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There is hope yet the impeachment turns out well for staunch Democrats ... how I have become to hate Nancy Pelosi, the conservative in power. An obstructionist of liberal and progressive values in the Democratic party. Just like Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and John Kerry. Anything progressive and green on offer?

The straw that broke the camel's back? | Jordan Times Op-Ed by James Zogby

I have never forgotten a political cartoon that appeared in the midst of the Watergate impeachment investigation. It caricatured the strange relationship evangelical Christians had with then President Richard Nixon, and speaks to me today of the way the current group of right-wing preachers are dealing with President Donald Trump.

The cartoon was made up of a series of eight separate boxes. Shown in the background of each box was Richard Nixon speaking on the phone. Pictured in the foreground of each box was the face of a prominent evangelical Christian preacher. In the first seven boxes, Nixon is shown ordering the bombing of Cambodia, the invasion of Laos, surveillance of political opponents, criticising welfare benefits for the poor, etc. In the first seven, the preacher in the foreground is shown saying "Praise the Lord, truly this is a man of God."

In the eighth and final box of the cartoon, Nixon is on the phone using the obscene and vulgar language that appeared in the White House tapes he had been forced to surrender to a Senate investigative committee. In this box, on hearing Nixon's foul language, the preacher, in the foreground, looks shocked and says, "Tsk, tsk, a moral lapse!"


But when the White House was forced to release Nixon's secretly recorded phone conversations and they revealed the president's penchant for "colorful language", that was, as we say, "the straw that broke the camel's back".

While the matter in question was Nixon's language, it opened the door to a deeper rupture that allowed right-wing Christians to join the growing chorus of Americans, Democrats and Republicans, alike, who recognised that Nixon had abused the office of the presidency and who now were calling for his impeachment.

There are interesting parallels to the relationship Nixon had with the religious right and the way that their contemporary counterparts have embraced President Donald Trump. They say they support him because he promised and delivered on much of their conservative social agenda.


This past week we witnessed the first crack in this support for "their president": Trump's decision to order US troops in Syria to stand down and allow for a Turkish invasion of northeastern Syria. While the Turks say their goal is to create a "safe corridor" that will allow them to forcibly resettle Syrian refugees who have entered Turkey, they are also targeting the US-allied Kurdish militias, whom Turkey refers to as "terrorists".

The response of the religious right has been outrage and condemnation, focused narrowly on their professed concern with the rights of Christians. Said one evangelical preacher, "Kurdish Christians (and others among the brave Kurds) have stood up for the United States and for freedom and human dignity... What they are now facing from Erdogan's authoritarian Turkey is horrifying beyond words." Another called on his followers to "pray for the Christians who the Kurds have been protecting. They could be annihilated." And Pat Robertson, notorious for his "end of days" prophecies, declared that President Trump was in danger "of losing the Mandate from Heaven".  

Just a reminder, by losing the Evangelicals, Trump risks losing rightwing talk radio ... and he WILL lose reelection November 2020.

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Another worry if Trump loses the Evangelicals, this is the Republican base Netanyahu counts on to keep rightwing extremists on board and annex the West Bank, destroying any chance for Palestinian independence.

Christian evangelicals harvest land in settlements Israel hopes to annex | Reuters |
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by Oui on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 01:10:50 PM EST

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