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As the American chasm deepens, the individual sides are rapidly being drawn.
The breaking point is still undetermined but it is becoming increasingly more difficult to stay neutral on the issues. Perhaps it’s because much of what is unfolding is so flagrant.
On the right are American neo-cons. These mostly Republican voices see Donald Trump as an imposter, an uninvited guest who engineered a hostile takeover of the party. Some held their noses and voted for the 45th president in 2016 and 2020. Others such as Bill Kristol broke for Joe Biden, hoping wistfully that the “moderate Joe of old” might return. The “Lincoln Projectors” and “Never Trumpers” complete the card.
On the left are the Bernie Sanders supporters. Like MAGA members, they sincerely believe that the 2016 and 2020 elections had serious questions. While many acknowledge recent progressive gains, they remain marginally dissatisfied. Some Democrats are alarmed by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s entry into the race. His positions on several key issues including the border and Ukraine run contrary to the party’s.
Democrats clearly have a Trump problem. He has taken a commanding lead in the polls. If the general election were held today, he would beat Joe Biden. The 2024 Senate map does not look good for Democrats. In short, a perfect storm may be brewing.
With few, if any, viable options, Democrats must do everything they can to disqualify Trump from the 2024 campaign. This includes weaponizing a partisan Justice Department, led by the “oily” Merrick Garland.
Garland-appointed shadowy prosecutor, Jack Smith to lead the most recent thrust. Much is unknown about Smith. Some suggest that he has a different name. His “Soviet-style” of prosecution reflects an orientation akin to that of Laventiy Beria.
Donald Trump’s recent indictment coupled with FBI Director Christopher Wray’s simultaneous release of a non-classified report linking the Biden family with influence peddling, is more than a coincidence! A lot of Americans refuse to believe that corruption exists at such a high level. Watching the facts unfold could yield devastating consequences for Democrats.
When all else fails, there is always religion and faith-inspired decision-making to be the cause of the existing chasm. After all, didn’t Vladimir Lenin describe religion as the “opiate of the people?”
A new study has found that both Christian nationalism and biblical literalism are independently associated with a greater tendency to believe in conspiracy theories. When people believed in both Christian nationalism and biblical literalism, their distrust of government officials increased significantly. The findings, published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, provide insight into the sociocultural factors that contribute to the spread and persistence of conspiracy beliefs in certain populations.
In America, any viewpoint that defies the narrative is considered a “conspiracy theory.” In the former Soviet Union, those who questioned the party narrative were considered “counter-revolutionaries.” This partially explains the Biden administration’s emphasis on “eliminating disinformation.” These are quiet words for “implementing censorship.”
The distrust in government is real and it is growing. Much of the country was lost in the disputed 2020 election. The Trump campaign has tactically shifted from “voter fraud” to “election interference” as the 2020 determiner. The allegation has returned in 2024 and is growing. The weaponization of the Justice Department contributes to this paradigm.
Trump’s recent indictment provides a timely “case and point:” Will everyone buy into an indictment instigated by an incumbent president against his likely 2024 opponent? Not hardly! In fact, it could be the ultimate “straw that broke the camel’s back!”
Near-Arizona governor Kari Lake made it clear that the curtains were closing fast on Biden’s Department of Justice. In the view of Trump’s base, Garland is a “weasel with no compunction.” Lake’s words suggest a huge swath of the American electorate has concluded that the issue will be determined in the street, not in a courtroom.
“If you want to get to President Trump, you’re going to have to go through me and you’re going to have to go through 75 million Americans just like me,” Lake said, to raucous applause. Most of those Trump voters, she pointedly added, are “card-carrying members” of the National Rifle Association.
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