Today’s news broadcasts are dominated by reports and commentary on Donald Trump’s visit to the UK. He’s just arrived and seems to be making most of his journeys within the UK by air, to avoid the nasty protests being staged all over the place. Group-think means that Trump is universally hated here, with loud-mouths peddling the propaganda that he is a racist, misogynistic, you-name-it, who earlier today “ranted” at the Nato Summit. Never mind that we saw his demeanour, heard his words at the Nato Summit and it was not remotely an angry rant. It was a measured, if outspoken, address to those sitting with him at table and the only question of any importance is the one NOT addressed by the media hacks: was he telling the truth? Of course he was. America is paying much more than any other Nato member and he was doing what none of his predecessors had the bottle to do, calling it out.
One other feature of today’s discussions is also utterly dishonest. The cost of policing the President’s visit has been rolled out over and over again to attack the decision to invite him in the first place. Never mind that the cost of policing is due to the insistence of the thousands of “peaceful protesters” (let’s review that after the event) who lack respect for the choice of the American people to elect their own President, and never mind, too that we are paying for unnecessary policing at all sorts of events week in and week out, with not a peep of protest from anyone.
For example, here in Glasgow, there are marches and “charity” runs regularly, if not every week through the city centre on Sundays; one of our readers used to board a bus to go into town to Mass but she never knew which church she would end up attending, all depending on the route for this week’s march, demonstration, “charity” run, whatever. Then, too, there are the regular Orange Parades and the “Gay Pride” marches – how much do all of these events cost to police?
So, enough of the bigotry and anti-Trump prejudice currently engulfing the UK, including Scotland, about which the President speaks so warmly. Makes me ashamed to be a Scot, watching and listening to the nastiness being hurled his way.
Trump haters want him to stop undermining their work in murdering unborn babies; they want him to stop enforcing the law against illegal immigration. In short, they want him to follow Scotland/UK’s lead in being a “modern, socially progressive, democratic nation.” The first time I heard the word “progressive” it was an adjective to “cancer”. The connection is still apt.
We, at Catholic Truth, welcome President Trump to Scotland, not least because Our Lord warns us of the price we risk paying at our Judgment if we don’t: “I was a stranger, and you did not make me welcome…” Matthew 25:45-46