It is not difficult to know how I feel about former President Donald Trump. Since he announced his candidacy in 1995, I have not been shy in voicing my opinion about him and very little if any of what I said or wrote could be construed as positive.
Now that Trump is out of office, I wanted to see if I could say some positive things about him. Sincere things. Not setups for jokes or anti Trump rhetoric. My reason for this is 3 fold : 1) Like all of us, Trump is part of Gods creation. When God looked at his creation. He saw that it was good (Genesis 1:31 ) Even though that was prior to mans fall I believe Gods residual goodness is still present in creation and finding it is a way of praising God. 2) further I am called to such behavior in the Book of Philippians, Paul makes a list of things to dwell on and think on one of these is whatever is good. 3) (and I don’t mean this as a joke or set up for anti Trump rhetoric) but considering what I have said or written about him in the past this will prove to be something of a challenge for me and I do enjoy a good writing challenge.
5 things I liked about Donald Trump and his Presidency.
Although I disagreed a little with the timing of some of them I did appreciate the choices he made for Supreme Court justices during his time as President. These choices may be key restricting and eliminating the horrendous practice of abortion in this country.
I liked Trump’s choice as Mike Pence as his running mate and eventual Vice President. While I know these are by and large political moves to unify a party. I really admire Pence and how he comported himself as vice president, Some of this credit must go to President Trump for choosing him.
Speaking of Pence, another thing I like that Trump made him in charge of the Corona virus task force. I do not want to u7kuse this point as a starting point of a critique on Trump, so I will end this point here.
Although I was not happy that Trump broke a more than century old tradition of attending the next President’s innauguration. I did like that he continued the tradition started by Ronald Reagan of leaving a letter to his successor,
Finally, I like how Donald Trump transformed me and specifically my thinking and writing since his original candidacy in 2015. I have always been somewhat political but Trump made me aware of the need for voicing my concerns especially when your views don’t seem to be as common as you think they should be. A friend commented on Facebook the other day that he can count on me for thoughtful commentary. Over the past 4 years I have labored long and hard on some Trump pieces to make sure my thoughts as articulated reflected not only what I felt but were conciliatory, to those who might feel differently. I’m not sure if I would have such an evolution in my writing if my subject had been a figure other than President Trump.
So those are my 5. A few years ago I was reading Lindy Scott’s blog and he made a point to list favorable qualities of Trump. As with much of Lindy’s writings this helped shape some of my own philosophy and was yet another impetus for writing this post.