Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Quotation Of The Day: The Future Of American Evangelicalism Edition

From Alan Jacobs:
There’s a lot of talk about Trump dominating the evangelical vote, but most of the enthusiasm for him came from people who call themselves evangelicals but don’t go to church. Church-going evangelicals stayed home in large numbers. However: people who call themselves evangelicals but don’t go to church are the future of American evangelicalism.

Monday, November 14, 2016

A Minor And Somewhat Silly Musing About The Twilight Zone And Changes In The Political Landscape

I freely admit the following is silly. The nation, however, seems to be entering Rod Serling territory, so, "Picture if you will, . . ."

Donald Trump has appointed Breitbart News executive Steve Bannon as his "chief strategist and senior counselor." The post doesn't require Senate approval, so Mr. Bannon will serve at Mr. Trump's pleasure.

There is a tenuous but interesting South Dakota connection to Bannon. Lee Stranahan, a strong supporter of erstwhile United States Senate candidate Annette Bosworth throughout her fraught candidacy, is a reporter with Breitbart.

Donald Trump has also appointed Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff. I'm guessing, and I am certainly willing to be corrected, that Priebus would be the chief intermediary South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard would talk with should the governor require assistance from the Oval Office.

Here's where the Twilight Zone music starts going. Daugaard distanced himself from Trump during the latter stages of the campaign. Assuming all phones are working properly, has American politics come to the place where Bosworth can call Stranahan who can call Bannon who will talk to Trump on her behalf before the White House switchboard will connect Daugaard to Priebus and have Priebus present Daugaard's request to Trump?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

A Post Election Essay Test

First, I want to apologize to the folks whose comments were hung up in comment moderation purgatory, I have not been very attentive to this blog. I have no excuse for much of the summer. Lately, however, I have been trying to keep up with young'uns learning about China, qualified immunity, the Internet of Things, Wuthering Heights, Anna Karenina, The Grapes of Wrath, excerpts from the Aeneid, and a bunch of Norse mythology. I will do my best to keep the post free of Ragnarok references.

Please answer all of the following in complete sentences and provide concrete details to support your answers.

Question 1: As of this writing, Donald Trump has won the electoral votes necessary to be elected President, but Hillary Clinton is leading in the popular vote. Paul Ryan has claimed that Donald Trump has a mandate to lead. What mandate does losing the popular vote provide?

Question 2: Part 1: Given his desire to "open up libel laws, has Donald Trump provided any assurances that he will actively work to protect the entirety of the First and Fourth amendments? Part 2: Is there any evidence that Mr. Trump knows what an ex post facto law is or that such laws are blatantly unconstitutional?

Question 3: This one is for my evangelical brothers and sisters. In your efforts to keep Hillary Clinton, a woman frequently viewed as Jezebel, out of the Oval Office, what assurances can you give that you have not elected Rehoboam?