Belatedly, from nearly two weeks ago, by Quin Hillyer at PJ Media:
Forgive me, but I cannot slip away from Donald Trump. He will not go away. His awful influence does not abate.
In one line from today’s Revised Common Lectionary readings, the psalmist advises us thusly: “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help.” Yet Trump’s entire message — utterly devoid of consistency on policy, shifting from one day and even one hour to the next — boils down to: “Trust me, I consult myself and I know how to win.” The Trump phenomenon is a cult of personality, of id-infused feelings against no principle greater than that “the other” guy is dumb or corrupt and Trump isn’t.
So what happens, again and again, even from backers of Trump who are usually principled and somewhat logical, is that they answer argument with insult, and answer reason with aspersions on the motives of those who dare question the Great and Mighty Trump…..
…. [much later in the column]:
The argument, such as it is, is that “things are bad; Trump is powerful and successful; therefore Trump will make it right,” even it it means doing one thing at morning and the other at evening while stomping on people both ways.
Again, this is putting faith, for a sort of salvation, in the whims of an all-powerful leader, rather than in the patient and cooperative work of many people striving in common use of human reason and human will…..
For the rest of the column, please read here.