In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Trump

Keeping the lions at bay. (Monte Dutton photos)

Keeping the tigers at bay. (Monte Dutton photos)

Clinton, South Carolina, Sunday, February 28, 2016, 12:48 p.m.

This morning I heard that Donald Trump is again balking at the notion that he will support the Republican presidential nominee in the unlikely event it is not he.

Monte Dutton (Alex Howard photo)

Monte Dutton (Alex Howard photo)

The Donald doesn’t like the way he’s being treated. What this means is that, as soon as Trump elicits the necessary amount of fear and loathing from all the Reince Priebuses, he will probably sign “the pledge” … for the third time.

The man who has stood on a platform, behind a microphone, and let F-bombs, some of them compounded, fly, is now offended by the language of former Mexican president Vicente Fox.

The $*#@!>+@$ loser! Depictions of Trump’s language begin and end with dollar signs.

The leader in the presidential race is citing an audit as an excuse for withholding his tax forms. He recently said he thought he was regularly audited because he’s “a strong Christian.”

Lest we belly-laugh too obviously, his supporters, the “evangelicals,” warn us all not “to judge.” The Bible says we shall not judge.

Except that it doesn’t. The Biblical story of The Mote and the Beam is in Chapter Seven of the Gospel of Matthew, verses one through five. The moral lesson is to avoid hypocrisy and self-righteousness, not that anyone would ever expect such from Trump, but what the central passage (Verse One) says is, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Some would argue that it says don’t judge others, lest God judge you, but in the context of the proverb around it, what it basically means is “don’t throw rocks in your glass house.”

Or, don’t get offended at F-bombs if you hurl them yourself.

I no longer believe in the prominent voting bloc being identified as “evangelicals.” It seems to me that the “evangelicals” who support Trump are really just a part of a larger set, the “angries.” I don’t believe their love of Trump is related to godliness.

Then again, I’m judging.

I wrote a short story casting a character named Grump in a Star Trek spinoff. (Monte Dutton sketch)

I wrote a short story casting a character named Grump in a Star Trek spinoff. (Monte Dutton sketch)

One has to judge. One has to judge whether or not the woman applying to clean up the house is likely to steal something from it. One has to make a judgment over whether a candidate for president really wants to be dictator. One has to make a judgment over whether a man like Trump knows any other way.

If judgment is a vice, then heaven is having trouble keeping the condos filled.

If Jesus said what I think He said, and told a story I think He told, then it’s perfectly righteous to be offended at Trump’s hypocrisy, not to mention his immodesty and the passionate love he feels for himself. The IRS is attacking his “Christian beliefs.” Meanwhile, Trump is trying to find a camel that will go through the eye of a needle.

Trump recently retweeted this scripture:

“It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”

It’s from gospel of Benito Mussolini.

Luckily, it can’t happen here. Trump is a lot more reasonable than he lets on. Hmm. Of whom have I heard this before?

All the people who wound up being maniacs.

Here’s the short story noted in the caption of the sketch:

(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)

(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)

As you may have noticed, I use these blogs as a promotional tool for my novels. One, Crazy of Natural Causes, has been out since late July of 2015. In the interest of peace, love, and understanding, I’d love for you to give one or two or (soon) four of them a read.

(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)

(Jennifer Skutelsky cover design)

Another, Forgive Us Our Trespasses, will be out soon. It’s a crime novel about corruption and patronage in a small town. The tale unfolds across two generations at the same time. It’s got sex, drugs, corruption, murder, and frank language. Very little, if any, rock and roll, though.

(Melanie Ryon cover design)

(Melanie Ryon cover design)

The Intangibles (2013) is based on boyhood memories and is set in a small Southern town amid the tumult of the 1960s. The Audacity of Dope (2011) is a freewheeling yarn about a pot-smoking songwriter who somehow becomes a national hero, and that comes with complications.

(Joe Font cover design)

(Joe Font cover design)

Crazy and Trespasses are my third and fourth novels. I’m working on a fifth, Cowboys Come Home. Most of my books can be examined and purchased here:

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About Monte

For 20 seasons, I mostly wrote about NASCAR. I'm still paying attention, but I'm spending more of my time these days writing novels and songs. I try to blog regularly on whatever happens to strike my fancy.
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4 Responses to In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Trump

  1. Joey Holland says:

    Monte, at first I thought you were being too soft on Trump; the misogynistic, xenophobic, ignorant sack of infected goat feces that he is, but then I realized he cannot be accurately described in the amount of space suited for a blog. You would need to filibuster or something. I get him, I think. He knows that the more hateful he acts toward the minorities and other often disenfranchised peoples, the more popular he becomes. His supporters are the ones I don’t understand. To say, “I’m not racist,” and still support a man who said the things he did about Mexicans, if his rant didn’t resonate on a guttural level, then you MUST be at least somewhat racist. I’m not Mexican, but that deeply offended me, because I have Mexican friends who are decent, hard-working people, not rapists and drug dealers. Who are you people? “He says what we are thinking!” He says what ignorant, racist, sexist people say. I like your blog.

  2. Wayne says:

    if you haven’t seen the “This Week Tonight” piece by John Oliver it is a must see. It’s on YouTube.

  3. Monte says:

    I saw it. It was great.

  4. Monte says:

    As Slim Pickens said in Blazing Saddles, “Ah am depressed.”

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