Stopping Trump’s Re-election
Beating Trump — taking control of the Senate means taking on Evangelicals
What is referred to as the Religious Right first came out publicly in the late 1970s from the ultraconservative religious response to the sexual revolution. During the Reagan years a slew of Moderate Republicans warned their own party, Democrats, and the public that the religious right with Reverend Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority, Televangelist Pat Robertson, and his protégé Christian Coalition founder Ralph Reed were insinuating themselves into the political arena with the goal of controlling the U.S. government. Few believed them, while others both inside and outside of their party called them ‘paranoid’. Barry Goldwater was one of the few Conservatives to see the same threat.
Barry Goldwater: “Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”
As cited by theocracy watch, Robertson named his enemies in a 1992 newsletter, Pat Robertson Perspective, as being the National Organization for Women, the National Education Association, the National Council of Churches, the Gay-Lesbian Caucus, People for the American Way, and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. He lumped them together as being “the radical Left.”
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In 1994, PA Senator Arlen Spectre who grew up in Wichita, KS, warned that Evangelical Christian leaders were out to hijack the Republican party and how dangerous that would be for the country because of the Religious right’s take no prisoner philosophy. That same year Pat Robertson went on to rally followers at the National Christian Coalition Strategy Conference saying, “We are not coming up against just human beings to beat them in elections. We’re entering into spiritual warfare.” Religious power broker James Dobson, founder of the Family Research Council, tried using his political influence to prevent Spectre from being approved for a judiciary seat in 2005 because he supported Roe v Wade.
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The Religious Right, Evangelicals, and Value groups in 2020
Today every state has a Faith and Freedom Coalition. With Ralph Reed’s voter guide in hand they are mobilizing to help fill or hold Conservative seats at the state and federal level and retain control of red states come November. They are using a major strategy that worked in 2010 and 2016 that originated with Pat Robertson who once said the attack against Liberals should mirror General Douglas MacArthur’s attack against the Japanese, “bypassing their strongholds, surrounding them, isolating and bombarding them, before blasting individuals out of their power bunkers in hand-to-hand combat. He called it the battle to regain the soul of America and standing up for family values.
Ralph Reed’s army and the massive fundraising arm of his National Faith and Freedom Coalition prints tens of millions of flyers which are handed out across the country with information on Liberal and Conservative candidates, highlighting differences in their social and religious values so voters have an informed choice and the knowledge to vote for candidates representing faith based values. The basic premise of the national coalition comes from Alexis de Tocqueville’s words that religion alone is the safeguard of morality and morality is the best and surest pledge for the survival of freedom.”
Influencing voters using dark money and misinformation
The KOCH’s, right wing PAC’s, and religious groups, most of which have received tax free status following Trump’s ending the Johnson Amendment via executive order not long after first taking office, are spending millions of dollars to launch and sustain a frontal attack against Democrats and Progressives during every state and federal election cycle including the 2020 presidential campaign using television and radio ads, social media, and both right wing religious and Conservative websites along with those of White Nationalist groups , warning that ‘Liberals and rogue Republicans’ would undo Trump’s accomplishments and future plans to ‘protect voting rights from illegal immigrants’, overturn Roe v Wade and LGBT Civil Liberties through the placement of more right wing judges on the Supreme Court and end the separation of church and state. And of course by swearing that media attacks against Conservatives are “fake news”, Trump’s favorite catch phrase.
Republicans who are not for us, are against us
Evangelicals and their Conservative counter parts are determined to insure no candidate is elected or re-elected who disagrees with any part of Trump or GOP policies. One major example was The Kansas Conservative nominee for governor in 2018, Secretary of State Kris Kobach who has a long and public history of negativity towards Moderates. He made that clear again when he demanded the recording of committee votes in the Legislature to highlight Republicans who didn’t vote in line with the GOP agenda. In other states Conservatives and Trump call Moderates in their party fake Republicans, turncoats, and buddies of Nancy Pelosi and Liberals.
Evangelical Christian’s and certain other Fundamentalist religious faiths are the greatest threat to the Civil Rights and Liberties which were hard won through the shedding of blood and tears by Dr. Martin Luther King, women, blacks, the LGBT community and their advocates spanning three generations. And tragically the Religious Right’s most ardent defenders are Conservative Republicans and Trump. The million dollar question is will American voters, Democrats, Progressives and some Republicans take the threat seriously this time after ignoring Moderate Republicans warnings for decades. If not, it could be too late come November.
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