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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Catholics oppose Donald Trump

Out of respect to Maine Writer readers, I want to apologize for the horrible spectacle we're witnessing in the presidential 2016 primary elections.  

Three thoughtful and well spoken candidates are being obliterated by the news media, because of Trumposities. Rather than ideas, Donald Trump receives media free air time to degrade minorities, imitate Adolf Hitler, name call his opponents, and sell commodoties in infomercials, like wine, beef and even magazines. On the other hand, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders and Governor John Kasich are the thoughtful candidates, but the news media only gives them sound bites.  In fact, Secretary Clinton's eloquent post March 8th primary speech was only broadcast on MSNBC-cable network. 

As far as I can see, the following groups are obviously in opposition to Donald Trump's unlikely presidential candidaccy:
1.  Establishement Republicans
2.  Supporters of Governor Mitt Romney
3.  Black caucus voters
4.  Labor Unions
5.  Muslims
6.  Registered Democrats

"..(Trump) ....demagogue and danger to the nation and the Republican Party."-
Jesus spoke to the Apoltles about how difficult it is to enter the kindgom of Heaven. (Matthew 19:24). Donald Trump certainly doesn't have a spiritual message, but he's somehow mezmerizing his supporters with infomercial style political messages.  Can a rich man enter the Kingdom of Heaven?
"And Jesus said to His disciples, 'Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24'. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.' 25When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, 'Then who can be saved?'…"
Hopefully, Roman Catholic voters can be added to the above list of opposition. Here is an open letter from The National Catholic Reporter on-line:

In an appeal to the voters, 40 conservative Catholic leaders have denounced GOP frontrunner Donald Trump as a demagogue and danger to the nation and the Republican Party.

The open letter appeared in The National Review on March 7, one day before the Michigan Republican primary, which could give Trump an almost-unbeatable delegate lead in the GOP nominating race if he posts a strong win.

Robert P. George, of Princeton University and George Weigel, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, headed the charge, and the appeal was also signed by opinion leaders from academia and religious media.

The letter denounces Trump for "vulgarity, oafishness, shocking ignorance, and -- we do not hesitate to use the word -- demagoguery."

Worse, they wrote, he's the opposite of what Catholics should seek in a leader.  George and Weigel wrote of Trump that there is "nothing in his campaign or his previous record that gives us grounds for confidence that he genuinely shares our commitments to the right to life, to religious freedom and the rights of conscience, to rebuilding the marriage culture, or to … the principle of limited constitutional government."

Those causes have been championed by the GOP, the authors wrote, but a Trump nomination would threaten the party's commitment to those issues.

The appeal, in the pages of the magazine founded by conservative icon author William F. Buckley, Jr., comes less than a month after its editors issued a similar denunciation of Trump in its January edition.

On Jan. 21,Trump fired back on Twitter:

"National Review is a failing publication that has lost it's way. It's circulation is way down w its influence being at an all time low. Sad!"

Ahead of Tuesday's Michigan primary, a new Fox News-funded pre-election poll of likely Republican voters showed the New York billionaire was a popular choice among Catholic voters.

Trump's recent kerfuffle with Pope Francis (who called the candidate's stance on immigration "not Christian") has not dissuaded Catholics.

According to the poll, Trump, with 52 percent of Catholic voters, leads Sen. Marco Rubio (16 percent) Ohio Gov. John Kasich (14 percent) and Sen. Tex Cruz (11 percent) with Catholics.

Although Donald Trump gets to promote his magazine in free infomercials, the National Catholic Reporter doesn't have equal time on progams like The Today Show with Matt Lauer.  

Again, to end, I apologize to Maine Writer readers around the world, about America's convoluted and disappointing presidential primary process and the unlikely outcomes.  Although, I may not be influential, as Donald Trump would likely blast about me, but I am morally opposed to supporting any bomabastic person who is somehow mezmerizing the American electorate.  

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