Saturday, March 19, 2016


Via Mike


Opening comments: Mike Scruggs

This is long, and I have attached it in two attachments of about 8 pages each. If you insist that evangelicals should not vote for Donald Trump, you probably won't read it, but you should read it, whoever you wind up voting for. Most importantly, it is well worth the time to read and consider.  I am not I sure agree with everything Thomas Ertl may imply here on recent  U.S.military operations in the Middle East, but I agree with much of it, and this is a minor part of his much broader essay.   I will just clarify my own general position as a Vietnam veteran, military historian, and Bible reader. I have come to the conclusion that neither pacifism nor isolationism is a  Biblical path to just peace in the world.


On February 29, 2016, the day before Super Tuesday, I attended a Trump rally in Valdosta, Georgia. I was not prepared for what I was to see. I have followed presidential races since 1964, in the days of Johnson and Goldwater, and I must say I have never seen anything like what I witnessed at the Valdosta Trump rally.

8,000 south Georgians were packed into a 5,000 seat arena two hours before the time Trump was scheduled to speak. Another 12,000 were outside and could not get in. For two hours, I was watching a new wave of American political history as it flowed through this state, a populist insurrection. It is a movement fueled by the indignation and frustration of middle class people against the established ruling order, a movement that has found its mouthpiece in the newly ordained political persona of Donald J. Trump.

How can a brash New York City businessman become embraced and adored in 2016 as the national political leader of rural south Georgians?

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  1. The roundup of legally assembled protestors continents.
    Will this be the time when our kids look back and say 'that's when political dissenters were rounded up for killing?'

    1. They were doing nothing illegal, so this is simply threats because they can.

      And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?... The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”