By Pastor Norm Omodt, Retired
There’s a destructive force in our society, that we must not ignore! A book by former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is titled “A Sacred Oath. “On May 15, in an interview on “60 Minutes,” Mr. Esper said he had worked diligently to prevent Trump from taking foolish dangerous actions, like Trump wanted to send missiles into Mexico (perhaps aimed at the drug cartels) and thus begin a war with Mexico. And Trump wanted to just shoot the protesters on the streets in Washington, D.C. (protesting against him), like authoritarian regimes. And Trump wanted to invade Venezuela. Republicans, listen to this honest man reporting from inside the Trump administration. Dr. Mary Trump, warned us that Uncle Donald is a very dangerous person and not to be trusted! Of course we all now have witnessed that with our own eyes. Also, Mark Esper said, “I want a President that puts country first. Trump never did that!”
On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump in the OATH of office, swore to defend the Constitution and our Democracy. At one of his rallies he proudly said, “I am a Law and Order President.” Then on January 6, 2021, knowing he had lost the election, but not capable of accepting the truth, he stirred up what he calls “my people” to be vengeful and hateful like himself, and told them to go to the Capitol and “fight like hell.” Of course to steal the election. So, Trump definitely is not a Law and Order President. So, Trump broke his oath (his promise) to defend the Constitution and our Democracy. Doesn’t that make Trump a traitor and a criminal? And Trump committed extortion (crime) withholding money for Ukraine until he could get a favor. A shameful man. A destructive force in our society!
In contrast, President Biden, a man of good character, integrity, honesty, deep compassion, a caring Christian, a diplomat, (not bully like Trump) and led the fastest growing economy for a President in his first year in office, since 1984. And led the greatest infrastructure bill since President Eisenhower ,with millions of good paying jobs. Fights hard to get people vaccinated to save lives. And encourages renewable energy to save the planet for generations to come! And from his first day in office began renewing respectful relationships with our allies and others. They had been so damaged by Trump bullying his way. And how did the Europeans respond? “America is back again!” And Biden was very influential in uniting NATO again, after Trump wanted to “throw it under the bus!”
Lately I’ve heard that two-thirds of Republicans actually believe the “Big Lie.” It’s a total shame what Trump has done to the Republican Party! Our Democracy is in deep trouble! Republicans, I refer you to a recent Letter to the Editor by Julie Fryer on how the GOP spreads the Big Lie, thus causing dangerous mistrust!
Trump and Republicans in 19 states continue undermining our Democracy, making it most difficult for Blacks and minorities to vote. It’s like taking us back to the days of segregation, so UN-AMERICAN!
Trump knows he can’t afford to be honest and admit he lost the election because then he definitely would lose his grip, his cultic powers over his followers.
When I was a Pastor in western Minn., I worked hard to bring young people out of a cult. It’s very difficult to change their mindset. And so I do feel sorry for you who are in the two-thirds of Republicans who believe Trump and the Big Lie. You were vulnerable to a very charismatic cult-like leader as you were wanting someone tough to be on your side.
So my appeal is to the one-third open minded Republicans:
please don’t vote for Trump, the professional liar (20,000 lies), always pushing false conspiracies, a criminal, a racist, a white supremacist, and a narcissist as Attorney General Barr called Trump.
Let us all unite in praying the Holy Spirt might reach Trump’s heart and cause him to repent of his sins against our country and become a Christian. We all would praise the Lord for such a miracle!