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If you wanted moral guidance, would you be able to trust an Evangelical Trump supporter?

I'm not talking about Evangelicals in general, of course, and I have absolutely nothing against them. On the contrary, I have a great deal of respect for Evangelical Christianity. My question is, "What have Evangelical Trump supporters done to their faith's moral and religious credibility?"

Suppose someone were seeking guidance and fellowship and needed or was leaning toward Evangelical Christianity. Then they find out that a very substantial number of Evangelicals supported (and some continue to support) Donald Trump. What if that seeking person turned away after seeing this fairly apparent display of wanton principle hedging and faith underperformance.

Is Trump worth it? If not, how can Evangelical Trump supporters undo the damage they have done?

Would Republicans fail the Constitution and refuse to impeach Trump if it is warranted?

I think we Dems should make absolutely clear that we are not ravenous for a Constitution-abusing, party-line impeachment. Good parties don't do that. The question of Trump's impeachment should be turned back on Republicans. Would Republicans abandon their duty to the Constitution and fail to impeach Trump if the Mueller investigation shows it is appropriate?

In a slickness contest, who would win, Trump or Bill Clinton?

Should owners of farmland, beachfront property, etc., sue carbon polluters?

If you bought a farm or beachfront property (or whatever) based on the climate twenty to thirty years ago, maybe you should sue those responsible for changing the climate. The Republican Party continues to hand out free rights to pollute the air and change the climate to any industry ready to help get Republicans elected. As long as that is happening, those whose property value is stripped from them by climate change really have no alternative. If Republicans are going to accept money to side with those who are literally taking the rain out of the sky in some areas, farmers and others have a right to be compensated. They should sue.

The same goes for anyone whose property value is under assault by Republicans and the carbon polluting industries that pay Republicans to do their bidding. The southern states, thanks to Republicans, may be looking at a future where they are essentially living in northern Mexico's current climate. In effect (and I'm only barely kidding), Republicans are kicking southern folks out of the country and into Mexico.

Maybe a lawsuit or two will get the attention of carbon polluters. If they had to pay for the right to pump carbon into the air (instead of paying off Republicans to let them pollute for free), polluters would change their ways. Maybe then, farmers wouldn't be seeing their land and irrigation rivers dry up, people with beachfront property wouldn't be watching it fall into the sea, etc. The people who do the damage should be paying for the damage they do. That's the carbon polluters.

In the meantime, another thing we can do is simply try to vote every Republican out of every office in every election. We need to send them a message that siding with global warming against the American people won't be laughed off as a "hoax" anymore. People are catching on.

Revoking Brennan's clearance is an impeachable offense.

It's a high crime or misdemeanor, a clear abuse of authority. A president simply can't do what Trump did. He's not a dictator or a king, and acting like one is impeachable.

Should Trump give Harley-Davidson $100M to cover its losses from his Republican trade war?

Trump started the war, but apparently other people are expected to quietly take the losses. It takes a lot of gall for Trump to put down and call for a boycott of HD when Trump and his money are sitting safely out of harm's way.

Should Trump cover Harley's losses?

Which law did more of what it promised, the ACA or the Republican Tax Cut?

Giuliani Admits If Trump Sticks To His Story He'll Perjure Himself

Rudy Giuliani told Fox News' Sean Hannity that if Trump sticks to his previous answers about his campaign and his actions under his presidency under oath to Robert Mueller, he'll perjure himself.

On Hannity, Wednesday night, after calling the Mueller investigation "illegitimate," Rudy expounded on what Trump's legal team offered Mueller in the way of an interview.

Giuliani said, "Look, he's got plenty of time to either decide -- we offered him an opportunity to do a form of questioning. He can say yes or no. We can do it. If he doesn't want to do it..."

Here's where it goes haywire.

It does look like Giuliani is admitting some or all of Trump's current "story" contains lies. Otherwise, Trump could just go in to the interview with Mueller, repeat what he and his spokespeople have told the American people, and there wouldn't be any worries about perjury. But apparently there are worries.

The "America" Laura Ingraham knows and loves.

The people where I live used to pay their taxes without complaining about it. They knew freedom wasn't free and were willing to pay their share. They used to think constant lying was un-presidential. They used to think of honesty as "the best policy." The people where I live actually said that a lot. It was a thing.

The people where I live were against littering and pollution. They thought of ignorance and foolishness not as traits to be aspired to but as undesirable, in leaders and in themselves. The people where I live used to want there to be free speech and free elections. They wanted America to be thought of by the rest of the world as a really good country, not a mediocre one. They wanted their country to be an example, not a counter-example.

Then these weird yahoos started crawling out of the woodwork. I have no idea where they came from. Some say it wasn't yahoos crawling out of the woodwork so much as "yahoo-ism." It crawled out of the woodwork and into people somehow. It turned otherwise sensible people sour.

Some think it was, perhaps, a media virus. Early carriers, such as Rush Limbaugh and Morton Downey Jr. may have mated with or eaten, for example, members of some unknown lower species. Perhaps it was the pointy-hooded pygmy rat. No one knows for sure.

The "meme virus," once given a foothold in the human species, quickly spread to the airwaves producing more distorted media personalities and, ultimately, a cable station that masqueraded as healthy media news tissue. Many of those affected by Limbaugh and his descendants, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Alex whats-his-face, etc., now flew a different flag, the old Confederate flag, either in their hearts or literally. That flag had been placed on the ash heap of history by the people where I live.

The "meme viral reservoir" became the Republican Party. Its last remaining principled conservatism quickly boiled away leaving only a foul-smelling, goopy substrate: raw, knee-jerky, angry "Republicanism." The people where I live (America) didn't get to vote on the wave of folly introduced into the country by followers of Republicanism. Those followers (some of whom, with double irony, referred to themselves as "independent conservatives") were intent on destroying the American character. They set their sights on methodically undermining and destabilizing our true American way of life, our reputation for honesty, our generosity, our work ethic, our business sense, our competence and, indeed, even our moral fitness.

Finally, a clown rose up to lead the followers of Republicanism. He's a man so clownish that it's not possible to take him seriously without setting one's mind in the mode commonly used for comic book consumption. The people where I live are live action people, but the leader of Republicanism walks among us now, a cartoon figure not recognized as out of place by enough people.

But their numbers are growing. Republicanism is on the wane. The people where I live now see its ridiculous, bloviating mascot for what he is. A mistake. A symptom. A signal for change.

Trump has let Putin forget his place.

Not good. By falling to his knees before Putin, Trump has allowed Putin to think of himself as more than just the godfather of a Mafia-run gas station chain. Putin actually thinks he can screw with America now.
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