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The Soul-Sucking, Attention-Eating Black Hole of the Trump Presidency  3/24/2017  (14)

An Avalanche of Absurdities: Chris Hedges on the Rise of Trump and American Fascism  3/21/2017  (19)

Of Course Obama Wiretapped Trump  3/21/2017  (20)

Trump Glorifies American Militarism with German Leader, Embarrassing Himself  3/18/2017  (37)

Most of Trump's Voters are Not Poor, but Regular Old Republicans  3/18/2017  (34)

Robert Mercer and Big Money Chose Trump to be President, not the People  3/17/2017  (37)

Stirring Up Muslim Hatred; The Need for a New Election  3/16/2017  (39)

Old Republican Tactic: Stoke Fear of Crime  3/13/2017  (62)

White People are Hurting Themselves  3/11/2017  (58)

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Public Trust: Post-truth is Pre-fascim  3/8/2017  (117)

Martin Marty Center Publishes Column in Support of Disgraced White Nationalist, Milo Yiannopoulos  2/28/2017  (140)

Trump is Not a Normal Politician and Was Not Elected Fair and Square  2/21/2017  (364)

Trump is Using Immigrants as a Political Scapegoat: Very Bad  2/20/2017  (123)

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Post-Factual Politics  2/8/2017  (145)

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For the Right Wing: Only Christians Deserve Religious Freedom  2/6/2017  (143)

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Trump is Centralizing Power: Resist Fascism  1/30/2017  (202)

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No Mandate for Trump, Says Jeff Merkley  12/22/2016  (296)

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Russian Atheistic Ideas Now Dominate the American Political System  12/14/2016  (239)

Trump Over Performed the Most in Counties with the Highest Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Mortality Rates  12/9/2016  (261)

Back to the Catacombs for the Real Church  12/8/2016  (297)

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Protestants Need a Pope  9/30/2015  (715)

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Pray to be Filled with Awe and Contemplation  8/12/2015  (772)

Jurgen Habermas: A New Possibility for Europe  7/21/2015  (932)

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Police Violence in Baltimore  4/29/2015  (1104)

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The Debate Over Cornel West  4/21/2015  (978)

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When Fascism Comes to America; What Love of Country Really Means  3/1/2015  (1062)

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The Shameful Media Attack on John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes  2/18/2015  (1482)

Francis Says God Loves the Marginalized  2/16/2015  (1006)

Rand Paul Disqualifies Himself  2/4/2015  (1053)

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John Boehner Wants The U.S. to go to War with Iran  1/21/2015  (1049)

Martin Luther on Charlie Hebdo: Sick Secularism and Billy Graham  1/14/2015  (3034)

Whose Speech is Actually Free?  1/14/2015  (1113)

Historic Protestant Speech is Not Free in America Today  1/14/2015  (1271)

Wall Street has Bought Itself a Congress  12/15/2014  (1078)

Democrats Move to Encourage an Elizabeth Warren Candidancy  12/10/2014  (1094)

Iowa Lutherans: Don't Vote for Joni Ernst  10/27/2014  (2445)

Wendell Berry and Incarnational Theology  10/21/2014  (1327)

Did God Kill Jesus? Moltmann on Anticipated Terror and Joy  10/10/2014  (1304)

Stop the Oil Train Bombs  10/2/2014  (1283)

The Terrible Self-Righteousness of George Weigel at First Things  9/19/2014  (1304)

Violence All Across the World, including Ferguson, Missouri  8/15/2014  (1303)

Reagan's View of History Still Prevails  8/15/2014  (1268)

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Blowing Up Jonah: The Political Use of Religious Symbols  8/12/2014  (1411)

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The Lost Iraq War  7/30/2014  (1233)

It is Not Anti-Semitic to Question Israel's Right to Exist as an Ethnic State   7/24/2014  (1184)

Republicans Elect Mark Walker: A Racist, Blasphemous, Baptist Pastor  7/23/2014  (1666)

There is No Religious Left  7/22/2014  (1202)

Crisis in Ukraine: A Bit of Background  7/18/2014  (1157)

Teachers Turn Against Obama  7/12/2014  (1361)

The Trouble With Brain Science  7/12/2014  (1256)

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Karl Polanyi and the Stark Utopianism of Market Fundamentalism  7/1/2014  (1324)

Corporate Provided Health Care Has To Go  6/30/2014  (1253)

Brookings Report on Economic Justice and the Future of Religious Progressives  4/25/2014  (1334)

Coal Train Crisis Abates   4/16/2014  (1373)

Gay Marriage Ban Ending in England and Wales on Saturday  3/29/2014  (1374)

Obama Should Have Prosecuted the Bush Administration for War Crimes  3/28/2014  (1377)

A False Gospel: Corporate Christianity  3/27/2014  (1360)

Koch Brothers are Creating Their Own Political Party  1/26/2014  (1510)

Social Justice in New York City  1/1/2014  (1509)

God is a God of Freedom: Pope Francis and Liberation Theology  12/21/2013  (1508)

America, America, the Country that Kills Its Prophets  11/23/2013  (1686)

Thinking about a New Protestantism  11/21/2013  (1538)

Hysterical Anti-Communism: Billy Graham Urged the Killing of a Million Vietnamese  11/21/2013  (2333)

The Next President will be a Woman and a Methodist, but not Hillary  11/11/2013  (1541)

Regular Republicans are Beginning to Reject Their Leaders  11/11/2013  (1519)

Pastors: Help Your People Understand Obamacare  11/6/2013  (1581)

Mothers and Grandmothers on Abortion  11/5/2013  (1658)

Why Obamacare is a Political Con Job  10/30/2013  (1720)

Very Disturbing Governance by Media Manipulation  10/4/2013  (1788)

A Reformation Pope  10/2/2013  (1651)

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Religious Conflict in the History of Syria  9/3/2013  (1748)

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Pastors Create Public Consciousness  5/26/2013  (1890)

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The Government is Making Us Old  3/11/2013  (2121)

Fairness Now Means to Tax the Rich More  12/10/2012  (1985)

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Obedience, Not Liberty, is Highest Value for Real Conservatives  8/28/2012  (2009)

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Corporate-Funded Think Tanks have Created an Angry, Destructive Politics
10/24/2015

Dave Johnson at Campaign For America's Future has written up some quick thoughts about the grilling of Hillary Clinton by Republican members of the House Select Committee on Benghazi this past Thursday. It's worth reading (see below).

I watched most of the hearing myself. The question that kept coming to my mind is what in the world has made these Republican congress people so angry? That is, they were really, really mad. Their lower lips trembled with emotional intensity. They hollered and screamed. They asked completely illogical questions. They assumed everyone else shared their silly preoccupations with matters having nothing to do with the otherwise serious questions about Benghazi.

I had the feeling all of these Republican House members had actually lost their sense of reality; they lived in some other universe of hatred and hostility. They actually seemed to be assuming that they themselves were the ones who really "cared" about the fact that four Americans were killed in Benghazi and that Clinton did not care at all for them. They seemed to be saying that Clinton caused these deaths, as if a Secretary of State is fully responsible for every last thing that occurs, not thinking about the fact that 9/11 happened during the George W. Bush administration as if he should therefore be blamed for that absolutely.

When I read Dave Johnson's piece it helped to point to the fact that the hearing represents the consequences of several long decades of corporate funded think tanks trying to create a mind-set/world view opposed to everything that has been created in this country since Roosevelt's New Deal in the 1930s and Johnson's Great Society of the 1960s.

The idea that Hillary Clinton might be elected president to continue that legacy is absolutely driving these hard-right Republicans (the only kind now around it seems) bonkers. It's not a very good way to run a country and if the American people don't start voting these people out of office they are going to find that Social Security will go away, Medicare for older people no longer available, no more of those terrible government post offices, no free public schools, and voting will be limited to white males only, and it won't be long before there will not be much clean air and water.

In a capitalist system money is everything, and the pursuit of money alone is now on the verge of destroying life as we know it, destroying the country, destroying decent human relationships. Hysterical anger is not the way to a viable future.

Here is the Dave Johnson article:

Thursday's Clinton-bashing hearing in Congress carried with it that "frog in heating water" feeling. The water is boiling and the country is the frog. This is a period where the country has gone crazy.

This has been slowly building since the ascendency of the corporate-funded "conservative movement" and then the presidential election of Ronald Reagan. The 24/7/12/365 drumbeat of corporate/conservative propaganda started then. The intentional defunding of government started then. The refusal to maintain our infrastructure started then. The continuing trade deficit that has drained our economy of jobs started then. The "volunteer army" perpetual-war machine got revved up then. The privatization of publicly held wealth started then. The collapse of the middle class started then. So many things started going wrong then. And after a slow, decades-long buildup, the country is threatening to collapse like an unmaintained bridge.

The planet is heating (the strongest western-hemisphere hurricane ever is heading toward Mexico as I write this). We are on the verge of a debt-ceiling crisis that could throw the world into something far worse than 2008 or the 1930s Depression. The corporate/conservative/billionaire money is flowing so freely into elections that almost all of the Republican candidates voice the concerns of the billionaires funding their campaigns and don't say a word about what the public needs. No wonder Republicans have turned to Donald Trump.

"Were You Alone All Night?"

The gerrymandered-into-office Republican Congress is completely dysfunctional for governing, and instead of addressing the country's problems we got this: An 11-hour long hearing asking a former first lady, senator and Secretary of State, "Were you alone all night?"

What the country experienced Thursday is SO FAR from any kind of normal, reasonable operation of a Congress or a country that I can't believe it could even happen. The Republicans have fallen SO FAR down into a hole of their own propaganda machine that reality is lost completely for them.

But it's like the alcoholic in the family that no one dares talk about. The elite pundit and news media class is so mired in a "both sides do it," and their careers are so tied to boosting Republican corporatism, that they can not scream about the situation.

Systemic collapse builds slowly and then happens very quickly. The water is boiling rapidly now. It's clearly a question of when, not if.





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