Some Thoughts about American Politics (i.e. Trump..)

My schedule and brain have been unusually full lately. Sometimes I’m so exhausted I literally don’t know how to recharge. That sounds like a strange problem to have, and I suppose it is, but the struggle is real.

canstockphoto3244636Amidst all the busyness, however, I’ve still found a few spare minutes to worry about American politics.

I’ve traditionally thought of myself as a not very politically active person. I have certain convictions, but I’m generally hesitant to associate myself with particular parties, politicians, or even policies. Everything always seems so complicated. With layers and layers of motives and ramifications and well.. politics.

But this Donald Trump thing.. This one seems pretty clear cut to me. And it’s gotten a little out of control. As is nicely summed up in this video:

It’s enough to get me thinking about the limits and dangers of democracy. What if the majority of people just.. aren’t.. thinking clearly?

I can see Trump’s appeal. He has charisma. He is strong, confident, willing to shake things up. He won’t make decisions to please anyone else. Just.. himself. But then, when you take a moment to actually consider the words that are coming out of his mouth, you realize they are completely ridiculous. No?

(People know this isn’t a joke, right? Voting for him is not some kind of game. He could actually become president of the United States. Yikes.)

I know all the differing viewpoints aren’t going away anytime soon. That’s part of what makes America great: the right to disagree and voice your opinion. But I’d like to think we can all agree on some basic things. Being rude doesn’t make you right. Charisma that panders to people’s insecurities does not a great leader make.

Amidst the busyness of my daily life, I sometimes take a pause to watch videos like this one:


And I think, America would not really elect such a person president, would they?

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After living in South Korea for over 7 years, Elizabeth is back in the States finding a new normal. Currently in seminary, she is enjoying unpacking questions of faith in a new context. Amidst the tension of brokenness and conviction, she continues to find grace. And above all else, she continues to pursue the God who inspires childlike wonder.

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