The Blue Church

I have no hope that Trump will be a good president, but I’m not particularly bothered by him either. Sure, he is a clown, but then so was the last guy (a priggish, condescending clown), and the guy before him (an ideological clown) and the guy before that guy (a white trash clown). Trump is more of the same without the veneer of respectability. Some people like him for just that reason; maybe I understand the appeal even if I don’t feel it.

Other people are in full emotional meltdown. Every time you think lefty hysterics are about to subside, they come out with another round of wailing. Aren’t they embarrassed?

One Reddit commenter offered this analysis: There are no original ideas here but it is a good synthesis of the problem.

Blue Team Progressivism is a church, offering you moral superiority and a path to spiritual enlightenment. As a church it’s got a lot going for it. It runs religious programming on television, all day every day. Every modern primetime program is like a left-wing Andy Griffith show, reinforcing lessons of inclusion, tolerance, feminism, and anti-racism.

Watching a 90-pound Sci-Fi heroine beat up a room full of giant evil men is as satisfying to the left as John Wayne westerns were for the right.

The Blue Church controls the HR department, so even if you don’t go to church, you have to act like a loyal churchgoer in every way that matters while you’re on the clock. And off the clock, on any kind of public social media platform.

Jon Stewart and John Oliver are basically TV preachers. Watching them gives the same sense of quiet superiority your grandma gets from watching The 700 Club. The messages are constantly reinforced, providing that lovely dopamine hit, like an angel’s voice whispering, “You’re right, you’re better, you’re winning.”

Hollywood award shows are like church talent shows – the skits and jokes aren’t really funny, but it’s fun to look at the pretty girls, and you’re all on the same team. . . .

For the first time in decades, voters explicitly rejected the Blue Church, defying hours of daily cultural programming, years of indoctrination from the schools, and dozens of explicit warnings from HR.

Hysterics and conspiracy theories are the marks of a dominant force feeling a threat to its power. I was always surprised by my encounters with Spanish-speaking Catholicism with its deep paranoia about the machinations of Masons, Jews and los Anglo-Sajones, and its tendency towards self-indulgent conspiracy theory. It is the reaction of a once dominant cultural force that does not want to acknowledge that it has lost the battle (we didn’t lose, we were betrayed!), that it has no innate right to rule, that its truths are not self-evident. The steady refusal to admit reality only hastens its unraveling.

 

 

 

 

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17 comments

  1. Very interesting. I am somewhat optimistic about Trump, which is actually unusual for me, but regardless,I am absolutely delighted to have watched people reject the “blue church.” Regardless of what the particular idol or power structure is, I always find it hopeful when people manage some critical thought in spite of all the forces working against them.

    1. His cabinet picks all look like grown-ups. Could have been worse.

  2. So you’re not concerned with the fraud aspect of Trump? The outright negation that free trade has changed the world for the better and so forth?

    1. Over the last year I’ve expounded at length on Trump’s inadequacies and I haven’t changed my mind.

      1. And yet you equate him to the previous presidents, therefor rationalising his positions.
        When Crazy Christian InsanityBytes endorses Trump she can only do so by setting aside his entire life, positions, mindset and “morals”. That’s primordially dishonest. She’s delighted and “hopeful” even! Superb. Was it the 3rd divorce or the child out of wedlock that did it for her?

      2. Yes, I generally have a low opinion of politicians. If they were good people they would be engineers or doctors or something.

      3. The problem is your dismissal of method and evidence. The reason we know certain things lead to certain results is testing. Setting aside testing by equating it with conclusions reached without testing is intellectually dishonest.

      4. I have a hard time following you. Have you been drinking again? What time is it, noon over there?
        I mean, there is a certain dishonesty in someone who bashes Clinton for his moral failings but ignores Trump’s (or vice versa) but I am not doing that, I am equating behavior which is, in fact, equivalent.
        If there is any sophistry it is in the fact that I compare his weakest points to those of two men – Obama’s inexperience and Clinton’s piggishness – and imply it is equally bad when in fact it as bad as both combined. But that slight-of-hand isn’t what you are driving at.

      5. Seriously? Any thoughts on intent?

      6. I’ll expand… Bush II, for example, was raised in a conservative household. He believed in certain things, he was straightforward about it. Agree or disagree with him he set forth his vision of the world. Trump has no vision for the world. His only allegiance is to himself. His proposals are ridiculous in a global market. The first thing putting up tariffs on foreign products does is to raise the price of those products for Americans.

      7. I wasn’t comparing Trump and Bush as human beings. Bush seemed to be a good person, Trump does not. Bush however was imprudent, and I think Trump will be imprudent too.
        The point is that as much as there is to distrust and dislike, Trump’s obvious flaws are not new to American politics or the Presidency. Other fools and bad men have inhabited the White House in living memory. The hysterics coming from the left are out of proportion.

      8. I’m still hoping there’s a plane crash and Tillerson gets to be president.

      9. He’s very impressive.

  3. “When Crazy Christian InsanityBytes endorses Trump she can only do so by setting aside his entire life, positions, mindset and “morals”. That’s primordially dishonest. She’s delighted and “hopeful” even!”

    Amen! I call that….the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He sets aside our “life, positions, mindset and morals.” It’s called grace. It’s not “primordially dishonest, ” it’s awesomely wonderful.

    I have no idea if Trump is a crazy Christian as I am, but “3 divorces and a child out of wedlock” are nothing compared to the powerful Blood of Christ.

    1. The question isn’t whether or not Donald Trump will go to heaven when he dies but whether or not he is fit to hold public office. The answers are 1) only God knows and 2) no.
      But since he has gotten himself elected to public office we may as well hope for the best.

      1. Well, “fit for office” according to the US Constitution is about being over 35 and a natural born citizen. So legally speaking, he is fit for office.

    2. Is that the same “Grace” you use to justify Uganda’s Kill the Gays Bill and defend the Evangelicals who pushed the idea? Your justification demonstrates my point perfectly. Morality and even religion are entirely irrelevant to you. Your real concerns are (perceived) identity and tribalism.

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