Just before Christmas, Christianity Today published an article entitled “Trump Should Be Removed From Office.” It was written by editor Mark Galli, who said the facts surrounding the case are “unambiguous” and that the president’s alleged quid pro quo with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky was “not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.”
I am not here to defend Trump as a saint. Sure, there are reasons to impeach this president, just as there have been grounds for kicking to the curb each and every president from Abraham Lincoln onward. We have an “imperial presidency,” as historian Brion McClanahan aptly describes it.
McClanahan rightly states that foreign aid (which is at the heart of the manufactured Trump brouhaha) is itself unconstitutional, yet all presidents sign off on it. Hell, virtually all foreign policy has been unconstitutional since 1861.
As an example of the selective-outrage lunacy of Trump’s impeachment, McClanahan cites the Marshall Plan as one giant quid pro quo, yet no Democrat worth his salt ever complains about that. Well, it was just smart post-WWII policy, they say, certainly not bribery. What are you, a pinko commie?
Why then all the inconsistent indignation toward illegal governance just when Trump’s in office? The answer, of course, is power. As President Andrew Johnson (who himself was impeached by the radical Republicans over Reconstruction measures) once declared, “Whenever you hear a man prating about the Constitution, spot him as a traitor.” Yep, especially when the praters themselves are lawless profiteers, like the criminals, liars, and thieves in Congress and their evangeleftist foot soldiers.
So when CT gets all high and mighty, claiming that their civic slight of hand and clear ideological motivations are “not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments,” it should be abundantly clear that sanctimony is not purely the business of politico shysters. There is no difference when the Wall Street Journal says that “Those attacking the ‘Deep State’ are really attacking the rule of law” than there is when CT says that resisting “social justice” is unbiblical. In fact, it is these statist straw-men arguments that work in concert to propel forward “progress.”
Gagnon suggests looking at Galli’s own words in “Still Evangelical?” a book comprised of Never-Trumper evangelical insiders waxing very political and occasionally theological-ish about the disconnect between mainline Christian bigwigs and the unwashed Protestant masses. “It’s as if we’re each speaking a different language,” Galli wrote. Against the Left: A Ro... Best Price: $5.99 Buy New $8.00 (as of 05:32 UTC - Details)
“That was certainly the shock some evangelicals felt after the election of Donald Trump, especially when they heard that 81% of white evangelicals voted for him,” he continued. “Most evangelical Christians like me exclaimed, ‘Who are these people? I know hardly anyone, let alone any evangelical Christian who voted for Trump.’”
This reminds me of the old story of film critic Pauline Kael who in 1972 pontificated, “I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon.”
Since she was so insular and protected from non-urbanites – you know, fly-over-country types, rural folk, and people who never earned a degree (gasp!) – Kael was utterly flabbergasted by Nixon’s 49-state landslide. After all, reality evidenced that those horrid knuckle-dragging yahoos did indeed exist beyond her cosmopolitan safe space. Icky!
“Where they are I don’t know,” she mused. “They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater, I can feel them.” (Cue heavy dank breathing, banjo music, and the aroma of chewing-tobacco spittle permeating the air.)
Similarly, Galli actually describes himself and other progressive Protestants as “‘elite evangelicals,” but that “doesn’t mean we are superior in any way, only that we are a distinct social class, mostly defined by being leaders in evangelical institutions and movements.” Good Lord, Galli’s pride would be comical if it weren’t so sinister.
“And this class of evangelicals has discovered that we have family members so different they seem like aliens in our midst,” he explains. “These other evangelicals often haven’t finished college, and if they have jobs (and apparently a lot of them don’t), they are blue-collar jobs or entry level work.” Eh, screw the poor if they’re white folk. Man, Galli’s Christian charity runs deep.