One of my correspondents told me that a member of a church choir, at a service in which the choir doesn’t wear robes (or, apparently, have a dress code) stood in front of the congregation wearing an “I am a deplorable” T-shirt. My correspondent wondered why no one objected.
This brought to mind an article a couple of days ago which addressed the question of why Trump's anti-Muslim remarks hadn’t been taken down by a social networking site since the site’s rules prohibit posts that denigrate anyone based on race, religion, etc. The site’s answer was that that taking down the remarks would have shut down an important debate among the site’s users.
The word "debate" has been coopted by people who don't know what it means, and who assume that the trash people sling at one another on line, and that the ad hominem attacks Trump has made on his detractors and his opponent constitutes debate.
If "Deplorable" had caused people to think, to debate, to question, I suppose the T-shirt is okay.
It is more likely, however, that those in the congregation who support Trump had their prejudices and biases reinforced and that those in the congregation who support Clinton had their prejudices and biases reinforced. Their minds are already made up, and there’s nothing likely to change them. Their hearts are hardened.
There’s an irony to this happening in a Christian church whose founding philosophy includes the story of how God kept “hardening the Pharaoh's heart” so that God could keep bullying the Pharaoh and the otherwise innocent Egyptian people. Yes, read the story (beginning in Exodus 7) closely. The Pharaoh was ready to give in several times, but God took away the man’s free will, made him change his mind, and sent another plague. If God were a middle-school student, today, he'd be suspended for the rest of his immortal life.
Should “churched” people support Trump? He did promise that if elected he would lift restrictions on non-profits and churches spending money on candidates campaigns and on making endorsements from the pulpit, opening up another avenue for elections to be bought.
On the other hand, Clinton has suggested she would attack “Citizens United,” the Supreme Court decision that allows nearly unrestricted anonymous money to be used to support candidates. It’s a nice thought, but it’s a “throwaway.” It's not going to happen. The Supreme Court almost never reverses itself. Congress might, if united, be able to do something to curtail “black money” in elections. But, since sitting congresspersons are the largest beneficiaries of that black money, it's not likely that they’d vote to curtail it. We're on the slippery slope, and gaining speed.
After writing this on Sunday, I wanted to find something in the news that was cheerful and upbeat with which to close.
Nothing from the UN News site except dire warnings and demands for more money.
"Discovery" reports Brazilian monkeys are making knives. Soon, they'll be killing one another with them (they already do so with rocks), and demanding a seat in the UN.
Nothing on "Spiegel" online... it's in German and I've forgotten too much. Wait... Google just translated it for me. Hmmm. Looks like the alt-right (Trump’s core supporters), the AFD, Le Pen, and others of that ilk are about to unite in a worldwide movement. Not good.
"Vietnam Breaking News" reports on an increase in global Daesh/ISIL attacks. Not good.
Checking Associated Press now... wait, please…
Yes! The Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series for the first time since 1945. Go Cubs!
We've had as presidents a crook, a cowboy, congenital idiots, and Casanovas. Perhaps it's time for a clown. That's the only reason I can see for supporting Trump. He's a loose cannon which will do unexpected and grievous damage to this country.
Mrs. Clinton showed her arrogance by using a private email server. I'm not nearly as worried about any secrets she may have leaked thereby. Politicians have been leaking secrets as long as there have been politicians and secrets.
The first time I was eligible to vote was 1968. I was in the Strategic Air Command at the time. SAC had been created and its ethos set by a couple of people. General Curtis LeMay I interacted with even though he had retired...he still used SAC's world-wide communications. Colonel Paul Chenchar was my Base Commander, and one of LeMay's right-hand men. I knew him quite well and considered him a mentor.
Anyway, I voted for the Goldwater-LeMay ticket thinking that although Goldwater was a little too far to the right, and LeMay was even farther to the right, they might actually straighten up the country.
The 1972 election (Nixon vs. McGovern) is a pale shadow of the current election. Nixon rose to power through the McCarthy purge, We should have known better. McGovern was an idiot.
1976 saw Jimmy Carter vs. Gerald Ford. Ford, of course, had inherited the presidency when Nixon resigned. Like most vice presidents, he was selected in large part because he didn't have the qualities to "challenge" the president. James Earl Carter, who insisted on being Jimmy, utterly disrespected the presidency when he insisted on carrying his own suitcase into the White House to show he was a "regular guy." His religion was another stumbling block to his thinking.
In 1980, we put a cowboy in office. Ronald Reagan was also a puppet. He was very good at speaking the words his handlers put in his mouth.
By 1984, Reagan had mesmerized the American people to the point that Walter Mondale had no chance whatsoever. And the country was not ready for a female VP.
George Bush was a shoo-in after Walter Mondale stepped on his tongue too many times. I was happy to vote for Bush.
In 1992, H. Ross Perot's independent candidacy cost Bush the election, and the philanderer Bill Clinton was elected. In my opinion, this was the beginning of the end.
Bob Dole had no chance in 1996, even if Perot hadn't tried, again. Dole was too damn old, and looked it. Clinton continued his orgies.
George W took us down farther when he was elected in 2000. Started wars to prove as certain part of his body was bigger than his father's. George W's motto: "You can't be a Commander-in-Chief if you don't have a war." Al Gore also stepped on his tongue a couple of times. I do, however agree with his position that global climate change, spurred by global warming that has resulted from the burning of fossil fuels since the beginning of the industrial revolution is going to continue to create global crises.
In 2004, John Kerry was shot down by some Vietnam Vets. Perhaps there was some truth at the root of their complaint, but they presented it using tools of propaganda, and not tools of logic. George W continued his destruction of the country by his warmongering.
We passed the tipping point sometime after the 2008 election which saw a Senator from Illinois, who had no experience in foreign affairs, receive the Nobel Peace Prize before he had done much of anything. (Wonder what that cost us.) BHO promised change, but never said what the change would be. Highly propagandized campaign. White Liberal Guilt generated more votes than Patriotism and POW could. Not disrespecting McCain, just stating facts.
2012 was another shoo-in. The country wouldn't accept a rich, disconnected Mormon.
Of all presidents since 1972, only one (George Bush the Elder) was Presidential. The others have been crooks, cowboys, congenital idiots, Christians, change-meisters, or Cassanovas. [Please note the alliteration.]
Which brings us to 2016. The two leading candidates incorporate the characteristics of all those C-words listed above. Giving Trump access to the nuclear launch codes is the stuff of nightmares; and, Clinton's private email server is a sign of her arrogance and disrespect for this country.
The country has crossed the tipping point; we are diving down the slope to perdition (secular, of course).
Registered Curmudgeon, scientist, skeptic, humanist, and writer.