Trump hold over the Republican Party remind me a little of his romance with, and seeming take over of christianity.
(and all good christians who object, I challenge you . . . - what have christians done to expose the man’s base ME FIRST narcissistic villainy? And the criminal level of harm he’s done to this nation - and the world - as president? ) . . .
<blockquote>‘I am the chosen one’: Trump again plays on messianic claims as he embraces ‘King of Israel’ title
https: //www .washingtonpost. com/religion/2019/08/21/i-am-chosen-one-trump-again-plays-messianic-claims-he-embraces-king-israel-title/
By Sarah Pulliam Bailey - August 21, 2019
... President Trump on Wednesday tweeted a fawning quote from a non-Jewish conservative radio host who described Trump as the “King of Israel” and who said, without evidence, that Israeli Jews “love him like he is the second coming of God.”
Trump’s tweets cited Wayne Allyn Root, who described himself in a 2016 Townhall column as a “Jew turned evangelical Christian” and has promoted several conspiracy theories in the past, including that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and that he is gay.
“The Jewish people in Israel love him like he’s the King of Israel,” Trump quoted Root as saying. “They love him like he is the second coming of God...But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore.” ...</blockquote>
Bet this one promises interesting reading.
<blockquote>Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump Hardcover – May 26, 2020
By Sarah Posner</blockquote>
<blockquote>Opinion: The GOP is now just the party of white grievance
Michael Gerson. Columnist
March 1, 2021
https: //www .washingtonpost .com/opinions/the-gop-is-now-just-the-party-of-white-grievance/2021/03/01/67679480-7ab9-11eb-85cd-9b7fa90c8873_story . html
One of the poisonous legacies of Donald Trump’s presidency has been to expand the boundaries of expressible prejudice. Through the explicit practice of White-identity politics, Trump has obviated the need for code words and dog whistles. Thus his strongest supporters during the Jan. 6 riot felt free to carry Confederate battle flags and wear “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirts without fear of reproof from their political allies. Many in the crowd surely didn’t consider themselves racists, but they were perfectly willing to make common cause with racists. In social effect, it is a distinction without a difference.
The result has been an illuminating but horrifying clarity. A periodical called American Greatness — the closest Trumpism gets to an intellectual house organ — recently published an article by Alexander Zubatov that provided a night tour of New York City. Addicts he encountered lay in “piles of rags and filth and the stench of their own excrement.” Some “brown bums” were “like ungainly insects going through the motion of a mating ritual.” The city and nation, he explains, are filled with “a growing mass of fat, lazy leeches, slugs, thugs, gangbangers, rule-breakers, whiners and perpetual ne’er-do-wells.” ...
... No one could possibly accuse White evangelicals of consistently defending this view of humanity in the Republican coalition. There have been only scattered peeps of protest as an agenda of dehumanization has advanced. The complete lack of a debate on these matters is an indictment. At some point, the issue ceases to be hypocrisy, because hypocrisy requires the existence of a standard.</blockquote>
<blockquote>The G.O.P. Isn’t Going to Split Apart Anytime Soon
But is the party in danger of fracturing over its wavering commitment to democracy?
By Jamelle Bouie
www .nytimes .com/2021/03/09/opinion/republican-party-trump-split . html
There is no rule that says American political parties can’t die, and there was a time when it was quite common.
And not just in the 19th century either. The first decades of the 20th century, for example, saw the rise and fall of the Socialist Party, with Eugene V. Debs at its head. The short-lived Progressive Party came to life as a platform for the revived presidential ambitions of Theodore Roosevelt, and the Populist Party swept through much of America in the last years of the 19th century as a vehicle for the interests of farmers and laborers.
The long list of now-defunct American political parties includes ...
... As much as you can see some of these dynamics within today’s Republican Party, there’s also nothing comparable to the division and factionalism that tore the Whigs apart. A rump faction of the discontented notwithstanding, the official Republican Party is united behind Donald Trump and his anti-voting agenda. ...</blockquote>
It's another good read, the ending caught me off guard. Well, done. It's sort of a cold slap that rattled this casual reader out of his complacency and forced me to review his story and history and think it through in a way I probably wouldn't have without the author's skill.
Oh gosh, I’m sorry Christians, yes, lots of wonderful things about it. Especially, if it had some power to make it’s adherents actually practice what they preach. Instead billions of hours of spend offer empty praise and reading old stuff that old people wrote, regurgitating the words endlessly, yet, yet achieving what for the all the expended energy and treasure ? A world blissfully in the act of self-destruction, worried about everything else, but the future.
A rainbow of opinions, while we keep getting more dehumanized by our own over-crowding and self-inflicted delusional thinking.
and so on and so forth. Ironic to think I’m actually a nice carefree guy when it comes to living my day to day. sorta,
And then the “I’m more trump than you are” ads on the TV.
There is one guy that is avoiding the trump-mania. I almost want to vote in the GOP primary.
… if there is one. The GOP heavy team to “Un-gerrymander” the districts have had their maps thrown out 3 times already, putting at risk our primary voting date … another underhanded shot at voter suppression I suppose.
5 of 7 candidates say the election was stolen from Trump. The 6th said “although there were irregularities, I made sure Trump won Ohio” (sounds suspicious. The last one more or less says that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
A lot of the goper candidates in Ohio are harping about a border wall … ??
I hope we have a number of Dutch engineers on hand to help design an underwater wall…