Thirty-seven years after leaving office, Jimmy Carter, 93, still bypasses the wealth and perks that flow so freely to other former presidents. White evangelicals hate this Christian who lives like Jesus and follow a lying pervert as he demolishes American democracy.
The Republican Party is only in power and Trump is only “president”— not because of the Russians, but because of white evangelical supporters. The Republicans ARE the evangelicals and vice versa.
Take Betsy DeVos. She’s a Republican, white and an evangelical leader. DeVos is also the first secretary of education with a $40 million family yacht that’s registered in the Cayman Islands to avoid American taxes. Just another unpatriotic white evangelical right wing thief, right up there with con-artists like Pat Robertson.
DeVos is today’s white evangelical ideal, not Carter. Humility is out. Honesty is out. Trump’s greed for money and power is in.
DeVos is worried about the government making “burdensome” demands on the for-profit schools run by Trump-like con-artists offering valueless “education” to those duped into giving them money for nothing. DeVos has stuffed her department with people from the for-profit education industry. The guy supposed to be overseeing fraud investigations is a former dean of a for-profit named DeVry University, which paid $100 million to settle a lawsuit over misleading marketing tactics.
That’s nothing compared to what comes next in the Republican/Evangelical/Trump turn to theocratic fascism: Kavanaugh will reverse Roe. Then the Gorsuch-Kavanaugh court will use the Constitution to ban all abortions, striking down state laws as a violation of a fetus’s “right to life” under the 14th Amendment. That’s the long-held plan antiabortion constitutional scholars have been pushing. These are the same people who have compiled the lists of potential far right judges Trump is appointing to keep his white evangelical base – led by Franklin Graham – happy.
Republicans in congress and their evangelical sycophants are acquiescing in Trump’s corruption, his incitements to violence, and his abuse of power, up to and including using the power of office to punish critics, they’re even increasingly vocal in cheering him on. Republicans, white evangelicals and Trump are now one and the same.
Make no mistake: If Republicans still hold both houses of Congress after November Trump will go full authoritarian, abusing institutions like the I.R.S., jailing opponents and journalists on false charges, and he’ll do this with full support from the Republican Party and white Evangelicals.
Republicans in Congress must be destroyed in November for the same reason World War II had to be won. And the stakes are just as high. Republicans in Congress have made a coldblooded calculation that the demise of democracy is worth it if it means lower taxes on the rich and the freedom to pollute. Republicans are not just wrong but evil.
With Trump as the lens we’re looking through we’re seeing what the enabling Trump-Republican Party is made of: White supremacist, pro-billionaire, anti-environmental, racist and sexist fascism. American democracy will die unless Democrats take back the House.
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Frank, I’m curious. Why isn’t there a Facebook app available on your blogs, so that your subscribers can post these important messages?
Thank you, Frank. Your clear, forthright voice gives me hope and courage. As a former Covenant College student (c. 1970), I am well aware of the validity of your insights into the evangelical church.
Dear Frank Schaeffer:
Democrat or Republican, no section of the ruling class has serious commitment to democratic rights.
Both factions encouraged one fiscal bubble after another as a means to increased social inequality. Brutal treatment of immigrant youths indicts both factions. Virginia’s Democrat Governor seeks to whitewash the government report on criminal abuse at Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center at a time when the National Democrat Party has dropped the plight of immigrants trapped in the system.
The Trump administration flaunts a legal deadline reuniting all ‘zero-tolerance’ children separated from parents, not one solitary Democrat anywhere calls for prosecution of Trump or any member of his cabinet. Instead the focus is on alleged Russian collusion under conditions where media, federal spies and Democrat hacks offer increasingly brazen support for a military coup – even while posing as defenders of democrat rights! This is a lie.
If a less vicious than his presidential contemporaries, Carter is liable to censure, and Noam Chomsky is cited as saying that under Nuremberg’s provisions, he is likely a war criminal [ https://is.gd/cfnS0j ].
To repeat – there isn’t the slightest democratic content in the Democrat Party’s opposition to Donald Trump. And like so many others, Frank’s posts increasingly serve to confuse and disorient the working class. The working class is the only body which can and will resist the lapse of the Democrat and Republican slide into fascism and another world war.
I feel like you make sweeping generalities. There is greed on both sides of the aisle as well as humility. You single out one, and I would not say I know every detail, but the Clintons certainly seem to have made a comfortable life for themselves surrounded by questionable circumstances. I do not see the Obamas
living the Carter’s lifestyle. Not all white evangelicals agree with all Trump does, nor do they hate Jimmy Carter and his choice to forgo a lavish self centered existence for the sake of others. It seems to me a LOT of Christian organizations are doing a lot of good for a lot of people. I know millionaires who give away millions quietly for the sake of others. I know you care for the poor and down trodden- what organizations do you feel are worth supporting?