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The Evangelical Mystery…

Published December 27, 2019 by Nan Mykel

Can anyone help me understand what the Evangelicals value in the president?  I’ve never heard of him turning the other cheek; au contraire!

The Seven Deadly Sins are:

LUST,  GLUTTONY;  GREED,  SLOTH,  WRATH, ENVY AND PRIDE

I won’t insult the readers’ intelligence by listing examples of the president’s commission of these deadly sins.  I just wonder what the Evangelicals are telling themselves and their God about him.

Wouldn’t It Be Loverly…

Published September 30, 2019 by Nan Mykel

If either a Democratic or Republican candidate wrote an ad or tweeted the following (from an early Henry Bulletin of the Town of Martinsville, Virginia:)

Four years ago as you well know                 

The Ticket bore my name

And if you scratched it off or not

I thanked you just the same

Again I ask for your support

Not that I claim to be

A better man than others are

For all of you know me

But promising  to ever stand

For what is just and true

I will simply sign my name

And leave results for you.

J.L. Minter

Posted by nm circa 2017

Suggested Pertinent Reading

Published July 23, 2018 by Nan Mykel

From 3 Quarks Daily from The Guardian:

Why Identity Politics Benefits The Right More Than The Left

Sheri Berman in The Guardian:

Over a year into Donald Trump’s presidency, commentators are still trying to understand the election and the explosion of intolerance following it. One common view is that Trump’s victory was a consequence of pervasive racism in American society.

Studies make clear, however, that racism has been decreasing over time, among Republicans and Democrats. (Views of immigration have also grown more favorable.) Moreover, since racism is deep-seated and longstanding, reference to it alone makes it difficult to understand the election of Barack Obama and Trump, the differences between Trump and the two previous Republican nominees on race and immigration, and the dramatic breakdown of social norms and civility following the elections. (Social scientists call this the “constant can’t explain a variable” problem.)

This does not mean racism is irrelevant; it matters, but social science suggests it does in more complicated ways than much commentary suggests.

Perhaps because straightforward bigotry has declined precipitously while more subtle, complex resentments remain, understanding how intolerance shapes politics requires examining not just beliefs, but also the relationship between beliefs and the environments people find themselves in. This distinction has important implications for how we interpret and address contemporary social and political problems.

More here.

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