“[You] came in like a wrecking ball
[You] never hit so hard in love
All [You] wanted was to break [my] walls
All you ever did was wreck me
Yeah, you wreck me,” (Lyrics to Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball" with some reversed pronouns).
The hysterics against President Trump are more than annoying. President Trump is not the AntiChrist and not Hitler. (It is, however, possible that he is a “wrecking ball.”*) He is a real estate mogul who is inexperienced as a politician - which is exactly why millions of people voted for him. Presidential political campaigns tend to make us all a little extreme in our rhetoric. However now we have a president and the time for wild acclamations or paranoid denunciations is past. President Trump doesn’t act or talk like a politician which many find refreshing. When Trump says he wants to make America great again, I believe him. When he says that he wants to restore jobs, have secure borders, and make America a good place to run a business again, I believe that too. I certainly hope that he succeeds.
Trump loved the campaign trail. He loved making speeches about how to make America great, and he loved the adoration of the crowds. Obviously Donald Trump likes the limelight. He has a personality like many actors: he wants to be admired. There is nothing wrong with this, but I think he will find politics and the presidency are not conducive for those sensitive to criticism and desiring affirmation. Any politician of either party today is going to be loathed by 40% of the populace just because he or she is a Republican or a Democrat. On the plus side, 30% of the voters are going to love you no matter what - the remaining 30% are more fluid in their affection. Unfortunately the 40% who loathe you are going to be louder than the 30% who adore you, especially since they include most of the television and newspaper media.
Unlike some of Trump’s more crazed critics, I think there is a good chance that President Trump will not try to grasp more reigns of power beyond the office of the presidency. He might even decide that a one term presidency is enough for him. As many people have observed, Trump is not an ideologue. He does not have a partisan agenda (unlike, for example, President Obama). Trump’s a “big idea” type of person. There is no Mein Kampf ** that he secretly wrote and forgot to publish. Trump wrote The Art of the Deal to explain how to succeed in business. This is Donald J Trump’s life focus and mission; he wants to export this “let’s get down to business” philosophy to the US government. This is not fascism folks! In fact it is downright refreshing.
I can’t help but think when a president makes the extravagant promises that Trump made for his inauguration speech that this is a man that wants to be loved by the masses. He said he would stop violence in America, eradicate Islamic terrorism, and get rid of inner city poverty. I think that Trump makes promises like this because he has never been in political office before. He will soon find out that this country is not like a private business that he owns and can direct at will, This country is like a massive ship and taking her in new directions happens incrementally and slowly. In his own businesses, Trump can say “Jump,” and his employees will say, “How high?” The government worker will reply to the same demand with something like this. “I apologize but form 15206C section 3481.3 clearly states that I only have to move an inch to my left or an inch to my right. Jumping is not in my job description.”
I worry a tiny bit that the president seems to think that he has the power to carry out his promises. I am a little nervous that the prosperity preachers with which he has often surrounded himself have made such inflated prophetic pronouncements over him that it might have gone to his head - that he might really think he is the greatest thing since sliced bread. (Isn’t there a rule somewhere about not believing your own hype?) Perhaps encouraging the president in Christian virtues like humility would be a better form of discipleship?
I am thankful that President Trump wants peace between the nations and doesn’t want to rush into change the political systems of foreign countries. This is truly a humble foreign policy. I am thankful that the president has a heart that wants to help the poor - that he wants less poverty, crime, and better educational choices. These are wonderful goals for him to have. However, he would get more assistance in reaching his goals with an attitude that says “please help me to accomplish this.” An attitude that ignores his most aggressive critics because they are never going to like him no matter what he says or does. He could assuage some fears if he acts like he knows that the office of the presidency is truly too big for him or any one person to handle. It takes a team as President Obama recently said. And that he understands that former presidents and the leaders of other countries also had and have great hopes and aspirations for their countries. We all want peace and prosperity.
*“I heard the Lord say: ‘Donald Trump is a wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness,’” Wallnau wrote in an Oct. 5 Charisma News article titled “Why I Believe Donald Trump Is the Prophesied President.”
**The autobiography and political treatise where Hitler defines National Socialism (Nazism), and which contains such gems as “For as long as a people remain racially pure and are conscious of the treasure of their blood, they can never be overcome by the Jew,” (Chapter 11).