8/18/17

Vital issues ...


Strange bedfellows

Birds of a feather. Strange bedfellows. Whatever other cliches fit.

Free speech

I see this morning that the ACLU, which has defended the rights of the neo-Nazis and other white supremacists to hold their rallies and make their speeches, is being 'criticized' for so doing.

The ACLU is correct. The neo-Nazis and the other white supremacists have that right.

Apparently donors and members of the ACLU are either withholding donations or rescinding memberships over this.

Clearly, such people had no idea of the purpose of the ACLU, which is to defend civil liberties, no matter whose they might be.

It's not the responsibility of the ACLU to keep the peace at those rallies. That is the responsibility of the local governments and law enforcement. It may even become the responsibility of state and federal governments, to keep the peace.

But the ACLU is correct in defending the right of the alt-right slime to have their say.

No one has to listen to it, but they have the right to say it.

8/17/17

Local politics

Idle thoughts, flitting across the mental landscape, like so many leaves blowing in the wind ...
How many Smile Highers know the difference between a Home Rule City and a Statutory City?
How many Smile Highers know what kind of city The Smile Hi is?
What are the advantages of Home Rule over Statutory, or vice versa?
How is tax revenue affected by that status, and how does that affect budgeting, and provision of services to Smile Highers.
How does such status affect services and programs - more specifically, control of services and programs, for Smile Highers.
How does it affect the city's relationship with the state?
How does that affect the well-being of the Smile Highers?
If The Smile Hi were to revert from its current status to 'the other' status, and especially if the form of government were to change, from city manager to 'strong mayor' ... who would stand to gain the most? The citizens? Or local politicians.
"An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people."
That quote is frequently, but erroneously, attributed to Thomas Jefferson. It does, however, accurately reflect Jefferson's views on education.
Let's rephrase it slightly ...
"An *informed* citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people."
Don't believe the bullshit you hear, this upcoming election cycle. Look what that put into the Oval Office.
Educate yourselves ...

"A pleasing duty ..."

An open letter from the great great grandsons of Stonewall Jackson


"Confederate monuments like the Jackson statue were never intended as benign symbols. Rather, they were the clearly articulated artwork of white supremacy. Among many examples, we can see this plainly if we look at the dedication of a Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina, in which a speaker proclaimed that the Confederate soldier “saved the very life of the Anglo-Saxon race in the South.” Disturbingly, he went on to recount a tale of performing the “pleasing duty” of “horse whipping” a black woman in front of federal soldiers. All over the South, this grotesque message is conveyed by similar monuments. As importantly, this message is clear to today’s avowed white supremacists."

and

The descendants of Lee, Jackson and Davis want the Confederate statues to come down

Moral Equivalence

It's interesting how the Trumpkins are focused on the bad behavior of the 'leftist terrorists' at Charlottesville and other places.
They miss the point, badly, either deliberately, or through abject ignorance and a lack of ability to reason.
There is no question that a good many 'leftists' (we'll hold the term 'terrorists' in abeyance for the nonce) behaved badly. They should be arrested for crimes committed; they should be charged for crimes committed. I haven't heard anyone say otherwise.
The problem is not in the idea of giving the 'leftists' a bye on any of this.
The problem is the President of the United States repeatedly attempting to establish moral equivalence between a collection of loosely organized (at best, 'loosely') 'leftist' rabble and 'many fine people' who are in the neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements.
There's no such thing as a 'nice' Nazi. There's no such thing as a 'nice' white supremacist. There are no 'fine people' in the American Nazi movement, or the other white supremacist movements. The 'Christian Identity' types are not 'Christian.' The 'Christian White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan' and other such outfits are not 'Christian.' They express no sense of 'American values' whatsoever.
There is no moral equivalence. None.
It's a shame and a disgrace that the President of the United States utterly fails to grasp that.

8/16/17

Angry white meat


"A great many of these young men have an interest in evolutionary psychology and evolutionary sociology — they like to think of themselves as “alpha males,” as though they were living in a chimpanzee troop — but it never occurs to them to consider their own status as rejects and failed men in that context. Online fantasy lives notwithstanding, random girls do not want to have sex with them. How do we know this? Because they are carrying tiki torches in a giant dork parade in Charlottesville. There’s no prom queen waiting at home. If we credit their own sociobiological model, they are the superfluous males who would have been discarded, along with their genetic material, by the pitiless state of nature. The fantasy of proving that they are something else is why they dream of violence and confrontation."
So basically we are looking at slack-jawed droolers and mental midgets, wanting desperately to be something, and not having the intellectual capacity or social skills to come even close.
The really dangerous ones are the smoothies who can actually speak in a coherent manner. There's not many of 'em ... David Duke comes to mind, as does Steven Bannon ... but they are there.

The Cornerstone Address


In March of 1861, the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens delivered a speech outlining the reasons Confederates were going to war, and explained the vision of the government they were seeking to create.

He said, "The new Constitution has put at rest forever all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institutions—African slavery as it exists among us—the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution."

And he continued: "... the great truth [is] that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth."

That's from "The Cornerstone Address," Savannah, Georgia, 21 March 1861. It is called "The Cornerstone Address" because of "... Stephens's declaration that the perpetuation of slavery was the principal goal and purpose of the secession and the Confederacy:

Our new government is founded upon exactly [this] idea; its foundations are laid, its corner-stone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth."

'States' rights' my ass. 'Defense of the genteel Suthren lifestyle' my ass. 'Genteel' for Massa and the Suthren white meat. Not nearly so much for 'the Nigra,' who, after all, was and is suited only for slave status.

And now, we have a president who embraces his Nazi and Klan pals.

8/15/17

Mud races ...

Here are four more reasons why Trump and his apologists, the 81% of so-called 'Christians,' are full of shit.

If Trump's Nazi pals, his alt-right buddies, had their way, these four would not exist. Why not? They are mixed race. They would not be allowed to exist in Trump's America, in the GOP's America, in white evangelical 'Christian' America.

They are mongrels, an insult to white America.





Allen West, Trump's Nazi pals, and Robert E. Lee's statue

The white evangelicals, the 81%, are going slightly nuts over the latest bit of garbage being pumped out by Allen West:
West is partially correct. The statues and the figures they represent are part of America's history.
But the fact of the matter is this: such statues, as well as the Confederate flags, provide a rallying point for the neo-Nazis and other white supremacist hate groups.
These monuments perpetuate the myth of the 'Lost Cause,' while glossing over, ignoring, the truth of the Old South ... and the not-so-old South.
It is instructive to note that these histories of lynchings in the south
are actually post bellum. Why? Because ante bellum, whites could simply beat slaves to death, torture them, sell them as property, relegate them to a level lower than Massa's pack of beagles, and it wasn't even worth a sentence in a newspaper.
The 'Woah of Nawthin' Aggreshin' was not a chivalrous adventure to preserve a genteel way of life. It was a butchery launched to protect and defend the very worst of this nation.
There is nothing 'glorious' about any of that, and anyone who defends it is seriously in need of education in the country's history.
The Confederacy and its leadership worthy of immortalization as pigeon roosts should be remembered. In museums. In history books. In documentary films. Not in the public squares as some kind of all American heroes. They were not. They were traitors to the nation, even back in the day when the federal government was much, much weaker than now. Anyone ever read 'Man Without a Country?' At least Nolan didn't take up arms against the United States.
As to West himself ...
West is worshiped by the 81% because a) he is black and also b) a Republican. This makes him a rather effective Stepnfetchit for the 81%. He's a 'good nigger.' The term is offensive, but there it is. That's exactly what is in the back of their minds, buried down there with the rest of the mental sewage. Does anyone actually believe that people like West - or that buffoon David Clarke - would be at any Republican function other than as waiters or kitchen help if they weren't parroting the party line? Obama was not a 'good nigger,' he was too uppity, and he didn't know his place, and even worse, he was and is quite smart. Combine that with his politics and you have the worst nightmare of not only the 81% of white 'Christian' America, but a substantial chunk of the rest of white America as well. Not only that, history is going to show that he was far from 'the worst president ever.' But that's another story.
If these so-called 'Christians' were actually practicing what they preach so eloquently and so self-righteously, they would hardly be the 'Silent Majority,' their silence a tacit support of neo-Nazis and white supremacists ... and they would not be scathingly denigrating of 'social justice warriors.'
Jesus was the greatest social justice warrior of all time. Yet where are his followers? Counting their shekels, their material goods, their power, there in yon corrupted temple with the money changers and other interlopers, and our modern day Pilates, the Pastoral Pimps kneeling before their political god, Trump.

Shame on them all.

8/7/17

Great pig farmers

I wonder how our North Carolina pig farmer feels about "Makin' Murrica Grate Agin" now.

"The word itself ['globalization'] came into widespread usage, first and foremost in the United States, from the early 1940s. This was the period when US global power was at its peak: the country was the greatest economic power the world had ever known, with the greatest military machine in human history. Or, as George Kennan's Policy Planning Staff put it in February 1948: "[W]e have about 50% of the world's wealth but only 6.3% of its population. […] Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity". America's allies and foes in Eurasia were, of course, at this time suffering the dreadful effects of World War II.

In their position of unprecedented power, US planners formulated policies to shape the kind of postwar world they wanted, which, in economic terms, meant a globe-spanning capitalist order centered exclusively upon the United States."

'Globalization' is a complex concept. However, the above quote pretty much sums up what it means relative to 'Makin' Murrica Grate Agin.' The key to why Trump - nor anyone else for that matter - will ever 'Make America Great Again' in the sense Ol' Heel Spurs and his worshipers mean is found in this excerpt from the quote: "America's allies and foes in Eurasia were, of course, at this time suffering the dreadful effects of World War II."

Today, they are not. In fact, most of our 'allies and foes' have become fairly significant economic powerhouses themselves. Even relatively minor players, such as Vietnam, are entwined the worldwide economic skein.

This is why we can never go back to that imaginary time of wonder and whiteness - an American Honahlee - of  'Leave it to Beaver' and 'Ozzie and Harriet' and 'It's Howdy Doody Time!' It ain't gonna happen, because it can't happen.

Trump might be an oblivious launderer of Russian rubles through real estate deals (those troublesome bankruptcies notwithstanding) but he continues to demonstrate cluelessness when it comes to trade and economics, especially on a global scale.

The one advantage to 'globalization' in one of its more sane forms - and there are some crazy versions of the concept - is that when so many nations have their economic interests so entwined through these trade agreements, the potential for warfare decreases considerably. Oh, we can still have our little excursions of sufficient intensity to give the flag-wavers their little patriotic woodies, but we don't have the Steve Bannon nightmare wars. Like, you know, WWI and WWII. Or WWIII. Everyone has too much to lose.

Trump's idea of how to "Make Murrica Grate Agin" simply shows his cluelessness, and the cluelessness of those who support him. Ask the NC pig farmer how that's workin' for him.

Meanwhile, I think I'll go invest in some robotics outfits. Automation is what's killing jobs, not shipping 'em overseas. Robotics and AI is also making a lot of money. Even in pig farming. 

From five years ago: Sow and piglet housing becoming more automated

How will this affect the pork producers southeast Colorado?

Meanwhile ... Foreign investment in Chattanooga

The Evil Blumenthal

Ol' Heel Spurs, who never watches CNN, is Twitting about ... CNN.

Specifically, he's whining about Blumenthal. Now, the worst he can come up with is pointing out Blumenthal's embellishment of his service record. You can look that up yourself. Blumenthal says he 'mis-spoke.' Actually, Blumenthal lied.

He has that much in common with Ol' Heel Spurs.

However ... Blumenthal *did* serve in the armed forces, specifically, the USMC (Reserve).

Which is far more than Ol' Heel Spurs can say. Listening to Ol' Heel Spurs take shots at people who have served the nation in uniform is like listening to a porn star rant about the evils of promiscuity.


8/4/17

On the corruption of the American evangelicals

On the corruption of the American evangelical church:

How some evangelical Christians are complicit in Trump's cruelty

"Late in 1945, amid ruin-choked, refugee-filled cities, church leaders of Germany issued the Stuttgart Declaration of Guilt. This short, yet controversial confession acknowledged the church's partial responsibility for National Socialism. By their acquiescence in the gradual degradation of civil society, the persecution of all who did not "fit," and their embrace of the national mission of domination, many Christians had failed to stand for the Gospel. Some had pulled the trigger while most had sat by consoling themselves with patriotism and personal morality. As the "Declaration" put it, however, "Founded on Holy Scripture, with entire seriousness before the Church's only Lord, we are undertaking to purify ourselves from influences alien to the faith and bring ourselves into order." The church had to do better."

Much better, in fact, as the 'Declaration' was really quite inadequate.

and

"... Many evangelical Christians have embraced "influences alien to the faith:" nationalism without self-restraint, fear of immigrants, a readiness to make social warfare upon the young, stern opposition to science and knowledge in all its forms. The list goes on."

and

"... much of the church pretends to be focused on the gospel while supporting political leaders who promise to make us great again. No meek inheriting the earth for us."

and

"Above all others, however, the most pernicious "alien idea" is the cult of the strong leader. Some evangelical Christians tell us, with all seriousness, that we must turn a blind eye to the character of the leader or the consequences of the policies under consideration and simply fall into line. "Support" means "obey." Such a person might be a fulfillment of prophecy, after all."

For that, the American evangelical church is rapidly becoming a whore.

And here's the best part:

"Ever read Amos or Isaiah or any of the prophets? It would be hard to imagine them taking such a supine view of political authority. Think of  1 Samuel 8's critique of power, which lays out an immediate ancestor of the idea of checks and balances so central to the American system. Or take Jesus, who insisted not only that his kingdom was not of this world, but that his followers must pursue its commitments with their whole lives, not just on Sunday mornings. Or St. Paul, whose suspicions of authority as a source of violence have been turned around into praise for the state. We badly misread the Bible if we see in it support for the cruelty now celebrated in the public sphere."

Bonhoeffer, Niemöller, Barth and their pastoral brethren must be spinning in their graves, crying, "What are you *doing!*" in shocked disbelief at the slide of the American evangelical church into the pit of moral and spiritual corruption.


Not good enough for America

"My name is Sue ... how do you do ..."


Sue Steeves, and her grandchildren.

Not good enough for America.

Not good enough for Trump's America.

Not good enough for the GOP's America.

Not good enough for the 'Christian' Right's America.

You fatuous assholes.










8/3/17

The 'Christian' Right and why neither they nor Trump can save American Christianity

Trump Can’t Save American Christianity


The author of the article also notes that CBN ran a puffy little piece of nonsense about 'the spiritual awakening underway in the White House,' and then rather snarkily but quite accurately observes, 'That ought to still any skepticism emerging among the true believers for a while.'

Here's a great quote from the article:

Is there anything Donald Trump can do to alienate evangelicals and other conservative Christians who support him? By now, it’s hard to think of what that might be. These are people who would never let men with the morals and the mouths of Mr. Trump and Mr. Scaramucci date their own daughters. And yet, Team Trump has no more slavishly loyal constituency.

This is not only wrong, but tragically so. The most pressing problem Christianity faces is not in politics. It’s in parishes. It’s with the pastors. Most of all, it’s among an increasingly faithless people.

The truth is, Christianity is declining in the United States. As a theologically conservative believer, it gives me no pleasure to say that. In fact, the waning of Christianity will be not only a catastrophe for the church but also a calamity for civil society in ways secular Americans do not appreciate.

Evangelicals - white evangelicals - are not giving a great many Americans, and especially a great many young people, any reason to think that their brand of 'Christianity' has anything at all to offer. Fawning over a lying sleazebag like Trump, and embracing the cold prickliness of the GOP as some sort of variation of 'Christianity' is not sitting well with a lot of people.

That ties in with another phenomenon that seems uniquely American, the rise of Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. This seems to me to be a counter to the nasty little mix of judgmentalism and the vestiges of the mean immorality of what we used to call 'Manifest Destiny.' Vestiges? Maybe not. Ol' Heel Spurs' 'Make America Great Again' seems to be a resurrection of some of the worst of Manifest Destiny.

Take a look at this article:

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism--the New American Religion

And this in particular:

This is an important missiological observation--a point of analysis that goes far beyond sociology. As Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton explained, Moralistic Therapeutic Deism "is about inculcating a moralistic approach to life. It teaches that central to living a good and happy life is being a good, moral person. That means being nice, kind, pleasant, respectful, responsible, at work on self-improvement, taking care of one's health, and doing one's best to be successful." In a very real sense, that appears to be true of the faith commitment, insofar as this can be described as a faith commitment, held by a large percentage of Americans. These individuals, whatever their age, believe that religion should be centered in being "nice"--a posture that many believe is directly violated by assertions of strong theological conviction."

The last line is the most significant. The judgmental vitriol spewed by fundamentalists and some of the more unsavory evangelical types - Falwell, the Grahams - father, son, and sister (an unholy trinity if ever there was one), Hagee, pretty much all of the fawning Pastoral Pimps surrounding Trump, and a host of others - may resonate with a good many of those claiming to be washed in the Blood of the Lamb ... but what they preach and how they behave is so much of a contradiction with the message of the Gospel, you'd have to be morally blind not to see what theological bullshit it is.

The author's tone in the article is a huge turn-off, reeking of self-righteous judgmentalism. It's like taking a bath in a tub of theological emetic.

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism. The key word there is 'therapeutic.' It's a therapy, albeit arguably not a very good one, for the toxic waste of the narrow shallowness of the gospel preached by the 'Christian' Right.

Naturally, those who hold to that vitriolic spewage, and who place their faith in political parties and political personages rather than seeking something deeper than shallow literalism, take offense to being told that. They are also very vicious in their responses to that with which they disagree. Perhaps if they concentrated more on faith in God's grace rather than emphasis on their interpretation of the letter of the law ... if they looked at the broader and inclusive concepts of the Bible, on the mysticism of the Spirit rather than legalism, on their relationships with God and other people, they might do better in building up the Gospel rather than destroying it. "Love" is a major component of one's relationship with God and others; it is arguably the most important component, as well as the most difficult; some people just seem to frustrate all attempts at being 'loved.' In the end, it's just better for the rest of us, temporally if not spiritually, to ignore them as much as possible. We see this emphasis on 'love' being brought out time and time again by such as our own favorite Nazarene heretic, Thomas Jay Oord, and many others like him. Even that Jesus fellow. You know. That guy. The one with the scars on his hands and feet, and that big nasty one on his side.

7/24/17

Made in America

Ol' Heel Spurs 'Made in America Week' turned out to be a bit of a fizzle.

Apparently it's hard to find that many companies that actually make things in America.

Including, as it turns out, Trump Industries:

This week was supposed to be “made in America week.” Unfortunately, the festivities were ruined by the president’s own Mar-a-Lago golf club applying for 70 visas from the government to bring in foreign workers.

Trump’s Made in America Week Shows Us Why Nothing Is Made in America Anymore

There's a bit of hyperbole in that headline; some things are still made in America. Just not by Trump's family brand.

Made in America week was meant to kick of with 50 brands—one from each state—on the White House lawn to celebrate “each state’s effort and commitment to American-made products.” Noticeably absent? Any Trump family brand, disqualified because they’re largely manufactured in places like China, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam. When reporters brought this fact up with press secretary Sean Spicer, his defensive reaction spoke volumes: “There are certain supply chains or scalability that may not be available in this country.” Spicer and the Trumps know that producing clothing on such a mainstream level while keeping prices low for a mainstream customer simply isn't possible.

Caterpillar remains one of Ol' Heel Spurs' faves, but Caterpillar actually employs more people outside the US than in its US facilities. Here's a look at Caterpillar's Chinese plants.

We have to wonder at how much of that 966M on the White House lawn, that was 'built' in American, was actually 'made' in America.

No matter. Ol' Heel Spurs' weekend Twitstorm dealt with the vital issues of the day - his 'complete power to pardon' (a bit of thinking ahead?); the 'Amazon WaPo;' the Hillary emails; and SessionsGate, wherein Massa Jeff's meetings with Kislyak seemed to hold Ol' Heel Spurs' rather short attention span.


Makin' Murrica Grate Agin ...

7/20/17

The payoff

Here's another swamp drainer from The Party of Family Values, and God's Suffering (Can't Get the Votes) Servant.

Newt Gingrich, that paragon of Republican values, gets his reward

And now, for his support of Trump, he is getting the ultimate patronage: the chance to live in Rome on the taxpayer’s dime while his wife, the president of Gingrich Productions, enjoys a plum posting. Newt, who converted to Catholicism several years ago, set his wife up nicely for the job by co-hosting two videos with her about Pope John Paul II, produced with a Gingrich political ally.
But if it is good news for the Gingriches, it is an(other) insult to Francis from Trump, who has sparred with the pope over immigration and climate change. Newt carried on a six-year extramarital affair with Callista in the 1990s when she, 23 years his junior, was a House staffer and he, as speaker, led the impeachment of Bill Clinton over his extramarital affair with an intern. National Catholic Reporter’s Michael Sean Winters called it “astonishing that a party that celebrates family values at every turn has a president who is on his third wife and who has bragged about his extramarital affairs and who is appointing an ambassador to the Vatican who had a six-year affair with her future husband while he was still married to his second wife.”

We can only wonder when Ol' Heel Spurs' evangelical whores will gather again for a laying on of hands blessing and photo op. They may not, though. For decades, a good many evangelicals and especially fundies have considered Catlicks to be Jesus-eatin' Mary-worshipin' godless heretics. JFK's speech to the Dallas Ministerial Mob, while brilliant, had no lasting effect.

7/19/17

Spite



"The anger commenced not long after Tuesday’s collapse of the Senate GOP bill to replace Obamacare. The Senate Conservatives Fund promised to "identify, recruit, and fund conservative challengers” to GOP lawmakers who vote against a clean repeal."
There's a reason why these people won't vote for clean repeal. Go ahead, GOP, shaft these guys and move even further to the right. Open the door for the Democrats. What the hey, they may be a gaggle of far left whackos, but at least they can pass legislation and govern. We may not entirely like the legislation, and we may not entirely like the way they govern, but at least they can do it.


Ol' Heel Spurs and Chris Christie show just what vindictive bastards they are:


The other hit for Guadagno comes right here in New Jersey, where Gov. Chris Christie's top  fundraisers privately say they are sitting out the race because, in part, she's been deemed disloyal to the governor after criticizing him on several issues, including his stay at the governor's beach house during the state shutdown.

Taken together, the withdrawals could cost Guadagno millions of dollars as she heads into the crucial weeks of her campaign against wealthy Democrat Phil Murphy, who spent $21.7 million during his primary campaign.

Yep. Open the door for the Democrats. Meanwhile ... Chris Christie gets a load from his fans:









It's magic!

For their next magic trick, the GOP will attempt tax reform.


Basically, that will involve cutting taxes for the rich.
Administration officials have been working toward a proposal for months, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, neither of whom has deep expertise on tax policy, meeting behind closed doors with CEOs, businesses and tax experts.
“We are trying to actually be organized here. There are lots of internal strategy meetings on communications and policy,” said one senior White House official. “The administration has been working with outside groups, CEOs and businesses and has met frequently with conservative activists, who too could kill a plan.”
“We know this is even more important now, and the president is engaged on it,” the White House aide added.
In the absence of a confirmed assistant secretary for tax policy at Treasury, the NEC’s Shahira Knight has been acting as the face of the administration’s tax push. Recently, she spoke to groups such as the Tax Council, National Association of Manufacturers, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s tax committee on the administration’s path forward on tax reform, according to lobbyists present at those sessions.
Although Knight did not offer a specific time frame for when the administration would release its tax blueprint, she told attendees at the recent Tax Council session that the White House wanted Congress to use its template for a tax bill.
The senior administration official said the White House hopes to start rolling out a tax blueprint in August and then “build on it.”
So look at that.
The Treasury Secretary has no 'deep expertise' on tax policy. Neither does the director of the National Economic Council.
But they are actually 'trying' to be organized. They are going to 'start rolling out a blueprint' in August. Then build on it.
The current mouthpiece on tax policy is NEC's Shahira Knight, who speaks because ... we have no assistant secretary for tax policy. With a majority in the Senate, the GOP still doesn't have a 'confirmed' assistant secretary for tax policy. David Kautter is the nominee; Trump finally made that nomination on May 10. What's the holdup?

7/18/17

Trump and his pastoral whores

Trump threatens to change the course of American Christianity

Trump and his pastoral whores are well on their way to corrupting Christianity, making a complete mockery of the Gospel of Christ, turning it into a morally corrupt cesspool of political expedience and self-serving indulgence.

The court evangelicals have befriended Trump as a way to win his approval and advance their agenda of making the United States a Christian nation. If Trump believes in their agenda, he has done little to prove it. He does not attend church regularly and his references to Christianity are mostly scripted political talking points.

The court evangelicals have largely turned a blind eye to Trump’s indiscretions. When he recently made disparaging remarks about MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, they were mostly silent. Only Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, the largest Christian university in the world, made a public statement about the tweet. He told Fox News Channel that when Trump “hits them back on Twitter I actually appreciate that.”

Over the Fourth of July weekend, Court evangelicalism was on full display in Washington, during a Kennedy Center event honoring veterans.

Sounding like a 17th-century Puritan delivering a jeremiad calling the new Israel back to its spiritual roots, he described Trump as a messianic figure whom God had raised up to save the United States from spiritual ruin. Jeffress said, “but in the midst of that despair came November the 8th, 2016, and that day … God declared that the people, not the pollsters, were going to choose the next president of the United States.”

Yep. Trump, not Christ, is the chosen messenger. The new Lord and Savior of the 'Christian' Right.