Exit polls show white evangelical voters voted in high numbers for Donald Trump, 81-16 percent. That’s the most they have voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 2004, when they overwhelmingly chose President George W. Bush by a margin of 78-21 percent.
God knows what He’s doing.
~ A. R. Bernard
On Election Day November 8, 2016, FiveThirtyEight‘s Nate Silver on ABC’s Good Morning America said that Hillary Clinton had a 79 percent chance of becoming the President. People called Silver crazy when in March 2008, he had forecast that Senator Obama would beat Senator John McCain. According to The New York Times:
[Late in 2007], Mr. Silver, an Obama supporter, became frustrated with how primary poll results were being reported, and how sloppy polls and rigorous polls were given the same attention.
“What you heard on television was, Hillary was inevitable, she’s up 20 points,” he said. “She’s up 20 points because people had heard of her. They hadn’t heard of Obama.”
Nate Silver became very successful applying a rigorous scientific methodology to polling data.
Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
~ Luke 17: 20-21
“The kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” Look for it! But when you look out into the world remember that you are seeing the past. That is to say, what you see before you has happened. Science, logic and waking consciousness all deal with things that have happened. Science and reason can only predict what will happen if what will happen repeats what has happened. They cannot predict absolute novelty. The creativity of religion, mythology, and dream consciousness is the present. It is becoming. It is our very becoming. And a person with an intuition on that level can intuit the destiny of nations.
Waking consciousness, science, rational life, perfectly good but don’t try to interpret religion and your dreams in terms of reason. And don’t try to interpret faith in terms of science and logic. Religious imagery is telling you what is becoming. Reason is telling you what has become. The mystery of life is on the level of faith and dreams. So have faith, keep believing, and don’t be afraid to dream.
The party expected its loyal followers to look at the Clinton Foundation, and speak only of the good. It demanded that when asked about any appearance of influence peddling, the response was the Citizens United defense: where is the quid pro quo? We Democrats were to turn a blind eye to the way Bill Clinton sold the party out to Wall Street in the 1990s. We were to affirm our deep faith in his and Hillary’s good character, despite them both grotesquely cashing in after his presidency ended, even while she remained in public service. Even remarking the contrast between Jimmy Carter’s foundation — which earned the former President nothing in personal wealth — and the Clinton Foundation was verboten among loyal Democrats. She was good, her motives were good, so the stench of influence peddling must be ignored.
Wealth, power and crony capitalism fit together. Americans know a takeover has occurred, and they blame the establishment for it….
Democrats have occupied the White House for 16 of the last 24 years, and for four of those years had control of both houses of Congress. But in that time they failed to reverse the decline in working-class wages and economic security.
We should be cautious about putting too much faith or fear into elected officials. At the end of the day, this is just a president.
If we want to have a better world we can’t hope for an Obama, and we should not fear a Donald Trump, rather we should build it ourselves.