Considering the reality of Donald Trump’s support from the Religious Right in the U.S., it would appear that he still has their support for his insistence on claiming the moral high ground in American Politics. However, his demagoguery – still evident in his attempt to regain political leverage in his bid for re-election as the next POTUS – clearly demonstrates the danger of a strong movement away from true democracy in that country that once could claim a radical openness to people of every language, ethnicity and religious affiliation.
This burgeoning emergence of the ‘Religious Right’ – based on a mistaken idea of national supremacy rather than the Christian principle of equality and justice for all peoples – if it takes hold among the American people, could further isolate America as a nation dedicated to its own interests rather than the common interests of a free world order. ‘The Commonweal’ that America once proudly celebrated, when it undertook to host the meetings of the United Nation in New York, could be sadly overcome by the tactics of isolationism that marks out the territory of certain politico-religious dictatorships, that militates against the more Christian sense of a common humanity, where all are equal in the eyes of God.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand
Alex Denethorn · Commentator on US and UK Politics –
It’s not Donald Trump you should be concerned about.
As is fairly obvious, I’m British. Although I’ve spent considerable chunks of my life in the United States, at the moment, I’m stuck at home in the UK. What we’re seeing, quite frankly, beggars belief. You’ve had incompetent Presidents. You’ve had corrupt Presidents. But Trump is something on a whole different level.
Refusing to concede an election that he clearly lost is bad enough. Then we’ve been watching his attempts to get the election overturned, through the judiciary, pressuring the states themselves and, as we’re learning today, overtly asking the Georgia Secretary of State to ‘find’ more votes for him. That’s what real election fraud looks like, for those who weren’t sure.
Worse than this is the fact that there are still people willing to go along with his absurdity, and his lies. Months of disinformation regarding the election, and now Trump’s allies in Congress are willing to act on his false accusations by refusing to certify Biden’s victory in formal joint session – a session which, before now, has largely just been a ceremonial affair, intended to formalise the election once and for all.
If it’s not clear where I’m going with this, it’s simple: it’s not that Donald Trump is making a fool of himself. That’s par for the course. What’s worrying is that his allies and supporters are making the United States look like fools