I have a lot of respect for Peggy Noonan. Former speech writer and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, no one can doubt her credentials as a legitimate journalist and conservative. I am currently listening to a recording of her book, John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father, which recounts her admiration for St. John Paul II and her own journey back to her Catholic faith. I recommend it.
I think Noonan is dead on in her assessment of President Donald Trump. I’ve been interested in and actively keeping up with American politics since McGovern v. Nixon, and especially since Jimmy Carter. I confess that there have been few presidents I admire much. Rather, I admire some of their accomplishments. Carter, for instance, was one of the worst presidents we’ve had, but his success with the Camp David Accords can’t be denied him. I think Reagan’s domestic policies were largely a failure, but his successes on foreign policy were remarkable. The same is true for most presidents. Though I was disappointed in George W. Bush and really think Barack Obama was a disaster, I can’t remember the last time I had so little respect for a president as a person. Trump’s character and temperament are so flawed as to make me wonder how he manages to get through a day without another epic fail, and then I realize: oh, he rarely does. So many epic fails in so many days.
I pray for President Trump. I pray for my country. I am absolutely convinced that there is nothing to the claims of collusion with Russia in the 2016 campaign and that Democrat efforts to sabotage Trump’s administration and premature calls for his impeachment are hurting the country. But, I also pray that, somehow, our president will experience something of a conversion and find his way to a place where he can make us all proud. I don’t see that happening, but I’m willing to keep my hopes high even as I keep my expectations low.
God bless America!