While the magalomanic cult that has captured the Republican party feigns reverence for the Way, the Truth, and the Life, it embraces the opposite. A boisterous few have reached a level of discord that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards nailed with the lyric: Just as every cop is a criminal, and all the sinners saints; As heads is tails just call me Lucifer ’cause I’m in need of some restraint.
Trumpi-Inanity effectively leverages the FIBS tactic. The Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear that have been used by Joseph Goebbels, Joe McCarthy, and Stephen Miller only work with the constituency built by Donald Trump. Even though this tiny whiney minority is emotionally charged, intellectually stunted, and morally defective, such a gaggle of societal misfits carries a message that appeals to individuals inclined to betray every ideal the nation once held if they can indulge their bigotry.
Though it masquerades as “Christian Nationalism,” none of the group’s biblical heroes were white with the exception of Pontius Pilate who asked “What is truth?” Clearly MAGA cultists have a tenuous relationship with the truth and they continue to redefine it in ways that suit their unholy quest.
There appears to be no consistency within their distorted value proposition although we have seen how such cultists can be persuaded to consistently vote against their own interests. And, we must also understand that the people who have a sense of superiority, based upon nothing more than their skin pigmentation, will never accept any form of democracy that is multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-racial. They are quick to say that the United States is not a democracy but rather a republic. In actual fact it is an unrepresentative republic and an inauthentic democracy.
The unintelligent, unconditioned, and uncontrolled liberty touted by such malign actors is antithetical to everything Jesus taught and exemplified. And yet, the Luciferian doctrines are spewed weekly from church pulpits throughout the nation.
Since its inception in 1974, CPAC has grown into the largest and most influential gathering of pseudo-conservatives in the world. It is the conservator of nothing. During its conference held in Hungary they learned at the feet of Viktor Orbán who regards China, Russia, India, Singapore, and Turkey as models of governance. He simultaneously promotes anti-Americanism, Euroscepticism, and a persistent opposition to Western democracy.
As a featured speaker at CPAC Dallas, Orbán received a standing ovation. A headline in The New Republic read: “CPAC’s Four-Day Sermon of Unrelenting Fear Has Set Trumpism on a New Path.” Between 2010 and 2020, Hungary dropped 69 places in the Press Freedom Index and 11 places in the Democracy Index. Orbán’s government operates as a kleptocracy and that fact alone would make him a hero of the inheritors, skimmers, and hoarders of wealth.
In a July 2022 speech, Orbán criticized the “mixing” of European and non-European races, saying “We are not a mixed race and we do not want to become a mixed race.” Two days later he said that he was talking about cultures and not genetics. During his tenure Hungary has seen a curtailing of press freedom, an erosion of judicial independence, and the undermining of multiparty democracy.
Trump won the CPAC presidential straw poll with 69 percent of the vote. Texas Monthly displayed a banner headline which read: In Dallas, Donald Trump Provided a Violent Blueprint for Seizing Power. The ballroom featured five enormous screens that showed flames engulfing the American flag while the crackling sounds of fire were all pervasive.
Capturing the Supreme Court by installing graspable wingnuts may suggest the contempt for, and the demise of, constitutional imperatives will continue to play out in legal proceedings. But, if the inflammatory rhetoric emanating from CPAC is any indication, pseudo-conservatives are planning something far more violent.
If future historians are forced to write the post-mortem on American Democracy, they will likely focus on the extent to which the criminally insane were coddled and enabled by all three branches of government within the United States. Spiritual discernment is not a sought after feature within a counterfeit Christianity. The various off-brands would rather engage in the selective amplification, filtration, and contextualization of facts with the intent to deceive.
The Supreme Court has, in recent years, legalized political bribery. It has converted what Marshall McLuhan once described as a whirlpool of information into a cesspool of disinformation. And now it claims it has returned decision making authority to the people at the state level as it gives a wink and a nod to those engaged in political and racial gerrymandering, state legislatures that are now illegitimate.
Those who do enjoy some level of spiritual discernment can clearly understand that all the culture wars have just one purpose. And that is to distract us from the class warfare that has been thrust upon us. The Party of Unmitigated Selfishness that once called itself the Grand Old Party, has a record of filibusters and votes that reveal an unspoken value proposition for which they have no plausible deniability. Their platform is simply this: The rich get richer and the poor die.