From Christianity Today: Trump Should Be Removed From Office.  As persuasive today as when first published.

From the Dallas Morning News: 10 reasons you can’t be a Christian and vote for Donald Trump.  Likewise.

You can skip both those if you already agree — I offer them for sharing with your Trump-supporting friends and relatives.

This link is for reading:

American Democracy Will Die in 60 Days.

It’s by business consultant Umair Haque, author of the afore-linked-to also-must-read We Don’t Know How to Warn You Any Harder. America is Dying.  We Survivors of Authoritarianism Have a Message America Needs to Hear: This is Exactly How it Happens, and It’s Happening Here.

I sent both to a long-time friend whose net worth, I would guess, is $100 million.  Maybe it’s only fifty, maybe it’s two fifty.  But it’s enough that he and his wife — who agree it’s imperative we win — have the resources to help.  Yet their total reported federal political giving since 1998 works out to less than $2,500 a year, with nothing in 2019 or 2020.

“Hey, guys,” I wrote. “As dark as these pieces are, they resonate with me.  What do you think?”

And then I added: “One of my high school classmates just decremented his net worth by $1 million, from $20m to $19m (I’m guessing), figuring it was that important.  Any chance I can enlist you to do the same?”

So far, no word.

Yet on their response . . . and on your and my ability to recruit young poll workers and volunteers, and perhaps to volunteer ourselves . . . hangs the outcome.  If we all do as much as we can, we’ll prove Haque wrong.

Two other thoughts:

1. It’s now 57 days, not 60.  In many states, absentee ballots go out next week.

2. Though an atheist, I’m a big Jesus fan.  (Have you read his Sermon on the Mount?)  One of the two greatest Jews who ever lived.  The original bleeding heart liberal. (And, I have argued elsewhere, the “best little boy in the history of the world.”)  I just don’t see Jesus backing tax cuts for the rich, mocking the disabled, blocking Medicaid expansion — or aligning with journalist-murdering, opposition-leader-poisoning autocrats.  Am I wrong?

Have a great Labor Day.  Let’s raise the federal minimum wage . . . and give corporations this smart incentive to narrow inequality.



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