by Max Brantley
The Huckster was in North Carolina campaigning for himself over the weekend and did a Q&A with the News and Observer in Raleigh. ("His small plane" apparently lost use of an engine en route and that forced a stop in Chattanooga. Surely this wasn't the State Police plane being used for this political jaunt. No. Surely not.)
Q: Do you consider yourself more politician or preacher?
A: Neither one. I'm an evangelical Christian believer. That shapes so much of who I am and what I am about. I think that shapes my political views in a way that is sometimes difficult for people to predict. For example, I am unapologetically a conservative Republican.
But I'm not mad at anybody. And I don't have a stinger out for someone.
Because of my faith, I am not indifferent to people who are struggling and who are poor. I feel like our party needs to do a better job of being inclusive in our policies so it touches all the people in our culture, including the people who are struggling the most. ...
Two things govern my political philosophy. One is the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto to you." And the other is Scripture from Matthew chapter 25, verse 40: "Inasmuch as you have done to the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me." I feel like that gives you real good ditches to drive between.
Yeah, we know the Huckster's Golden Rule. Him that has the public's gold uses it to punish His enemies. No stinger? Sheesh.
Our own rule: Grab your wallet and watch your back whenever in the presence of someone who loudly pronounces his own goodness and Christianity.