Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Denuded of nuance

Denuded of nuance, it’s not just how smart Trump is (or isn’t) but his inability to pay attention or lack of interest in the matters at hand that you should watch.

There was a time, not long ago, that our President, politically weak, deeply insecure and challenged on all fronts looked for a boogeyman. He conveniently created one in the guise of Kim Jong-un and North Korea.

"Trump's limited vocabulary indicates a low intellect and a lack of education."

What are your thoughts on Donald Trump's “America First” foreign policy speech?
He lacks the nuance and sophistication that, say, an Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, or Obama displayed openly.

The words “lack of nuance” used in context of politics means the person lacks the ability to distinguish nuance (and thus make discerning judgments).

Aug 1, 2016 – Trump often lacks nuance in his statements. Sometimes he blurts out mistaken ideas (such as bombing the families of terrorists or the inference that Presbyterians are evangelicals) that he later must back away from or be corrected about.

Some say he is egotistical, bombastic, and brash, that he lacks nuance in his statements. He blurts out mistaken ideas (such as bombing the families of terrorists) that he later must abandon. He insults people. He is vindictive when people attack him. He is slow to disown and rebuke wrongful words and actions of fringe supporters. He has been married three times and openly says that he has been unfaithful in his marriages.

As a specific example, Trump appears unfamiliar with the nuances of Christianity.

Just two days before his inauguration, Trump greeted a pair of visitors at his office in Trump Tower.

The Rev. Patrick O'Connor, the senior pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Queens, and the Rev. Scott Black Johnston, the senior pastor of Manhattan's Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, arrived.

I did very, "very well with evangelicals in the polls," Trump said.

They gently reminded Trump that neither of them was an evangelical.

"Well, what are you then?" Trump asked.

They carefully explained they were mainline Protestants, the same Christian tradition in which Trump, a self-described Presbyterian, was raised and claims membership.

Trump gave his autistic nod throughout (not paying attention), then asked: "But you're all Christians?"

Yes, we're all Christians.

Trump is unique among modern American presidents for his lack of religious orientation. He doesn't have a hometown church, and an examination of the congregations he had ties to found no evidence that Trump put down roots in any of them. Congregants at his childhood church in Queens say Trump might not be welcome there today. The midtown Manhattan church he attended later in life has denied that was ever a member there. [NOTE: Many Early American Presidents were often NOT Xtian!]

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