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What good would impeachment proceedings accomplish if there is no conviction?

Yes, the House can impeach Trump, and with plenty of reason. And Mueller'r Report essentially pointed the way for this to happen.

But given how essentially corrupt the GOP is, and has been since at least 2008, does anyone here really think that the GOP controlled Senate would vote to convict Trump?

Yes, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski might express their concerns and unease, but in the end, every GOP Senator would support Trump no matter what the impeachment investigation uncovered.

Would it not be better to allow the various House Committees to investigate the many areas where Trump has demonstrated that he ignores the law to enrich himself?

#MeToo, 'Mary Magdalene' focus on women's stories in Bible as Easter nears

From the article:

It seems like the women of Scripture are having a moment in the days leading up to Easter (April 21), celebrated by many Christians as the day they believe Jesus rose from the dead.
Mary Magdalene is getting the Hollywood treatment in a film that bears her name. …..

Three women stand out to the scholar among the women following Jesus, just as Peter, James and John hold a special place among the Twelve. Mary Magdalene; Mary, the mother of James and Joseph; and Salome are described in the Gospel of Mark as watching the crucifixion from a distance.
Mary Magdalene is singularly important among them, Smith said, and is named more frequently than some of the disciples in the Gospels. She is the first person to see Jesus after his resurrection and the first to proclaim the news to the other disciples....

Smith said she sees that treatment of Mary Magdalene as a “dismissal of women’s power and women’s agency in a real way.”


To read more:

https://religionnews.com/2019/04/18/metoo-mary-magdalene-focus-on-womens-stories-in-bible-as-easter-nears/

If the Robert Mueller Report had, in fact, exonerated Donald Trump,

it would have been leaked, by Trump, the day after the Report was summarized and explained to Trump.

It is that simple.

But it was not leaked, and we can only draw one logical conclusion from that.

Here's How Many Bernie Sanders Supporters Ultimately Voted For Trump

From the article:

Fully 12 percent of people who voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries voted for President Trump in the general election. That is according to the data from the Cooperative Congressional Election Study — a massive election survey of around 50,000 people. (For perspective, a run-of-the-mill survey measuring Trump's job approval right now has a sample of 800 to 1,500.)


https://www.npr.org/2017/08/24/545812242/1-in-10-sanders-primary-voters-ended-up-supporting-trump-survey-finds

According to the analysis of the 2016 Cooperative Congressional Election Survey, fewer than 80 percent of those who voted for Sanders, an independent, in the Democratic primary did the same for Clinton when she faced off against Trump a few months later. What’s more, 12 percent of those who backed Sanders actually cast a vote for Trump.



https://www.newsweek.com/bernie-sanders-trump-2016-election-654320

If we believe these two sources, 12% of Bernie Sanders supporters voted for Trump in 2016.

Troubling? Certainly. But more troubling, to me, was the high percentage of registered voters who could not be bothered to vote.

Estimates show more than 58 percent of eligible voters went to the polls during the 2016 election, nearly breaking even with the turnout rate set during the last presidential election in 2012, even as the final tallies in states like California continue to be calculated, according to statistics collected by the U.S. Elections Project.


https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/voter-turnout-2016-elections

My point is not to excuse those Sanders supporters who voted for Trump. I can see no rational reason that any voter who supported Sanders would have chosen Trump.

But very troubling is that huge numbers of actual registered voters cannot be bothered to vote.

Buttigieg plays the religion card

From the article:

Here, you have somebody who not only acts in a way that is not consistent with anything that I hear in scripture or in church, where it’s about lifting up the least among us and taking care of strangers, which is another word for immigrants. And making sure that you’re focusing your effort on the poor. But also personally, how you’re supposed to conduct yourself.

Not chest thumping look-at-me-ism, but humbling yourself before others. Foot washing is one of the central images in the New Testament. And we see the diametric opposite of that in this presidency. I think there was perhaps a cynical process where he decided to, for example, begin to pretend to be pro-life and govern accordingly. Which was good enough to bring many Evangelicals over to his side. But even on the version of Christianity that you hear from the religious right, which is about sexual ethics, I can’t believe that somebody who was caught writing hush money checks to adult film actresses is somebody they should be lifting up as the kind of person you want to be leading this nation.


To read more:

https://religionnews.com/2019/04/17/buttigieg-plays-the-religion-card/

Can Buttigieg drive a wedge between Trump and his religious supporters?

Or is racism the key here?

Republicans Never Learn As Roy Moore Leads Alabama GOP Senate Poll

From the article:

[
b]Alleged child molester Roy Moore is currently the Republican field for the party’s Senate nomination, which would open the door to Sen. Doug Jones (D) winning reelection.

The latest Mason-Dixon poll of the Alabama Republican Senate primary found:
But Jones’s re-election chances will be affected by who he draws as his Republican challenger in 2020. Currently, Roy Moore – who Jones defeated in 2017 – is the top choice of GOP voters. Statewide, 27% of Republicans support Moore as the nominee, ahead of three current Congressmen – Mo Brooks at 18%, Bradley Byrne at 13% and Gary Palmer at 11%. DelMarsh (4%) and Tim James (2%) trial the field and a significant 25% are undecided.


To read more:

https://www.politicususa.com/2019/04/16/republicans-never-learn-as-roy-moore-leads-alabama-gop-senate-poll.html

For millennials, mysticism shows a path to their home faiths

From the article:

Anthony Graffagnino describes himself spiritually as both frustrated and curious.
A Pentecostal turned Unitarian, the 28-year-old Graffagnino said he’s had his fill with “stale and dead expressions of faith that I saw really doing nothing to better the people around me or the world around me.”
Discovering the Christian mystical tradition through the work of Franciscan friar Richard Rohr helped change that.

“Father Richard’s work allowed an entryway into Christianity when I didn’t think there was any,” said Graffagnino, who is studying to be an interfaith chaplain at Starr King School for the Ministry, a Unitarian Universalist seminary in Berkeley, Calif....

While many younger Americans today are spiritually unaffiliated, aka “nones” — a quarter of all adults under the age of 30 in the United States say they don’t identify with any religion or spiritual tradition, according to the Pew Center for Religion and Public Life — millennials are increasingly finding contemplative spirituality appealing.


To read more:


https://religionnews.com/2019/04/16/for-millennials-mysticism-shows-a-path-to-their-home-faiths/

The future of faith?

Fox News Town Hall Backfires As The Crowd Nearly Unanimously Supports Medicare For All

From the article:

In a major fail for Fox News as the network held a town hall with Bernie Sanders on Monday, nearly everyone in the bipartisan crowd raised their hands when asked whether they support a “Medicare for All” health care system.

After explaining that the audience is filled with folks of all political ideologies, Fox host Bret Baier first asked the crowd whether they are currently on private health insurance through their jobs, which prompted most hands to go up.

When Baier asked those same people whether they would trade their employer-provided health insurance for a “government-run” system, almost every hand in the crowd remained raised, and many audience members cheered for the idea.


To read more:

https://www.politicususa.com/2019/04/15/fox-news-town-hall-backfires-as-the-crowd-nearly-unanimously-supports-medicare-for-all.html

What Happens After We Die? An Islamic Prespective

From the article:


The story of God has always intrigued people from all different faiths, times, and places. It has been a question that nearly everyone has pondered over and a journey that all take at some point in their life...…


Just like the doctrines mentioned in the episode, Islam also believes in achieving eternal peace not only in this life but also the life after death. Based on the teachings of the Quran and the traditions of Muhammad, the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad presented that life after death would not be material. Instead, it would be of a spiritual nature of which we can only visualize some aspects.



To read more:

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/islamahmadiyya/2016/04/what-happens-after-we-die-an-islamic-prespective/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Muslim&utm_content=49

Donald Trump is the perfect GOP President.

He is an open racist, an open misogynist, a thief, a constant liar, and the epitome of what the post-1965 GOP really stands for.

Trump is the cruder version of Ronald Reagan.
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