It doesn't do anybody any good for their elected officials to pretend to be conservative if they're also incompetent or, maybe even worse, have no interest in actually doing the job.
I have buddies who love certain politicians b/c they see them perform on Fox News giving rousing monologues about their supposed conservative vision for America. People born to talk paired with journalist hacks who won’t ask serious questions.
They don’t get why I’m not a fan.
I try to point out the following:
1) Talking isn’t leading. Being a good talker doesn’t mean that you know what you’re talking about. Commentary is not the same as competence.
Elections today are often ideological beauty contests. Not enough people ask “can they do the job?”
The argument that it is unconstitutional to impeach a former President is ridiculous.
First, the Constitution does not say that it is. What it does say is that the penalty for conviction can’t be more than removal from office and being barred from holding office again.
Secondly, even if it were true that there was a Statute of Limitations for impeachment that somehow ends when the President leaves office, Trump WAS impeached before he left office. The resulting trial is occurring after he left. But the impeachment (indictment) happened before.
An impeachment is akin to an indictment although one where the person being impeached, if convicted, will have penalties not worse than being removed from office and barred from holding office again. The Senate trial is like a trial that results from an indictment.
Senate Republicans might be thinking that the politically safe move would be to try to figure out a way - any possible way - to avoid convicting Trump.
I think they’re overlooking some things. @SenateGOP
Unlike the first impeachment trial, in this trial, the evidence of Trump’s guilt isn’t going to somehow be too intellectually challenging for the average person to grasp (not that the last one should have been either. But, anyway ...)
And there could be witnesses.
The people who were involved in the assault on the Capitol keep getting scooped up left and right by the feds. More stories are going to get published showing how this whole thing came together. This will likely look worse, not better, as time goes on.
Every time I hear somebody like @RandPaul continue to dishonestly cast doubt about the election results, I get motivated to put out data to set the record straight.
And so I did some more study.
I made a list of every state in the country with indicators of whether the following things happened since Trump took office:
1) Did 2020 exit polls show Trump did worse with Democrats than in 2016? 2) Did 2020 exit polls show Trump did worse with Independents than in 2016?
3) Did Trump do worse in the state with Republicans than he did in 2016? 4) Did Trump do worse in the state with white voters than he did in 2016? 5) Did Trump do worse in the state with black voters than he did in 2016?
Some people in this country are sincerely confused to hear people talk about “white supremacy” in conjunction with politics in America today. At the same time, a lot of people, both openly and in private, have consternation about changing demographics in America.
Let me explain.
In 1870, right after the Civil War, the US Census showed that there were six states in which African Americans made up more than 45% of the state population - South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Alabama and Georgia. The region we call the “Deep South” plus Florida.
Ten years prior, many of these human beings were considered to be the legal property of other human beings. And then came the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the US Constitution. Suddenly, these former slaves were citizens. And the men could VOTE.
While 147 members of Congress voted to throw out the Presidential Elections in Arizona and Pennsylvania (I still can’t believe this happened), 11 of them voted against the Presidential elections in THEIR OWN STATES.
They voted to disenfranchise their own states’ voters.
Arizona House members who voted to throw out the Presidential election in Arizona:
Paul Gosar (AZ-04)
Andy Biggs (AZ-05)
Debbie Lesko (AZ-08)
Pennsylvania House members who voted to throw out the Presidential election in Pennsylvania:
Daniel Meuser (PA-09)
Scott Perry (PA-10)
Lloyd Smucker (PA-11)
Fred Keller (PA-12)
John Joyce (PA-13)
Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14)
Glenn Thompson (PA-15)
Mike Kelly (PA-16)
Here is a list of the members of the US House of Representatives who voted against certifying state election results on January 6th who won their seats in 2020 by the smallest margins (and who may be most vulnerable in 2022): nytimes.com/interactive/20…
Mike Garcia (CA-25, won by 0.10 points)
Burgess Owens (UT-04, won by 1.00 points)
Beth Van Duyne (TX-24, won by 1.30 points)
Jim Hagedorn (MN-01, won by 3.10 points)
Carlos Gimenez (FL-26, won by 3.40 points)
Stephanie Bice (OK-05, won by 4.10 points)
David Schweikert (AZ-06, won by 4.30 points)
Bob Good (VA-05, won by 5.10 points)
Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02, won by 5.80 points)
Lauren Boebert (CO-03, won by 6.20 points)
Nichole Malliotakis (NY-11, won by 6.30 points)
Richard Hudson (NY-08, won by 6.60 points)
I can sense the damage that the Trump era has done to the credibility of Church in America just by my own reaction to things.
I’ve been a believer for more than three decades. Bible College Grad. Used the Shepherd’s Guide anytime I needed to hire help.
And I’M disgusted.
Yesterday, I saw an ad for a Christian Academy for kids. A few years ago, I would have been drawn to look into it. But now when I see it, I can’t get the image of the Trump Evangelical, the folks who are sadly especially common among my white evangelical brethren, out of my mind.
When I hear people who are prominent in ministry talk about societal issues or even the Gospel, I can’t help wondering if they’re among the many who tolerated and even celebrated the evil of the last four years. I ask myself “should I bother listening to them?”