Abraham Lincoln and the Basket of Deplorables

What a great name for a band. For talking-points in a presidential debate? Not so much…

As the national disgrace of the 2016 presidential election drones on, it’s hard to get past this exchange:

Clinton: “It’s a good thing that Donald isn’t in charge of the justice system.”
Trump: “Because you’d be in jail.”

The non-partisan audience erupted in wild applause, and with that, Trump won the debate, and the election.

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It’s a shame. It’s a damn shame.

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It’s over

The presidential debate is over. We can safely assume that, barring an act of God, Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States.

He was clear. He was confident. He was emotional. He didn’t bother with facts. He didn’t bother with directly answering the specific questions that were asked. He didn’t bother trying to act “presidential”.

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I am a patriotic American. I’m also a democrat. I’m not exactly happy with the outcome of this debate.

I’ll try harder

Okay, I’m an old, white guy. A lot of people think I’m a Conservative Christian Right-wing Republican. Nothing could be further from the truth. I literally cringe when I hear anything that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth.

I have donated to, and voted for, every democrat for president all the way back to Jimmy Carter. I very strongly support the Black Lives Matter movement. I very strongly support equal rights for the LGBTQ community. I very strongly believe that quality of life is more important than sanctity of life.

As to this silly little blog, I try, with mixed results, to appeal to conservatives through logic and satire. My thought being that liberals already agree with me, so I might as well try to reason with the reasonable opposition.

Clearly, thus far, I’ve failed. Sorry. I’ll try harder…

Same rules apply

Can anyone prove, through logic alone, that God exists? Short answer: No. That doesn’t mean God doesn’t exist, it just means that we can’t prove that God exists through logic alone.

We have to accept that God exists through faith, and faith alone. If you believe that God exists, you know that God exists. So how should we, how must we, live our lives?

Worship God. Follow God’s rules. Do God’s will.

Please understand, these facts are essential to all Christians. But please also understand, these facts are essential to all Hebrews. And please also understand, these facts are essential to all Muslims.

If you believe that you must be Born Again, or if you believe that God promised you the land of Israel, or if you believe that God wants you to fly a plane into a building, you have to live your life accordingly, however stupid or dangerous those beliefs are.

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Same rules apply…

The watering hole

Conservatives and liberals. One side is right, therefore, the other side must be wrong. But which is right and which is wrong? Both. Neither.

Please allow me to briefly explain.

A source of water was crucial to early man; so crucial that men would kill to obtain it. And kill to keep it. Water meant life. Lack of water meant certain death.

So imagine our earliest ancestors. A small group happen upon a watering hole. Everyone is healthy, happy, content. Now, another group comes along. They want the watering hole.

What does the first group do?

Two choices. The conservatives would fight the would-be invaders and hold on to what belongs to them. The liberals would welcome the other group to join them.

Which is right, which is wrong?

It all depends. Is there enough water for both groups? If so, perhaps we would be better to welcome the other group. First off, if we fight, we might lose. Secondly, if we welcome the other group, it would increase our numbers, giving us a better chance to survive the next attack. And there will, inevitably, be another attack.

If there’s not enough water for both groups, the choice is easy: Fight to hold on to what we have. It’s no longer a moral question. It’s a matter of life and death.

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So, who is right, conservatives or liberals? The answer is the same now as it was ages ago: It all depends…

Is this about right?

A Christian is someone who has Christ living in them. That is to say, the Holy Spirit indwells the believer with the very heart – the mind – of Christ.

A Christian is someone who believes that the God who created the cosmos, with its untold universes, each with untold galaxies, each with untold stars, each with untold planets, each with untold lifeforms – all out of nothing, instantaneously – follows every thought, action, and feeling of every human being ever born, in the past, alive now, and in the future, as well as the untold unborn.

This is one God – three persons equally, and each completely God – who decides which football team will win a game, which nation will win a war, and which lucky young gentleman will win the heart of girl.

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Some say you have to get dunked in water to truly belong to this God. Some say you have to speak gobbledygook to truly belong to this God. Some say you have to pray specific words, and they have to be from your heart, or they don’t count, to truly belong to this God.

He wrote a book – well, co-wrote, with about forty different people – to reveal everything to us. But only certain people know what the book means, and none of these people can quite agree about anything.

Republicans put God’s moral law first. Democrats put God’s social law first. God, am I overgeneralizing!

Abortion is wrong because of a line in a song. Homosexuality is wrong because, well, it’s just gross. And if you do anything that’s wrong – anything at all – you’ll burn in the fires of hell forever and ever and ever. Unless you either got dunked in water, or spoke gobbledygook, or prayed specific words from your heart.

Donald Trump, hallowed be thy name

Jesus said blessed are the poor, and the meek, and the peacemakers, and on and on. He taught that even a lowlife scum like a Samaritan can be considered a good person if he does good deeds.

He said God’s kingdom wasn’t some kind of empire like Babylon, or Egypt, or Rome, but within us all; and all that you needed was a new perspective, to be born again into the realization that what’s on the inside is more important than what’s on the outside.

So, why is it that Christianity in America, in 2016, is so diametrically opposed to what Jesus originally taught?

People on welfare are lazy, we need to blow up any country in the Middle East that doesn’t give us their oil, people who call God Allah instead of Jehovah are lowlife scum.

And most importantly, we have to keep the lazy lowlife scum that talk and look differently than we do on the other side of the fence. Better yet, the other side of the wall. A really big wall.

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I could go on and on, but let’s just stop playing games. Christianity isn’t about religion. It’s about politics.