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Monday, 22 February 2016

Donald Trump vs Pope Francis

The Clash between the (Vatican) Pope, Francis and the US Prospective Republican Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump
Taking a long route to the thesis, it’s quite a systematic testing of candidate’s worth for a Political Party to conduct about 12 debates for Presidential primary election. In the United States, the Republican actually conducted 20 debates from 2011 to 2012 for the 2012 election. That’s done only in a country where worth is not based only on wealth or fame; it’s done in a place where the people judge not only the actions (that can be politically geared) but also the intent of candidates as will definitely be revealed in thorough debates. Candidates do attend the debates because there’s no imposition of a one-man’s choice on the people- the people decide. Such debates generate controversies that are necessary for consideration before election. Then, the people will know certain things about their future resulting from their choice. According to www.catholicnewsagency.com, in a June 28 interview with CNN, Trump said he would build a 2,500 km wall along the US-Mexican border. Also, at the 3rd (of 12) Republican debates (for 2016 Presidential election), hosted by Commercial News and Business Channel (CNBC) on 28th of October, 2015 Mr Donald Trump who is a US Presidential Republican Candidate said:
We’re going to do a wall; we’re going to have a big, fat beautiful door on the wall; we’re going to have people come in, but they’re going to come in legally… Mexico’s going to pay for the wall. I love Mexican people; I respect the Mexican leaders, but their leaders are much sharper, much smarter and more cunning than our leaders.
The United States no doubt paced history to the present on the mission of the vision of tolerance and liberty. It then means that the US is or tries to be an epitome of international relations. I will wonder why a Nigerian should be concerned about US's election if it’s news that the US is one of the greats above the greats that do get involved in the affairs of other countries either as intrusion or intervention. In this regard, Trump’s words are very dangerous to the pride that the US stands for and the world relevance that she evidently has gained and earnestly seeks to protect. The people have heard that. They are still listening, watching and waiting for the voting day. They will decide. Critically, Trump’s ‘wall’ has a greater turning around for scrutiny as Pope Francis described a person who builds walls rather than bridges as unchristian.
Trump’s reply added another issue apart from the ‘wall’. That is, the ISIS or terrorists issue. He said, “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President. He argued that the government, on terrorism, has been too orally or passive that active. In that regard, the politician had quickly evoked the sympathy of the people by adding that the security challenges as his concern. His support would definitely dwindle if Pope’s comment is taken seriously by many tolerance-masters. Also, Trump has been seen to be seriously against the Muslims and immigrants and that is not good for his campaign. In the wisdom of a politician, he seems to have readdressed the Muslim-hatred issue by mentioning ISIS, supposing that he’s simply against terrorism. War against terrorism is thematically stated. That’s a worthy card!
Furthermore, Trump claimed that the Mexican leaders are smarter and more cunning than the US government. That’s quite challenging! He has drug trafficking and crimes as excuse for his idea of his ‘how-feasible-wall’. If he were right, many Americans in their pride would agree with him for they would not love any country’s move to overrule theirs. But supporters of Obama and Democrats are full of thoughts, evaluating.
In Pope’s view, walls are not the best in relation with others. Christ taught that we should relate with our enemies. Nevertheless, the pro-Trumps can argue that it is the responsibility of a leader, especially a Christian leader to protect his people, God’s people from external attack and corruption. How long do we build bridges for raiders to come in to devour our lands as locust invaded Egypt? But for the peace of the world should the Mexican be seen as raiders? It becomes a subject of critical examination if Trump’s regime, should he win, will be friendly and open to Mexico and other countries. Trump never said the wall will be to shut out Mexicans but to allow legal migration. The people are going to decide. The truth of the matter is that many are in support of Trump. Comments on The Independent show that many Americans believe the Pope is too Vatican-Christian-minded- against a Presbyterian. So, Denominationalism will play in the decision making of some very religious people. That will be a battle of numbers. Many comments show that Protestants will not agree with Pope’s conclusion on Trump’s Christian status. No one is ultimately good or perfect save for the grace of God. So, if Trump’s idea isn’t very good it shouldn’t make Pope to erase him from the sheepfold of Christ. Who knows who is really a Christian? How do we determine a Christian: by his denomination, his deeds, his flaws or his faith and confession or ordinary zeal. Most comments show that Americans Protestants would argue that pope isn’t a Christian better that Trump is if Pope is a Christian at all. In other words, definition of a Christian is often subjective based on denominational affiliation or friction. That’s very bad for the Body of Christ.
President Obama said Trump will not be President simply because he believed the Americans will make the right choice. Really, that is an expression of his own choice- a rejection of Trump publicly. He’s a democrat and is free to do that. He has suggested that if Trump won the Americans had made a foolish and wrong choice. To the pride of Democracy, Americans are more critical than being easily influenced by Obama’s President. Different sources have stated that Obama’s rating has been aroud 45% to 50% and that means that many aren’t really in support of his ideals. His negotiation style for example angers many Americans. He’s also not a Christian. So, Americans aren’t really going to reject Trump because Obama does. Rather, they will listen and learn; wait and watch and still wait; think and evaluate the claims and worth of candidates and then vote for the best options they can cope with till 2020. As it stands, Trump had made critical statements but he has is winning with a wide gap to his runner-up at different stages that he won. It's getting more and more interesting. Pope is not publicly a politician but his comments affected lives or fate or a politicians
Sources: www.cnn.com, www.qz.com, www.donaldjtrump.com, www.nbcnews.com, www.catholicnewsagency.com, www.time.com, www.independent.com

1 comment:

Samuel Oladimeji Kuye said...

Obama isn't a Christian yet he enjoyed a re-election. The people indeed do decide.