Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Evangelicals and The Donald

Well today was voting day in Oklahoma.  Ron and I did our duty and went to our precinct early this morning.  There were hardly any people there and I hope it wasn't a sign of a low turnout.  I'll never understand people not exercising their right to vote when so many before us fought hard to have that right.

It's interesting to watch the Republicans scrambling for ways to stop the Trump landslide.  I wonder if they just didn't take his campaign seriously in the beginning.  It is almost too painful to watch.  Republican Governors now meeting trying to find a way to stop him.  

I've been reading a lot lately about how the climate in America was ripe for just such a demagogue.  Fear is contagious and there is a lot of fear mongering going on this country.  People are willing to overlook Trump's obvious flaws because he panders to their fear.  He tells them how he and he alone can keep them safe from the boogie man.  That boogie man is everyone from Mexicans to Syrians and anything and everything in between.  Even the evangelicals are happy to overlook his Las Vegas casinos and his philandering misbehavior toward his first wife.  You remember the one he openly flaunted his affair in front of.  Yeah, that one. He has even spoken flippantly of the cornerstone Christian sacrament of communion, saying he “feels cleansed” when “I drink my little wine … and have my little cracker." They don't even mind the fact that according to The Donald, he "has never asked God for forgiveness".   

It appears that in the case of this infamously coufed candidate the faithful seem to value style over substance or spirituality.


kenju said...

Absolutely - they must - else how could he get so far? He is disgusting in so many ways.

Betty said...

Obviously, the "mainstream" Republicans were completely oblivious to the mood of the voters. It's just ridiculous that a flim-flam man like Trump can win the nomination. But, you have to admit, he has played the voters beautifuly. If he actually becomes president, they won't know what hit them. Not that I think he'll win, but, this year, in this climate, you never know.

Olga Hebert said...

That Trump is the phenomenon that he is -- concerning on so many levels. I could not even understand his appeal as a tv reality show. The Republican party is in serious trouble. The whole country is in serious trouble. I cannot imagine what the rest of the civilized world must be thinking of US politics right now. I know I am deeply ashamed -- and have been since the purely racist response to the Obama election.