Both parties should heed Trump’s warning
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 — I’m not at all a fan of Donald Trump, currently the frontrunner in the Republican presidential primary race. I’m a working-class guy, and I can’t imagine a billionaire businessman like Trump representing my values, interests or needs. Nah, he can’t and he won’t. I understand that. Hey, let’s just elect this super-rich guy and poof — he’ll make America great again. I’ll stick my head under water and see how long I can hold my breath, OK?
Now some conservative friends of mine say folks like me can’t support Trump because we’re jealous of those in our country who have made a lot of money, and we expect the rich to hand over their hard-earned dollars to all us do-nothing poor folks. They play that class warfare card, and I must respond.
Bear poker that I am, whenever such a controversy erupts, I always quickly invoke — just for the sake of argument, context and historical perspective — John Winthrop’s 1630 sermon “A Model of Christian Charity,” (which also contains the shining “city on the hill” reference you hear so many politicians and pundits cite since Ronald Reagan used it) and its assertion — based on the Puritans’ belief in predestination — that God made the rich so they can learn to be charitable and generous, and He made the poor so they can learn to be patient while waiting for the rich to honor their obligation to them.