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Brad has wanted to say something about being called “deplorable”, but it’s moose hunting season here, so he’s been slow in producing the article. Here we go. Lela


According to Hillary Clinton, half of Donald Trump’s supporters are merely anxious about the future and too dumb to realize that she is the answer to their worries. The other half belong to a “basket of deplorables” because they are “racist, sexists, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.”

Image result for image of hillary in basket of deplorablesIt’s not the first time I’ve been called those things, just not by people who actually know me. My wife (the Indian tribal card holder) doesn’t think I’m a racist. My best friend (an Alaska Eskimo) doesn’t think I’m a racist. The black guys I spent six months working with in a remote location (who tried to teach me to call them “nigga”) don’t think I’m a racist. My former roommate in Houston (a gay man) didn’t think I was homophobic, though he did really wish I was willing to “give gay a chance” (his words, not mine). The female electricians I’ve worked with in the union have requested me for a foreman because they know I’m not a sexist. We attend a church with a large immigrant ministry and we are friends with many of these folks, so I don’t think I’m a xenophobe. We know several people who used to be Muslim, but who have converted to Christianity of their own choice … does that make me an Islamophobe?

But I have been accused of those things in the past because I have expressed a common sense opinion on affirmative action, gender differences, traditional marriage, immigration or terrorism … just to name a few. The persons who defamed me held the opposite opinion, so therefore, I couldn’t just be sincerely convinced by fact … I must be a mentally ill Neanderthal bent on destroying society as we know it.

What is it about some segments of society that they have this desperate urge to demonize their fellow citizens? Racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia and global warming denial are the new seven deadly sins. And like far too many in orthodox conservative churchianity, the progressive faithful are less interested in celebrating their own “salvation” as they are in condemning those who refuse to convert to the progressive dogma.

I listened to Hillary’s speech, available on you-tube, and heard the LGBT audience laugh as Hillary trashed her fellow citizens. Hillary and her fellow progressives are certain that our resistance to their  way of thinking is powered by hatred of blacks, gays, immigrants, Muslims, women. For all their postmodern babble about relativism and multiculturalism, progressives are much quicker to judge and harsher in their judgments than the most rigid bun-lady in the most backwater part of the country.

Hence – basket of deplorables! Hillary outted her entire quasi-religion as judgmental, vengeful and unforgiving with that singular phrase. Hillary stood behind her rainbow flag and marginalized one-quarter of American adults as racist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic and sexist. Without a shred of evidence, by the way! And for her willingness to perform that deplorable action, many progressives proclaimed Hillary a social justice warrior. They took to social media to insist that if you were bothered by the labels Hillary pasted you with it was because you know deep down inside that you own those labels. It couldn’t possibly be that you just see things differently than they do and that your view has as much validity as theirs.


For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

Now this is the basis for judging:  that the light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the lightbecause their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God 

John 3:16-20 NET Translation

As a Christian, I would never say that someone was irredeemable, as Hillary did in her speech, but I would point out that if you cheered as she painted one quarter of the American voters with excrement … you may well be the reason that this country is so divided and unable to come together. Because as long as you judge me as evil and irredeemable, I have no desire to seek compromise with you. Why would I cooperate with anyone who is bent upon subjugating me, my beliefs and my way of life beneath ideologies that I find deplorable? Yes, I just used that word to describe progressives. Let’s see if Lela edits me.




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