One people, God, flag

We will be one people
under one God
saluting one American flag!

(Donald Trump, repeatedly, deliberately, emphatically)

Responses con:

  • it’s at odds with the American promise of religious freedom (Sarah McCammon of NPR)
  • one of the great strengths of this country is the diversity of nationalities, of origins – the differences of opinions about religion, and ideas about religion (Barry Lynn, Americans United for Separation of Church and State)
  • this makes it seem like he, as the President of the United States, could somehow bring us together by converting us all and making sure we salute the same flag (Barry Lynn)
  • it adds to this overall ominous tone that America is going to become about certain types of people first, and everybody else maybe not so much part of the American pie anymore (Corey Saylor, Council on American-Islamic Relations)
  • One God’ immediately excludes Hindus, atheists, Native Americans – whole swaths of people who have a right to be part of the American identity,” he said. “And under what we’ve established in this country — the notion that you can have multiple faiths and all still share the same ideal of being American — the campaign is once again just really lopping off support from minorities (Corey Saylor)

Responses pro:

  • I think what Donald Trump was getting at with that comment is this disrespect that people of faith — people who are patriotic Americans, who have served in the military, whose children serve in the military — are feeling right now from the elites in this country, and particularly from some of the institutions (Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America)
  • What we hear [from Trump] is a call for unity, a call for really understanding that we are a nation under God,” Nance said. “And although as Americans we maybe experience that differently, we see that as essential to our success — as individuals and as a people (Penny Nance)

(NPR)

Notice anything missing?

We can’t even say “First Amendment” or “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” any more. We resort to dubious diversity clichés instead, or predictions of political fallout.

And I confess that when I heard Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America (“We are the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization with a rich history of over three decades of helping our members across the country bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy.“) turn God into “essential to our success,” I said a very vulgar epithet, quite loudly, within hearing of the cabin of my car — which is of tender years, not yet even seven years old. (But it’s a Volkswagen Diesel, so it’s already sneaking out to smoke.)

Well: so much for any hope that The Donald would be the restorer of civil society in general and subsidiarity in particular. Sounds like Übernationalism to me.

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“In learning as in traveling and, of course, in lovemaking, all the charm lies in not coming too quickly to the point, but in meandering around for a while.” (Eva Brann)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.