lewd way and made oblique references to incest. Pretty shocking, even in our un-shockable age.
Let’s assume that the stories about Trump are all true. They may be. But if so, I might only say that we live, obviously, in a society which is so steeped in immorality of all kinds that it is highly likely that anyone in public life is just as sleazy and immoral as the stories make Trump appear to be. Who, then, does the principled Christian, or even a principled non-Christian vote for? Do we then abstain from the political process altogether?
Just judging by the stories that have been reported (assuming there are many other scandalous things that have never seen the light of day) we know that people in the political world are often people of very poor personal morals. Promiscuity, marital infidelity, perversions of various kinds: we think of Democrats like Clinton, or Barney Frank, and yes, there have been many supposedly ‘upstanding, Christian’ Republicans who have been caught in scandals. It’s become a widespread claim that any politician who reaches the higher levels is compromised and probably being subjected to possible blackmail. It’s how, allegedly, the party and the ”Powers That Be” control the politicians, so they don’t get too independent or get delusions of actual power.
There are allegations about Trump from LifeSite News. I have linked to LifeSite at times, but I am less likely to do so since they have consistently pushed this idea of a ”genocidal” effort against the black race. The claim, which has become viral on the politically correct “right” is that Margaret Sanger, the Planned Parenthood founder, was a ”racist” who proposed to eliminate blacks. [N.B.: that Breitbart piece at the link takes a gratuitous shot at the Confederate Battle Flag of all things; that tells us where they stand, politically. People like me are the enemy, to them]
I wrote blog posts laboriously noting how the phrasing of Sanger’s words was twisted, when a less malevolent meaning was evident. I charged that those who keep passing on the ”genocide against blacks” hysteria or ”Sanger was an evil White racist” meme were potential bearers of false witness. I still say that, because their whole claim rests on a few out-of-context words by Sanger, and on the fact that black women do have more abortions on average than Whites. To say that this is proof of a genocidal agenda (by who else? Whites) is not supportable. It wouldn’t hold up in a court of law. We can’t make serious charges such as ‘genocide against blacks’ without something more than jumping to a foregone conclusion (that is, ”White liberals are the REAL racists’ and here’s proof: Margaret Sanger was a racist”).
Obviously Sanger is not alive now to tell us what she really meant when she said
“We do not want word to get out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out the idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
As I wrote, on the face of it, she is saying that she does not want blacks or others to get the erroneous impression that there is some wicked plot against them — which even then, they were prone to believe.
Those who oppose abortion generally, especially the politically correct ”right” who have convinced themselves that abortion is a weapon used by racist Whites to eliminate blacks, of course jump at the chance to put the worst possible interpretation on Sanger’s words, thus to discredit Sanger and thereby the Planned Parenthood organization. But does discrediting Sanger help to end abortion? Probably not likely. It has too many defenders to be ended so easily. So why the continuing charges from the ”right” of ‘racism’ and ‘genocide against blacks’? Self-righteousness, especially when it involves a chance to call a White liberal a ”racist”, is very alluring for a lot of people, a certain type of person.
Am I defending Planned Parenthood? Hardly. The trafficking in baby body parts is perfectly credible, despite their brazen denials. They should be shut down because of that. But they won’t be. It isn’t just liberals who support birth control and abortion; many Republicans do as well, and many ”feminist” women who claim to be otherwise conservative support them as well. Roe v. Wade would not be immediately overturned even if our dream candidate, whoever that might be, were elected.
Trump is quoted as saying that he opposes abortion, but that he believes that PP has done good for many women. He doesn’t specify what he means there, but Planned Parenthood does in fact provide services other than abortion.
- 4.5 million tests and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
- 3.6 million contraception related services
- 935,573 cancer screenings including breast exams and Pap tests
- 1.1 million pregnancy tests and prenatal services
So perhaps Trump was referring to these kinds of services for women when he said what he said.
As far as LifeSite News, as I have said, they are a politically correct, “anti-racist’ media outlet. Maybe they provide a good service in other ways but their constant harping on this ”genocide against blacks” story is incendiary in that it no doubt further inflames blacks in their never-ending grievances against Whites. And yes, Christians should also be wary of charging someone with the desire to commit ”genocide”, and not make such charges based on a willy-nilly intetpretation of a long-dead person’s words. Too many Christians are caught up in a crusade of ”anti-racism” so they rush to judge and condemn others.
Trump’s critics no doubt have an agenda of their own. Still, it’s hard to deny that some of the stories about Trump show him as an amoral person at best. But then, find me a politician who is a true, old-time, sound Christian and a good moral exemplar and I will vote for him. As of now, I don’t know of any such politician or candidate for national office. In the meantime, what options are left to the Christian, or to the rare principled, moral human being? The only other option I can see is to refrain from voting.