Trump May Be the Most Loving President Ever

Donald Trump

In the wake of the impeachment trial and all the accusations of hate personified in our president, the title of this post will seem preposterous to many. However, let’s zoom out from all the media and public rhetoric that constantly slam him and view what really drives him. We will see a president who loves the American people more than any of his predecessors have. Let’s take a look.

Certainly, the president does not endear himself to Americans by his over-inflated ego, his boisterous language, and his put-down of adversaries in speech and tweets. His disregard for tradition and the status quo has drawn the rabid ire of his political foes. Without a doubt, he offers a daily dish of opportunity for harsh criticism. Do we all wish he would dial it back? Absolutely. But it’s important that we see through his often impulsive and repulsive methodology and understand the underlying compassion in his purpose.

I believe evidence shows his pursuit of the presidency was not driven by ego enhancement and personal gratification as is widely believed. His concern for people’s problems and belief in his solutions were his motivation for leaving the comfortable billionaire life to lead the nation to prosperity. His three years in the White House have proven his unwavering fight for a better life for all Americans. He was convinced his business experience and economic philosophy would re-energize the nation’s economy, create jobs, and rectify the international trade imbalance. He also knew his experience would help restore our military’s credibility in defending our freedoms. He used his big-business confrontational negotiating acumen to bring China, Europe, Canada, and Mexico to the table for trade resets that benefit all Americans. His determination to drastically decrease crime and drug addiction in our country resulted in major reductions in illegal immigration. The judicial oppression and moral decay he observed in our liberal courts have been reversed by his appointments of unprecedented numbers of conservative judges. These and many more examples have convinced me that President Trump is not in this for personal gain, but for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to better the quality of life for all Americans.

If he’s so loving, why does he so often revert to words and actions that don’t fit most people’s definition of love? I have to go no further than Jesus to understand some of it. Now, don’t think I’m comparing Trump to Jesus. The president is far from divine. However, Jesus, the ultimate characterization of love for mankind, turned over tables and snapped a whip in the temple, dubbed the cultural leaders snakes, and even called his disciples fools. Yet all of Jesus’ harshness was for the ultimate loving purpose of attaining the best for all people.

I have observed 12 presidents in my lifetime and none has accomplished as much good for all Americans in his first term as President Donald Trump. This in spite of his incurring more vengeful opposition than any of the other 11. He has a rare knack for throwing off the opponents’ attacks and concentrating on the people’s needs.

President Trump’s bizarre actions and inflammatory words are sometimes attributable to his character and personality. More often, though, I believe they are theatrics and purposeful means to an end–unorthodox methods of producing the overall good for all concerned. He has never shown any tendency toward corruption but has rooted out corruption at every turn. He has never shown any desire for dictatorship but has supported freedom at every level. He has never shown any sinister motives but has outed many sinister plots of others. He has never shown any motivation but that which would elevate the standard of living for all Americans.

Unlike our view of other presidents and world leaders, our perception of this president  has to penetrate the surface to realize who he really is and what he values. His love for America and its people is clear in all he deems worth fighting for. He works feverishly to accomplish what will improve the safety and quality of life for those he loves, the American people. Isn’t that what we want in a president?

Process or Production–Which Do We Want from Washington?

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America’s government in Washington is broken and unresponsive. By and large, our elected officials have become so focused on the governing processes that little or nothing is getting done. Particularly, for the last three years they have been gridlocked in bureaucratic shuffling, and we have seen scant production. That is the new normal. Let me expand on this.

In government affairs, those at the very top crave resolution to problems and needs. But those responsible for generating those resolutions tend to justify their existence by meeting, debating, scheming, delaying, and making excuses. Producing results would leave them no opportunity to practice their bureaucratic expertise. It’s like a chef over-cooking a steak because he wants to keep practicing his culinary skills. I experienced this at many levels in the military.

When I was on the staff at Headquarters European Command, my ultimate on-location boss was a four-star general, the commander-in-chief of all US forces in Europe. I led a small staff responsible for preparing the four-star for Congressional Testimony several times a year. The problem was I had a two-star and a three-star between me and the four-star. I spent almost all my time forwarding paper after paper from my staff and attending meeting after meeting with my immediate bosses. My production was gummed up by the most minute and senseless tweaks to the final advice for the four-star. Yet the four-star was always asking for quicker responses and wasn’t interested in unanimity of the staff or absolute perfection. Our products were usually late and often inferior due to the process.

I see the same wasteful processes in Washington. We have a businessman for our president who is a problem solver–a results man. He was not raised in the environment of government paralysis. Unfortunately, he has to suffer a Congress, particularly the Democratic-controlled House, that glories in processes, rules, and partisan showmanship. To them, congressional process is not a means to an end but an end in itself. Legislators measure their success not in productivity but in how to work the system for partisan gain. Their objectives are to hold the hard line, over-analyze the issues, and use delay tactics to wear down the opposition.

It is amazing that the president has accomplished so much in three years regardless of the quagmire on the Hill. We will never know what advances could have been made for our nation had the legislative branch produced instead of processed.

The impeachment process in particular has completely consumed the House for over three years. From the get-go, every member of Congress knew the allegations were baseless and would result in the ultimate exoneration of the president. Yet the majority chose to disregard the obvious result and ignore the dire need for many legislative actions that would improve the lives of Americans. They opted to immerse themselves in the agonizing process of impeachment that would logjam all of Washington. In 2020, we must act on what we have experienced.

Between now and November, we must be aggressive and determined to reelect the most results-oriented president in our history. We must act similarly to fill the congressional seats with those who are committed to streamlining process in order to produce. If you agree, please like and share this post.

 

Just How Important Are You?

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As we launch into a new year, a new decade!, most of us give at least some thought to adjustments we need to make–some shedding, some pursuing. Self-examination is in order as to who we have been, who we are, and who we will be. This can lead to gut-level contemplation of our reason for existence. Just how important are you? Let’s consider that.

Since the beginning of mankind, every person in your direct ancestry bloodline through hundreds of generations had to survive and produce your subsequent ancestor in order for you to have been born. If any one of those ancestors had not produced your next ancestor, or had died childless, you would not exist. Therefore, your chances of being born were like one-in-a-million. Looking ahead, if you have children, you will likely be responsible for producing over 40 descendants in the next century–none of whom would exist without you. You will have made a major contribution in shaping their physical and spiritual character. What might some of those descendants accomplish for mankind? You are very important to God!

As in the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life (you did watch it again didn’t you?), think of whose lives and what circumstances would not have had certain positive impacts had you not been a part of them? Even minor improvements you have made in the destiny of a few others will be your legacy for an inestimable number of generations. You are very important to God!

The minute you were miraculously born began a life that will never end. Your relatively momentary life on this planet will soon transition into eternal existence. I like the illustration of the line and the dot.

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The dot is your life on earth. It seems so brief and insignificant. Yet, it is the product of your ancestry and history over time represented by the line to the left of the dot. That line actually would extend off the page and for several yards relative to the time of your dot. The line to the right of your dot is your eternal life after death. It would actually extend off the page into the next county, next state, and around the world…and it would just be beginning. It never ends. You were born to live forever! Suddenly, that seemingly insignificant dot has significance beyond our comprehension. You are very important to God!

God tells us in His Word that He knows you more intimately than anyone else. He says He knows the number of hairs on your head. He knows the good, the bad, and the ugly of everything about us. He wants to give us personal peace. The God who created the universe gave us birth, knows everything about us, and still wants us to spend eternity with Him. Sadly, relatively few will have that privilege due to their own decision to disregard it. Those who do not give attention to their spiritual condition and God’s gracious invitation will still live eternally but tragically separated from Him. God is very important to you!

As you enter 2020, you could commit to nothing better than securing a personal relationship with Jesus if you haven’t settled that yet. If you are in that relationship, commit to growing in it and understanding more about just how important you are to Him. Much of your importance is in your sharing God’s love and desire for those important to you. Take time to meditate more on these truths by visiting https://terrythompson.org/eternity. This year, let’s renew our joy in how important we are to the One who created us to live for Him and how important He is to us.

Have a Happy New Year!

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