There is entirely too much noise these days. Merriam-Webster defines noise as “loud, confused, or senseless shouting or outcry”, and Wikipedia defines it as “unwanted sound judged to be unpleasant, loud or disruptive to hearing”. Both are apt descriptions of what we are experiencing today. The noise is coming from the White House, it is coming from the GOP, and it is coming from the evangelicals. Mostly, it is coming from the Fool on the Hill, Donald Trump, and his hired sycophants. The noise is obnoxious and annoying, but worse, it is dangerous.
Robert Jeffress, an evangelical pastor who, by the way, won Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award in November 2016 for his bigoted and mindless bleating, is back in the news this week. He appeared on Fox News’ program Fox and Friends Sunday where he said …
“I don’t pretend to speak for all evangelicals but this week I have been traveling the country and I’ve literally spoken to thousands and thousands of evangelical Christians, I have never seen them more angry over any issue than this attempt to illegitimately remove this president from office, overturn the 2016 election and negate the votes of millions of evangelicals in the process. And they know that the only impeachable offense President Trump has committed was beating Hillary Clinton in 2016. That’s the unpardonable sin for which the Democrats will never forgive him. And I do want to make this prediction this morning: If the Democrats are successful in removing the president from office, I’m afraid it will cause a Civil War-like fracture in this nation from which this country will never heal.”
A ’Civil War-like fracture’? I would rebut that Donald Trump has intentionally and with purpose caused the divide that is driving people apart in this nation. He has denigrated everyone in one way or another, except of course his loyal fan base who don’t seem to understand the effect of his words and actions. But, Mr. Jeffress’ words are dangerous, for some may well see them as a call to action.
The United States is a secular nation … that is, no religion determines policy, but policy is driven by the good of the nation as a whole. The U.S. Constitution calls for separation of church and state. And yet, Mr. Jeffress objects to that, as well …
“There is no such thing as a separation of church and state in the Constitution. We have allowed the secularists, the atheists, the humanists to hijack our Constitution and pervert it into something our forefathers never intended.
And I’m gonna say this. I’m gonna say this, and it may cost me some book sales, but I’m gonna say it anyway. Thank God we have a president like Donald J. Trump who understands that. I don’t like seeing my friend under attack like he is under right now, but I don’t like the prospect of what’s going to happen in America if we allow the left to seize control of this country again.”
‘Scuse me, Mr. Jeffress, but I am in the group that you say have hijacked our Constitution, and I am not taking your words sitting down. This nation wasn’t founded only for you evangelicals, but for all who live here, regardless of their religious views. I have worked and paid taxes in this country since I was 13 years old, some 55 years ago. I am a citizen, though not proud to be at this moment. I vote … I vote in every election. I have a voice in the government of this country. I have taken no less than three graduate-level courses in Constitutional Law. I have actually read the entire U.S. Constitution … many times … have you? So just how the Sam Hell do you think I have fewer rights than you and your bigoted followers?
I respect your right to believe as you wish, to follow the tenets of whichever religion you choose, but I’ll be damned if you’re going to take away my rights to have as much say in the governance of this nation as you do. And frankly, I’m a hell of a lot nicer than you are, for I care about people, about animals, about nature and our planet, whereas the only thing you seem to care about is wealth and your cockeyed religion, even though your interpretation of your religion is about hate, not love. If I could award you Idiot of the Week a second time, I surely would.
See, folks, this is what all that noise does … it makes us all angry, puts us in fight mode, even when we don’t want to be. It gives us ulcers, nightmares, and sleepless nights, loss of appetite for food and too much appetite for other substances. And, perhaps most importantly, it keeps us rattled and distracted so we may not be keeping our eye on the ball as we should. Perhaps that is the intent?
In addition to Jeffress, we have people starting conspiracy theories that are too idiotic, too inane to even mention. And it’s not just the crew over at Fox, though they are certainly doing their fair share of it. The republicans are coming out of the woodwork with theories about FBI agents, Adam Schiff, Obama, and others that have absolutely no basis in fact, but … I guess it’s simpler than having to admit that you threw your lot in with a president who is almost certainly guilty of violating the very laws he took an oath to uphold, and who is facing impeachment by, at the very least, the House of Representatives.
There is one part of me that truly wishes the media would stop publishing his every word, would stop covering the fools who are trying to cover his sorry patootie. Yes, I know … First Amendment rights, need to know, and freedom of the press, which I support fully … 100%. But, responsible reporting … yes, we need to know what is happening, but I’m not sure we need to know every ignominious, hate-filled bit of rhetoric that Trump tweets. Most of it is meaningless, almost every word is a lie anyway. There must surely be room for balance. If it is relevant or apropos of anything, then yes, we need to know. But his eternal and meaningless rants do nothing more than rile us all, and that is not healthy for us or for the nation.