How Donald Trump Has Turned White Christian Evangelicals Into a Cult

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Trump’s Evangelical Cult

Reza Aslan is the guest on this recent episode of The Chauncey DeVega Show. He is the author of numerous books including the New York Times-bestseller “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” as well as “No god but God”. Reza was also the host of the CNN documentary TV series “Believer”.

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James Cone’s Gospel of the Penniless, Jobless, Marginalized and Despised by Chris Hedges

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Rev. Dr. James H. Cone, known as the founder of Black Liberation Theology, died Saturday morning in New York City at the age of 79. In honor of his legacy, please absorb the message in the following piece by Chris Hedges along with a clip from a speech Cone delivered in 1971. 

“The Cross and the Lynching Tree are separated by nearly two thousand years,” James Cone writes in his new book, “The Cross and the Lynching Tree.” “One is the universal symbol of the Christian faith; the other is the quintessential symbol of black oppression in America. Though both are symbols of death, one represents a message of hope and salvation, while the other signifies the negation of that message by white supremacy. Despite the obvious similarities between Jesus’ death on the cross and the death of thousands of black men and women strung up to die on a lamppost or tree, relatively few people, apart from the black poets, novelists, and other reality-seeing artists, have explored the symbolic connections. Yet, I believe this is the challenge we must face. What is at stake is the credibility and the promise of the Christian gospel and the hope that we may heal the wounds of racial violence that continue to divide our churches and our society.”

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Poet’s Nook: “Hymn To Time” by Ursula K. Le Guin

 

 

Time says “Let there be”

every moment and instantly

there is space and the radiance

of each bright galaxy.

And eyes beholding radiance.

And the gnats’ flickering dance.

And the seas’ expanse.

And death, and chance.

Time makes room

for going and coming home

and in time’s womb

begins all ending.

Time is being and being

time, it is all one thing,

the shining, the seeing,

the dark abounding.

 

Musings

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“If everyone always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but that no one believes anything at all anymore – and rightly so, because lies, by their very nature, have to be changed, to be ‘re-lied,’ so to speak. A lying government pursuing shifting goals has to ceaselessly rewrite its own history, leaving people not only dispossessed of their ability to act, but also of their capacity to think and to judge, and with such a people you can then do what you please.”
Hannah Arendt

Scott Pruitt Is Killing Us by William Rivers Pitt

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Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, who first gained Donald Trump’s attention by devoting his life to the utter destruction of the EPA for the benefit of his friends in the fossil fuel industry, has turned that agency into a three-letter wrecking ball. He wholeheartedly believes that his agency’s role is to serve polluters and big business, but he is also in service to Trump, who titters with glee every time some Obama-era protection is erased.

You have to see it all in order to really encompass it, and this isn’t even all of it. What began with a headline in November of 2016 — “Trump Wins” — quickly accelerated into a headlong windsprint toward our collective doom:

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Why Seeing the System Clearly is Dangerous

This clip is from the documentary, “The Murder of Fred Hampton.

Fred Hampton participatied in a mock people’s trial, where he articulates why the Black Panther Party, and he as a leader within the party, was being viciously targeted by the US government.

Hampton suggests the most formidable threat from the BPP (in the eyes of the power structure) was not its willingness to take up arms in defense, but rather its focus on the “proletarian” class struggle shared by “poor people of all descents.” In response to the constant manipulation of working-class fears (often directed from above), used to divide the masses through the promotion of racism, Hampton made this powerful statement:

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Corporate Jargon – Lying by Obscurity, Obscuring to Hide Corruption

It’s not accidental or because they are stupid. Its often confusing and vague on purpose. Some of the greatest corruption scandals in history have happened thanks to jargon. I rather the term “bullshit” instead of “jargon”. Most of us can smell bullshit a mile away & adapt to it in our own way. This built-in bullshit detector comes in handy at critical moments, but every now and then, bullshit flies below the radar & whacks us pretty hard. This clip touches on the latter so it’s important that we become more aware.

The U.S. is Not a Democracy, It Never Was by Gabriel Rockhill

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One of the most steadfast beliefs regarding the United States is that it is a democracy. Whenever this conviction waivers slightly, it is almost always to point out detrimental exceptions to core American values or foundational principles. For instance, aspiring critics frequently bemoan a “loss of democracy” due to the election of clownish autocrats, draconian measures on the part of the state, the revelation of extraordinary malfeasance or corruption, deadly foreign interventions, or other such activities that are considered undemocratic exceptions. The same is true for those whose critical framework consists in always juxtaposing the actions of the U.S. government to its founding principles, highlighting the contradiction between the two and clearly placing hope in its potential resolution.

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Authors Discuss the Trump Administration

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 Very interesting discussion on what the hell is going on in this country from the 23rd annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books that featured Steve Almond, Bad Stories: What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country; David Cay Johnston, It’s Even Worse Than You Think; and Sarah Kendzior, The View from Flyover Country



                                            

 

 

Musings

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Practice until you see yourself in the cruelest person on Earth,

in the child starving, in the political prisoner.

Continue until you recognize yourself in everyone in the supermarket,

on the street corner, in a concentration camp, on a leaf, in a dewdrop.

Meditate until you see yourself in a speck of dust in a distant galaxy.

See and listen with the whole of your being. If you are fully present,

the rain of Dharma will water the deepest seeds in your consciousness,

and tomorrow, while you are washing the dishes or looking at the blue sky,

that seed will spring forth, and love and understanding

will appear as a beautiful flower.

 

~  Thich Nhat Hanh

Poet’s Nook: “Truth” by Muhammad Ali


The face of truth is open, 
The eyes of truth are bright, 
The lips of truth are ever closed, 
The head of truth is upright.

The breast of truth stands forward, 
The gaze of truth is straight, 
Truth has neither fear nor doubt, 
Truth has patience to wait.

The words of truth are touching, 
The voice of truth is deep, 
The law of truth is simple: 
All that you sow you reap.

The soul of truth is flaming, 
The heart of truth is warm, 
The mind of truth is clear, 
And firm through rain or storm.

Facts are but its shadows, 
Truth stands above all sin; 
Great be the battle in life, 
Truth in the end shall win.

The image of truth is Christ, 
Wisdom’s message its rod; 
Sign of truth is the cross, 
Soul of truth is God.

Life of truth is eternal, 
Immortal is its past, 
Power of truth will endure, 
Truth shall hold to the last.

 

The End Stage Of The Trump Presidency, & The Gangsterization Of America by Brian Beutler

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The most widely teased passage of former FBI Director James Comey’s book is plucked from a scene set after the election, when intelligence community leaders, including Comey himself, traveled to Trump Tower in Manhattan to brief the incoming administration on the intelligence community’s conclusions about the scope and purpose of Russian interference.

Comey writes that Donald Trump and his advisers couldn’t have been less interested in the substantive implications of Russia’s efforts to interfere with American democracy—it was a messaging problem in their minds, and one they expected the assembled spies and counterspies to help them solve.

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