Monday, October 24, 2016

Given much, much will be demanded

A few days ago I wrote about likely low GOP turnout. I had mentioned two possible reasons. One is if the election is rigged (as Donald Trump says repeatedly) why bother to vote? The other is if the choice is a candidate they’re taught to despise and one they find appalling, why vote?

Now I’ve heard a third reason. Trump has shown himself to be highly sexist and the rest of the party hasn’t repudiated him. Many women see that as betrayal.

The first two reasons directly affect votes for president. The third directly affects votes for Senate and House. To Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: Keep talking, gentlemen.

Yesterday I wrote that one part of the GOP playbook is to manufacture fear. Mark Anderson of Daily Kos has a few details on the kinds of fear Trump and the GOP are selling. Anderson says that’s because the GOP doesn’t have any other ideas. I’d amend that – the GOP doesn’t have any ideas that are palatable to the general public, and especially not to their base. That includes such things as dismantling Social Security.

From the Bible, Luke 12:48:
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
This seems to be a fitting context to a post by David Akadjian on Daily Kos. He sees a central question in this election. Should greater success come with greater responsibility?

Hillary Clinton has said she favors higher taxes on the rich, to make sure the next generation has the resources and education with low barriers for their own success. Responsibility comes with success.

Donald Trump has proposed tax ideas that show he believes that success has nothing to do with responsibility beyond oneself and one’s business.

Which candidate is being supported by the fundamentalists? Which one is more fully living biblical ideas?

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