Welcome to the post-Christian right.

An interesting line from Rod Dreher:

Most churchgoing Christians who are Republican voted for other candidates in the primaries; Trump’s victory showed how little power religious and social conservatives have now…

…Trump is part of what it means to be in a post-Christian nation (and so, by the way, is Hillary, with the platform she’s running on). It is simply an illusion that traditional Christians are a silent majority in this country, and that if we only wake up, we can put matters aright.

A majority of self-described Evangelicals voted for Trump, but it seems that Christians who actually attend church voted for other Republican candidates.

It is not a bad thing for the various churches to stop being the Republican Party at Prayer. Republicans for their part are probably already seeing the writing on the wall and looking for ways to dump their retrograde church-going constituents the way the Democrats did years ago.

Future Presidential elections will all be between versions of Trump and Sanders.

An apelike Presidential candidate, some American version of the baboonish Hugo Chavez, who could capture the attention of both the Bernie Sanders morons and the Trumpkins would have no problem winning a general election and putting an end to the Constitutional order. Fortunately, that isn’t likely to happen soon because Sanders voters and Trump voters (despite their common economic frustrations, common preference for fantasy to reality, common resentments, and common desire for paternalistic, protectionist government) despise each other, and political preference is mostly a matter of taste and displaying one’s tribal markings.

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7 comments

  1. America is absolutely not a Christian nation or these candidates, and much of what we see lately, would simply not be possible.

    1. Get used to minority status.

  2. What does this say of self-described Evangelicals? Very interesting indeed. Were they a sector of society which was targeted by Evangelicals a while back, then by other groups? My guess is: yes.

    1. Probably simpler: Trumpistas who call themselves Evangelical are likely people whose grandparents were devoutly Evangelical, their parents less so, and themselves hardly at all, but who retain some of the loyalties and mental habits of faith without practicing it.

  3. P.S. Sorry I’m answering something you said in a previous post regarding our similar state of mind. You know why? We were born in a very unusual window of time. The generation before us were either for the Vietnam war or hippies. The generation after us grew up with technology, social media and a globalized market. We got to see the transition. When we were children a big color tv was a luxury. Smoked salmon was a luxury. CD players were a luxury. Gameboys were a luxury.
    We all also watched the same news programs (there were only three), which had the same standards. And entertainment was a shared experience. Cartoons had intended moral endings. Remember He-Man? Half the battle? Even the Golden Girls had moral themes. A shared experience means community. It breeds understanding and connectedness. We’re part of the last generation to have had that in a material way.

    1. Probably right. Gen X is fairly homogeneous and not much given to radicalism.

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