Offhand, I'd say Trump's sucking up to the Religious Reich is all but begging for a war. Said war will be at least as political as it is religious, being that dear Donnie seems to be doing his best to violate and obviate the separation of church and state [hey, that kinda rhymes!]. What's worse is that, since he has no understanding of what he's doing beyond the utterly superficial, he is also not prepared to deal with the fallout from his actions, with his declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as a glaring case in point.
Trump isn't acting in a vacuum here, either. Fundamentalist Christianity is more or less aware that they're losing adherents and with them, traction, a fact they don't like very much, and it's a large part of the reason why they are doing everything they can to steer Trump in the directions they desire. So far, they have a willing stooge partner, but they have a problem which can be expressed in two words: Robert Mueller. When [not "if"] Mueller drops the hammer on Trump, the reverberation from that action will impact everything around him, and yes, that includes evangelical goodie-two-shoes Mike Pence. Dominionism's friends in high places will either be gone or irreversibly compromised, and with them, the public image of the brand of Christianity they've been promoting. This will also not go over very well with those of the First Estate.
The really big question is that, in such a position, will they want to go all the way to jihad? Yes, that's a very good question; it shows you're interested. If there are no other questions, class is dismissed.
Edit: One last matter. That war? It's of the CIVIL variety. Intramural, internal ... get my drift?
Bertold if it hasn't been about bringing about the Second Coming, it's been about turning the US into a biblical nation, ruled by Mosaic Law ... or BOTH. Either way, people need to be educated about what is going on and the danger involved. Yes, I know, most either don't care or can't be bothered, but the nettle must be grasped.
Yes, I read the book Civil War II: The Coming Breakup Of America by Thomas Chittum. It had many interesting things in it on both history and the way people in different areas of the US think.
What are y'all talking about? A civil war of any kind in the USA is as likely as an invasion from Mars. We are a passive domesticated people. We have our bread, circuses, and netflix. We type furiously in our chatrooms and on our forums, but half us don't even vote, which takes, for starters, getting up. Take up arms for this or that cause and risk dying? Nah, ballgame's on the widescreen and don't wanna miss the latest Walking Dead.
The general public? Maybe. US?!? Don't bet on it. Hell, Joan Denoo is way older than I am and I wouldn't get in her way if the shit hit the fan for all the tea in China! There are those of us who DO value what this country is about and are willing to fight for its continued existence ... and yeah, I sure as hell am one of 'em.
Sit on the sidelines if you want. I'm here to play.
I can't envision how a religious war might start in this country. Uh ... Trump is impeached and removed and evangelicals . . . shoot up mosques? Attack the local Democratic headquarters? (It wouldn't matter that only Republicans could remove him.) The U.S. Civil War was easy -- in that it was almost totally geographic. Boundaries were clear. Today? I don't know which of my neighbors are religiously nutty, and they don't know that I'm a Sanders socialist and Humanist. (Oh. The bumper sticker. Scratch #1.) Will they blow up my car by dark of night? Hope not; my bedroom's above the garage.
Any domestic action would look exactly like a felony, and be treated as such by law enforcement.
I can't say it's impossible, of course, but I just don't get how it would work.
Quite correct! Prince Erik rides up to do the bidding of King Donald. What a pathetic way for the United States of America to end!
Where are the Resisters when we need them?
“What a pathetic way for the United States of America to end!”
Joan, I doubt that Donald’s chaotic ways will let him make it to kinghood.
However, keep an eye on the law enforcement weaponry Bert mentioned.
Police weaponry will protect the descendants of the “rich and well born” Alexander Hamilton and the “opulent minority” James Madison spoke of at the 1787 Constitutional Convention.
The Founders didn’t foresee the political parties (the factions) that would arise soon after their government of investors, by investors, and for investors started operations.
The Founders didn’t foresee the problems their descendants would encounter. Those problems included the division of power between the Federal and State governments, slavery, the continent’s original occupants.
(The Monroe Doctrine tells us the Founders did foresee the ambitions of the rulers of other nations.)
The Founders can be forgiven for not seeing that only after World War Two, could their descendants set out to make the world safe for investors, ...via world empire.
Will Wall Street sociopaths let Donald make it to emperorhood? If they do, how long will they let him remain Emperor?
The US of A I envisioned never began.
Has law enforcement become the pawn of King Donald?
I think you need to provide evidence that a religious war is building up at all. Why do you believe that?
Without a doubt, Trump wants to be a war president. He wants to put on the face and regalia of an emperor who owns the world. He perceives other humans as ants in a glass box where he can watch them scurry after food and sex. He thinks all humans have the values of a lower form of an animal, no better than an experimental rat or pigeon.
I don't agree that he holds those views of humans, but I do agree he is interested in presenting himself as a strong American president the world shouldn't mess with. He is active against ISIS, takes a tough stance against North Korea, and even challenges the emerging power of China. (On a side note, the Chinese seem to enjoy Trump's bravado, though it may be at his expense.)
Trump's campaign implemented a strong Populist approach. He even encouraged the "Everyman" to speak at his rallies. So, even if what you say is true, his actions show he is concerned about people. However, his Populist approach also held some Nationlist undertones which I'm glad he's stepped away from. Don't want none of that, thank you. Concern over the American People? Count me in. Concern ONLY for the American People? That's a dark road.
I would also argue that these policies that he supports, those reducing the power and breadth of federal institutions, relates to Repubican beliefs about government than a reflection of Trump himself. Even if he wanted to be King, Congress can take it away. They can override a veto and also control the country's purse strings. The Power of the Purse is where the true power lies and I doubt Congress would ever give that up.
I remember a lot of people claiming to know what went on inside President Obama's head during his term as president. I'm not sure how helpful it is to do that.
What I did like about Obama is that he believed in the UN and trying to get international support on decisions. His "worldwide apology tour" did a great deal to improve relations. However, such an approach didn't work well against beligerents like ISIS and Russia. There is inherent problems and expectations when you're a world superpower.
On a side note, I'd like to see the EU examine itself. I doubt it will succeed in becoming a world power until it can hold its members accountable for controversial actions, like Merkel speaking on behalf of all of Europe, contributing to the poorly-managed Immigrant Crisis. If they are going to become a federal government they just need to come out and say it. Instead, they are being sneaky. Only one out of their seven institutions is properly representative of the European people. In my opinion, that is abhorrent. If they can fix problems like these maybe our country won't have to be such a solitary figure on the world stage. Maybe we can afford to elect more presidents like Obama.