A necessary response to Lloyd Hoffman’s 7/23/2016 letter to the editor in the Hot Springs Sentinel Record…
Antonio Sabato Jr. may be a “strong” Christian, whatever a strong Christian is according to Brother Lloyd, but let’s not forget that Junior is mostly semi-famous for modeling underwear. He and his frothy rants at Donald Trump’s recent coronation will soon be forgotten. And he’s hardly a “popular” Hollywood personality either, unless being an occasional man-meat pinup in soap operas and a few cheesy reality shows is all it takes to be “popular” these days.
No, Junior’s popularity and his “strong” Christianity are a lot like Trump’s. They exist only in the fevered imaginations of Republicans who hide their moral hypocrisy by projecting whatever puritan reality they want to believe in, on some of the most intemperate, insensitive, boorish men and women ever to slash and pillage their way to national political prominence. Maybe that’s what Brother Lloyd means by a “strong” Christian…
All political parties change over time. Thank God, or whatever your fringy, fundamentalist projection of deity is, that the Democratic Party (there is no such thing as a “Democrat” Party, little brother) is not what it was way back in the 1950s, or even 1980 when you read some outlandish article that sounds like the usual John Birch paranoid rubbish now reborn as standard Tea Party dogma. The Democratic party has moved on – racism and anti-Mexican, anti-Muslim, anti-everything but an infantile fawning after a “strong” Christian America that only ever existed in an imaginary, lily-white “good old days” – these are left-behind regressions now wholly owned by today’s Republicans.
Let’s not ever forget that “Tail-gunner Joe” McCarthy was one of your precious Republicans. Like you, that self-aggrandizing and unabashed liar also prattled endlessly about communists under every rock and around every corner. And like the GOP’s newest nominee, a schoolyard bully now carefully coiffed and surrounded by his silver-spooned brood, McCarthy successfully peddled outrageous lies and dangerous exaggerations. He achieved momentary fame and power, but he also destroyed many lives and careers. Is that what you pray for America? If so, come, let us go down together and worship the golden calves of strength and safety. McCarthy did not make America safe or strong then, and a Trump presidency now will only make America fearful and weak.
Once upon a long time ago, there was a gentle man, a carpenter’s son, who lived in the village of Nazareth. In Palestine. He was never a “strong” Christian but he was the Prince of Peace. You may have even heard of him, little brother. He didn’t have to check in first with Senator Boozman to suffer little children to come to him…
But these days, it’s the “strong” Christian thing to do, to keep out suffering little children at all costs. May God forgive our damnable apathy. May She forgive the way we have tortured the meaning of Christianity into something so cruel and selfish and warlike not even Jesus would recognize it. May She forgive us for sowing death and discord here and abroad, and for ravaging the only planet that can sustain life. All life.
May She forgive this generation especially, for so easily, eagerly discarding American ideals that once held out a promise of salvation to the world’s tired, its poor, its huddled masses yearning to breathe free. There was a time, once upon a time, when such words did not ring hollow, when words like “The wretched refuse of your teeming shore” were not seen as a call to arms.
Oh America! What have we become? And where will we go from here?
– Monsieur Jacques d’Nalgar, Saturday evening, July 23, 2016 CE
PS – “Liberal letter writer Stephen Orr Manning” is my friend and a damn fine poet!
PPS – There are many people who do not believe in biological evolution, but if they wish to follow evidence of literary evolution, take a look below at my third attempt and re-submission to our local newspaper…
One of the speakers at the Republican Convention Monday evening was a popular young Hollywood actor named Antonio Sabato Jr., a very strong supporter of Donald Trump as well as the Republican Party. He moved here in 1985 from Rome, Italy, as a legal immigrant.
Antonio is also a strong Christian who believes that Jesus would have him stand up for Trump and the Republican Party. He said that he used to be a Democrat, but that now the Democratic Party is not what it used to be. These days he said that the party seems to be made up far too much with liberals and socialists. He was also sad to see how America has fallen in practically every measure under Obama and the Democrats!A group of liberal Hollywood actors who don’t support Trump as Antonio does, have said they would move to Canada if he becomes our next president. I really think that’s what they should do! (Poor Canada.)
Getting back to how much the Democratic Party has changed in recent years, I doubt if very many of you were aware of an article that appeared on a back page of this newspaper in 1980. It told about how the Communist Party in America realized that they were not making much progress in our country, so they decided to make a comparison of both the Republican Party and the Democrat Party.
They concluded after their study that the philosophy of the Democrat Party was much more like that of the Communist Party, so they then proceeded to quietly infiltrate that party. After that, the party began to become even more liberal and less Christian in its platform and agenda than ever before. Remember how God got booed repeatedly and loudly at the last Democratic Convention?
The Communist Party didn’t even bother to run a candidate for president when Obama ran both times, since they were so satisfied with him. Obama has a Marxist background and is easily the most radical liberal we’ve ever had in the White House!
Remember the avowed communist Van Jones, who Obama appointed as one of his czars for awhile? How about the socialist Bernie Sanders, who the Democrats seem so proud of?
If Hillary should become our next president (God forbid!), we will undoubtedly get more of the same radical, left-wing government that America has suffered under for eight long years! In some ways, she might even be worse than Obama, like her proposed 550 percent increase in the Muslims from Syria who can’t be properly checked out to insure against more radical Islamic terrorists coming over here to kill us!
Liberal letter writer Stephen Orr Manning recently wrote (Saturday, July 9) that “contrary to (Robert) Sowell’s assertions, Middle East immigrants are among the most heavily screened.” That’s certainly not what Sen. John Boozman recently said. He stated, “The administration says it is checking their records, but the FBI will tell you there aren’t any records. If we’re not sure if they pose a risk or not, we don’t need to bring them in. Period.”
Let’s make America safe and strong again. Vote for Trump!