Judgement Day in Trump’s America
I flipped on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC this morning for a few minutes, and saw a panel that included the inestimable Joy Ann Reid. Panelists were discussing the frustrations of Republican Congressmen who know that President Trump’s daily insanities are preventing them from moving on their legislative agenda issues such as tax reform and infrastructure improvement. Ms. Reid, thankfully, was having none of it. I don’t have the exact quote, but in essence what she said was: “We are experiencing an acute moral crisis in this country that we have to deal with right now; tax reform and infrastructure can wait.” She was, as usual, spot-on. The President of the United States has shown himself to be sympathetic to Nazis and Klansmen. This is a test for all of us as a nation, as a culture, as a community. None can shirk it, there is no getting out of it. A stand must be taken. This applies especially to Republican/conservatives. Trump is your guy, and so you now must decide. You either jump off his bandwagon completely or you live with the stench of his racism and anti-Semitism wafting off your body for the rest of your lives. It is, in fact, Judgement Day in Trump’s America.
That Judgement Day is upon us will no doubt come as a surprise to Evangelical Christians, who, it must be remembered, overwhelmingly backed Trump in the last election, and, according to polls, continue to back him. They thought judgement would come when they died or when Jesus brought forth the rapture. They were wrong. It turns out that a person never knows when their Judgement Day will come. That day when you are truly tested as a human being. When you are forced to look in the mirror and ask, without cover or pretense, “Who am I? What do I stand for? Do I have the courage to stand up for what is right, even though there might be negative consequences for me personally in doing so?”
As an atheist, I always feel burned by the widespread assumption that, for some reason, religious believers are more moral than I am. Why? Because they believe in something that isn’t there? How does that make them more moral than me? What does that have to do with morality at all? Well, the protective fig-leaf cover of religiosity will not help “people of faith” now. There can now no longer be any question or doubt as to the character of the man they elected to the highest office in the land. Wrapping yourself in your god, your church and your so-called holy books will offer no protection from this Judgement Day. It is just you, your conscience, and a mirror. You either stand with Trump, the Nazis and the Klansmen, or you stand against them. Judgement Day is here. CHOOSE.