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Trump the deplorables' caltrops


Friday, June 1, 2018

For over 400 years, from the first steps of America’s European ancestors in 1587, to the strides of science and technology since the Industrial Revolution begun in Europe from 1760 to between 1820 and 1840 through the turn of 20th-century America, the United States has been resting on a Judeo-Christian foundation which now appears to be disassembling.

America was established on the principles and precepts of the Bible, for the most part, for four centuries. Now science and technology have evolved meteorically, in about one fourth that time, and the values of America’s past are flailing or failing to keep pace, vis-à-vis cloning, abortion, stem cell research and euthanasia or assisted suicide.

We, as citizens of a democracy in its generic sense: “of the people,” have grown vague, fuzzy on moral issues. Social issues questioning the meaning of family, one’s sexual identification, political correctness are flying in the face of what was the solid foundation of America’s earliest beginnings, chipping at what was once its firm footing.

In 40 years, the acronym WASP will be archaic. No one will remember it stands for White Anglo-Saxon Protestants, which was the dominant complexion of this country for those first four hundred years. Minorities — other religions, ethnicities and races — will collectively comprise more than 59 percent of the demographics, making the erstwhile majority the minority.

The frustration arising from all this religious, social, moral turmoil festered to a head with the 2016 Presidential election. The incumbent majority of this country intuitively sensed radical changes over the last 73 years since the end of World War II and identified the cause: progressive, secular humanism touted by the elitists and anthropomorphized as the Democratic Party.

President Donald Trump appears to the “deplorables” as the caltrops which are going to nail the runaway ideologues and deflate their toxic pomposity.

John R. Cleary

Winterville, NC


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