Why White Evangelicals…

It is a well-publicised fact that 81% of white evangelicals voted to put the current occupant in the Oval Office. On that subject, I ran across this interesting book entitled Believe Me. It is written by one of the 19% who voted the other way.  Here is a small segment of an interview with the author:

2018-07-05_18-44-44.pngFinally, you dedicate your book to the 19 percent of white evangelicals who did not vote for Trump. What do you want to say to them with this book?

I dedicate the book to the 19 percent not because they’re my primary audience, but because they seem to have seen through Trump. They’ve made a decision that Trump is not good — not just for the nation, but also for the church. So I hope the book might provide some history and arguments that the 19 percent can offer to their evangelical friends who did vote for Donald Trump and are having second thoughts, or are at least open to further evidence and dialogue. But my main audience, I think, is those evangelicals who voted for Trump who are open to reason and evidence and historical arguments that may suggest electing Trump was a bad idea.

via Why White Evangelicals Voted for Trump: Fear, Power, and Nostalgia – Red Letter Christians

My basic premise here at RJsCorner that those who put #CO3 in office primarily did so because of fear of the unknown. While I was a member of an evangelical church not that long ago, I certainly saw that fear in a number of eyes. They are afraid of what is happening to their beloved country club. Due to pride and vanity, I doubt if they will ever admit the error of putting, at best, a totally unqualified person in the highest office in the land. It seems that they would rather go down in flames instead.

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What To Do about Extreme Poverty In The USA?

When you think about extreme poverty I’m sure you mostly think of third world countries. It is hard to imagine that over 3 million people in the US  live on less than $2 per day.

Appalachia.jpgAccording to the World Bank, 769 million people lived on less than $1.90 a day in 2013; they are the world’s very poorest. Of these, 3.2 million live in the United States, and 3.3 million in other high-income countries (most in Italy, Japan and Spain)…

Even for the whole population, life expectancy in the United States is lower than we would expect given its national income, and there are places — the Mississippi Delta and much of Appalachia — where life expectancy is lower than in Bangladesh and Vietnam.

Source: The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Its Deep Poverty Problem – The New York Times

What can be done with areas like Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta?  Or maybe even more importantly what should be done? I don’t pretend to have an answer to these questions but I do have more questions about the topic. I’m not an expert by any stretch of the imagination in this topic so I am only speaking from logic or maybe from my heart. Empathy drives much of what I am especially at this period in my life.

Appalachia-3.jpgAlthough I have not experienced being in either of these two regions to any extent, I have heard the stories and legends about them. They both seem to be areas that are totally lost in time.  When I was growing up with a single parent low wage dad I was poor but I didn’t really know that for a fact.  We ate a lot of spaghetti and such and usually only had meat a couple of times a week but that was normal for me and I assumed for most others.

I recently went to the Museum of Appalachia in eastern Tennessee and it proved to be an enlightening experience. I was made aware of the extreme pride some from that region have in their existence. But I also imagine that there are those who feel trapped in a lifestyle they were born into and can’t wait or more sadly figure out how to leave it.

Appalachia-2.jpgGetting to the point of this post, what can or maybe should we do about the extreme poverty in those particular regions? Since we are a capitalist country we can’t dictate that businesses open up factories and stores in the region to give the folks there more opportunities. Simply handing out money is not an option that many there would likely accept? Without a lot of thought, I’m not sure there is much to be done.

Somehow we need to make sure that those who live in these regions know that there are opportunities outside their area if they have the will to leave. Beyond that, I’m not sure that there is an answer to my original questions.