Trump-speak allows open discussion of problems usually only spoken about behind closed doors

Trump’s “open source” thoughts are unprecedented in any modern politician. Trump, by breaking from the “offend no one” style of political discourse, still appeals to those Americans who share beliefs with him that are largely overlooked by the incumbent political class that the president is dismantling. His takeover of the Republican Party was a hostile one that paid lip service to most of the party’s ideological dogma. What Trump is about is remaking the American body politic. Trump-speak is a key component of that overhaul, because it allows for the open discussion of the many problems America and the world is facing but are usually only spoken about in whispers behind closed doors.

Source: How Donald Trump is retooling politics for the 21st century


Pope Francis denounces “fake news” as evil and urged reporters to rediscover the “dignity of journalism” and search for the truth

Spreading fake news can serve to advance specific goals, influence political decisions, and serve economic interests. It grasps people’s attention by appealing to stereotypes and common social prejudices, and exploiting instantaneous emotions like anxiety, contempt, anger and frustration. The tragedy of disinformation is that it discredits others, presenting them as enemies, to the point of demonizing them and fomenting conflict. Fake news is a sign of intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes, and leads only to the spread of arrogance and hatred. There is no such thing as harmless disinformation. Even a seemingly slight distortion of the truth can have dangerous effects. We can recognize the truth of statements from their fruits: whether they provoke quarrels, foment division, encourage resignation; or, on the other hand, they promote informed and mature reflection leading to constructive dialogue and fruitful results. ensuring the accuracy of sources and protecting communication are real means of promoting goodness, generating trust, and opening the way to communion and peace.

Source: LII World Communications Day, 2018 – “The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32). Fake news and journalism for peace | Francis


Fox & Friends is the authoritarian Today Show.

The chief goal of Fox & Friends is asserting one’s own status by belittling others. Doocy is an expert at keeping things simultaneously light and nasty. Earhardt is the show’s resident softball interviewer. Kilmeade loves mispronouncing certain words in order to mock those who use them in earnest. Their signature tune is reactionary resentment. There are workout segments and cooking segments and music segments, interspersed randomly with deranged political commentary and militaristic iconography. [It] pairs its banalities with a pettiness of spirit. In lockstep with Trump’s reactionary agenda, it yearns for the past while destabilizing the present and future. It is a witch’s mirror, showing you only those things that you hate most in other people, preventing any meaningful self-reflection.

Source: Fox & Friends is the authoritarian Today Show.


Amnesty for illegals makes sense

In 1973, the Trudeau government introduced the Adjustment of Status Program. Under this program, persons who had lived in Canada continuously since Nov. 30, 1972, had 60 days in which to apply for permanent residence. The amnesty, supported by all the major political parties, benefited mostly American draft dodgers, and 39,000 people obtained landed immigrant status under it.

Source: Amnesty for illegals makes sense – The Globe and Mail


Anti-party parties will be the death of established parties

Rather than fully aligning our movements with preexisting political categories, there is strength in poaching from across the left-right political spectrum. We must position our movements as protest parties — anti-party parties — whose ascension will be the death of established parties.

Source: Occupy and Black Lives Matter failed. We can either win wars or win elections | Micah White | Opinion | The Guardian


Democrats need to become more religiously literate and faith-friendly

“Democrats need to become more religiously literate and faith-friendly. We religious progressives often feel ignored and abandoned by a Democratic Party that seems indifferent to our religious traditions. As an evangelical advocate for social justice, I have fought right-wing religious fundamentalism my whole life. But the secular fundamentalism of the left is not much better — and it certainly does not help garner votes at election time. The utmost respect for ‘the other’ is required now, especially with a strong commitment to defend each other’s faith and to protect others’ lives that are now under attack in the United States — partly inspired by the rhetoric of President Trump.” — Jim Wallis

Source: Bernie Sanders got Christian theology wrong |

Jim Wallis is a Christian writer and political activist. He is best known as the founder and editor of Sojourners magazine and as the founder of the Washington, D.C.-based Christian community of the same name.


A Resolution Against White Supremacy Causes Chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention – The Atlantic

“There has arisen in the United States a growing menace to political order and justice that seeks to reignite social animosities, reverse improvements in race relations, divide our people, and foment hatred, classism, and ethnic cleansing.” — pastor Dwight McKissic of Texas

Source: A Resolution Against White Supremacy Causes Chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention – The Atlantic

See also:

Resolution for the 2017 SBC Annual Meeting – Condemning the Alt-Right & White Nationalism


“Legislating morality” was not a platform for Jesus or the apostles

“The far right of the evangelical movement in the United States has a highly organized campaign to impose biblical law on every aspect of American society. As the church becomes more aggressive and militant in its political cause, this may precipitate a seizing of religious freedom. Jesus had very little to say about the political power of His day. “Legislating morality” was not a platform for Jesus or the apostles in their ministry in the good news of Christ.” — Paul Vieira

See: Jesus Has Left the Building


Those who instantly fall in line behind Trump as he bombs people are ensuring that he will keep doing it

“It should be startling and infuriating that Trump is able to order a new attack on the Syrian Government without any democratic debate, let alone Congressional approval. Those who instantly fall in line behind Trump as he bombs people are ensuring that he will keep doing it. The one constant of American political life is that the U.S. loves war. Martin Luther King’s 1967 denunciation of the U.S. as ‘the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today’ is more accurate than ever.” — Glenn Greenwald

See: The Spoils of War: Trump Lavished With Media and Bipartisan Praise For Bombing Syria

Glenn Greenwald is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law, best known for his role in a series of reports published by The Guardian.

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Franklin Graham’s Global Fallout, from Canada to Japan

“[Franklin] Graham has advocated the use of nuclear weapons against America’s adversaries after 9/11, seemingly countering the Sermon on the Mount’s message of “love your enemies.” In light of this position in particular, Christian leaders in Okinawa were divided over whether to receive him. Hiroshima and Tokyo canceled their plans to host Graham as an evangelist because of his partisan political statements.” — Ken Shigematsu

See: Franklin Graham’s Global Fallout, from Canada to Japan


Christian professors sign statement recognizing ‘sins of racism, misogyny, nativism’

“The current political climate reveals longstanding national sins of racism, misogyny, nativism, and great economic disparity. Regardless of where Christians stand politically, the gospel demands we recognize vulnerable populations among us.” — Christian faculty members from a variety of academic institutions



‘Religious left’ emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era

“It’s one of the dirty little secrets of American politics that there has been a religious left all along and it just hasn’t done a good job of organizing. It has taken a crisis, or perceived crisis, like Trump’s election to cause folks on the religious left to really own their religion in the public square.” — J. Patrick Hornbeck II

J. Patrick Hornbeck II is chairman of the theology department at Fordham University, a Jesuit school in New York.

See: ‘Religious left’ emerging as U.S. political force in Trump era


The culture war over religious morality has faded

“As Americans have left organized religion, they haven’t stopped viewing politics as a struggle between “us” and “them.” Many have come to define us and them in even more primal and irreconcilable ways.” — Peter Beinart

See: Breaking Faith: The culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse.

Peter Beinart is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and an associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York.


Democrats, like Republicans, have no interest in genuine reform

“No movement or political revolution will ever be built within the confines of the Democratic Party. And the repeated failure of the American left to grasp the duplicitous game being played by the political elites has effectively neutered it as a political force. The Democrats, like the Republicans, have no interest in genuine reform. They are wedded to corporate power.” — Chris Hedges

Christopher Lynn Hedges is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, professor at Princeton University, author of several New York Times best-sellers, and Presbyterian minister. See: Bernie Sanders’ Phantom Movement

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