Trump-Russia is not a hoax

If you are not yet reading Heather Cox Richardson’s daily Letters from an American—why not? I am an ordinary US citizen with the education of a theologian, biblical scholar, and pastor, and I work as a religious book publisher. My interests in current American politics are theological, ecclesial, pastoral. Heather Cox Richardson is a historyContinue reading “Trump-Russia is not a hoax”

How COVID-19 has sorted us out

Thomas Paine wrote: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” The trials of the American Revolution would distinguish the “summer soldier and the sunshine patriot” for the true patriot. Well, any crisis tries the souls of those who live through it. The crisis puts a spotlight on actors who must respond to it, andContinue reading “How COVID-19 has sorted us out”

Henry Wallace, varieties of fascism, and two classes of Trumpists (an experiment in diagnosis)

In which I discover Henry Wallace and reflect on his his diagnosis of different types of fascism in his 1944 essay about American fascism. I suggest two different types of Trumpism and conclude that both types are fascist, in the way in which Wallace understood fascism.

Where we are politically in the USA, and where I am

Trump lost the election, which has bought us some time. But Trump has not stopped claiming that he won, GOP senators and reps and apparatchiks have not repudiated him, and neither have the millions who voted for him. The lower-IQ Trumpists still speak of him as the best thing ever. The higher-IQ Trumpists still pretendContinue reading “Where we are politically in the USA, and where I am”

Speaking of Hitler

Are you comparing Trump to Hitler? Now there’s the ultimate third rail, right? A friend, reading my Facebook posts quoting from Stroud’s introduction to his selection of sermons preached under the Third Reich, asked me this question. Trump is not Hitler. Maybe Hitler is Trump’s (and our) Ghost of Christmas future. But Trump is notContinue reading “Speaking of Hitler”

Read Timothy Snyder; skip Ben Sasse

[Originally posted on Facebook May 24, 2019. I had been reading The Road to Unfreedom slowly, posting quotations and comments as I went. This was my concluding post.] OK, a concluding comment about Timothy Snyder, The Road to Unfreedom. For me Snyder was a scales-from-the-eyes read. His European and specifically Ukrainian and Russian focus throughContinue reading “Read Timothy Snyder; skip Ben Sasse”