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De keuze van evangelicals zullen wellicht het verschil moeten maken voor de Verenigde Staten

De Verenigde Staten van America zullen voor enkel weken sterk in de kijker staan.

In die federale staten is godsdienst nog van sterk belang. Er zijn daar nog heel wat kerkgangers die geloof een belangrijk gegeven vinden om als onderdeel te zijn van de wetgevende en heersende macht. Als de presidentskandidaat te socialistisch of links mag overkomen kan deze het meestal vergeten. Zo kon Bernie Sanders wel zeer mooie voorstellen voor de natie hebben, weinigen wensten er gehoor aan te geven. Diegene die het meeste geld heeft en daarbij nog mooi kan praten maakt in de V.S.A. meestal de meeste kans om te slagen. Als mooiprater  kon Donald Trump in  2016 met nu en dan gezwaai van naar godsdienst verwijzende woorden liefst 81 procent van de Amerikaanse evangelischen bekoren. Of zij nu nog zo blij zijn met hun president die nu en dan toch ware onchristelijke steken heeft laten vallen en zelfs schijnigschennigachtig met de Bijbel wist te zwaaien is een andere zaak. Maar het zal heel belangrijk worden in  de komende verkiezingen, doordat Joe R. Biden nu niet echt als een sterk persoon kan aanzien worden.

De peilingen van het conservatieve Trump liefhebbende netwerk Fox News zitten er niet vaak naast en dat zou voor Trump een goede reden zijn om toch nog hevig te reageren tegen de conservatieve kandidaten, vooral tegen de voorgestelde vice-presidente. De meest recente uitslag laat zien dat 28 procent van de witte evangelischen van plan is om op Joe Biden te stemmen bij de presidentsverkiezingen komende november. De peiling laat zien dat Joe Biden 28 procent van de blanke evangelische stemmen veroverde. Dat is een sprong van 12 punten ten opzichte van wat Hillary Clinton in 2016 kreeg volgens Pew, en dat betekent dat 66 procent op Trump zou stemmen. Volgens sommige analisten zou dat de nederlaag van Trump vrijwel garanderen.

 

Bij de vorige keer dachten wij echter ook dat Trump het vast en zeker niet kon halen. Mis poes! Versteld en verslagen moesten wij toezien hoe deze bullebak toch aan het roer kwam te staan van die grote natie, waar hij nu zo verdeeldheid heeft gezaaid, al beloofde hij die natie “terug groot te maken”.

De huidige peilingen zijn daarom nog niets om te vrezen volgens de Trump aanhangers. Zij zijn er van overtuigd dat fake news Donald Trump graag onderuit zou willen halen, maar dat hun president dat zal overstijgen met grote trots. Het huidige resultaat van peilingen is dan voor de Trump getrouwen nauwelijks een reden om in paniek te raken of om zich door Democraten van de wijs te laten brengen.

“Eén enquête is slechts één enquête, en we hebben een lange weg te gaan tussen nu en november.”

En zoals we allemaal in 2016 hebben geleerd, is solide peilingen niet hetzelfde als stemmen. Trump heeft in het verleden lange kansen overwonnen en zou dat heel goed nog een keer kunnen doen. Met hem hebben wij al genoeg verrassingen gekregen en hij heeft al heel wat uit zijn hoed kunnen toveren.

Maar 28 procent van de blanke evangelischen is een nog hoger percentage dan president Barack Obama die in zijn historische overwinning van 2008 haalde, toen hij 26 procent van de blanke evangelische stemmen kreeg. De marges van Trump waren in 2016 mager en zullen dit jaar waarschijnlijk weer mager zijn. Dat alles maakt dat noch hij, noch Biden veel ruimte voor fouten hebben.

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De DNC meeting ging virtueel door en leek een beetje op ons Europees songfestival wanneer de stemmen werden uitgebracht. Hierbij kwam duidelijk naar voor dat voor de democraten Joe Biden en zijn running mate senator Kamala Harris kwamen te steunen.
Voormalige concurrenten zoals burgemeester Pete Buttigieg en senator Bernie Sanders boden hun steun aan samen met het geheime wapen van de Democraten: een groep Republikeinse functionarissen onder leiding van gouverneur John Kasich die tijdelijk hun politieke meningsverschillen indienen om Trump aan de kaak te stellen en Biden te steunen.
Michelle Obama was maandag de keynote speaker en gaf duidelijk haar vroegere positie van First Lady alle eer aan te doen. Haar man zal later deze week zijn eigen adres inleveren, maar zij gaf al duidelijk aan dat Donald Trump nu al genoeg kansen heeft gekregen die hij niet heeft waar kunnen maken, zodat iedereen wel zou moeten te weten gekomen zijn dat Trump niet de juiste man voor het land is.

In haar indrukwekkende speech op de jaarlijkse conferentie van de Democratische partij in Amerika vermelde ze het belang van empathie wat Trump helemaal niet bezit en legt ze uit wat het betekent om één natie van God te zijn.

“We moeten een manier vinden om samen te leven en samen te werken ondanks onze verschillen”, vertelt de voormalige first lady.

Ondertussen bereidt de RNC hun eigen conventie voor, met namen als de gouverneur van South Dakota Kristi Noem, het St.Louis-echtpaar Mark en Patricia McCloskey die werden gefotografeerd terwijl ze BLM-demonstranten intimideerden met hun vuurwapens.

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U.S.A. Investment in a demagogue

From some old article, we want to select the thought about the businessman and television personality Donald Trump. For many Americans this man in charge is their half-god or their golden calf. Most of them who voted in favour for the extravagant man could not have brought some more dangerous man into government, for their nation, but also for the whole world. More than once he brought many out of the United States to sit on the edge of the chair, fearing he would push the “Red button”. He promised to make the nation great again. For sure, he managed to divide it more than ever and to bring it back down, to many years before Obama.

The people who voted for Trump invested in a demagogue who claimed he alone could solve their problems. There is a never a quick fix to a truly complex problem. And yes everyone knew that health care was this complex. What will we need to do to clean up from this mess? Trump has been up on the Hill for over 40 days. If he wants to clean up this mess he has to do it quickly. He alone can determine if he is going to be Moshe, Augustus, or a Golden Calf. Like the Golden Calf- Trump is a product of an ignorant and impatient group yearning to be heard. If only it was as easy as breaking a couple of Tablets to get them to shut up and listen for a moment. {from: Golden Calf and Trump, by Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow}

The populist, protectionist, and nationalist entered the 2016 presidential race as a Republican and was elected in a surprise victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, although he lost the popular vote. The people have got many years now to listen to this businessman who has no empathy with the peoples of ‘his country’.

This man of “Fake News” has not recreated a fake world neither a real good world, but made the world even more turbulent than before.

Trump said:

What I worry about is that when problems are not addressed, people will not know who is responsible. And when the problems get bad enough, as they might do, for example, with another serious terrorist attack, as they might do with another financial meltdown, some one person will come forward and say, ‘Give me total power and I will solve this problem.’… That is how the Roman republic fell. Augustus became emperor, not because he arrested the Roman Senate. He became emperor because he promised that he would solve problems that were not being solved. {Golden Calf and Trump}

Trump has become emperor, though many thought he would never come so far. Surprisingly he became the oldest first-term U.S. president and the first without prior military or government service. How he got so many votes and where he got associated with, is something we shall to uncover in 50 years time, but it does not look very kosher. Continually this boaster has made many false or misleading statements during his campaign and presidency. In Europe lots of people do not understand how it could be that so many people really believe everything what this man says, and even do not see how he changed like the wind many times. Even after fact-checkers made it clear that the so-called facts of Mr. Trump were false, the majority of the American people still wanted to believe their god. The journalists who wanted to question Trump moreover his allegations and about his ‘sayings’were chastised and ridiculed towards the other press people. The media in the United States as well as out of that nation, have widely described the phenomenon as unprecedented in American politics. Many of his comments and actions have been characterized as racially charged or racist.  That way he is the first president who was able to create more division in that ‘great nation’ than ever before.

In case Trump was a product of an ignorant and impatient group yearning to be heard, we can only hope that group has come to its senses and have seen and understood now, how this man is such a fraud and someone is who one can miss as a toothache.

Yesterday former first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention hit the nail on the head whilst she sought to strike that balance between a message of hope and a condemnation of Trump. Obama spoke as the wife of a former President who has seen “the immense weight and awesome power” of the presidency up close. She spoke as a mother trying to teach empathy and instill “a strong moral foundation” in her daughters. And she spoke as an American pained “to see so many people hurting” at a time when the coronavirus has claimed more than 170,000 lives in the US and cast millions into unemployment. She tried to appeal to voters who are frustrated and anxious about the chaos that the President has created, arguing that the America is underperforming

“not simply on matters of policy but on matters of character.”

she said convincingly.

“I know that regardless of our race, age, religion, or politics, when we close out the noise and the fear and truly open our hearts, we know that what’s going on in this country is just not right. This is not who we want to be.”
She warned the Americans:
Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.”
“If you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this,”
she continued.
“If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can; and they will if we don’t make a change in this election. If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.”

 

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62 Million Girls

On the 22nd of September the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics announced a series of commitments, a new report and a set of education data plans outlining the Obama Administration’s work to improve the lives of the 55 million Hispanics who live in the United States — whether through increased access to high-quality early learning and STEM education, more grants to Hispanic-serving colleges, more opportunities to participate in the internships or greater apprenticeships with small businesses.

“Today, nearly one in four students in our nation’s public schools is a Hispanic youth,”

said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

“Making sure these young people have the opportunity to achieve their dreams isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s also a matter of our shared success as a country. In just the next few decades, Hispanics will represent nearly one in three American workers. It’s clear; the future of our nation is closely connected to the future of our Hispanic communities.”

An other problem is that girls do have to have the opportunity to be set on equal foot as boys and have to have good educational possibilities.

Right now, more than 62 million girls worldwide are out of school.

Many of them simply can’t afford the school fees, or the nearest school is miles away and they don’t have safe transportation to get there — or maybe there’s a school nearby, but it doesn’t have adequate bathroom facilities for girls. And for many girls, the obstacles they face aren’t just about resources, but about cultural norms and traditions that deem girls unworthy of an education.

That’s why on the 26th of September 2015, along with Girl Rising, the White House announced a new education campaign called 62 Million Girls — and we need you to join right now:

Share a photo of yourself on Twitter or Instagram, and tell the world what you learned in school using #62MillionGirls.

First Lady Michelle Obama posing for the action "Let Girls Learn"

First Lady Michelle Obama posing for the action “Let Girls Learn”

Those photos will be posted to Girl Rising’s yearbook at 62MillionGirls.com, and you’ll help us raise awareness about all the girls who aren’t in school and show the power of education to transform their lives.

This is a serious moral crisis — and it’s also an urgent economic issue:
Girls who go to school earn higher salaries, and sending more girls to school can even help boost a country’s entire economy. Girls’ education is a health issue as well, because studies show that educated girls raise healthier families and have lower rates of HIV and maternal mortality.

That’s why earlier this year, the President and First Lady Michelle Obama launched an initiative called Let Girls Learn. Working with the Peace Corps, businesses and organizations, and countries across the globe, we’re helping adolescent girls worldwide go to school. Now, the 62 Million Girls campaign is working to raise awareness for this cause and for these girls.

As I’ve traveled the world, I have met so many of these girls — and they are so bright, so determined and so eager to learn.

I see myself in these girls. I see my daughters in these girls. These girls are our girls, and I simply cannot walk away from them.

says First Lady Michelle Obama.

So I’m looking forward to seeing what you learned in school to help us make sure 62 million girls get that chance.

Thanks.

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Note: The Obama Administration is committed to investments to expand high-quality early learning programs; increase equity and opportunity for all students; support teachers and school leaders; and improve access, affordability and student outcomes in college. It is the Administration’s priority to ensure that every single child in this country deserves the opportunity to receive a strong education.

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