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PostMore on Biden's, Trump's Character (Leo Goldberger, USA, 11/27/20 7:32 am)
My thanks to David Duggan (November 25th) for making the significant distinction between a person's character, an emphasis on his or her moral judgement and behavior, on the one hand, and personality structure, on the other.
I have to agree with David's assessment of Biden's character. Yes, it has on occasion been quite flawed, with obvious lies and self-promoting presentations, now and then, especially when provoked, challenged or angry. And, of course, he might also be in damnation via the Catholic belief system in terms of his views on abortion and such.
Yet I cannot imagine anyone could compare him, in regard to moral character at least, with someone like Trump--no matter their comparative personality profile. Trump is one of a kind! Thank God...
JE comments: WAIS has dissected the 2020 elections in countless ways, but Biden's religion has rarely come up. It's frankly surprising that in a nation that is one-quarter Catholic, Biden is only the second Roman Catholic to make it to the White House--assuming, still, that Biden makes it to the White House. Compare this with 6 and 1/2 Catholic Supreme Court Justices. (Gorsuch alternately identifies with Anglicism and Catholicism.) About as far as we've come are some commentators criticizing Biden for not following Church dogma, in particular on the hot-button abortion issue.
Might specific church affiliation no longer be an issue in US politics? Before I hear the outcry, consider this: how many fervent Trump supporters can name what church he identifies with?
Trump's Church Affiliation
(David Duggan, USA
11/29/20 3:59 AM)
John E recently asked how many of Trump's supporters can identify his church affiliation.
Trump was raised at Marble Collegiate 29th & 5th Avenue in NYC, re-re-married (to Melania) at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal in Palm Beach, Florida, and I believe self-identifies as a Presbyterian.
JE comments: Presumably Trump's Presbyterianism comes from his Scottish mother? One WAISly "factoid" I never knew until checking Wikipedia five minutes ago: Mary Anne MacLeod (Trump) was raised in a Gaelic-speaking home, and English was her second language.
Theology is not my strong suit, but might we draw some parallels between Trump's character and the Presbyterian/Calvinist tenet of predestination? Can anyone doubt that DT sees himself as a Chosen One?