USA – -(Ammoland.com)- In early March, a self-appointed American Catholic intelligentsia of about 40 individuals released an open letter opposing the presidential candidacy of Donald J. Trump.
The gang of 40 wrote that Trump’s record and campaign “promise only the further degradation of our politics and our culture.”
In taking this position, the gang of 40 joined other establishmentarian Americans turning up their noses at the candidacy of the international New York real estate developer.
The gang thinks a Trump presidency would undermine Catholic insistence on the sanctity of human life, religious freedom, traditional marriage, and limited constitutional government informed by the Catholic principle of subsidiarity.
Wendy Long, the Republican and Conservative nominee for the U.S. Senate in New York, challenged the gang’s open letter in a LifeZette March 9 posting. She skewered the open letter’s arguments.
Ms. Long wrote that Trump “is forging a historic realignment of American politics, breaking down the traditional lines that really served the Establishment on both sides. Trump speaks for the forgotten middle and working classes, and for those who wish they had work but don’t. When he says, ‘we love the poorly educated,’ he really means ‘love.’ (Note: Love is a Catholic value.)”
Beyond what Ms. Long has stipulated, let us point out that the gang of 40 lacks historic and political perspective. As creatures of God, put on earth in the United States here and now, we must work out our salvation with Jesus Christ here and now. That means we’ve got to work with what we’re given, to overcome evil with good insofar as the grace we’ve been given enables us to do so.
What that means, specifically, is that we must work with God’s help to defeat the satanic entity that the Democratic Party has become, and to upend the political candidacies of the servants of evil promoted by that entity.
That entity’s probable presidential nominee this year is Hillary Rodham Clinton. She promotes abortion, same-sex marriage, self-defense emasculation through private gun prohibition, and the LGBT agenda.
It seems to this columnist that Catholic Americans have a moral duty to oppose her candidacy. Who is better able among Republican candidates to oppose and defeat her than Donald Trump? The blue collar billionaire connects with average people like no other candidate. That’s why he is consistently the front runner among Republicans.
America first champion Trump can beat one world mouthpiece Clinton this year. Trump’s turning out new potential GOP supporters by the millions in primaries and rallies, far more than his Republican opponents. Trump has the pulse of the nation. Pessimists who cite polls to support their hesitancy should remember that Ronald Reagan was way behind Jimmy Carter in polls at the beginning of the 1980 campaign.
He won in a landslide and became one of our greatest presidents.
People favor Trump over Clinton because of their disgust with Clinton’s support for NAFTA, the WTO, MFN for China, amnesty and citizenship for illegal immigrants, and the Iraq and Libyan failures. To the people, Trump’s in right on these and other matters. They think he will reverse policies that led to the destruction of American manufacturing, the loss of millions of factory jobs, the lowering of wages, and the massive influx of illegal immigrants, including radical Islamist terrorist sleepers.
As the Republican presidential nominee, Trump could excoriate Clinton like nobody else, smash her campaign, and assist any number of down-ballot GOP candidates.
Some may not prefer Trump for a number of personal reasons, but his financial independence, stated positions on a number of issues, in-your-face campaign style, unique persona and identity with voters make him the best available presidential GOP candidate this election cycle.
Some lay Catholics and priests may object to Trump’s personal life-style as a younger man. Let them remember we’re choosing a president, not a pope. Let them remember, too, especially in this Vatican-proclaimed Year of Mercy, that Our Lord is a merciful God.
Let them remember that when David was king of ancient Israel, he lusted for Bathsheba, committed adultery with her, and then conspired murderously to have her husband killed. He repented sincerely of his sins, received God’s forgiveness and even blessing, became a great leader of his people, and established the house through which God Himself became incarnate as Jesus Christ.
Let us pray in Christ for the forgiveness of our sins, for the gift of repentance for Donald Trump for whatever sins he has committed, for his election as president of the United States, and for his and our success in efforts to make America great again.
About John M. Snyder,
John M. Snyder, called “the dean of Washington gun lobbyists” by the Washington Post and New York Times, for 50 years has defended American gun rights as an NRA editor, director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Second Amendment Foundation, and founder/director of www.GunRightsPolicies.org. He is founder/manager of Telum Associates, LL.C, founder/chairman of the St. Gabriel Possenti Society, Inc., and serves on the boards of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens. Author of the book Gun Saint, he received his AB and MA from Georgetown University. Mr. Snyder is a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis.