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President Trump - America's Watchman

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Jun 6, 2020 at 20:00

The response to Dr. Pipes' observation here, that while he has had a multitude of misgivings about where the country, indeed, the world might be heading if President Trump were to be given any concessions about how America needs to find its direction on circumstances very few people, especially not any politicians, really understand. Among many of the responses found here, the continued vitriol about President Trump extends beyond the normal rational opinions one would hope to find in these extenuating situations of political hyperbole, points of views being expressed going well beyond civil discussions and taking on the perspective that if democracy is to survive, ultraconservative ideologies need to be exterminated and replaced with passive-aggressive recognition that America as a republican forum and expression of the freedom of the people is passé; modern political expression now being promoted as the way and means to move American society forward. In other words, democratization needs to replace the republican form of government.
If this were really true, it would mean that the perceptions of President Trump taking on some form of monopolistic control of the government (like someone said elsewhere, something Putinesque), might have some validity. But this is merely one expression of a political firestorm that has plagued the American electorate since candidate Donald Trump announced he would run. Who knew that would be the undoing of politics as usual in America for the foreseeable future? Certainly, the previous administration was caught unawares; they have yet to concede their best laid plans are unraveling as the next election is being targeted again.

That the Trump presidency is considered still as an enigma by some that have understood President Trump is not here really to extend his presidency for political purposes, but for reasons that are as elusive as understanding a bull market in the troubling times of COVID-19 and issues of lawlessness, reasons that are barnstorming America in ways never seen before. What is being witnessed is that the circumstances of where America is now headed cannot be explained by typical reasoning, neither in secular humanistic rationale, nor in religious terms, as some might try to do. Seriously, if social establishments like restaurants and bars are given consideration for opening in pandemically challenged times, why not churches, which serve in their own appreciation for good times. President Trump knows that, as well as millions that were sidelined by arbitrary edicts against religious gatherings by secularist governmental operatives. Let them open, he declares.
Therein lays a distinction not easily discerned; whom does President Trump serve? Strangely, there is an answer, but not one that many, if any, not even religious observers dare posit. What if the American paradigm is now, tragically, not going to return to where is once was, even as pundits point to a fantastically positive economic comeback that is hoped for to be the determinant for November. If the unrest that seems to have been caused and exacerbated under the fears of the COVID-19 panic into a rebellious lack of recognition of the safe distancing proscribed by the medical institutions, no matter the tragedy of improper police tactics, continues, where does American society now turn? Politically charged government seems incapable of make the transition back, which as it appears, is cause for wishful thinking for some opportunistic entities and individuals to desire the direction much of the lawlessness is taking.

We mentioned religious overtones earlier; it is here that such thinking may take a clue; such lawlessness indicated above actually has a Scriptural basis and therein is a basis of where things are going. Societies have been warned about collapse if basic spiritual observations, like Biblical warnings are ignored. Biblical Ezekiel is all about that. It has happened in ancient times and in more recent tragedies as the world cannot seem to get clear of mass genocidal tendencies of imperialistic and totalitarian governments.

Be clear, it is all about to take on new meanings if America does not get clear of the lawlessness that is about to overtake her. It is here that the religious influences of President Trump now take on new meaning: he is a watchman in the form of Ezekiel's warning in Chapters 1-4, and Chapter 33. Ezekiel continues in later chapters about the fall of nations, including under pandemics (38:22). If this seems hyper-religious, understand that protecting the believer is just as noticeable in these troubling times as other sectors of society. Standing in front of a burned-out church with a Bible is the witness of that.


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Spanish. [22 words]AlbertE.Jul 3, 2020 00:16259507
Thank you, Dr.Pipes -- Donald Trump is worthy of support [419 words]Michael SJul 2, 2020 13:30259500
Excellent summary but [293 words]BorisGJun 14, 2020 12:24259276
1The Mystery that is President Trump [402 words]M ToveyJun 24, 2020 12:24259276
Turmoil in November 2020 [301 words]Michael SJul 3, 2020 05:20259276
1The damage could hardly be fixed [44 words]Vadim AnshelevichJun 11, 2020 22:24259258
1Pipes shows genius is a recognition of reality [19 words]RealityCheckJun 11, 2020 21:48259257
1Lincoln on Trump [42 words]Gary ClarkeJun 9, 2020 22:23259230
2This is what newspapermen used to call "news". [94 words]Steve in GreensboroJun 8, 2020 07:43259214
1On Kung Flu and Blue Governors [24 words]HurricaneJun 8, 2020 02:09259210
Welcome [6 words]David FergusonJun 7, 2020 21:32259207
3Character matters [69 words]Vadim AnshelevichJun 7, 2020 20:49259206
3Judges, judges, judges [183 words]Alicia MaravilhaoJun 7, 2020 19:13259203
Your awakening [10 words]JasonJun 7, 2020 15:31259202
2Some remarks on your article [372 words]W KrebsJun 7, 2020 15:08259200
2Chapeau! [8 words]Paolo PagliaroJun 7, 2020 14:20259198
2President Trump - America's Watchman [753 words]M ToveyJun 6, 2020 20:00259191
... TDS bias ... [571 words]James NicolJun 6, 2020 15:28259188
7Interesting timing [172 words]HeatherJun 5, 2020 16:42259181
1I'm appalled [23 words]Carl R. McQuearyJun 5, 2020 07:38259172
4Correct [2 words]Jon PurizhanskyJun 5, 2020 06:58259170
3Policies Not Personalities [43 words]DGJun 5, 2020 05:51259168
2Loyalty of party over America must stop [89 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Jason AndersonJun 5, 2020 02:25259167
4Best of a poor choice- again [100 words]D. CrutchfieldJun 5, 2020 00:14259166
3A vote for Trump ? [66 words]Ed IvinsJun 5, 2020 00:05259165
3Voting for Trump [148 words]S KhannaJun 4, 2020 21:52259162
3Restrain - "We need to judge Trump by his actions and not his words." [236 words]Daniel ElietJun 4, 2020 20:29259161
5Justifying the Unjustifiable [76 words]Cherie McKeeverJun 4, 2020 20:27259160
16Sick and Tired of the Moralizing [475 words]
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Phillip BacchettiJun 4, 2020 19:27259159
3Character is critical - especially from the President of the Free World [132 words]Kimberley PersonJun 4, 2020 15:48259152
9Great Explanation [192 words]Gary SackJun 4, 2020 15:08259150
27#Walkaway [93 words]dhimmi no moreJun 4, 2020 15:08259149
18#Walkaway 2 [257 words]dhimmi no moreJun 4, 2020 17:29259149
8#Walkaway 3 and the Trump Derangement Syndrome is real and very dangerous [121 words]dhimmi no moreJun 6, 2020 07:02259149
6#Walkaway 4 and the discredited New York Times [315 words]dhimmi no moreJun 9, 2020 07:27259149
10Trumpolii [57 words]Charles GallagherJun 4, 2020 14:23259147
Really? [102 words]Sue BeachmanJun 4, 2020 14:21259146
9Just a Thought [28 words]Barry BlackJun 4, 2020 13:56259145
13Selling out [289 words]PeterJun 4, 2020 13:44259144
Stick to the Middle East [90 words]Robert ShermanJun 4, 2020 13:32259143
1Self-serving disgrace [41 words]Daniel WatsonJun 4, 2020 13:07259142
9Who's Behind the Throne? [37 words]Barry BlackJun 4, 2020 12:47259140
1America's Political Future is Unsure for Unsure Reasoning [308 words]M ToveyJun 4, 2020 12:41259139
12Daniel's reluctant support of Trump [114 words]Cary HillebrandJun 4, 2020 12:18259138
10Trump a conservative? [92 words]Alvin D. SokolowJun 4, 2020 12:14259137
3Trump is clinically sick, and capable of almost unimaginable damage [130 words]No oneJun 4, 2020 17:20259137
3Our dear No One is really no one! [172 words]dhimmi no moreJun 6, 2020 06:47259137
2Strategic patience [326 words]AristarkhosJun 4, 2020 12:13259136
Distasteful [40 words]JerryJun 4, 2020 11:58259135
10First they came for... [79 words]MarcusJun 4, 2020 11:56259134
9Vote for Trump [123 words]Robert BenowitzJun 4, 2020 11:30259133
8Anti Trumpers [17 words]teri centerJun 4, 2020 11:28259132
Reluctant Vote [91 words]Maira AlvarezJun 4, 2020 11:22259131
Why didn't you support Trump from day one? [546 words]TL WinslowJun 4, 2020 11:08259130
14President Trump, the Only Choice! [29 words]RachelJun 4, 2020 10:47259127
11The thoughts of many. [19 words]Aaron GrahamJun 4, 2020 10:28259125
10Couldnt disagree more [84 words]Howard MednickJun 4, 2020 10:15259124
3sorry - wrong you are [87 words]Ken DudekJun 7, 2020 12:35259124
1A very important and clear article indeed [41 words]Jean-Loup MsikaJun 8, 2020 14:36259124
13Wow [41 words]SbJun 4, 2020 10:05259123
8Trump? [50 words]FredJun 4, 2020 10:04259122
10Hear hear! [32 words]BernardJun 4, 2020 09:59259121
2You have the courage to ignore some of your convictions [116 words]DaveJun 4, 2020 09:30259120
The ends justify the means? [237 words]JeffJun 9, 2020 14:34259120
16The survival of the Republic supersedes Loyalty to the Party [260 words]Jeff TroanJun 4, 2020 09:30259119
2Jeff Trojan is spot on [415 words]Linda KayJun 4, 2020 22:10259119
3A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Podium) [251 words]M ToveyJun 5, 2020 14:20259119
2Just asking [188 words]JeffJun 5, 2020 21:48259119
Rationalization of trump's action [11 words]Bill wJun 4, 2020 09:10259117

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