So, as an intro to that post still to come, I wanted to briefly post excerpts from some articles that put the issues in a context that: 1) makes sense to me; 2) comports with how I see the socio-political and religious landscape; and, 3) includes factors many (well-meaning, no doubt) Catholic and conservative commenters are ignoring. Consider this post a frame.
Of course the central figure in this election is Donald Trump, and the question is what are we to make of him:
Take 1: Thunderdome: Gone Savage for Trump
by Ben Domenech
Democrats and Republicans who still think that this is a phase – a fever they just need to wait out before a return to normalcy – are utterly delusional. They keep talking about voters “waking up” to realize that Trump is a bad choice – but the whole reason Trump is the choice is because voters believe they have woken up to the truth about the American leadership class.
Take 2: Donald Trump is the Next Barack Obama
by Angelo Codevilla