Class Warfare Blog

June 1, 2018

It’s Called Leverage, Evangelicals, L-E-V-E-R-A-G-E

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 1:18 pm
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It is wrong to say that the Evangelical Christian vote elected Donald Trump. Just selecting out some segment of the electorate and claim that were those votes not there, he never would have won is a logical fallacy. But … it is true that if those votes were to be withdrawn, Mr. Trump probably couldn’t get re-elected, nor could a great many Repubs get elected in the midterm elections. This is called “having political leverage.”

It seems that Evangelical Christians have this leverage (in spades) but they do not seem to be using it. It is rare that people supply money and votes and then just take a seat in the Peanut Gallery to see what happens. Most groups or powerful individuals show up with a list of things they want done. When that list is brought, the argument usually goes “If you want our support in the next election,…” Surely Evangelicals voted for Donald Trump for reasons and that there are things they want to see happen. In addition, there are any number of moral issues that Christians could be expected to chime in on. Plus there are economic issues facing Christians that Evangelical leaders could be chiming in on. But all we hear is <cricket, cricket>.

In the know pols watch the Evangelical’s leverage slipping away and it brings tears to their eyes. They work their asses off to get even a small part of the leverage Evangelicals have now and would work like crazy to turn even that little bit of leverage into things they want.

Take the issue of separating underage children from people targeted for deportation. The children may have been born here and are therefore citizens but they are beneath the age of consent. Should not their parents be making such momentous decisions for them? Shouldn’t the children be kept with the parents and, if the parents are actually to be deported, shouldn’t the family together decide whether the child goes with them or stays? Shouldn’t we uphold those family values? Don’t Christians have an opinion on this? If they have, it hasn’t been said very loudly and it certainly hasn’t been put to the President with leverage behind it.

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10 Comments »

  1. Not sure if this fits here … but now that the “churches” can get financially involved in politics, doesn’t this mean they will have considerably MORE leverage to influence election results? And perhaps even have more sway on persuading elected officials?

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    Comment by Nan — June 1, 2018 @ 2:07 pm | Reply

    • I suspect. Trump was “promising” to eliminate the law prohibiting church involvement in politics.

      On Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 2:07 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 1, 2018 @ 9:04 pm | Reply

  2. 83% of (white) evangelicals voted for this human dirty bomb.

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    Comment by john zande — June 1, 2018 @ 2:41 pm | Reply

  3. I’m not so sure they’re not using it, but only for a select few things. They seem to care only about three things- abortion, gay marriage and evolution taught in school. Real problems concerning the well being and health of all people and families, creating a healthy sustainable environment ( after all, their god provided the earth for them), people of all races and genders being treated with kindness and equality and other serious issues, are not their concern. I know there are exceptions, but we don’t hear these people speak up.

    I’m so disgusted with evangelicals, fundamentalists and trump supporters and their despicable comments and their petty “woe is me” and “gods gonna send you to hell” and the racist hateful bigotry of trumps supporters. I find humanity at its lowest point.

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    Comment by maryplumbago — June 1, 2018 @ 2:52 pm | Reply

  4. Did you by chance see this, Steve?
    The Republicans must be choking on their drool.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/judge-agrees-to-halt-fetal-heartbeat-abortion-law-in-iowa/ar-AAy779B

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    Comment by Arkenaten — June 1, 2018 @ 3:01 pm | Reply

    • They are not interested in smaller government you will notice. They want government intervention in very private affairs instead.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 1, 2018 @ 9:08 pm | Reply

      • I shook my head when read it. Seriously, I just can’t believe the US has these type of people anywhere near anything vaguely resembling policy.
        What next an image of Charlton Heston holding up the ten commandments alongside the national flag?

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        Comment by Arkenaten — June 2, 2018 @ 3:51 am | Reply

  5. There’s leverage, alright, but it’s not evangelicals who have leverage over Trump, it’s Trump who has leverage over evangelicals. Because who do you think evangelicals would vote for, some godless commie Muslim-lovin’ Democrat, or Trump?
    The only groups who really have leverage over Trump are those who a) can switch their vote from a Republican to a Democrat pretty easily, or b) give him money, or c) blackmail him. And because Trump is convinced in his tremendous campaigning and deal-making abilities to make every voter love him, he probably only really cares about (b) and (c).

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    Comment by List of X — June 2, 2018 @ 7:34 am | Reply

    • Think about it (because Trump either won’t or can’t): a group of people who love “The Donald” would be saying “We won’t love you unless …” Leverage it is.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 2, 2018 @ 7:38 am | Reply

      • You’ve just mentioned the real L-word that defines the evangelicals’ relationship to Trump – “love”, not “leverage”.
        And love is irrational, and therefore, and it’s more often “we love you despite…”, not “we love you only as long as you meet certain conditions…”

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        Comment by List of X — June 3, 2018 @ 6:10 am | Reply


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