Not so long ago when Trump’s rival Ben Carson had temporarily overtaken him in Iowa Trump asked “how stupid are the people of Iowa?”
That’s something of an inclusive blanket statement and I wouldn’t go that far as there good intelligent people in Iowa just as there are everywhere.
But the answer is becoming apparent now , some Iowans arguably have taken stupid to a new level if the latest polls predicting a Trump win are accurate.
They’re not alone though as it seems to be something of a nationwide epidemic and speaks directly to the need to increase mental health funding and programs.
I don’t know what the value is in being first in the nation when it comes to voting to select a presidential candidate, especially if your track record hasn’t been all that enviable, but the process is far from over and anything can happen along the way.
I’d been interested in seeing how the demographics break down following the vote, who opted for Trump and why – especially those who fall under the “evangelical” heading as this to me seems to be a betrayal of the “family values” they talk so much about.
It’s understood among candidates that the Republican party having been co opted by evangelical fundamentalists are compelled to talk the talk, but they don’t necessary have to walk the walk as long as they talk a good game.
It’s more than hilarious, it’s pathetic to see candidates up their christian rhetoric the closer they come to primary days – even more so when a candidate like Trump can’t even get it right when it comes to “two” Corinthians or quotes verses from Proverbs that don’t exist – apparently all that matters is that wannabe Caesars pay a verbal tribute and while doing so rave on about their commitment to veterans.
Now Trump may actually embrace these family values, after all he is on record as
basically saying more than once he thinks his daughter is so hot if she weren’t his daughter he’d probably be after her while supporters nervously or indignantly attempt to laugh it off as Trump being Trump and it was all a joke.
Kind of makes me wonder what the reaction would be if a fellow parishioner said as much, how would the congregation and pastor react? How would neighbors react if someone in their neighborhood said something comparable more than once?
You hear various references to the industrial military complex, rarely from conservatives or evangelicals though, I suspect that is because just as evangelicals have co opted the Republican party so too has the IMC co opted evangelicals.
Odd, as it was a Republican president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who raised the alarm and coined the phrase.
No evangelical or conservative is deemed worth his or her salt if the need for a strong
military and routinely kicking ass isn’t part of their personal equation.
If the parents and children of non believers are killed it doesn’t really matter as their family values aren’t the same, and as everyone knows there can be only one Jedi, one god, and one “true” religion – which goes a long way in explaining the cultural genocide that took place in this country and hemisphere directed at indigenous people.
Do Christians have rights, should they have a voice in the direction this country takes?
Sure they should, just as other demographics do if the pretense of a representative
government of and for the people is to be maintained, but no more and no less than
What they or any other belief system or ideology doesn’t have is the right to force their beliefs on others.
I’m of the opinion that religion should instill comfort, not fear, and a sense of moral values, that it should seek balance and peace rather than chaos and enmity.
Christians might want to take another look at their bible, they are admonished to be in the world but not of it, to pay the tribute of taxes to Caesar but not surrender their values in doing in so.
Do I subscribe to the need for a strong military? Absolutely. Do I believe there is a time to kick ass? Absolutely. But I also believe the wisdom to understand when and where has been sorely missing from the invasion of Iraq to the current administrations characterizing ISIS as the jv squad and the heretofore haphazard approach in engaging them.
In Matthew 24:6 and Mark 13:7(that would be just Matthew and just Mark as there are no two Matthew or two Mark) it is said that there will be wars and rumors of wars, I don’t believe that’s actually a revelation as it has been the history of the world as far back as humanity can recollect.
The onus it seems would be not to foment war, not to endlessly engage in the rhetoric of
war and saber rattling, or embrace those who do.
If there’s going to be a fight no one needs to sell tickets with a lot of inane talk.
The below quotes are words spoken by former Senator and presidential candidate Barry Goldwater:
“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and
they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.
The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious
clout with wisdom…. I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this
country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in
‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ and ‘D.’ Just who do they think they are?… I will fight them every step
of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name
“I think every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass.”