By Sherry Pasquarello,Senior Columnist/worldwidehippies.com
We took our annual drive to see the fall colors last Friday. We were late going this year. We usually go on Columbus Day because that was a holiday from work before my Hubs retired. This year was an odd one most of the trees were still green, some were completely bare and all of the colors that were there, were muted and dusty looking. The weather gurus say it’s a result of the wet summer and very dry fall. I don’t mind though. I enjoy the ride and the scenery no matter and as we drive through some state game lands its always peaceful in the woods.
For those long time readers, you also know that I tally the campaign signs each year. There aren’t many in years like this one where its local elections and not national; this year there were even less except for the coroner’s offices in the different counties we drove through. I can’t remember any coroner races having so much signage. I did see some fairly new and shiny DRAIN THE SWAMP plastic road signs but not many.
What I did notice immediately was that many of the small churches in the very small villages here in Pennsylvania had American flags on newly erected poles. They were in places where I also saw rebel flags on porches alongside the American flag; on old faded house with a wide flat front porch had three rebel flags and ONE American flag.
Most of these small towns and villages are old company towns. You can tell by the houses even if the industry that birthed them is long gone. We have them all across my state in every direction. They are still being divided and used and they still refuse to believe it, hence the American Flags at small fundamentalist churches and the rebel flags from porches. One of the only clear radio stations we could receive in the car was FOX radio. I didn’t know that they had a FOX radio. We listened. Yes, easy to see why the areas in the middle of my state voted for Trump. Easier to see why Trump is demonizing all other media outlets. I read this statistic over the weekend:
President Trump spoke to one of the most faithful blocs of his base on Friday, telling attendees at this year’s Values Voter Summit that in America “we don’t worship government, we worship God.”
Speaking to the gathering in September of last year, Trump addressed what had been a lingering question during the GOP primaries about his ability to reach and win over the party’s evangelical bloc — and the then-candidate said that their loyalty to him would be reciprocated.
And win them over he did — 80 percent of white evangelicals cast their vote for Trump last November, according to exit polls. That’s a higher percentage than supported President George W. Bush in 2004, Sen. John McCain in 2008 or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012.
Make no mistake, when religion is merged with politics bad things happen. You don’t have to be a history buff; all you have to do is look to the Middle East. Trump is saying all of the things that evangelicals want to hear. Does he believe them himself? I doubt it but he knows how to use people to his benefit. They turn out to vote. Don’t think there are enough true believers to make a difference? Look at how just my state is gerrymandered. The Republican congresscritters still think they have a useful idiot; as Grover Norquist put it all they need in a President is someone with fingers and a pen. They realize now that he is a dangerous idiot but they are greedy and arrogant to think that they can still control him. I don’t think that they can.
We did have a nice drive. I got to see TWO bald eagles riding the air currents. THAT was cool! In fact I saw more birds than ever before. I also saw my second road kill coyote. I can tell you this much. My suburban coyotes are half the size or less than the one I saw lying on the side of the road. I was shocked. I knew that the deer in the forests and game lands are and always were, bigger than the ones that are in my yard eating acorns but the coyotes here seem to need a good meal or two.
We tried to find the road where we stopped and bought pumpkins and braids of Indian sweet grass before but failed. I guess I will have to go to the store and get a pumpkin when I buy the Halloween candy for the little kids on my street.