This Langstaff Letter was prepared before the news of President Trump and Melania having COVID 19. In these circumstances, we encourage everyone to pray for their protection from further complications and restoration to good health.
We regularly receive responses to our weekly Langstaff Letter. In actual fact, we encourage people to write to us with their point of view. Naturally, the recent articles relating to the coming presidential election brought its share of responses, so we thought we would share some with our readers in this letter.
A FACEBOOK OPINION
We received this opinion that has been circulating on Facebook that reflects the feelings of many Trump supporters.
“You see Trump’s arrogance; I see Trump’s confidence.
You see Trump’s nationalism; I see Trump’s patriotism.
You hear Trump’s unsophisticated words; I hear Trump’s honesty.
You see Trump’s racism; I see Trump’s words being misconstrued and twisted by the media daily to fit their narrative.
You see Trump as a Republican; I see Trump as a Patriot.
You see Trump as a dictator; I see Trump as a leader.
You see Trump as an Authoritarian; I see Trump as the only one willing to fight for our freedoms.
You see Trump as childish; I see Trump as a fighter, unwilling to cave into the lies.
You see Trump as an unpolished politician; I see Trump as a breath of fresh air.
You see Trump as homophobic; I see Trump as the first President who has ever entered office supporting gay marriage.
You think Trump hates immigrants; I know Trump is married to an immigrant.
You see Trump putting an end to immigration in America; I see Trump welcoming immigrants to America LEGALLY.
You see Trump’s cages at the border; I see Obama’s cages at the border.
You see Trump with a struggling economy; I see Trump with an amazing economy until the Democrats shut it down.
You see the violence in the streets and call it “Trump’s America;” I see the violence in the streets of Democratic-cities who are refusing Trump’s help and call it “Liberal America.”
You want someone more Presidential; I’m happy we have someone who finally doesn’t just talk the talk but actually walks the walk.
You and I? We see things very differently, and that’s just fine with me.”
AN AUSTRALIAN RESPONSE
“I have always viewed the media reports about Mr. Trump with much skepticism, and my opinion has been the same as yours: most of what he promised to do, he has achieved, or at least begun.
If Mr. Biden wins, he will probably be no worse than Mr. Trump might be, but he will certainly not be better; and, indeed, in a second term, without the threat of a looming election, Mr. Trump could well prove to be one of the greatest presidents ever to sit in the Oval Office.
So, I do hope that Mr. Trump will continue for a second term, for, as America goes, so in large measure goes Australia. Lord, let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!”
“Thank you, Alan. A much-needed word for the church in our time… I am inclined to think that persecution of Christians in coming here in the US, and I fear that, for the most part, the American church is not ready for it. Strange anti-Christian discrimination is already happening in California and Seattle. In both places, segments of the church are rising up against it. Sometimes we aren’t fully aware of what God has done in us that results in the necessary courage until we are in a circumstance that calls it forth.”
CRITIQUE FROM ENGLAND
“I appreciate that you have made your choice, and acknowledge the carefully thought through the way in which you have done it.
I would, however, like to bring up one issue which you have not mentioned as a factor in your choice, although I know you have written about it earlier this year. There are other issues that I could raise, but the one that overshadows all others is climate change. I am fully persuaded that if we do not take concerted and urgent action to limit drastically our carbon emissions during this decade, our future is bleak indeed. And four more years of President Trump will take us in exactly the opposite direction from the one we need to go in.”
Another reader wrote, “In order for the President to win election, he needs to win over the undecided voter in key swing states. By refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power, he is hurting his own cause. We will see if he is able to overcome his own tendency to shoot himself in the foot.”
AN ENTHUSIASTIC TRUMP SUPPORTER
“First of all, I am glad you are voting for President Trump! I had reservations about him at first, but I remember a day came when I realized that he just might have what it takes to become another Reagan! President Reagan was “MY” President! I loved that man, so to come that far in my estimate of him was huge. Now, almost to the end of his first term, I support him enthusiastically! I have had the image below for over a year, and to me, it is a portrait of this man’s love for his country! I believe, like you. that GOD called him to his post, that He uniquely equipped him for this time! I like his indomitable spirit, that he isn’t intimidated by his adversaries! I don’t even mind his tweets… because he says it like he sees it whether or not anyone liked it! I find it refreshing to NOT let the media twist what he says. At least I don’t have to wonder.. he makes himself clear! There is an old interview of him on YouTube by a woman reporter when he was a young man that convinced me that God was grooming him for this job for a long time! I hear people who bring up his faults and character flaws, but I always tell them to vote for his policies, not his personality! In conclusion, I love this President, I pray for him, support him, and will vote for him! I have made my son promise to help me attend one of his rallies in MN before the election! I want to see him in person! The only other President I ever saw in person was Reagan.”
THE OTHER CANDIDATES
One reader wrote, “I would be glad to know your thoughts for Joe Biden, Mike Pence, and Kamala Harris as the other key players of this election.”
Joe Biden – The selection of Joe Biden as the Democratic choice for the presidential election is to me an acknowledgment of the lack of strong Democratic candidates at this time. There is none of the enthusiasm that Obama created. He is a committed Catholic but does not follow Catholic teaching regarding issues like abortion.
Mike Pence – He is a strong political figure who has been a totally loyal and hard-working vice president to Donald Trump. He is not afraid to be known as a committed Christian.
Kamala Harris – Kamala Harris is, according to surveys, the most liberal member of the US Senate, even more so than Bernie Sanders.
Don’t forget to pray, and don’t forget to vote!