On the site of political theology, Rubén Rosario Rodríguez analyzes the war in Ukraine. “The challenge for contemporary Christian theology becomes to affirm Christ’s call to human nonviolence while simultaneously proclaiming God’s judgment against tyranny and abuse,” Rodríguez concludes. “Ukraine is acting in self-defense against a more powerful aggressor (Russia) who has always considered Ukraine part of its empire, so it refuses to consider its actions immoral. Until Russia recognize Ukraine’s sovereignty and renounce its claim to Ukrainian lands and peaceful negotiations are meaningless. Meanwhile, anything but supporting Ukraine in its war of self-defense – by diplomatic means, the use of sanctions, and even military options – subverts the very meaning of justice I agree with almost everything in this finely argued essay.
If you’re looking for a classic definition of “getting jerked off,” look no further than Steve Bannon’s last-minute decision to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol Building. Just before Bannon goes on trial for refusing to honor the committee’s subpoena, he shows up with a memo from his former boss, former President Donald Trump, waiving executive privilege. Politico has history.
ProPublica reports that the right-wing advocacy and research group Family Research Council has filed with the IRS to be considered a church, a designation that allows it significant exemptions from government scrutiny. Here is an issue for churches to stand up and be heard on: One way to destroy religious freedom is if any group can call itself a church. Apparently other bands are doing the same. It’s scandalous.
At The New York Times, Ian Prasad Philbrick talks to Jennifer Medina about his reporting on Texas politics, specifically how and why a growing number of Latino voters are voting Republican. Hint: While there are several dynamics at play, abortion politics doesn’t necessarily help Democrats with Latino voters.
Similarly, in The Washington Post, David Byler examines contests where GOP inroads among Latinos are likely to make an immediate difference, particularly in the Southwest and the country’s three largest states: California, Texas and Florida, all of which have great Latinos. populations.
Andrew Sullivan looked at the similarities and differences between Boris Johnson and Donald Trump in a recent Substack article. His essay, which is worth reading in its entirety, included two particularly relevant paragraphs. Comparing how the Conservative Party held Johnson accountable to how the GOP failed to hold Trump accountable, he writes:
Against this backdrop, the Tory’s dispatch of Boris underscores just how deep the Republican rot runs. They cling to a man who cannot win the popular vote, who despises the Constitution, and who has organized an armed mob to prevent the peaceful transfer of power for the first time in American history. What this reveals, at least to me, is that conservatives still exist as an entity beyond a colored leader, while the GOP seems to have collapsed into the abyss that is the psyche. depraved Donald Trump.
Sullivan is also fair in explaining that Trump and Johnson captured the political dynamics of the mid-2010s in a way that their opponents failed to:
In the mid-2010s, something snapped in the psyche of a critical mass of voters in the US and UK. They felt abandoned by politicians, despised by liberal elites, ignored in the wave of economic globalization, taken for granted by both parties. Struggling to get by, they also felt less and less at home in their own country. For this, they were ridiculed as racist and bigoted or deplorable, or simply ignored.
When Sullivan is good, he is really good.