Friday, October 21, 2016

The Moral Majority is dead.

Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority.
Courtesy of New York Magazine: 

A belief in the connection between personal morality and fitness for office used to be a bedrock of Republican politics. It undergirded the crusade to impeach Bill Clinton, and also supplied the primary theme for George W. Bush’s presidential campaign, which promised to restore “honor and dignity” to the presidency. Five years ago, white evangelical Protestants were the most heavily Republican voting bloc in the country, and also its most moralistic. Only 30 percent of them believed that “an elected official can behave ethically even if they have committed transgressions in their personal life.” 

But Donald Trump has changed all that. Today, white evangelical Protestants are the least moralistic cohort of voters. According to a new PRRI/Brookings survey, a full 72 percent of them now believe elected officials can behave ethically even if they have committed transgressions in their personal lives.

This is how the article ends:

Trump has cured what used to be called “the Moral Majority” of its moralism.

So the national Republican party is in tatters, Alaska might vote blue for the first time in forty years, and there is no longer any "moral majority" powerhouse voting block inflicting unqualified candidates on the American people?

What did I do right to deserve so many wonderful gifts?

And do I really owe all of this good fortune to Donald Trump?

Boy am I one confused Liberal.


  1. Anonymous6:25 AM

    Glad to see that myth die, they were never moral nor the majority.

    Just another lie promoted by the GOP, repeated so many times, they actual believed it.

    They can also stop repeating the "family values" lie. They have no values.

    1. Anonymous6:48 AM

      I'm with you! The likes of Falwell, Dobson, Graham, Huckabee....etal. Why would I listen to them??!!

      And we all knew "family values" flew out the door when they tried to push Palin on us.

    2. Anonymous6:56 AM

      I thought the same thing. The "moral majority" never existed.

  2. Anonymous6:36 AM

    Someone needs to remind Traitor Trump, this is not a dictatorship, WE the PEOPLE decide who the president is,not him.

    He will have to be content with destroying only the GOP and not the whole country.

    What Happens if Trump Keeps Us ‘in Suspense’ on Election Night?

    .... There’s no question that Trump’s self-centered phrasing—“I’ll keep you in suspense”—is thoroughly inappropriate in a democracy, where the voters are sovereign and candidates are supposed to serve the electorate’s interest. ...

    Read more:

    1. Anonymous12:23 PM

      There will be no suspence.

      After they count the east coast and Florida and North Carolina go for Hillary, then Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, it will pretty much be a done deal. They'll know the rest of the states the polls show as going blue will follow and Hillary will have be the next President. The only surprises will be if Arizona or Iowa go blue.

      Alaska will remain red, but it will be a much lighter red. There will be shifts toward the blue, I.E. just lighter red, in quite a few states. Trump will barely win red states that were previously hugely red. His margins will be the lowest ever. That will be the news of the night. Not the states Hillary won but the ones that Trump barely won.

  3. Anonymous6:37 AM

    Was Melabnorma's dress last night glued so the very, very, bare back didn't morph into bare all over?
    No class - just ass.

  4. Anonymous6:56 AM

    It's about damn time.

  5. I am confused too, Gryphen. Just deliciously, deliciously scrambled.
    In a mild state of shock.

    I believe that Trump will actually be a gift that just keeps on giving and the jerkowitzes that latched their wagon to his star will be viewed accordingly or not at all.

    Hear that Sarah? Maybe the Palins could redeem a gainful job outta' all this? Start selling Nasty Woman T shirts?
    Because that's "what's in it for you."

    1. Anonymous12:28 PM

      It would be wonderful is the taint of Trump would stick to them and the stink never wash off. But I doubt that is going to happen.

      Ted Cruz will win his re-election when it comes just as Marco Rubio is winning his now.

      We'll have to wait and see if the association with Trump helps Democrats against their opponents in 2018 and 2020.

      What I'd like to see come from this election is a Democratic base that turns out to vote in high numbers for EVERY election, not just the presidential ones. That's where we need the votes. To hold Congress. So we won't know if there has been any positive change until 2018.

  6. This is one thing for which we owe Donald Trump a big thanks. These whining, hypocritical moralizers have been lecturing Americans on how to live for 40 years, and now with their support of Trump, it just shows that it was never about the family values stuff they claimed, but the racist dog whistles. Anyone with any brains already knew that but let's hope this exposes it to everyone. These people should never be allowed back in the political arena.

  7. Anonymous7:00 AM

    Don't be too quick to celebrate the newly departed. It'll coming roaring back soon enough as the theocratic thread of tRump's new neo-fascist media empire.

    1. I agree that there might be a backlash that connects with his alt-right media empire, but he has NOT had a very successful run of anything except his Apprentice reality show which was tightly controlled by highly knowledgeable people. He is not going to be able to recruit that caliber for his network unless he reconciles with Ailes(they had a tiff over debate training) or gets the backing of Murdoch. Won't happen.
      However, I think there is no doubt that many of his same ilk will try to perpetuate the same bullshit. There's money to be made.
      People are fed up with these treasonous grand standers trying to take over this country.

    2. Anonymous7:49 AM

      Don't be fooled. The loudest voices in the room do not equal a majority.

    3. Anonymous9:50 AM

      Ailes is not going to be able to work Trump TV because he signed a non competitive clause when he was terminated. That means he cannot go to any Fox competitor without having to fork over his golden parachute cash.

    4. Anonymous12:42 PM


      First, it's doubtful Trump will be able to find the financial backing he needs to do Trump TV right.

      Second, it's a tough market. Even Oprah Winfrey's network isn't doing that well. So even if it gets off the ground, it will be limited and will probably fold within a year or two

      He doesn't have the skills or the people to make a successful go of it. This will tank just like so many of his other enterprises. Trump Airlines, anyone?

    5. Anonymous3:34 PM

      Trump's plan: ART of the Con

      Step 1: find gullible investors

      Step 2: run business into the ground

      Step 3: declare bankruptcy

      Step 4: have accountant find tax loopholes

      Step 5: write off business as a loss

      Step 6: pay no taxes.

  8. Anonymous7:04 AM

    The GOP base is comprised of racists, the uneducated, xenophobes, authoritarians, holier-than-thou religious zealots, ammosexuals, and the intolerant. It's a virtual cesspool.

    1. And, like Trump, the more they rant and spew, the more they show us their true selves. Hoisted by their own petard.

      They have no one to blame but themselves.

      And their Jesus must be rolling in his grave, said the atheists...

    2. Anonymous12:52 PM

      There are a few decent people that truly believe in conservatism. But they are few and far between and their voices are being stifled and buried by the loud din of the Deplorables.

      If the GOP can't kick the 'baggers and Deplorables out, maybe they should just branch off into a third party and take their strengths and their sane people with them. With a large enough base they could eventually turn the "Republicans" into a minor their party.

      They might bring back an Americanized and updated version of the Whigs and Tories. Or maybe the Bull Moose party. Sarah would love that.

  9. Anonymous7:26 AM

    If they are voting for Trump, he must have “cured” them of their ethics also.

  10. Anonymous7:51 AM

    Time to really rock the hypocrites - add HRC to this list -

    Heck, even Muslim countries have or have had female leaders. Get with the program America!!

  11. The "moral majority" is not dead at the pond. Some idiot posted a long email from Dutch Sheets. It was begging people to vote for the orange one.

  12. Anonymous8:23 AM

    They've never been moral or a majority.

  13. Anonymous8:27 AM

    CHUMP REALLY needs to be HUMILIATED, PUBLICALLY as an ASS! Then put on a garbage scow in the pacific and BLOWN UP !!!

    1. Leland9:00 AM

      Now, Now. There's no need to be violent, 8:27. Exploding the float would hurt the fishes in proximity to it. And it would be too quick for the likes of him.

      Besides, it would be more fun to watch it slowly sink.

    2. That's right: not to the death, "to the pain!"
      A lifetime of humiliation.

    3. What will the Trump "brand" be worth if he loses? Same as before: a big loaf of hot air.

    4. Anonymous12:55 PM


      I'd settle for complete, personal bankruptcy and homelessness.

      I'd like to see all of his assets seized and sold to pay off his creditors and anything and everything branded with the Trump name renamed so that the name Trump is banished. I'd like his businesses all bankrupt and his "brand" so tainted it is avoided like the plague.

      When he dies, I want him to be penniless and without a "legacy" except as a paragraph or two in history books that children will hate.

  14. Anonymous8:31 AM

    The 'moral majority' won't be dead until the moralistic christianist assholes who started hyping it are dead. And those bastards are anything BUT moral. Fortunately they are aging fast...

  15. Anonymous8:32 AM

    With the "moral majority dead"! Wtf!!
    Whom will now tell us to be , how to talk ,what to look like, what\how to think, how much to tithe,and on and on etc.
    No one to be loud and talk over what they don't want to hear. Spew hate monger, manipulate ,lie, steal, cheat.racist's, sexual deviance
    What will happen to hypocrisy? To huckster, franklin g. Patti Robertson, megachurchs,hateful Palin's?
    Maybe now we can get along because we choose to.

  16. Here's a first for old Mrs. B: a shout-out to the students at Liberty U. who objected to Falwell Jr.'s cheerleading for Trump.

    Normally I pay as little attention as possible to Liberty, but in that case, the kids are all right.

    1. Anonymous1:13 PM

      I saw that too and was heartened. Until I thought about it.

      I think the students were more upset about Trump's morality, I.E the pussy groping when it came out. That's when they finally spoke up against him.

      Where was the outrage in the primaries when they nominated a man who has committed adultery TWICE and been divorced TWICE.

      No. They waited until the Access Hollywood footage with his vulgar and lewd comments was released.

      I doubt they even cared about what he did. I think they were simply offended by the language.

      So while it looks great on the surface that that students were showing some backbone rejecting their party's candidate, in the end it really wasn't much of a fuss. It was just their Puritan outrage bubbling to the surface.

      I'm sure given the chance they'll double down on Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio as their defender and savior.

  17. Anonymous8:49 AM

    Most of this particular group are deceitful and have never been a group I've looked up to! "Moral" majority? Hardly!

    Finally! The Christians are no longer having the impact they once did! I'm glad I lived to see it!

    Religion and government were never to be mixed and it's finally being done! Most of the Christians (Republicans) we see today are liars, frauds, racists, demeaning, angry, nasty, anti women and do NOT live their 'supposed' beliefs!

    Vote for Hillary Clinton - I am!

    Loved seeing the Catholic hierarchy of New York boo Donald Trump last night! He truly deserved every bit of it as he doesn't even know how to be classy! His rhetoric was deplorable!

  18. "Trump has cured what used to be called the Moral Majority of its moralism"
    And of its 'majorityism'
    Meanwhile, the Immoral Minority lives on!

  19. Anonymous9:17 AM

    off topic- your Daily texASS!

    "A group of white students walked out of a college classroom Tuesday after an anthropology professor said all humans were descended from Africa. As they left, other students in the class began chanting, "Black lives matter," in recognition of the social justice movement protesting racial injustice across the United States. Other students who stayed in the classroom told the professor they were offended and began arguing with their classmates, according to media reports."

    1. Anonymous1:16 PM

      This is what comes from the religious right re-writing the textbooks in the Texas public schools. Once they get to a level of "higher" learning, they can't accept anything the rest of us know to be true. They've been hopelessly and irretrievably indoctrinated.

    2. Anonymous3:14 PM

      And all the primates in zoos and the jungle were placidly chewing on their fruit and discussing us humans. I wish they'd stop saying they are our relatives, on is saying, and all the rest are agreeing.

  20. Anonymous10:01 AM

    It seemed to me that from the very start the Moral Majority and the people who were drawn to the movement had a "ends justifies the means" attitude. Recently Ben Carson made a statement about setting aside his beliefs to get the job done. I have friends who go to church and vote Republican, and what I hear the most is their objection to Abortion. That seems to be the sticking point for them. Equal Pay, Social Security, going to War etc. are all secondary issues. It baffles me how some politician can be antiabortion and be a criminal otherwise, and get their vote.

    1. Anonymous11:07 AM

      It baffles any reasonable, sane, education person -- America looks so stupid to the whole world. Please, people, VOTE !! -- don't let the polls which favor Hillary influence you. Don't let the world's opinion be true.

    2. Anonymous1:18 PM

      Those are the stupid, ignorant, narrow minded one issue voters.

      They can't handle processing more than one issue, considering the future outcomes of their choice and then choosing a candidate.

  21. Anonymous10:26 AM

    And then there are the ones who are living in the horror house that they helped build

    1. Anonymous11:22 AM

      I just read the article which was well written by David French. He certainly surpasses his wife Nancy in that field.
      I agree. They both helped to build that house. They both personified by their values and writings, typical Repub attitudes. Complete dicks.
      I do feel that they perhaps adopted for the right reasons and had previously dismissed that as another dickish move from what was definitely reflected in Nancy's writings for Sarah.
      But their terror and pain is real, so there is a part of me that hopes this will pass for them.
      The best thing they could do at this point is to get their head out of their respective asses and make a genuine effort to advance some of the new president's platform in the areas where they COULD make a difference with their typewriter.

      That would be for Hillary Clinton, the first woman president of the USA!

    2. Anonymous12:31 PM

      Agreed. I read the article with sadness as people should never have to experience the hatred that today's political vitriol has unleashed. The demagoguery that was allowed to come out from the shadows during Palin's rise was fed by these people when it needed to be starved. Hopefully they will reflect on how they helped create this monster. It's time that they do everything in their power to reverse course.

  22. Anonymous12:17 PM

    "...a full 72 percent of them now believe elected officials can behave ethically even if they have committed transgressions in their personal lives."

    As long as they are REPUBLICANS!

  23. Anonymous12:19 PM

    You tease.

    I thought this was Jerry Falwell's obituary.

  24. Anonymous1:35 PM

    The Moral Majority began putrefying from the inside the moment it was created. It was never more than a Right-wing con.

  25. Anonymous2:27 PM

    "A belief in the connection between personal morality and fitness for office used to be a bedrock of Republican politics."

    Apparently Mitch McConnell was exempt from that.

    1. Anonymous6:55 PM

      And John McCain.

  26. Anonymous3:12 PM

    Republican minded people are so obsessed with sex and the genitals. What gives?

  27. Anonymous5:32 PM

    Didn't he meet his passing when an angry teletubby beat him with a purse? What happens when one dies, heaven doesn't want him and hell is full? Does he still decompose? Or is that the natural aroma of morality?

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