Why it’s important to stop confusing the two.

The Christian Evangelical movement in the United States has become a powerful influence on American politics, culture, and media during the past four decades. The earliest proponents of the “Moral Majority” were unabashed and unashamed of their efforts to turn their large and loyal following into a powerful voting bloc. Among these leaders were Jerry Falwell, Sr. and Paul Weyrich, who made no secret of their desire to leverage the power of their numbers into a seat at the political table.

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That seat was gladly granted as it became apparent that the “religious” right could move an electorate — and an election — for or against a candidate. And it wasn’t just for those two. Over the years, seats at the highest levels of civic and political life have been granted to countless others, including James Dobson, Oral Roberts, Pat Robertson, Kenneth Copeland, Mike Huckabee and Paula White. …


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Today, I offered the opening prayer in the NC Senate for the 155th Session of the North Carolina General Assembly.

Our Father, who art in heaven; hallowed be thy name.

Dear God, we come before you today, united in our eternal need for your wisdom and guidance, your love and your grace. We ask that you bless this Senate and every Senator as they seek to do good for the people of this state.

We pause today to remember Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood who gave their lives in support for, and protection of, the cause of democracy; the same democracy that every member of this body is charged to support and protect. …


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It took Donald Trump four short years to destroy what it took real Americans 244 years to build. The shame of it all is that he did it with the whole country — nay the whole world — watching him the entire time. To say the modern day Republican party is complicit is a fact no longer in dispute. To assert that Fox News, OANN, Parler, Sinclair Broadcast Group, and a host of right-wing fringe actors are (and have been) a clear and present danger to the republic is incontrovertible.

It is not enough, though, to point fingers indiscriminately without drilling down to the key causes of the ongoing insurrection that boiled over in earnest on January 6. Indeed, there were many opportunities during the past four years for America to pivot, to come to her senses and get back to reality, truth, virtue, and continue on the path toward a more perfect union. Instead of the road less traveled, America chose the wide and broad road. …


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Each week, I profile my trending stories on the platform. I also like to spotlight stories that have been around for a while but have become relevant again due to current events or still garner significant readership.

Most Read This Week:

An Open Letter to Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz

My new story, An Open Letter to Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, has gone viral on Twitter. It captures the mood of many in the country who are disappointed in their leadership. Let me know in the comments how you are feeling about the events of 6 January. …


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Senators:

Understanding that you are both quite busy these days with sedition strategies and reputation rehabilitation, here’s the bottom line up front: neither of you will ever be president. Any window to the presidency that was open to you on January 5 was quickly and cacophonously slammed shut on January 6 when the windows of the US Capitol were broken and thousands of “patriots” stormed the building and chased your colleagues into underground bunkers.

The symbolic imagery could not be more striking. As your supporters peed and pooped in Capitol hallways, as they ransacked offices, file cabinets, and closets in the seat of American democracy, as they stole sensitive national security data and state secrets; it was impossible not to think of you two and your lofty ambitions because that angry, seditious mob peed and pooped on those too. …


On January 6, 2021, armed protestors stormed the US Capitol and took over the Senate chamber, the Office of the Speaker of the House, the Capitol Rotunda, and the Capitol Grounds. The Vice President of the United States and the Speaker of the House had to be shuffled out of the chambers to secure locations as the chaos broke out. The riotous mob literally chased members of law enforcement through the halls and stairways of the Capitol.

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And Donald Trump loves every minute of it.

While the media struggled to call to mind the appropriate words to even qualify the images being piped into homes around the world, Trump reveled in the images with glee, like a pig in a pen, who’s bathed head to toe in bucket after bucket after bucket of slop. …


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Donald Trump is a relic. At 74 years old, he represents another era. This is not simply conjecture; Trump has proudly made this clear. His electoral and life goals are to, “Make America Great Again.” For Trump — and many who worship him — this means returning to a time when the powerful could do, say, take, and harm whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. With few exceptions, the powerful is code for White men.

Of the “good old days,” Trump has spoken with such fondness:

Oh, I love the old days, you know?…I love the old days, you know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out in a stretcher, folks. Oh, it’s true. I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you…Knock the crap out of him.


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Donald Trump has been the center of America’s attention since he descended the escalator in June 2015 and launched his successful presidential bid on a platform of racism, xenophobia, division, anger, grievance, and victimhood. As his single-term presidency comes to an end, 2021 holds the promise of little in the way of positive news for the embattled and embittered face of the Republican party. Over the next 12 months, Trump is sure to face:

Irrelevance

Of all the problems looming on the horizon when Trump exits the White House for the last time, it is the issue of irrelevance that will have the worst impact on him. In just shy of three weeks, Trump will lose the almost limitless power, addictive fame, and universal protections that the presidency affords. Former presidents do not enjoy round-the-clock national attention like current presidents do, which Trump is soon to find out. When all but the most devoted sycophants and right-wing media outlets largely ignore his Twitter tantrums and publicity stunts, it will sting — bad. It is hard for normal, well-grounded men to move on from the presidency. …


Yes, Trump made the list.

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The year 2020 was like no other in our lifetimes. If “2020” had been a movie instead of real life, movie goers would have exited theaters grumbling that it was too unrealistic and nothing like that could ever really happen.

So, what of 2021? Merely turning the page on the calendar is not enough to change one’s life or the state of the nation, but 2021 will bring some new storylines along with some very familiar ones.

Former President Trump

On January 20 at noon, Donald Trump will become a former president. His attempts to overthrow the will of 81 million voters notwithstanding, Trump will be forced to leave the people’s house in three short weeks. The normal tradition has been for former presidents to offer a proud and resolute wave, climb the steps to the chopper, and head off to their post-presidency life, with memoir deadlines, presidential library plans, and the opportunity to make up for lost time with family and friends to keep them busy. …


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The great state of Kentucky is represented in the US Senate by two Republicans, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. Respectfully, and with a nod to kindness and civility, these are two of the worst people in the world.

McConnell has a reported net worth of $30 million (though the bulk of this stems from an inheritance his wealthy mother-in-law left to his wealthy wife, Donald Trump’s Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao). Paul, an ophthalmologist since 1993, is reportedly worth approximately $2.5 million. The per capita income for Kentuckians is $28,178; the median household income is $50,589. So, both senators fare much better than the average Kentuckian. …

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