Wisdom About Our President From Mychal Massie
Politics isn’t something I am very involved in anymore. It’s become too ugly for me but I do pray for our president often since I know he needs it and we are commanded to do so. I had originally thought this article was written by Charles Krauthammer but was told it was not. It was written by Mychal Massie from his blog “All Daily Rants.” “Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society.” He is a born again Christian.
A different take on Donald Trump: (a non-political agenda)
Trump Is Not A Liberal or Conservative, He’s a “Pragmatist.” (Definition: A pragmatist is someone who is practical and focused on reaching a goal. A pragmatist usually has a straightforward, matter-of-fact approach and doesn’t let emotion distract him or her.)
We recently enjoyed a belated holiday dinner with friends at the home of other friends. The dinner conversation varied from discussions about antique glass and china to theology and politics. At one point, reference was made to Donald Trump being a conservative, to which I responded that Trump is not a conservative. I said that I neither view nor do I believe Trump views himself as a conservative. I stated it was my opinion that Trump is a pragmatist. He sees a problem and understands it must be fixed. He doesn’t see the problem as liberal or conservative, he sees it only as a problem. That is a quality that should be admired and applauded, not condemned. But I get ahead of myself.
Viewing problems from a Liberal perspective has resulted in the creation of more problems, more entitlement programs, more victims, more government, more political correctness, and more attacks on the working class in all economic strata.
Viewing things according to the so-called Republican conservative perspective has brought continued spending and globalism to the detriment of American interests and well being, denial of what the real problems are, weak, ineffective, milquetoast, leadership that amounts to Barney Fife Deputy Sheriff, appeasement oriented and afraid of its own shadow. In brief, it has brought liberal ideology with a pachyderm as a mascot juxtaposed to the a** of the Democrat Party.
Immigration isn’t a Republican problem, it isn’t a Liberal problem, it is a problem that threatens the very fabric and infrastructure of America. It demands a pragmatic approach not an approach that is intended to appease one group or another.
The impending collapse of the economy wasn’t a Liberal or Conservative problem, it is an American problem. That said, until it is viewed as a problem that demands a common sense approach to resolution, it will never be fixed because the Democrats and Republicans know only one way to fix things and the longevity of their impracticality has proven to have no lasting effect. Successful businessmen like Donald Trump find ways to make things work, they do not promise to accommodate.
Trump uniquely understands that China’s manipulation of currency is not a Republican problem or a Democrat problem. It is a problem that threatens our financial stability and he understands the proper balance needed to fix it. Here again, successful businessmen, like Trump, who have weathered the changing tides of economic reality understand what is necessary to make business work, and they, unlike both sides of the political aisle, know that if something doesn’t work, you don’t continue trying to make it work hoping that at some point it will.
As a pragmatist, Donald Trump hasn’t made wild pie-in-the-sky promises of a cell phone in every pocket, free college tuition, and a $15 hour minimum wage for working the drive-through at Carl’s Hamburgers.
I argue that America needs pragmatists because pragmatists see a problem and find ways to fix them. They do not see a problem and compound it by creating more problems.
You may not like Donald Trump, but I suspect that the reason some people do not like him is because:
(1) he is antithetical to the “good old boy” method of brokering backroom deals that fatten the coffers of politicians;
(2) they are unaccustomed to hearing a president speak who is unencumbered by the financial shackles of those who he owes vis-a-vis donations;
(3) he is someone who is free of idiomatic political ideology;
(4) he says what he is thinking, is unapologetic for his outspoken thoughts, speaks very straightforward using everyday language that can be understood by all (and is offensive to some who dislike him anyway) making him a great communicator, for the most part, does what he says he will do and;
(5) he is someone who understands that it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again.
Listening to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders talk about fixing America is like listening to two lunatics trying to “out crazy” one another. Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Marco Rubio are owned lock, stock, and barrel by the bankers, corporations, and big dollar donors funding their campaigns. Bush can deny it, but common sense tells anyone willing to face facts is that people don’t give tens of millions without expecting something in return.
We have had Democrats and Republican ideologues and what has it brought us? Are we better off today or worse off? Has it happened overnight or has it been a steady decline brought on by both parties?
I submit that a pragmatist is just what America needs right now. People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance, but that is common among those who have never accomplished anything in their lives (or politicians who never really solved a problem, because it’s better to still have an “issue(s) to be solved,” so re-elect me to solve it, (which never happens) and those who have always played it safe (again, all politicians) not willing to risk failure, to try and achieve success).
Donald Trump put his total financial empire at risk in running for president and certainly did not need or possibly even want the job; that says it all. He wants success for the U.S. and her citizens because he loves his country.
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
1 Timothy 2:1, 2
19 thoughts on “Wisdom About Our President From Mychal Massie”
This is a thoughtful piece on Pres. Trump, thank you for sharing!
But it was actually written by an African American conservative minister named Mychal Massie in 2016 , not Charles Krauthammer.
Charles Krauthammer’s Interesting Take on President Trump: He’s a Pragmatist –Incorrect Attribution!
Summary of eRumor:
Charles Krauthammer wrote an interesting take on President Trump in which Krauthammer argues the president isn’t liberal or conservative — he’s a pragmatist.
A column by political activist and commentator Mychal S. Massie has been incorrectly labeled “Charles Krauthammer’s Interesting Take on President Trump.”
The column appeared at Massie’s personal blog site, The Daily Rant, in 2016 under the headline, “Trump is Not Conservative, He’s a Pragmatist.” By early 2018, the column was being circulated under the headline, “Charles Krauthammer’s Interesting Take on President Trump.”
Mychal Massie describes his blog site as “Christian, conservative opinion.” Massie, an African-American and ordained Christian minister, has gained popularity in some conservative circles for his outspoken views on race in America. He founded the Racial Policy Center (RPC) in 2015, a think tank that advocates for “a colorblind society.” Massie has also been a vocal critic of President Obama and an outspoken supporter of President Trump. (see truthorfictioncom for more on this)
Also, the original piece on Massie’s site:
Thank you for sharing this bit of wisdom God has given President Trump. He does need our prayers and encouragement. Recently he issued the life protection ruling that bans federal dollars from subsidizing or paying for abortion practices. No president has taken such an active pro- Life stand like this until now! PTL!! You can show your support for our president by visiting lifeissues.org and click on the the red take action now button. You can quickly let our president know that you stand with him in protecting the defenseless preborn among us. He is the leader God has given us at such a time as this.
Thank you for alerting me to this, Margaret. I changed it to reflect the correct author of this wonderful article!
Abortion is the great Holocaust of our day and age. Thank you, Holly, for the information and we must continue to pray that abortion will end.
Thank you for posting this. It makes me take a huge sigh of relief. I needed a reason to keep hopeful in light of the continual, nagging negativity and controversy.
Thank you for posting this. I look forward to showing it to my husband when he gets home from work.
I very much agree with Trump’s pro-life stance. Unfortunately I cannot find much else good to say about him.
Lori, I disagree and agree with this post. I do not think Trump is a pragmatist, however a real pragmatist sounds like exactly what this country needs. I guess what I mean is that a pragmatist with goals that follow God’s teaching AND protect US interests, that can be clearly/intelligently articulated and planned, and who also reflects a modicum of simple respect indiscriminately, and shoes wisdom and knowledge of history (the good and the bad) and civics, would be wonderful for the country. Hopefully young people step up with these gifts and this approach in the future.
This is wonderful. Thank you for posting such a good explanation of our President. He is a wonderful gift to this country.
Trying to stop the slaughtering of millions of babies a year IS the most important issue of our day, Annette. Nothing else even comes close to this.
There is no perfect leader, Kate, since there’s no perfect person. Even King David, a man after God’s own heart, was incredibly flawed. It was either him or Hillary and he’s a FAR better president than Hillary would have been.
I agree – no way to be perfect! I just think our current president isn’t fit to be leader at all. Hence why in the future I pray young men will step up the plate and be real pragmatists!
Ha! And yet his first year in power has been extremely successful. I doubt Republicans or democrats would have accomplished as much as he has. He may not be perfect, but he has done a lot better than the other clowns ? in the political circus.??
President Trump is courageous, amazing, wonderful. Thank God for him and that he stopped Hilary from getting in to power. She would have buried America.
I am from the UK and so only know what we see of Trump from the main stream media, so my knowledge is limited and I wonder if you would be able to answer a question about him being pro life? As I see it the way to reduce abortions is to support women who find themselves in the position of having to make that terrible decision. I can’t speak for people who make the decision but I am sure in some cases the lack of support after a child is born may be one of the reasons, for example in the US healthcare is not free and government support is less. What am I trying to get at is being pro life to me is so different to saying abortions are bad, if he truly believes that why not introduce measures that would help support those babies once they are born? For example free healthcare, subsidies for childcare etc?
I am not sure if you saw recently that Ireland voted to legalise abortion? One for he quotes floating around at that time that made sense to me was that you cannot ban abortion, only legal abortion, and I feel that is so true. Rather than concentrate on banning abortion and speaking out against abortions would it not be more effective to focus on making it easier for women to keep their children?
From Lindsay Harold: We can certainly work to help mothers in need, but we should also make abortion illegal. Imagine if someone said something similar about rape? “We don’t need to make rape illegal. We just need support for all those men out there who have rage and hurt and no father figure and no one taught them not to rape.” Maybe we do need to do those things, but rape also needs to be illegal to protect the rights of the victims not to be raped. Abortion, similarly, needs to be illegal in order to protect the rights of the children not to be murdered in the womb.
From Carly: We can certainly work to help mothers in need, but we should also make abortion illegal. Imagine if someone said something similar about rape? “We don’t need to make rape illegal. We just need support for all those men out there who have rage and hurt and no father figure and no one taught them not to rape.” Maybe we do need to do those things, but rape also needs to be illegal to protect the rights of the victims not to be raped. Abortion, similarly, needs to be illegal in order to protect the rights of the children not to be murdered in the womb.
“…measures that would help support those babies once they are born? For example free healthcare, subsidies for childcare etc?”
First of all NOTHING THAT COMES FROM THE GOVERNMENT IS FREE! It all comes out of the taxpayers pockets from the sweat of their hard work. Every dollar that is taken from me (at the barrel of a gun I might add) and given to people who make poor decisions, is a dollar that I do not have to support and provide for MY family.
Should not my hard work go to support my family and the things that benefit my family and then allow me to freely give from my excess to help whom I choose to help? It should but it doesn’t because as far as taxes (that support) subsidies go, there is too much of that here already and all it does is cause the people who live off of it to pop out more babies into the system so they can get more money for themselves and their children still suffer in poverty! This kind of system actually puts MORE children into poverty situations! History has proven that fact over and over again. It is common sense that you don’t get rid of bad behavior by rewarding it! If you feed something, it will grow, you must starve it to minimize it or get rid of it completely.
Responsible, hard working people should not be punished by stealing their money and giving it to freeloaders. This system just creates more freeloaders. As far as society goes, once there are more people eating at the public trough than there are to put food into it, it becomes an unsustainable situation and everything collapses. We (and all of western civilization) are on the verge of collapse right now.
I understand your feelings on this matter. It is part of how God made you (as a woman) to be sensitive to these issues but it is the soft spot for things like this that make women incapable of being effective leaders. I don’t want to see children suffer any more than anyone else but I can see the big picture and have the understanding that there will always be suffering in the world and the best we can do is try to minimize it.
The most effective way to do that is to outlaw sin and not reward irresponsible behavior. It is my observation that most women can’t see the big picture and make the hard decisions. It is the fact that they can even vote and have any say in how things are managed that is playing a big part in the decline and ultimate coming failure of our civilization. Europe has almost fallen due in much part to the women leading over there and the USA is not far behind. I understand your soft heart in these matters but I hope you can open you eyes to see that more “free healthcare, subsidies for childcare etc” are not the answer. They just make the problem worse.
I am so thankful to have a president that doesn’t try to be politically correct, but just uses common sense to get things done! Truly God is using him to accomplish His purposes. I believe he’s the perfect leader that our country needs.
I have a friend in south Africa, over there, there is no government payouts, either you work, or you don’t eat. And most people do some kinds of work. They aren’t lazy. The more government hand outs there are, the lazier and more ungrateful the people get. More government benefits won’t help. God’s people need to rise up and start caring more about their community, why not start a titus 2 type ministry in the community teaching mothers or young women basic child care or homemaking? Lots of women abort their babies because they feel lost or hopeless. Something like that would give them hope. Maybe give them some skills so they can earn some money from home? The possibilities are endless. But too many Christians put it in the too hard basket.