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A Banana Republic, But Without Any Bananas - Doug Wilson

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"In this episode of Blog & Mablog, Pastor Doug Wilson discusses the state of the banana republic. For more from Doug, subscribe to Canon+ Use promo code DOUG99 to get your first month for 99 cents "Make no mistake about it. All of this completely unnecessary chaos is being deliberately induced, deliberately fomented. Then the resultant chaos will be cited as a plain reason why 'strong measures' are now needed, and needed immediately, and when the dust clears, the state will have even more emergency powers." Blog and Mablog is presented by Canon Press." from video introduction.

If Trump Wasn’t Lying, That’s Worse

A delusional president is far more dangerous than a mendacious one.

"On Monday, the House January 6th Committee presented evidence that Donald Trump, after losing the 2020 election, promoted allegations of voter fraud that his own advisers had told him were false. According to the committee, this evidence proves he was lying.

But the evidence actually points to a different conclusion: Trump wasn’t lying in the way that other presidents have done. He was simply impervious. He refused to accept unwelcome facts. And that degree of imperviousness, in a president, is much more dangerous than dishonesty.

Testimony at Monday’s hearing showed that many people around Trump—Mark Meadows, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, and others—knew his claims were false. But the testimony about Trump himself was different. Nobody recalled the then-president privately admitting, in the style of Richard Nixon, that he was hiding the truth. Instead, everyone who had interacted with Trump described him as batting away information he didn’t want to hear.

Exhibit A: Trump’s statements before the election.

A video reel compiled by the committee showed Trump stipulating—months before November 2020—that if he lost, fraud was the only possible explanation. One clip showed him saying on Aug. 17, 2020: “The only way we’re going to lose this election is if the election is rigged.” Another showed him in a debate on Sept. 29, 2020: “This is going to be a fraud like you’ve never seen. . . . This is not going to end well.”

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a member of the committee, summarized Trump’s mentality: He had “decided even before the election that regardless of the facts and the truth, if he lost the election, he would claim it was rigged.” No evidence to the contrary could shake his conviction... from the article: If Trump Wasn’t Lying, That’s Worse

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