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lees1975

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Trump is the drag on the Republican Party's chances to win the Midterms

https://signalpress.blogspot.com/2022/09/the-reality-for-republican-candidates.html

In short, they're very likely not going to get control of either house of Congress, and everything that's happened to cause it, including Dobbs, can be laid at Trump's feet.

It's become apparent, with all of Trump's screaming, raging, ranting and raving about the election that he clearly lost, and the blatant ignorance he has demonstrated in what he points to as evidence that he didn't, that he doesn't understand that getting elected is a matter of getting the most votes. He leans much more to the side of those who believe that manipulating the right people will get you what you want. Why not? That's worked for him in business all his life. And this isn't a sarcastic statement, either. It's a conclusion that can be made by listening to him, if you can keep from throwing up during his rants. He doesn't think ballots matter, what matters is having enough influence or putting enough pressure on the right people to change outcomes.

So his campaign rallies and speeches and the support and publicity he puts out tends to run to the extremes he supports, mainly those whose politics are the same as his. He's all about exchanging favors, a process he calls "making deals" to gain an advantage. He doesn't follow any pattern that is aimed at expanding his voter base. He only wants a cheering crowd in increasingly smaller venues, as a backdrop for his proclamations, which now feature background music that sounds eerily like Q-Anon themes, which he buys into like a kid with an unlimited allowance in a candy store.

The more he holds rallies and campaigns for those candidates he's endorsed, the more percentage points in the polls they lose, especially among independent voters. At the beginning of this election season, the Republicans held an advantage that, combined with the gerrymandering they've done, put them in a position to take control of Congress. The Democrats faced an uphill battle. But as Trump continues to insert himself into the campaigns, in places where his endorsees won nominations, though those who won did so by very slim margins among Republicans, the Democratic party advantage grows.

Remember the coach in Bremerton, Washington who took his center field prayer meeting to SCOTUS?

https://signalpress.blogspot.com/2022/09/thou-shalt-not-bear-false-witnessunless.html

As we suspected all along, the case involving the football coach in Bremerton, Washington, Joseph Kennedy, wasn't about the prayer meeting itself, or his job. It was about the political publicity that it could, and now has, generated.

Kennedy sued the Bremerton school district claiming that he was fired because he refused to comply with their instructions that he should not lead a prayer meeting at the 50 yard line following games. But, here's the catch, he wasn't fired. He was suspended, with pay, received the full stipend for coaching for the season, and was offered a renewal on his contract. He no longer works for the school district as an assistant football coach, not because he was fired, as he claims, but because he never showed up to sign the contract renewal he was offered.

That wouldn't fit with the narrative that these mean, old liberals were trying to interfere with his religious freedom, even though what he was doing actually contradicted the constitution's establishment clause. But, and here's where the Supreme Court shows its incompetence and bias, he was not fired for failing to follow their directive.

A proposed Constitutional requirement for Representatives, Senators, Justices, the President

and the members of his cabinet.

They must pass a basic history test in order to qualify to run for office.

https://signalpress.blogspot.com/2022/09/hawley-gets-f-in-history-and-theology.html

A United States Senator should know better. And if he, or she, doesn't know their history before assuming office, they need to get a crash course in it, so that they don't embarrass themselves by making statements and assumptions such as those made by Missouri Senator Josh Hawley in a recent speech, reported by the Kansas City Star.

In the theology courses I had in graduate school, it was a requirement to corroborate doctrinal claims with an accurate reference to scripture, interpreted in context and itself corroborated by at least one other Biblical reference. Hawley's statements are neither historically accurate nor consistent with any Biblical theology or doctrine. If he's as up on the law, as an attorney, as he demonstrated in this speech that he is on history and theology, then he's not a very good lawyer, either.

He's a politician who has an awful lot of contempt for the intelligence of those to whom he is speaking. He must not think they're very bright or knowledgeable. And I guess most of those in his audience probably aren't, which is why he seemed to get away with it.

So tell me how you really feel!

https://signalpress.blogspot.com/2022/09/a-contrast-in-character.html

Not having lived my life under a rock, I have no frame of reference to explain anything that's led to the development of an "extreme right" with the capability of gathering the kind of support that it has. And when I run into someone I know who thinks this way, my first thought is, "How did that happen?"

Can Democrats pull off a 1994-in-reverse midterm with help from the Dobbs decision?

https://signalpress.blogspot.com/2022/09/are-we-headed-toward-1994-midterm-in.html

There's still plenty of evidence visible among Republicans in political campaigns to indicate that the outcome of the Kansas referendum on abortion rights was a lightning bolt that shocked the party to its core. The outcome defied just about every means of predicting it, including polling data and any predictable voter turnout. Both the turnout and the outcome came as a complete shock, especially to Republicans. The result has changed conventional thinking about where abortion now ranks on the scale of importance as a political issue, and how it will affect the outcome of the upcoming mid-term elections.

The GOP has invested most of its resources into a very traditional platform dependent on the long-established "trend" of the party in power losing control of Congress in the first mid-term after gaining the presidency. And earlier in the year, it appeared that the issues they've been banking on, like the economy in general, inflation in particular, might yield the traditional result, though to be honest, they really didn't have a post-Presidential election "bump" anywhere close to either the Democrats' 2006 or 2018 waves, or the notable 1994 GOP landslide following President Clinton's election.

The Dobbs decision was monumental. It has led to the voter registration advantage that was being experienced by the GOP to be wiped out, and to millions of new voters planning to head to the polls with women's rights at the top of their priority list. The President has engaged in the debate in what appears to be an incredibly effective manner which links his administration to the issue that is energizing Democrats and independents. We are seeing a presidential administration working on behalf of the people while at the same time mobilizing its political strength. Did we ever expect anything less from President Joe Biden? You'll note, from reading The Signal Press that our support for, and confidence in this President has never wavered.

Michael Gerson, WAPO Why Trump Should, but Doesn't Fill Christians with Rage.

https://signalpress.blogspot.com/2022/09/michael-gerson-in-washington-post-trump.html

Gerson says that right-wing Christian voters are attracted to Trump, not because he is some kind of virtuous example of their values, but because he's a right wing hard liner who bullies his way through the law to get what he wants and in order to get their votes, which he needs, he promises to fight their culture war for them. They don't care if most of his agenda will be to their economic disadvantage, he's agreed to appoint the judges to the federal bench that they name for him. As long as he gives them what they want, they're willing to ignore his immorality and dishonesty. And that, as far as I am concerned, says an awful lot about their faith. Being willing to throw Jesus under the bus to get a few political favors is anti-Christian.

The continued existence of a Christian presence in the United States is wholly dependent on the freedom we have under the umbrella of democracy. And the only way that umbrella will continue to exist is under the leadership of the Democratic party. Democrats will protect religious freedom as vigorously as they will defend the civil rights of all Americans. Freedom of conscience, which would be required to practice true Christian faith as opposed to the pseudo-Christian cult of Trumpism, would not exist under a white, Christian nationalist regime.

ALL elections matter, people. Get out and vote!

Polls, lots of them. Which ones to trust?

https://signalpress.blogspot.com/2022/09/polls-lots-of-them-so-which-ones-to.html

My preference is the most recent one showing Biden at 49% job approval, opposite 57% disapproval of the orange headed buffoon.

Considering the data runs about two weeks behind the trend lines, I would say that Democrats just need to keep up the momentum, keep spending the money and keep up the pressure. The narrative has shifted from "red wave" to "the GOP is in deep trouble" and it's getting less likely that McConnell or McCarthy will be anything more than a senator and a representative that no one appreciates.

Is it "weaponizing" or "radicalizing" Christianity with extreme right politics?

https://signalpress.blogspot.com/2022/09/we-keep-calling-it-out-white-christian.html

There are two specific examples of just exactly how this has come about. The first is the images of all of those people wearing Christian symbols, carrying crosses and banners, headed into the Capitol on January 6th, some even pausing to pray, intent on overturning a legitimate election and the authority of Congress, which two of the Apostles, Peter and Paul, both make clear is authority "established by God." So in effect, according to the Christian scriptures, the insurgents who were involved in the January 6th act of sedition against the United States were rebelling against the very authority of God himself.

The other is the influence that an immoral, adulterous, sexually abusive, potty-mouthed, morally bankrupt, completely corrupt, pathological liar has over those among Evangelical Christians who are politically engaged on the right. They give him a measure of loyalty that nullifies their claims of being loyal to Christ and faithful to God, because that is what he demands from them. The incongruity that exists between Trumpism and Christianity is blasphemous, according to the Christian scripture. AS the Bible says, salt water and fresh water cannot come from the same spring. Christ cannot be served along with Belial. Loyalty cannot be given to a man whose lifestyle is exactly the opposite of that required of practicing Christians and who, himself, is not Christian by his own declaration and testimony.

We keep calling out the anti-Christian white, Christian nationalist cult

https://signalpress.blogspot.com/2022/09/we-keep-calling-it-out-white-christian.html

And will continue to do so.

Christianity is as susceptible to having its mission and purpose, and the core values of the faith, hijacked and radicalized as any other religious belief, including Islam. This is a fact that is recognized by several of the church's apostles who wrote the New Testament, including Jude, believed to be the half-brother of Jesus, who wrote, "For certain intruders have stolen in among you, people who were long ago were designated for this condemnation as ungodly, who pervert the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only lord and master, Jesus Christ." [Jude v. 4, NRSV]

There are multiple warnings in Paul's letters about "so quickly deserting the one who called you in the gospel of Christ, and are turning to a different gospel" [Galatians 1:6]. Even in the earliest years of the existence of the church, Christianity was susceptible to radicalization and to accepting ideas based on the popularity of the one advocating for them at the time, or because they blended with worldly, pagan ideology that appealed to their entertainment tastes.

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, a Washington, DC-based legislative advocacy organization supported by a group of Baptist denominations and which is one of the strongest advocates for separation of church and state, democracy and religious liberty among Washington think-tanks, has identified five specific points in the ideology of white, Christian nationalism.

1. America is a divinely appointed nation by God that is Christian.

2. America's founders, rather than wanting to disestablish religion as a unifier for the nation, were in fact establishing a nation based on Christian principles, with white men as the leaders.

3. Others (Native Americans, enslaved Africans and immigrants) would accept and cede to this narrative of America as a Christian nation, and accept their leadership.

4. America has a special place not only in world history, but in Biblical scripture, especially concerning the return of Christ.

5. There is no separation between church and state.

Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, 2022

Asking for a friend...

Isn't it "corrupt" to appoint a judge to the federal bench and then expect that judge to rule in your own favor whenever something comes up to your benefit? And if a judge has integrity, and respects and believes in the law, wouldn't they recuse themselves from ruling on behalf of someone who appointed them?

Remind me again how judges can be impeached and removed? And please don't whine about how impeaching this judge would be political, because it is not.
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