Election Day is a week away, but the subject of religion and politics is not going away anytime soon. Now is the time to contact Byron Borger of Hearts & Minds Books so you are prepared for the post-election reality. Here is a taste of Borger’s latest newsletter: I saw two yard signs yesterday, one … Continue reading Are you looking for some pre-election (or post-election) reading on religion and politics?
It’s hard to know where to start writing about what we all just witnessed earlier this evening. Donald Trump was scheduled to speak in the Rose Garden at 6:30pm. Shortly before his speech, Attorney General Bill Barr came out to inspect the crowd. Then federal police used tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets to … Continue reading Tonight in the Rose Garden and at St. John’s Church, Trump Announced His 2020 Re-Election Strategy
Read about it here. I think Ryan realizes that he needs to get out now so that his future political opponents don’t have too much pro-Trump history to work with when he runs again for public office. It may already be too late.
Stephen Hahn is a Pulitzer-Prize winning historian of race in the post-bellum South. In Sunday’s New York Times, he reflects historically on race and Barack Obama’s re-election last week, particularly in the wake of the racial slurs cast on Obama by students at the University of Mississippi. Here is a taste: Over the past three … Continue reading Stephen Hahn on Race and the Obama Re-Election
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) is one of the few Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump. In a piece titled “Adam Kinzinger’s Lonely Mission,” The New York Times tells his story. The subtitle reads: “Censured by his party and shunned by family members, Mr. Kinzinger, a six-term Illinois congressman, is pressing Republicans to leave Donald … Continue reading Rep. Adam Kinzinger’s evangelical family chide him for losing the support of Lou Dobbs, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and, “most importantly,” Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh. (Also God, but not “most importantly”).
Here is Catie Edmundson at The New York Times: …the senators were united by a common thread: Each of them, for their own reasons, was unafraid of political retribution from Mr. Trump or his supporters. “Two are retiring, and three are not up until 2026, and who knows what the world will look like five … Continue reading The seven GOP Senators who voted to convict Trump were unafraid of political retribution
Yesterday we did a post on Jamie Herrera Beutler, the Washington congresswoman who was prepared to testify that House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy told her that Trump supported the insurrection of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. Herrera did not testify, but a statement by her was read into the trial record so the … Continue reading What happened when GOP congresswoman Jamie Herrera Beutler wished her constituents a “Happy Valentine’s Day”?
Southern Baptist leader Richard Land once boasted that evangelicals had “unprecedented access” to the Donald Trump presidency. I hope he and the rest of the evangelicals enjoyed it. The court evangelicals got their Supreme Court justices and some executive orders on religious liberty that will be quickly overturned by Joe Biden. They taught their followers … Continue reading The last night of Trump court evangelicalism
Bloomsburg writer Mihir Sharma says that Americans shouldn’t get so uptight about apparent threats to their democracy. Maybe sometimes we need an international voice to help us keep things in perspective. Here is a taste of Sharma’s piece, “World shouldn’t laugh at U.S. too soon“: Remember: Donald Trump was impeached once and might be again. … Continue reading Did American exceptionalism survive Trump?
Power is seductive. This, at least, is the case I tried to make in Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump when writing about Donald Trump’s court evangelicals. Writer David Dark describes the allure much better than I ever could. Here is a taste of his piece at America: “Why are Republicans sticking with … Continue reading David Dark on the “alluring currency of access” to “powerful people”
Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey was silent during the Trump impeachment trial, but now that he is not running for re-election he is starting to come around. Here is a taste of Bob Mayo’s piece at the website of WTAE Pittsburgh: “We’re on a path it looks likely Joe Biden is going to be the next … Continue reading Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey thinks Trump should start cooperating with the Biden transition
Trump is scared to death about Election Day. He is already challenging the legitimacy of the election in Pennsylvania and suggesting that violence will erupt in the streets if he loses. Does anyone think that this is not a dog whistle to his followers? Let’s hope that this election wraps up early and Pennsylvania does … Continue reading Trump says he expects violence in the streets tomorrow
Garrett Graf offers a few suggestions about what might happen during those hours. Here is a taste of his Politico piece, “‘I’m Absolutely Expecting Him to Do Something Weird’: How Trump Could End His Presidency“: The Presidential Records Act and Federal Records Act in theory guarantee the preservation of the official history of the White … Continue reading “There are 1,860 hours between Wednesday, Nov. 4, and noon on Jan. 20”
Senator David Perdue canceled his third scheduled debate with challenger Jon Ossof after this happened: Here is The New York Times: Senator David Perdue of Georgia withdrew on Thursday from the final debate in his tight re-election race, a day after his Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, called him a “crook” and accused the vulnerable Republican … Continue reading Things are getting intense in Georgia
New York Times conservative columnist Ross Douthat thinks so. Here is a taste of his recent column: Start with his re-election messaging, to the extent that you can discern such a thing. In 2016, Trump’s campaign was shambolic and punctuated by self-inflicted disasters, but his message against Hillary Clinton, like his message against the Republican … Continue reading Is Trump giving up?
The Georgetown University history professor is retiring after eleven years at the helm of Dissent. Michael Walzer, Dorothy Sue Cobble, Clayborne Carson, Nelson Lichtenstein, and Matthew Sitman offer tributes. Here is Sitman: More than any professor I had in graduate school, Michael Kazin insisted on the importance of writing well. His syllabi included not just … Continue reading Michael Kazin is retiring as co-editor of *Dissent*
Check out Dan Silliman’s piece at Christianity Today on how some pro-life activists are fleeing Donald Trump. Here is a taste: A pro-life spokeswoman quit her job rather than endorse Donald Trump for another term in the White House. Trump has called himself the most pro-life president in history. But Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director … Continue reading When Trump loses a pro-life spokeswoman
Trump seems desperate after the wildly successful DNC convention. Granted, Biden and his team did not have to do any magic tricks to define themselves over and against Trump. The bar was pretty low. The Biden campaign claims to have raised $70 million during the convention. Trump’s convention begins this week. This morning on Twitter … Continue reading Desperation in Trumpland
If you want to understand what a university values, consider the kinds of centers and institutes they have on campus. Most centers and institutes are extra-curricular in nature and are designed to bolster the ideas and values that define the mission of the school that sponsors them. I wrote a bit about this in an … Continue reading Why Liberty University should close the Falkirk Center, and why it probably won’t happen
Donald Trump is trailing in the polls and the court evangelicals are praying for a miracle. Many of them see the 2020 election as a spiritual battle between the forces of God and the forces of Satan. And if you have been in a coma for the last five years, you may be surprised to … Continue reading The spiritual warfare rhetoric heats-up as court evangelicals go deeper into panic mode.