Who Won the Week? 02/28/2021

FWWTWThe idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week’s “winner” of Who Won the Week is idolatry, as in the worship of idols. It’s also defined as “excessive or blind adoration, reverence, devotion, or love for something or someone.” So why am I going this week’s honor to idolatry?

Well, you may recall this post in which I mentioned that Donald Trump will be making his big return to the national stage this weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where he will be giving the keynote speech at the conservative conference tonight.

You may also be familiar with the the biblical story of the Golden Calf. It is one of the most famous stories in the Old Testament. The Israelites, newly freed from Egyptian slavery, have a crisis of faith while God is speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai. They melt down their gold jewelry to construct a physical god — a statue in the shape of a calf — to worship in place of their abstract, invisible deity. It’s a story about the allure of idolatry, how easy it is to abandon one’s commitments to principle in favor of shiny, easy falsehoods.

So what does this Bible story have to do with anything?It seems that someone involved in the CPAC conference constructed a golden statue — not of a calf, but of Trump — and wheeled it out to cheers from conference attendees.

It doesn’t take a religious scholar to see the parallel to this ludicrous idol worship of Donald Trump and the Golden Calf episode in the Bible. And yet these religious Christian conservatives attending CPAC just don’t get it.

I don’t believe in God, but should there is a God, I think it’s time for him/her/it to smite Donald Trump and the GOP.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

He’s Never Going Away

Donald Trump will be making his big return to the national stage this weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He will be giving the keynote speech at the conservative conference on Sunday and is expected to declare himself the “presumptive Republican presidential nominee” for 2024.

Trump’s former White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, pictured above with his hero, Donald Trump, is a staunch supporter of the ex-president, and he is very enthusiastic about his former boss’ return to the spotlight. Meadows said that, “You’re going to see a speech on Sunday that talks about not only the beginning, but what the future may look like, and I’m excited about it.”

Unfortunately, Meadows is in the company of many Republican Trump supporters who want to return to what they consider to be America’s halcyon days of 2017, when Trump was in the White House and the GOP controlled both the Senate and the House. They don’t realize that they are like lambs being led to the slaughterhouse, blindly and naively following the ultimate poster boy for autocratic leadership and the demise of democracy in America.

But scariest of all, Meadows added, “What we will see on Sunday is the start of planning for the next administration. And I can tell you, the people that are at the top of that list, all of them have Trump as their last name.”

I’m not a religious person, but all I can say is “God help us.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One- Word Challenge (staunch), Your Daily Word Prompt (enthusiastic), The Daily Spur (company), Word of the Day Challenge (halcyon), Ragtag Daily Prompt (lamb), and MMA Storytime (poster).

The Big Lie

One aspect of the fallout from the Trump administration is that there exists an ongoing threat to the safety and security of the United States. This is due to the “Big Lie” promoted by Donald Trump and reinforced by a number of powerful, complicit Republicans in Congress, many of whom still claim that this situation we’re in is serendipity, rather than as a result of a deliberate campaign of lies and misinformation designed to incite violent, domestic, Trump-supporting, right-wing extremists. These MAGA-maniacs are now threatening to blow up the Capitol building when Joe Biden is expected to give the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress and to kill as many members of Congress as possible.

Any astute, bipartisan observer should be able to read the calligraphy on the wall. The Republicans need to immediately disavow Trumpism and distance themselves from the former president or our nation will not survive.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (fallout), The Daily Spur (safety), Word of the Day Challenge (serendipity), Your Daily Word Prompt (astute), and MMA Storytime (calligraphy). Image credit: Shutterstock.

One-Liner Wednesday —The Know Nothings

Before I offer my One-Liner Wednesday quote for today, I need to provide a little context. In the most recent issue of The Week magazine, Editor-in-Chief William Falk wrote:

America needs two viable, sane political parties. Parties provide voters with a coherent choice of governing philosophies, and galvanize people to unite behind an agenda and candidates … When parties become enamored with unpopular and foolish ideas, they can die: The Federalists, the Whigs, and the Know Nothings all once flourished and then perished.

Falk ended his editorial with this line:

“The Republican Party can be revived, but it must first turn back from the Know Nothing path it’s on now, which leads to Knowhere.”

If you want to know more about the Know Nothing Party, you might want to read this article.

A Day Off

I’m taking a day off today. No Who Won the Week post, no daily prompts posts. I’m just not I’m not in the mood today.

It’s not like their aren’t plenty of things to write about. Like how aghast I am at the nonsense that’s coming from some state and local school boards. Like the one in San Francisco, of all places, where the school board wants to remove names like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson from schools because they were slave owners. The school board even wants to remove Abraham Lincoln’s name because he didn’t do enough to protect native Americans.

And then there’s the Oregon Board of Education, which believes that asking school kids to show their work during math class is white supremacy. Apparently the Board has determined that “the concept of mathematics being purely objective is unequivocally false, and teaching it is even much less so.” The report added, “Upholding the idea that there are always right and wrong answers perpetuates objectivity.” And objectivity is deemed by the Oregon Board of Education to be another apparent “tentpole of white culture and supremacy.” What?

And then there’s Republican Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana, the House minority whip, who appeared this morning on ABC’s This Week. It’s been more than three months since Biden won the electoral college 306-232 and the popular vote by more than seven million ballots. It’s been just over a month after the Biden was sworn into office. And yet Scalice, the number two Republican in the House, still refuses to admit that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election against Donald Trump. Seriously?

But I’m not going to post about such things today. I just don’t feel like it. Sorry. See you back here tomorrow.