I couldn’t put my finger on it until the other night. What is it about The Donald that is engendering so much support?
By all accounts he is vulgar, uncouth, narcissistic, bombastic, petty, and a bastion of other un-biblical behaviors. Yet he is very popular. What is it about Donald Trump that has drawn so many to his side?
Donald Trump is a MAN in a nation where manhood is in very short supply.
His popularity is not about his “conservatism” or his “Christianity.” But, as we saw again last night, in Mississippi of all places…the buckle of the Bible-belt…the Trumpster again won a majority of the evangelical vote.
The South was supposed to be Cruz country…the heart of Christianity where clinging to Bibles and guns is passed through the DNA from one generation to the next. A state where using the name of Jesus is a token of praise rather than an object of damnation… where Ted Cruz values were as common as gumbo and rattlesnakes. The official beverage of Mississippi is milk, for Pete’s sake.
Yet supposed Ted Cruz voters pulled the lever for Donald Trump. Something BIG is going on in America and most people have yet to put their finger on it. Why are “Christians” voting for pagan Donald Trump?
Sweeping the South was the plan that Ted Cruz had drawn up as the path to The White House. Certainly his unashamed Christianity would resonate in the Land of Dixie. The solid-South has been the stronghold of Conservative Christians and their favorite politicians for the past 50 years.
Yet this moderate, some say liberal, snake salesman from the Northeast was swooping in and sucking up all of the energy…and votes…in this most-religious area of the nation. Rattle them off…Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia, were going solidly for the trash-talking reality TV star resident of the home base of progressive politicians.
Trump, not Cruz has swept the south. Something YHUGE is happening before our very eyes.
Now, before you get yourself into to tizzy, you have to understand that I am not supporting the crude, crass, calloused side of Trump. In fact, many of the things I hear him say make me cringe. But we cannot deny that the things that he does that make American’s queasy are the same things that draw people to him. America is starving for manhood. America is looking for a MAN.
For at least two generations American Christianity has been creating soft men. We see it everywhere we turn. Our pulpits are filled with soft men. Our “worship leaders” are dainty men with spiked hair and skinny jeans singing sissified songs about an effeminate Savior. Women, and men who act like women, run the average American church.
Americans know we are in trouble and realize our politicians are dainty “men of culture” who use words as weapons in a faux fight against an unrelenting foe. They realize that the last person you would ever call if you were in a street fight would be either a pastor or a politician. In a time when we need a John the Baptist we get Joel Osteen.
Trump is a bit rough on the edges and he may not be up-to-snuff on all of the social graces expected in our political leaders, but he oozes manhood…not Biblical manhood…but secular manhood. We like a little grit in our champions.
The Christians in the South have analyzed the situation that is confronting this nation and although they would like their President to be someone who shares their values, their belief in God, and their quiet faith, they realize that the times demand a warrior…someone to stand and fight against the thieves who are stealing this nation.
Trump makes women feel safe. Trump says what the average Christian man is thinking. They are sick of PC America and pastors and politicians too cowardly to speak the truth. They see The Donald as a man who doesn’t bend to pressure.
American’s are looking for a fighter. Donald Trump, as crass and harsh as he is, has proven that he will not roll over when attacked. They are sick of compromise. They look in the pulpits and they look at the politicians and they see nothing but capitulation.
America is not electing a king or a pastor and because they are so disgusted they are ready to roll the dice on a gambler from Atlantic City.
“Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. Kill ‘em all and let God sort it out.” Americans are voting for a return to the days of straight shooters like Clint Eastwood and John Wayne.
Masculinity is making a comeback in America. It is no more complicated than that.