Since former Texas governor, U.S. presidential candidate and Energy Secretary Rick Perry referred to President Trump as the “chosen one” a few days ago, a lot’s been written about it.
But it’s still worth repeating how irresponsible and irrational it was for an American of such prominence to be promoting such mindless, dangerous nonsense.
The dangerous part is that Perry believes if someone is elected to a position of governmental authority, it automatically implies they were “chosen by God,” a nonexistent deity, for the task and should be obeyed.
This “chosen” claptrap began in August during the worsening trade war with China, when the president referred to himself as “the chosen one” to take on China (see the video news clip, here).
“Somebody said this is Trump’s trade war. It’s not my trade war,” he said at the time. “This is a trade war that should have taken place a long time ago by a lot of other presidents.”
Then, looking skyward, he added, “Somebody had to do it. I am the chosen one.”
Even if he was being “sarcastic,” as he later claimed, which is far from certain, he also certainly knows that a great many evangelicals (unfathomably) actually, emphatically do believe Mr. Trump was chosen by their creator to save the USA (see my October 29 post, here, about this cult-like phenomenon.) It’s stunningly irresponsible for any American leader to feed such superstitious hogwash.
Enter Rick Perry (and other born-again dunderheads and apologists for Trump’s manifest and exhaustive mortal transgressions against the philosophy of Jesus). A video clip embedded here of an interview with Perry released by Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” television program shows the ex-governor saying:
“God’s used imperfect people all through history. King David wasn’t perfect. Saul wasn’t perfect. Solomon wasn’t perfect. And I actually gave the president a little one-pager on those Old Testament kings about a month ago and I shared it with him. I said, ‘Mr. President, I know there are people that say you said you were the chosen one and I said, ‘You were.’ I said, ‘If you’re a believing Christian, you understand God’s plan for the people who rule and judge over us on this planet in our government.’”
In other words (according to Perry), if you “understand God’s plan,” you will accept and obey — unquestioningly — those “who rule and judge over us.”
It’s abundantly clear that evangelicals and every single Republican senator is doing exactly that by disregarding a veritable tsunami of evidence that their “God-chosen” leader has abused his power, obstructed justice and the Congress, and tried to cover up his misdeeds while extravagantly lying to the American people about his actions and intentions.This is the problem when an unverifiable “God” is injected into governance. In the minds of true believers, “He” makes leaders completely unaccountable to the led.
Such immunity only seems true when trapped in their own minds and, therefore, is untrue. In the material realms of reality, the Constitution and legal precedent, no American, from the president on down, is above the law or the will of the people who are not addled by superstitious allegiances. Americans do not owe their leaders uncritical allegiance.
If a purported divine sent this patently “terrible human being” to lead anyone, his godly bona fides would immediately be deeply suspect.
Even Donald Trump’s current acting chief of staff (and former budget director), Mick Mulvaney, once slurred him thusly when he was running for South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District seat in 2016. Responding to a question during a news interview (see the video news clip, here), Mulvaney said:
“Yes, I’m supporting Donald Trump. I’m doing so as enthusiastically as I can, given the fact that I think he’s a terrible human being, but the choice on the other side is just as bad.”
He still is not only supporting Trump in 2019 but lying for him and participating in official cover-ups of the president’s misdeeds in the Ukraine scandal, according to recent testimony given under oath to the U.S. House Intelligence Committee.
God help us. So to speak.
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