So conservatives are claiming their God will use Trump to stop Obama from doing something he doesn’t plan to do anyway, or could even if he wanted to.
It is truly astonishing how much of what conservatives hold against President Obama and presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, are based on nonsense they themselves have invented. The president’s “plan” to take away white peoples’ guns is just one example.
In almost eight years it hasn’t happened, but they still say it will. They’ve been saying it for years and years, and it never happens, but that hasn’t stopped them from all believing it’s true.
Another is Jim Bakker’s claim that Obama wants to “federalize the local police.” This is ridiculous, of course, but for Bakker, saying it makes it true.
His guest, Ramiro Peña, said that “was too much of a reflection of Nazi Germany and the takeover, federalizing everything, it’s just too spooky and it’s just wrongheaded all the way around.”
Watch courtesy of Right Wing Watch:
Yes, that would indeed be Nazi-like in its scope, but of course, the problem for both men is that Obama has no such plans. Early in August, Snopes looked at the claim that “There is a secret Obama administration plan for a federal takeover of local police forces via Justice Department consent decrees.”
This was a talking point pushed by Bretibart, which claimed,
“President Barack Obama is harnessing the increasing attacks on police — and the periodic shootings of people by stressed cops — to push his agenda to federalize state and local police forces.”
And Laura Ingraham, who warned, Glenn Beck-like, “Somehow nobody noticed.”
Well, that would be because it isn’t happening, except inside your head.
What is truly spooky is blaming somebody for things that exist only in your head. Even spookier, even creepy, is Peña’s claim that Trump is to be compared to the Persian King of Kings, Cyrus the Great, who freed the Jews from their captivity in Babylon, in the sixth century B.C.E.
“If God was to choose Donald Trump to raise up and he’s the one He wants to use, then who am I to say no?”
Well, “if.” If doesn’t count. Because Peña thinks his god could choose Donald Trump does not mean he has. If wishes were horses. But they’re not.
Still, it’s a win-win for conservatives who like these crazy musings of their paranoia: Obama will not try to federalize the police and then they can claim, win or lose, God still stopped Obama. After all, they’ve already pushed the idea that God is using Obama.
This makes you wonder why he needs Trump, and doesn’t just use Obama again, but that would be asking questions, and the age old cry of the conservative Christian is, “do not ask questions, just believe!”
Keep in mind this is the same God who chose Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and others for the White House. Just sayin’.
And not ask questions? Sorry, but that ain’t gonna happen.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.