Before I get into that, I am happy that yesterday’s blog post has done rather well. If you are one of the few people allowed to read my Facebook, you will know that the post was revised during the day. The reason? I quoted someone I shouldn’t have, even though the quote and the source were disguised. So I revised. Which leads to this thought: is a blog “social media” in the same way that FB, Twitter, TikTok and so on are? Blogging preceded all those, is in fact an old-fashioned activity which I have been doing, on various platforms, for twenty years now! At first I called it “journalling”, something I was already familiar with from my days with Bob Walshe’s wonderful English Teachers’ Writing Group back in the 70s.
On FB after the last revision I said: “Today’s blog post has been edited since first posting. BTW, is a blog ‘social media’? I like to think blogging can and should involve more reflection and offers at least the possibility of some nuance, compared with FB, Twitter etc. For example, I am now going back into that post to change ONE WORD! But the word choice matters. (And ended up changing a few more and adjusting a paragraph split.)”
Now to the US and Donald Trump, who is seeking, and please God will fail to get, a second term “burning down the house” — as the evangelical Christian Sean says in one of the videos below.
These videos are part of a growing series on YouTube called Republican Voters Against Trump. Let me quote their About in full:
Republican Voters Against Trump is a coalition of Republicans, former Republicans, conservatives, and former Trump voters who can’t support Trump for president this fall. Visit us at rvat.org
The RVAT project is aimed at amplifying the voices of this critical voting block in the 2020 election. Despite the president’s claims that he has the total support of the party, there are millions of voters who used to be reliable Republicans but are disgusted by the Trump administration.
Some are upset about the skyrocketing debt. Others about how he has debased the office. No matter the reason, they are united in wanting the country to move on from this deeply un-American presidency.
These are their stories. Together their voices are powerful. And if they are heard, next January we will inaugurate Joe Biden as the next president, and the Republican Party can begin a post-Trump future. RVAT is a project of Defending Democracy Together.
I am far more impressed by these than by the Lincoln Project, for example, because the way these have been created is quite transparent and the voices are quite clearly authentic. I will share three. The first one is very distinctive and earthy. He does drop a few F-bombs!
The next one is much gentler:
And now an extremely thoughtful evangelical Christian from Georgia, whose views should not come as a shock given that rather famous editorial in Christianity Today.