I'm watching Donald "Corinthians Two" Trump live from the conservative “Value Voters” summit, reading from the teleprompter and reciting Bible verses while talking about how great God and Jesus are, embracing and praising the Judeo-Christian values and insisting that those values are under attack.

Thankfully, he addressed maybe the most important issue that is currently plaguing our nation:

“We will be saying 'Merry Christmas' once again!”

Because what kind of nation would we be if we didn't insist that those who don't celebrate Christmas, say 'Merry Christmas'?

We all know that greetings such as “Happy Holidays” inevitably will lead to a godless, soulless, communist state, with Bernie Sanders as our leader, and our houses either being engulfed in 100 alarm fires, or else inundated with Orwellian watchful eyes installed in every small-appliance we own.

I find it amazing that so many Christians actually believe that Trump has genuine and sincere values as it relates to the teachings of Jesus. That Donald Trump is an actual Christian, and lives his life to give hope and spread God's love to others.

This is the stark reality some people choose to live in. They can stand there without dissonance and not only listen to Donald Trump talk about compassion, character, morality, and humility, but give heart-felt applause to his every insincere stanza.

For the majority of us who are outside of this cult-like fixation, an obvious narcissistic sociopath is on a rampage - and he's irreparably ruining things.

Ironically, there is a verse in the bible that is describing exactly what's going on, yet it's these words of Jesus from the book of Matthew that Trump supporting Christians are seemingly indifferent about:

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them.”

About that “fruit”...

Of all the problem's the ACA had, it was doing a good job of making health insurance affordable for the poor who could otherwise not afford it. But no longer.

In the news today, we have learned that Trump has ended those subsidies via executive order. These subsidies were essentially the only reason why the plans under the ACA were made affordable for the poor.

So the millions of American's who were able to get health insurance because of those ACA subsidies, will go back to being uninsured.

(Side note: Specific provisions in the ACA were made into law by Congress. Trump says let's get rid of this provision. Done. And so that provision is now erased – a president just removed law written by Congress. Not to worry though- I'm sure all of the right-wing pundits, congressmen, and self-proclaimed conservative believers in the Constitution who ranted daily on President Obama's over-reaching use of executive power be lambasting Trump in the same way. That commentary might be a little delayed.. there are more pertinent issues to discuss such as Hillary's e-mails and Bengazi. It might even be a Monica Lewinsky day

Also, side note #2: At least Reagan had the intelligence, political savviness, discipline, and leadership ability to subtlety infect government programs using attrition via Constitutional means outside of the spotlight, stripping the funding for these programs and rendering them ineffective, then using those starved government programs as poster children for why government doesn't work [Conservative Party Politics 101]. Trump has none of these characteristics and has to achieve policy with blatant actions and loud noise with little ambiguity of his intentions).

The libertarian worldview prevails once again, supported by Trump and the Republican Congress. Of those who can no longer afford health insurance with the subsidy gone, many will inevitably develop a serious health problem. But the libertarian philosophy goes as follows:

"You cannot afford to pay for that $70K emergency appendectomy that needed to be performed to save your life? You should have worked harder and saved for it. You don't have an extra million dollars in your savings account to pay for these cancer treatments? Shame on you for being lazy and not earning more. If you have money or at least know of an entity willing to give or lend you money, you are worthy of treatment. If not, suffer with your ailment. We as libertarians know that government (all of us collectively) is evil and it cannot get involved.”

Does this run completely contradictory to the many verses in the New Testament in which Jesus heals the sick unconditionally, and speaks about “the least among us”? Of course it does.

Here's another New Testament verse as stated by Jesus:

“We who are many form one body, and each member belongs to one another” Romans 12:5

THIS is the very definition of government. No matter how a right-wing, government-hating orator tries to spin it, this is government in it's most organic state. It isn't naturally dysfunctional or inept, yet as I've written before, conservative Supreme Court justices with libertarian principals are the main reasons for our government's current disgraceful state, resembling very little as one one that's supposed to be representing the people.

The idea that we each chip in a fraction of a penny to help a fellow American to alleviate their suffering is unconscionable to a libertarian, solely because government is the implementation mechanism.

And when an opinion is voiced that we do what every other industrialized nation does and demand health care to be a right, these disingenuous narrators tells you that “Happy Holidays” style Socialism is inevitable, simply because we as a society dare to each chip in a tiny amount to heal a fellow American who is suffering.

There is no “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” when you're sick, and Trump's actions are the antithesis of everything that Christian ideology claims to embrace and believe in.


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Kilosqrd 1 year 4 weeks ago

Like quoting the Bible? Here is a quote from Shakesspeare:

"The devil can quote scripture for his own purpose".


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BenDorigan 1 year 4 weeks ago

Conservatives believe on a gut level that Trump is good because he is rich. His wealth is an indication that he has learned discipline well from the good father. His earthly riches are his reward from God himself. That is how the righ get away with being moral superiors in the eyes of the conservative. He is rich, therefore disciplined, therefore worthy of God's love, and so it shows in the many "things" they have. Liberals, who try to help the poor and needy, are perpetuating their neediness because these people clearly didn't learn discipline from the good father, and therefore any help they get only hurts by enabling. It's a sickness, this way of thinking, and the conservative machine uses it to their advantage daily to expand their world view and demonize people like you and me. But in short, Trump could have been eating a live baby while delivering his "Merry Christmas" address. He's rich, visibly favored by God, and his followers need little else for proof.

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leontrollski 1 year 3 weeks ago

Speaking of Bible quotations: King James Version

Matthew 19:24

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

James 2 1-13

1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? 5Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?

8If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment

2 Timothy 3 1-9

1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

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DdC 1 year 3 weeks ago

The way I see it. Hate always trumps common sense. The alt reich and their mannequins would rather vote for their oppressors than liberals or people of color they hate. In hopes they get a little bit more out of the deal. They are blind followers, believers in the religious sense, they apply to politics. Voting party over person their Preacher tells them to vote for. While the left are similarly entranced with hate and both can be fixated on Love of their own side despite faults, which also trumps common sense. Like any commercial selling a product you didn't even know you wanted.

Neither the trappings of robes, nor temples of stone, nor a fixed liturgy, nor an extensive literature or history is required to meet the test of beliefs cognizable under the Constitution as religious. So far as our law is concerned, one person's religious beliefs held for one day are presumptively entitled to the same protection as the beliefs of millions which have been shared for thousands of years.
-- Judge Jack Weinstein,
New York State, 1977

Pat Robertson, Falswell sided with Nixon and helped bring in the Dixies for the Southern Strategy. Then Ralph Reed with questionable ties to Jack Abramoff forged the political wing in swift boat style win at all cost elections. It would be hard pressed to find a more bigoted group than religionists. No doubt a warning by the forefathers to maintain separation between church and state. I am a religion of one with no political party.

The United States is in no way founded upon the Christian religion
-- George Washington & John Adams,
in a diplomatic message to Malta.

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
-- Thomas Jefferson, 1814

"Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith . . . we need believing people."
Adolf Hitler, April 26, 1933,
Nazi Vatican Concordant of 1933 speech

I'm not siding entirely with Atheists drawing conclusions while Science has been diverted to profits over discovery of potential cures. Drawing conclusions makes both sides arrogant and ignorant. Although, I have never been interrupted by non-believers knocking on my door handing out pamphlets of a little white, blond haired Jesus with a haircut. Or the Scientologist Psycho-babble fascism is probably worse.

Christians have over 200 sects/cults and none of them really know jack shit, accumulated opinions. All of the major religions started and maintained their rituals with Entheogenic experiences. When various prohibitions removed them, Dogma and Hierarchy and another system of have and have nots emerged. Where we are heading by dissolving the middle class.

Ancient Temple Hashish Incense!
Did Jesus Inhale?

Same odds for a person to have faith in themselves. Its the obstacles placed by society that make or break a person. Not truth or much of reality if it gets in the way of profits. Ends always seem to justify means with the believers. Easier to teach them denial. Of coarse the liberals want clean air and water, they're Atheists!

Vultures like Reed, and Robertson Inc take advantage of the most vulnerable and troubled with promises for a nickel worth of trickle. When they only have a dime. Touch the TV and heal your gortar and like the witch trials, only the godly drown, those who don't are witches and burnt at the stake or hung. if you ain't healed you didn't pray hard enough.

"All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards whom it is directed will understand it. Therefore, the intellectual level of the propaganda must be lower the larger the number of people who are to be influenced by it."
~ Benito Mussolini,
"London Sunday Express,"
December 8, 1935

Always whining about putting their religion into everyone's public domain. In step with Neocons who want public domain sold to the highest bidder. Unless you know someone and slip them a few bucks. Or a relative. To the point of legislating their bigotry, and trying to force all races, creeds, colors, sexual orientation, and national origin to believe what they have been taught to believe.

Vote for who they are told to vote for. The History of bigotry extends thousands of years. From shunning and demonizing people and practices to stoning them, not the good kind either. The gall of how they dupe the congregation / constituents to commit treason over their social cjurch clubs. Always selling something they claim is for anyone and everyone. If that's true, then why do they get to sell it?

Their dominionism gives them dominance over everything. Say they. They even have a book to prove it. They've reverted back into the primitive fight or flight areas of the brain. ECS deficiency while consuming vast amounts of sugar, booze, white powders, fake food and hate. Getting back to making the rich richer.

We should resist the temptation to identify our religious convictions with the platform of a party or the platitudes of favored politicians.

I want to be invisible. I do guerrilla warfare. I paint my face and travel at night. You don't know it's over until you're in a body bag."
--Ralph Reed

Simply put, Abramoff crony Scanlon wrote in an e-mail to one of the Coushattas' lawyers, we want to bring out the wackos to vote against something and make sure the rest of the public lets the whole thing slip past them. The wackos get their information [from] the Christian right, Christian radio, mail, the internet, and telephone. And that's what Reed was paid to do: froth up the wackos on behalf of the morons and the monkeys.
~ The Sins of Ralph Reed

The hook was and remains racism and classism. Instilling fear that the liberals bureaucracy pays blacks and browns welfare with "their" tax money. They refuse to see offshore tax dodging as a reason. Outsourcing is blamed on Unions that lead to right to work for less and skip the dues and keep the bennies crap. Easier to side with hate and blame the poor.

Even though rural whites are the poorest in the nation. One anthem has been sung and sung louder since fossil fools realized they might face competition. Tinkle down Voodoo Exxonomics, Deny deny deny. Denialism fits all issues. Spherical planets, nope. Gravity, nope. The bottom line is profits on dirty businesses. Fossil fools, coal, Trees, fracking, crude oil, nukes and the pollution it creates. I see them as suicidal lapdogs or chihuahuas.

The time has now come to amend the Constitution to restore freedom of speech for America's people of faith. What our children need more than to learn to read and write and add and subtract is to know Jesus Christ.
Ralph E. Reed, Jr.

The Bible is not my book, and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.
-- Abraham Lincoln

Neocons retain power by pitting the left and right against each other. A religious war with the wealth accumulated by peoples donations to fight a religious war. To make the country a Theocracy. Then cash in on purchased politicians to gut more of the Treasury as they see fit. Trumpists Days of Christmas is his religion. Its how much they can sell to stuff under a dead tree ordained with silver balls.

For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
~ Jeremiah 10:2-5
~ X-mas Hype and Hysteria: 6 Reasons Why It Isn't Worth It

Another man made ritual worshiped over life itself. Same as the flag worshipers siding with nationalist racist symbols made of foreign plastic over oppression of Americans. The way they were taught in a narrow minded simplistic existence. In isolation for generations. Making their own laws of physics. The harm comes to good or "believers" from the devil. Who lives with the crude oil and fracked gas, Uranium and coal they get paid to remove. Or the good god above who buried it in the first place, who punishes sinners? That's anyone who doesn't believe.

The Psychedelic Secrets of Santa Claus
Although most people see Christmas as a Christian holiday, many of the symbols and icons we associate with Christmas celebrations are actually derived from the shamanistic traditions of the tribal peoples of pre-Christian Northern Europe.

The sacred mushroom of these people was the red and white amanita muscaria mushroom, also known as “fly agaric.” These mushrooms are now commonly seen in books of fairy tales, and are usually associated with magic and fairies. This is because they contain potent hallucinogenic compounds, and were used by ancient peoples for insight and transcendental experiences.

The True Spirits of an Old-Time Christmas
Wantonness, Misrule and Chambering
Well, of course they had a good time during those wonderful nostalgic Christmases of the Good Old Days! Dressing up in the opposite sexes clothes, or some other uproarious costume, drowning in a steady flow of booze, and empowered by the anonymity and safety of unsanctioned public holiday gatherings! Back when agricultural cycles determined the pace and tone of human life Christmas was a month or more carnival of ritualized class upheaval, and generalized social and personal "Misrule." Let me be your Digital Ghost of Christmas Past and show you a bit of a Christmas past now so denied as to be forgotten by our cultural memory.

9 Goldman Sach's, 5 Gen-er-als 2 nepotist and a slew of Billionaires in a pear tree. Social security or medicaid or even a free interstate highway is a missed opportunity to profit. None of which tinkles down. Food and Health care is an essential part of life, but even that is seen by Neocons, mostly republican and blue dawg dems, as a privilege. Wall St Neocons have inched its way into power since Nixon took over the Dixiekrats wondering around in the desert after Wallace was shot.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to me: because you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.
~ Hosea 4:6

Reagan and Bush increased power and clinton joined right in with NAFTA/GATT and gutting the Higher Education Act keeping many it was designed for, kept out of tuition assistance for life with any drug arrest. Even simple possession clinton did, inhaling or not. Part of a 3 strikes sentencing farce. Some with mandatory minimum sentencing fear mongering 90% into no contest guilty pleas. Handy coincidences edited out of school curriculum was that many Wall St industries started with IG Farben and the Nazi's.

From Whom Did the Fascists Get Support?

Italian fascism and German Nazism had their admirers within the U.S. business community and the corporate owned press. Bankers, publishers, and industrialists, including the likes of Henry Ford, traveled to Rome and Berlin to pay homage, receive medals, and strike profitable deals. Many did their utmost to advance the Nazi war effort, sharing military industrial secrets and engaging in secret transactions with the Nazi government, even after the United States entered the war. During the 1920s and early 1930s, major publications like Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, Saturday Evening Post, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Christian Science Monitor hailed Mussolini as the man who rescued Italy from anarchy and radicalism.

Much of the media favored Hitler and Mussolini's efficiency and over looked the oppression to get it. With the TV dumbing down the population and money as the new god. Well I'm kicking back on the left coast smoking a joint of Sativa called Super Haze. Makes Trump sound as funny as he looks with the orange face, white raccoon circles and that wig has a life of its own.

"I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you. I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you. Yes, hate is good...Our goal is a Christian nation. We have a Biblical duty, we are called by God, to conquer this country. We don't want equal time. We don't want pluralism."
--Randall Terry, Founder of Operation Rescue,
The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 8-16-93
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zapdam. 1 year 3 weeks ago

“We will be saying 'Merry Christmas' once again!” JUST GOES TO show you how STUPID the American voters are.

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The Thom Hartmann Program - Aug 30th 2018

It seems it's all racism, all the time w/the GOP...Neo-Nazi robocall hits Iowa on Molly Tibbett’s murder: “KILL THEM ALL. ” Richard Wolff drops by about the National Debt. Is it a disaster or an OK thing? Also - Trump & The National Enquirer - Is the Economy Here To Serve Us Or Are We Here to Serve the economy?