Monday, September 30, 2019

Requiem for the Religious Right

I think it’s hard to take Nancy Pelosi’s call to prayer seriously.  I mean it reminds me of a pyromaniac with a match in hand about to set fire to a building saying, ‘Please pray with me that the damage I’m about to cause isn’t too severe.’  I mean if you’re really sincere about that prayer, then put down the dang match. Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats can’t put down the impeachment match. They know they couldn’t beat him in 2016 against Hillary Clinton and they’re increasingly aware of the fact that they won’t win against him in 2020, and impeachment is the only tool they have to get rid of Donald J. Trump and the Democrats don’t care if they burn down and destroy this nation in the process. 

Look, I don’t pretend to speak for all evangelicals but this week I have been traveling the country and I’ve literally spoken to thousands and thousands of evangelical Christians, I have never seen the evangelical Christians more angry over any issue than this attempt to illegitimately remove this president from office, overturn the 2016 Election, and negate the votes of millions of evangelicals in the process.  They know the only impeachable offense that President Trump has committed was beating Hillary Clinton in 2016.  That’s the unpardonable sin for which the Democrats will never forgive him .  And I do want to make this prediction this morning: if the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.
Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas, on Fox News

I think we are finally seeing the last gasps of the religious right.  This might also be the last gasps of the political power of evangelicals.  Their defense of President Trump is reaching ludicrous lengths.  We've seen so many examples of denial, of gaslighting, of obfuscation, of redirecting, and of outright falsehood that I think we've become numb to it.  Now though, it seems the defenses are becoming totally divorced from reality.

Case in point, Robert Jeffress.  I've written before about my feelings on Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church Dallas.  He is likely the most visible supporter of President Trump and the Trump administration in the Evangelical realm.  He has gained a spot on Trump's advisory board, national prominence, and a commentator spot on Fox News.  Heavily focused on political weight and power.

His statement above is just too much.  He has previously questioned any religious sincerity in anyone other than an evangelical that votes conservative, so his opening is not surprising.  He then continues parroting the talking points we've come to expect.  Trump's victory was a mandate despite being largely a technicality.  Democrats want to destroy this country.  Humble-bragging to represent the voice of evangelicals, despite downplaying it.

The parts I cannot believe in his "impassioned plea" are how there can still be those in the evangelical community that believe Trump has not committed any other sins and his prophecy of a coming civil war.

So, now we'll threaten violence if Trump is removed from office?

We've hit the bottom of the barrel in mob tactics.  When all other persuasive tactics fail, threaten to break the legs, right?

Don't get me wrong, we are at as divided of a status as a nation as we have ever been. We are seemingly in a continual "us v. them" mentality and our media is designed to facilitate it. To foster it and to grow it.  We live in wind tunnels where we are continually fed only the voices that we agree with.  With the ones we like, we follow, we interact with.  We don't have to confront any reality that doesn't match that bubble.

But this has to be a gross overestimation of the support for Trump that would rise up.  His approval levels are hovering around 37-42%.  You have to assume not all of those that approve would take up arms if he is removed.  Some might even switch to the disapprove side during the process.

Maybe this "civil war" is threatened will be like everything else in Trump's world - a mirage, a lie.  Like the plaque for the "River of Blood" battle at his Northern Virginia Trump National Golf Club.

“Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot. The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.’ It is my great honor to have preserved this important section of the Potomac River!”

Which would definitely be a way to honor the battlefield - if it were true.

The closest site for the battle described on the plaque was 11 miles up the river.

Trump, nonetheless, remained undeterred.  When confronted with historians disputing his claims, "How would they know?  Were they there?"

It really takes a lot to be able to stare reality in the face and deny it.

Maybe we can ask the similar questions of Jeffress.  

How would he know anything about the reality of America?  

Is he even paying attention, or just regurgitating talking points?

Is there anything he won't say for Donald Trump?

Farewell political Religious Right, you won't be missed.

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