A Saint, He Ain’t
By Patrick F. Cannon
People who support Donald Trump often concede he’s something of a buffoon, but say the good he has done for the country far outweighs his personal failings. I confess to being skeptical about these claims. Like most presidents, he has taken credit for an economy he really did nothing to create. But even if he had managed to do some good, I would still oppose him simply because he’s a bad man.
In thinking about what might constitute a “bad” man, I thought it might be more helpful to list the qualities that a good man should have; then you can judge him or any politician by these qualities. Thus, a good man:
- Has good friends, instead of sycophants.
- Is loyal to his friends, thus engendering loyalty from them.
- Is generous, not only to his relatives and friends, but to the needy he will never meet.
- Never takes credit for the work of others; generously shares credit with his associates.
- Tells the truth as a matter of course. Only lies to confound his country’s enemies, or to spare a friend’s feelings.
- Actually believes that all men and women are created equal, and treats them accordingly.
- Has strong opinions based upon deep knowledge, but is willing to compromise with others to achieve a common good.
- Never insults the defenseless, whether alive or dead.
- Is not boastful.
- Is so proud of his financial acumen, that he would gladly share his tax returns.
- Has more friends and associates at large than in jail.
- Does not have plastic hair.
- Would never cheat at golf.
Now, it’s true that almost nobody, except maybe Jesus Christ or St. Francis, could tick all these boxes (I certainly couldn’t and I know of no politician who could either). On the other hand, I don’t know how you would describe a man like President Trump who ticks none of them.
Copyright 2020, Patrick F. Cannon