Points to rescue America

Emeritus professor of Peace & Social Justice Studies, former R.C. priest Mike Rivage-Seul feels abandoned by his tribe.

He writes:

my tribe’s abandoned me because I refuse to parrot the simplistic narrative:

“Russia bad; NATO good.”

Instead, as I’ve written here, here, here, here, here, and here, I find the truth to be much more complex. {When They Ask : “Why Do You Hate America?”}

He came to see how certain people came to be more worshippers of an empire and its leaders. He questions:

Can a follower of Jesus ever be pro-empire? Can genuine Christians support an empire like the United States?

If you answer “yes,” you’re in good company. That’s because ever since the 4th century, mainstream Christians have given empire hearty endorsements that Jesus could never have tolerated. {Why Jesus’ Followers Should Never Support an Empire Like America’s — Not Even in Ukraine}

Strangely enough, according to him it is NATO that started the war.

Putin is only acting according to the same logic of self-defense and sphere of influence that the United States has used repeatedly to justify its illegal wars of aggression for more than 200 years. (See the above short list of such heinous interventions.) {When They Ask : “Why Do You Hate America?”}

he writes and continues

In fact, Russia’s experience is even closer to home than the Soviet menace “we” perceived during the Cuban missile crisis. {When They Ask : “Why Do You Hate America?”}

He too looks at his previous country that is governed by Christians and based on their understandings of biblical law

The Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference held in Nashville in June had party officials, prominent supporters, lawmakers and Mr. Donald Trump who took the stage.

“It’s the time to take this country back,”

proclaimed Senator Rick Scott, who also is convinced that the Republicans are doing great and shall win their battle.

“I’m here to tell you the American people are going to give a complete butt kicking to the Democrats this November!”

The audience of religious conservatives clapped and whooped. No one felt that the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee was making an empty boast. Going into the midterm elections, the party has opinion polls, economic worries and history on its side.

The Florida senator highlighted a 12-point plan to “rescue America” that appears designed to “trigger” liberals and has proved controversial even in his own party. But it offers an insight into likely rightwing priorities for Republicans if they gain majorities in the House and Senate.

Rick Scott at the ‘Road to Majority’ event.
Rick Scott at the ‘Road to Majority’ event. Photograph: Mark Humphrey/AP

Point one states:

“Our kids will say the pledge of allegiance, salute the flag, learn that America is a great country, and choose the school that best fits them.”

Point three:

“The soft-on-crime days of coddling criminal behavior will end. We will re-fund and respect the police because, they, not the criminals, are the good guys.”

Point four:

“We will secure our border, finish building the wall, and name it after President Donald Trump.”

Point seven:

“We will protect the integrity of American Democracy and stop leftwing efforts to rig elections.”

Point nine:

“Men are men, women are women, and unborn babies are babies.”

Though they say men are men, one can wonder if they would agree that they are also human beings who would have the same rights as babies? Because even an unborn baby may not be killed, according to them, but a juvenile and adult human being may be killed without a doubt.

Rivage-Seul recognices:

According to Reich, speakers at the convention including Donald Trump and Florida senator Rick Scott, promoted not only a union of church and state but the promotion of “gun violence, the subjugation of women through forced birth, and strongman authoritarianism.”  {Christian Dominionism, White Supremacy, and Yeshua’s Law of Love}

At the congress clearly an effort of white supremacists was presented to

“hold onto power in the face of massive demographic shifts: toward women (who now constitute 60 percent of all university enrollees, and therefore the future power structure) and people of color, and away from formal religion.”   {Christian Dominionism, White Supremacy, and Yeshua’s Law of Love}

According to Rivage-Seul

The world’s white minorities, led by the United States, are being pressed by the world’s non-white majorities to yield them political and economic powers commensurate with their populations, land mass, and resource wealth. {When They Ask : “Why Do You Hate America?”}

Though Rivage-Seul has given up on the Democratic Party and has drawn the conclusion that his country’s only hope is to support a 3rd party to contest the strangle hold the Democratic and White Party (aka the Republicans) have on a gridlocked national government. He wrote in December 2021:

Fact is, to this point I’ve cared more about getting Democrats elected than the Democrats themselves have. They currently control the White House, the Senate and the House, but still have allowed the White Party to rig elections (through gerrymandering and voter suppression laws) for at least the next decade. Democrats could stop this, but have decided not to. {Forget the Democrats: Support the People’s Party}

The matter is, that America could be a sinking ship, with several mutineers on board, who are only too happy to follow their rebellious self-centred leader Trump and do not hide their hatred for people of colour and other faiths.

For Rivage-Seul it is clear:

The United States is a failed state.

Whose gridlocked political system daily shows itself incapable of the radical change demanded by rampant inequality, climate chaos and the threat of nuclear war,

Since practically speaking, it has become a single War Party state

Whose White Party and its almost indistinguishable “opposition” (the Democrats) have both been captured by Wall Street, the Military Industrial Complex, and by the health care, pharmaceutical, and fossil fuel industries – as well as by the gun lobby,

And whose corporate agendas (despite Democratic control of the presidency, House, and senate) have blocked legislation addressing issues touching the lives of ordinary people such as:

  • Medicare for all
  • $2000 stimulus checks (vs. Biden’s $1500)
  • $15 minimum wage
  • Cancellation of college debt
  • Free college tuition
  • Electoral reform
  • Passage of the PRO Act (protecting the right of workers to organize)
  • Immigration reform
  • Normalization of relations with Cuba
  • Stopping the war in Yemen
  • Etc., etc., etc.

All rendering the U.S. more fascist than democratic (i.e., a police state supporting corporate interests rather than those of “the people” while blaming national dysfunctions on the poor and powerless),   {Forget the Democrats: Support the People’s Party}

People should know that what the conservative Christians are proclaiming is

quite contrary to the prophetic tradition of the Judeo-Christian tradition as embodied in great prophets like Moses, Elijah, Elisha, John the Baptist, and Yeshua of Nazareth. The latter lived under imperialism and hated it. {When They Ask : “Why Do You Hate America?”}

Jeshua (Jesus Christ) came into this world to break the chains and to liberate, not only a few white suprematist Republicans, but all people from all countries and from all sorts of cultures. Jeshua, was a Nazarene Jew who loved the Only One true God and all His creations. For him, it was important that his followers would show their love to all those people around them, but also far away.

For Jesus Christ, there should be no boundaries and no distinction should be made between where people come from or what they may have studied. Everyone should be considered equal and should be fully appreciated.

But there, the American Conservative Evangelical Christians have formed a different idea, regarding themselves as the superior race and viewing all others as inferior.

Their sense of superiority has also assured them that they alone may determine what is best for their ‘God-chosen nation’. In doing so, all others who wish to live in ‘their state’ should follow their rules and legislations. If they do not do so and break such pre-set laws, they must be severely punished as violators of ‘divine laws’, even if it means death. Therefore, those followers of Trump and their consorts are a danger to all inhabitants of the United States, which became very divided instead of united.

Rivage-Seul concludes

Do I “hate America” as my tribe alleges? Not really, if you’re asking about Yosemite or the Grand Canyon and certainly not about its heroes like Dorothy Day, the Berrigans, Malcolm, King, Liz Theoharis, and William Barber.

But if you’re asking about the system now controlling the world, Ms. Day’s words capture my own thinking … {When They Ask : “Why Do You Hate America?”}

Ralph Reed, founder of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, told the Politico website:

“In the Republican presidential nominating process, evangelical Christians today, in the Republican party, occupy a position of criticality and centrality that is analogous to the role that African Americans play in the Democratic party.”

Donald Trump speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s ‘Road to Majority’ conference in Nashville, Tennessee, on 17 June.
Donald Trump speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s ‘Road to Majority’ conference in Nashville, Tennessee, on 17 June. Photograph: Seth Herald/Getty Images

Several speakers at the Nashville event made a point of quoting from scripture. Trump, who forged an unlikely alliance with evangelicals to win the presidency, told the audience:

“This is going to be the biggest turnout in midterm history, we think without question, and it’s going to have conservative Christians all over the place.”

The former president elicited one of the biggest cheers of the day when he said:

“Above all else, we know this. In America we don’t worship government, we worship God.”

Hearing the reaction, he joked:

“I think this room loves God a lot.”

Dangerous is it when the democracy shall be undermined further by the Republican Party and when those fundamentalist Christians are going to intrude even more into the legal system and have their wishes implemented as laws to be followed by everyone.

Those evangelicals have actually criminalised God’s law of love.

The American journalist and Roman Catholic reformer, cofounder of the Catholic Worker newspaper, and an important lay leader in its associated activist movement, Dorothy Day said

“We need to change the system. We need to overthrow, not the government, as the authorities are always accusing the Communists ‘of conspiring to teach [us] to do,’ but this rotten, decadent, putrid industrial capitalist system which breeds such suffering in the whited sepulcher of New York.”

Mike Rivage-Seul concedes

Those are the sentiments my tribe finds so hard to accept. Yeshua, I believe, would not find them so. {When They Ask : “Why Do You Hate America?”}

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Preceding

  1. The MAGAs and the Man
  2. Hope For, But Not In, Evangelicalism
  3. Christian nationalism is shaping a Pennsylvania primary — and a GOP shift
  4. Does one have to be afraid of Christian nationalism

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Additional reading

  1. Evangelicals: For The Love Of Trump
  2. Republican Party tinkering on fascism
  3. A History Of The Culture Wars

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A joint effort of several authors who do find that nobody can keep standing at the side and that “Everyone" must care about what is going on in today’s world. We are a bunch of people who do not mind that somebody has a totally different idea but is willing to share the ideas with others and to be Active and willing to let others understand how "today’s decisions will influence the future”. Therefore we would love to see many others to "Act today".

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