An additional thought on the Trump tape
Active on CNN’s website is a clip of Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) saying, “I’m out” in terms of endorsing Trump – i.e., withdrawing his endorsement. He cannot explain the Trump tape to his 15-year-old daughter.
I have seen Rep. Chaffetz in hearings, and he comes across as insightful and intelligent. However, the Trump tape incident has shown among Republican politicians an astonishingly casual regard for the future of the United States of America, which is what this election is about. Will the country survive as a constitutional republic, or will government of the people, by the people, and for the people perish from the earth, as a famous man once asked?
There are things we all do, or most of us do, that are not acceptable in polite company and that we take care are not communicated to polite company. Excuse me, but we all use the toilet. However, we do not expect to have our picture taken in that activity and then published in polite company. Most, virtually all, men have, in the exclusive company of other men, talked in a raunchy way about sex. Talking raunchily is part of the camaraderie of being in the group. We all have a reasonable expectation that such conversations will not be recorded and, if they are, not published to our detriment. A person who does that would be considered, is considered, a rat, a person of low character, a person to be shunned.
Something has been knocking around in my mind about this incident that I could not put my finger on. Then, seeing Congressman Chaffetz’s reasoning of how he is going to decide the future of the country, it came to me. It is from Paul’s first epistle to the Corinthians, verse 11:
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
The purpose of, first, Billy Bush and then of whoever released the tape to the Washington Post was to put Trump in an awkward, they hope an annihilating, position. But for the tape to have force, it requires the listener, the American public, to react like a child, to understand as a child, to think as a child.
The Forces of Darkness have been released on the country by the liberal establishment over the last 50 years. Now we are at the tipping point. Donald Trump is the only man standing who can mobilize the public and face them down. This is not the time to think like a child. This is the time to follow Paul’s advice, as adults, to “put away childish things.”