He had long been very angry with the people of Tyre and Sidon, who now came to him in a body. After winning over Blastus, the king’s chamberlain, they sued for peace because their country was supplied with food from the king’s territory. On an appointed day, Herod, attired in royal robes, (and) seated on the rostrum, addressed them publicly. The assembled crowd cried out, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” At once the angel of the Lord struck him down because he did not ascribe the honor to God, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.
But before we left I saw another side of Lyndon Johnson
Tip O’Neill Man of the House page 183
In her book Strange Gods Unmasking the idols in everyday life my friend Elizabeth Scalia talks about how we tend, sometimes consciously and sometimes not, to set up idols that we worship in our lives. She writes about this in the context of how such idols can separate us from God.
As a look at the presidential campaign I’m seeing this playing out with Donald Trump.
Now when I see Donald Trump going off on Ted Cruz or Rubio or whoever I’m reminded of a passage from Tip O’Neill’s autobiography Man of the House page 184.
Valenti was Johnson’s chief aide, but at that moment he wasn’t around. Lyndon became enraged. “Where’s Jack Valenti?” he screamed. Valenti came in a moment later. “Where the hell were you ? Lyndon roared. “I was getting a cup of coffee.” said Jack.
“You asshole!” said the president , “I told you never to leave my office!” And right here in front of the Massachusetts delegation Johnson proceeded to chastise Valenti and humiliate him. You would have thought that Jack had just committed some terrible crime.
I was stunned by the president’s outburst and before we left, I took Jack aside. “How can you take it?” I asked. “I would have told him what he could do with the job.”
“You just don’t understand him.” he replied. Five minutes after it happened it’s all forgotten. By tonight he won’t even remember being mad at me.
I could be wrong but I have a feeling that this is Donald Trump. He’ s a guy who’s had success in life and part of that success is his reputation for it. He knows that part of making such a thing work is to have this reputation unchallenged. He also knows how to play the media and the people and that’s why he tends to shoot off his mouth as he does, because it helps him play the game.
While it’s one thing for It’s not hard to presume that a man who has that much can have it go to his head. That could be a real danger for Trump in the long run personally. Once you start believing your own press releases you become your own idol. It’s not healthy on earth and such a move has consequences in eternity.
But in I suspect that the reason why so many voters let so much of the bad parts of Trump roll off his back. To some degree they read the temper and the bluster as just the way he is personally signifying nothing actually dangerous. I’ll wager the average Trump voter knows a half dozen people just like him, only with much smaller bankrolls.
Does that mean he’ll really do what he says he will? Will he stop common core, fight ISIS to the death, build the wall, repeal Obamacare?
I honestly don’t know, maybe he will, maybe he won’t or can’t. With a guy like Trump it’s a crapshoot, but there are people willing to bet on him.
That’s why I’m a Ted Cruz man. Cruz has already proven himself on all these issues. He’s a sure thing and with my tech background I go with the math and counting on Ted Cruz is betting on the house.
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