Columnist: Being bullish about America

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 25, 2016

After watching the Republican National Convention, I am so happy being a progressive Democrat. These Republicans are Donald Trump, not Ronald Reagan Republicans.

When Ronald Reagan was running the Republican Party, I respected Republicans very much. Reagan was especially able to work with Democrats and get things done.

The Trump Republicans, on the other hand, are totally incompetent. They can’t make anything constructive happen. In my opinion, they are a bunch of pessimists.

Even some evangelicals can’t stand Trump. Trump’s daughter has left her Christian faith and has converted to Judaism. Trump has said that he is happy that his daughter and grandchildren will be Jews, not Christians. An evangelical minister in Troup County told me recently that he personally has nothing against Jews.

However, he resents Trump telling people Trump is an evangelical. True evangelicals, my friend said, do not want their children or grandchildren becoming Jews, Muslims, Buddhists or Hindus. Real evangelicals want their family members to be born again Christians.

Many evangelicals resent Trump because he uses a lot of profanity. If I used the language Trump uses, this newspaper would not let me write my article.

Many people don’t like Hillary Clinton because she is a liar. Well, Donald Trump is a liar. Again, he changes his opinion almost every other day. Right now I don’t know what the man believes.

If you took the Republican National Convention seriously, you would think that America is going to the dogs. Trepidation ruled each night.

Bullish people like me again remember the wonderful days of Ronald Reagan. Thankfully, Reagan was an optimist we seldom see among today’s Republicans.

I am bullish on America and the stock market. Many people lose out because they put all their money in certificates of deposit. Yes, there is safety outside stocks. However, if you really believe in America, have some faith in the business community.

In the past, I criticized President Obama because of his foreign policy. Now, however, like most Americans, I think he is doing a great job. If Obama ran against Trump, Obama would easily beat him. There isn’t a Republican who could defeat the president.

The president, like all leaders, has made mistakes. What is tragic is that Republicans are not willing to give him credit for all that he has done. Leaders of other countries especially thank him for not making a lot of stupid mistakes, like George W. Bush invading Iraq.

I love America and think that our best days are ahead of us. Overall, I am very happy with the way things are. Of course we have problems. But our God-given blessings are much greater than anything we have to fear.

To quote from the great Franklin Delano Roosevelt, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Larry Summerour

Contributing columnist

Larry Summerour of Troup County is a retired pastor who enjoys political commentary.