Leading Scientists Confirm Christian Stupidity Leads to Trumpism
Today’s reading of the New York Times “The Morning” newsletter made me laugh when seeing National Political Correspondent Lisa Lerer’s reporting,
For years, pundits and political strategists have speculated about Donald Trump’s hold on the Republican Party. It is an essential question for the party and, as a result, the country: Could there be Trumpism without Trump? And what, exactly, would that look like?
Lerer’s reporting reveals the tragedy of US media outlets carefully spoon-feeding readers political news either suffering the same stupidity or avoiding Christian outrage, perhaps both. What will it take to comprehend the Christian problem?
Though realizing I might be wrong, part of me refuses to believe Americans are this dense. Trumpism without Jesus is like bread made without flour. If not oblivious, media and political pundits must engage in some form of self-censorship, fearing to alienate Christian readers. By censoring themselves, these sources deliberately or unintentionally pander to Christian readers in a way that makes me wish they were just thickheaded.
Their approach to reporting forms an around-the-issue strategy when discussing Trumpism, which hurts everyone with a misleading and inaccurate view.
How can we possibly deal with the rise of authoritarian politics if we cannot openly discuss a primary component driving this ideology?
History shows neither authoritarianism nor theocracy benefits the average person. Wrapping both in the same politics spells disaster, which I am not sure can be avoided at this juncture. The tremendous number of Christians in the US who do not understand the severity of the problem, or worse yet, believe this politics is a good idea, have no idea how bad Trumpism will be for them.
Do right-leaning Christians who are not complete loons honestly believe life will be good under Trumpian leadership? Having a Jesus-infused government seems like a great idea until they realize they have no government support when things go wrong. In the Trumpian narrative, the Christ-led GOP controlling government will do away with big government, ending many social programs. After four years of Trump, the evidence of this theocratic governing presents readily in the new job creation and increased standard of living, correct? FactCheck says otherwise,
After-tax corporate profits went up, and the stock market set new records. The S&P 500 index rose 67.8%.
The international trade deficit Trump promised to reduce went up…in 2020 was the highest since 2008 and increased 40.5% from 2016.
The number of people lacking health insurance rose by 3 million.
The federal debt held by the public went up, from $14.4 trillion to $21.6 trillion.
The economy lost 2.9 million jobs. The unemployment rate increased by 1.6 percentage points to 6.3%.
Who do Christians think will benefit from this small government that clears the policy road for big business and rich people to trickle down the wealth?
Not the poor Christians who suffered enough to believe Trump would make America great again. Those people have it worse now because of Trumponomics — but not corporations and rich people! Hey, but Christianity is the truth, so who cares about the facts?
The media and experts should care.
We saw the direction Trump took the GOP that continues following that path toward destroying or controlling the press. News media and experts should be reporting the deep-rooted causes of Trumpism, focused on Christianity since pandering by censoring themselves for Christians benefits the Trumpers, keeping those Christians who believe the right-wing propaganda in the dark by using their religion against them. Blaming evangelical fundamentalists or imposter Christianity is not enough because Christians need awareness of the large numbers of mainstream Christians who believe in Trumpism. By clarifying the Trumpism problem, liberal Christians have no choice but to save their religion or allow it to be perverted further into authoritarianism.
Trumpism is a Christian problem.