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Trump Created The Space Force. Here’s What It Will Actually Do

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President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act on Friday, notably creating the new Space Force.

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When President Trump signed a $738 billion defense spending bill on Friday, he officially created the Space Force. It’s the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Services, and the first new military service since the Air Force was created in 1947.

“Space is the world’s newest war-fighting domain,” President Trump said during the signing ceremony. “Amid grave threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely vital. And we’re leading, but we’re not leading by enough. But very shortly we’ll be leading by a lot.”

The idea was widely mocked when it was first floated, providing fodder for late night hosts, newspaper cartoonists and comedy writers. Senior military officials have previously raised concerns about what it will cost, and former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned against rushing into creating the force without clearly defined goals.

“This is not a farce. This is nationally critical,” Gen. John Raymond, who will lead the Space Force, told reporters on Friday. “We are elevating space commensurate with its importance to our national security and the security of our allies and partners.”

Raymond acknowledged it would take time to develop the force. “It’s going to take some time to grow this, but we are moving out with due diligence to make sure that we do this right,” he said.

About 16,000 Air Force active duty and civilian personnel are being assigned to the Space Force. There’s still a lot to figure out, including the force’s uniform, logo, and even its official song.

The Space Force will fall within the Department of the Air Force, but after one year it will have its own representation on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to the text of the law that created it. That makes it similar in structure to the Marine Corps, which is a part of the Department of the Navy but has its own seat on the Joint Chiefs.

The new service branch essentially repackages and elevates existing military missions in space from the Air Force, Army and Navy, said Todd Harrison, who directs the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

“It’s about, you know, all the different types of missions our military already does in space — just making sure that we’re doing them more effectively, more efficiently,” said Harrison.

“It will create a centralized, unified chain of command that is responsible for space, because ultimately when responsibility is fragmented, no one’s responsible,” he added.

Military systems in space provide crucial information to the troops. For example, GPS satellites help the military hit targets precisely. Satellites gather intelligence, detecting things like missile launches. They’re also used for communication and collect data on the weather.

It’s worth pointing out a few things the Space Force will not do.

“It’s not about putting military service members in space, it has nothing to do with NASA, it’s not about protecting Earth from asteroids or aliens,” said Harrison.

Joan Johnson-Freese, a space security expert at the U.S. Naval War College, said the kind of information gathered by U.S. space systems is crucial in warfare today. “Whoever has the best information and can get it the fastest wins – and space provides a lot of that information.”

Russia and China may be interested in interfering with that flow of information, she said. But she’s concerned that the way Trump described space – as a war-fighting domain – could be provocative to those countries.

“Personally, I don’t believe that we ought to couch it in those terms because when the United States starts chest-thumping, all that does is prompt others to do the same, and to bolster their capabilities, which in the long run can be counterproductive to the United States.”

She had concerns about the idea when the Trump administration first announced the Space Force, saying the initial vision was “clear as mud.”

However, “Congress took a kind of swaggering announcement and turned it into a rational implementation plan for something that needed to be done,” she said. The way it is set up will allow the Space Force to start with a relatively small number of personnel and grow organically.

Johnson-Freese also points out that at this point, if there ever was a war in space, the space force wouldn’t actually be fighting it. The U.S. Space Command, a separate joint command that was established earlier this year, would be in charge of combat.

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Former Trump Official Anthony Scaramucci Names Four Witnesses Whose Senate Testimony Would Force President To Resign

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Trump Created The Space Force. Here’s What It Will Actually Do

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President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act on Friday, notably creating the new Space Force.

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When President Trump signed a $738 billion defense spending bill on Friday, he officially created the Space Force. It’s the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Services, and the first new military service since the Air Force was created in 1947.

“Space is the world’s newest war-fighting domain,” President Trump said during the signing ceremony. “Amid grave threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely vital. And we’re leading, but we’re not leading by enough. But very shortly we’ll be leading by a lot.”

The idea was widely mocked when it was first floated, providing fodder for late night hosts, newspaper cartoonists and comedy writers. Senior military officials have previously raised concerns about what it will cost, and former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned against rushing into creating the force without clearly defined goals.

“This is not a farce. This is nationally critical,” Gen. John Raymond, who will lead the Space Force, told reporters on Friday. “We are elevating space commensurate with its importance to our national security and the security of our allies and partners.”

Raymond acknowledged it would take time to develop the force. “It’s going to take some time to grow this, but we are moving out with due diligence to make sure that we do this right,” he said.

About 16,000 Air Force active duty and civilian personnel are being assigned to the Space Force. There’s still a lot to figure out, including the force’s uniform, logo, and even its official song.

The Space Force will fall within the Department of the Air Force, but after one year it will have its own representation on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to the text of the law that created it. That makes it similar in structure to the Marine Corps, which is a part of the Department of the Navy but has its own seat on the Joint Chiefs.

The new service branch essentially repackages and elevates existing military missions in space from the Air Force, Army and Navy, said Todd Harrison, who directs the Aerospace Security Project at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

“It’s about, you know, all the different types of missions our military already does in space — just making sure that we’re doing them more effectively, more efficiently,” said Harrison.

“It will create a centralized, unified chain of command that is responsible for space, because ultimately when responsibility is fragmented, no one’s responsible,” he added.

Military systems in space provide crucial information to the troops. For example, GPS satellites help the military hit targets precisely. Satellites gather intelligence, detecting things like missile launches. They’re also used for communication and collect data on the weather.

It’s worth pointing out a few things the Space Force will not do.

“It’s not about putting military service members in space, it has nothing to do with NASA, it’s not about protecting Earth from asteroids or aliens,” said Harrison.

Joan Johnson-Freese, a space security expert at the U.S. Naval War College, said the kind of information gathered by U.S. space systems is crucial in warfare today. “Whoever has the best information and can get it the fastest wins – and space provides a lot of that information.”

Russia and China may be interested in interfering with that flow of information, she said. But she’s concerned that the way Trump described space – as a war-fighting domain – could be provocative to those countries.

“Personally, I don’t believe that we ought to couch it in those terms because when the United States starts chest-thumping, all that does is prompt others to do the same, and to bolster their capabilities, which in the long run can be counterproductive to the United States.”

She had concerns about the idea when the Trump administration first announced the Space Force, saying the initial vision was “clear as mud.”

However, “Congress took a kind of swaggering announcement and turned it into a rational implementation plan for something that needed to be done,” she said. The way it is set up will allow the Space Force to start with a relatively small number of personnel and grow organically.

Johnson-Freese also points out that at this point, if there ever was a war in space, the space force wouldn’t actually be fighting it. The U.S. Space Command, a separate joint command that was established earlier this year, would be in charge of combat.

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Dan Gainor: Trump impeachment thrills left-wing media –‘Merry Impeachmas!’

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Trump-hating Democrats and their left-wing media buddies were thrilled when House Democrats voted Wednesday to impeach President Trump – without a single Republican supporting the action.

CNN staffers reveled in the impeachment. They called it a “stain” on Trump’s presidency.

CNN “Inside Politics” host John King claimed that “Democrats have the facts on their side about what the president did.”

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CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin slammed Trump, saying: “The president was impeached for one reason: Because he deserved it.”

And liberal CNN legal analyst Laura Coates declared it was “a great day for constitutional democracy.”

The CNN Trump opponents did everything but sing the national anthem while stomping on photos of the president. A casual viewer might think the vote mattered. But the Senate isn’t going to convict the president, meaning he won’t be removed from office. This is all an acting class.

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NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt repeated the “stain” talking point (along with The New York Times, The Atlantic and Politico). “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd responded with a tired rant about “what this president is putting the Constitution through.”

Note, not what the partisan Democrats are putting the Constitution through. It’s all Trump.

Todd, who was born in 1972, told Holt (born in 1959) that “this has probably been the worst decade in American politics, certainly in our lifetimes.” He then equivocated, saying: “Maybe the ’50s and ’60s had periods like this.”

Not to give a boomer history lesson, but the 1960s were filled with riots, three major assassinations, campus unrest and endless protests against the Vietnam War and for civil rights for black Americans. Someone should get Chuck a history book.

The over-the-top reactions weren’t confined to TV journalists.

Washington Post congressional reporter Rachel Bade tweeted out a celebratory photo with the caption: “Merry Impeachmas from the WaPo team!” CNN described the victory photo as showing “several of her colleagues smiling and having drinks, chips and guacamole.”

Bade’s boss, Editor Marty Baron, called what she posted “ill-considered,” but tried to pretend it didn’t show any bias. He told CNN that the reporters “were celebrating being able to go off the clock after a long day of covering impeachment.”

The reason people don’t believe Baron is because they read the Post and have watched how it has gone from newspaper to Resistance newsletter.

Naturally, the leftist talking heads couldn’t contain their glee.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews had a religious experience with the whole impeachment process. He called the fiasco “sacramental.” In effect, he proved a point I’ve made for years – that the left has replaced religion with politics. That’s why they don’t just want to win, they demand their opponents convert.

Christian Persecution

Journalists love Christians getting involved in politics … when they agree. Naturally, much of the media were giddy when Christianity Today published a scathing editorial headlined: “Trump Should Be Removed from Office.”

The editorial went on to complain about the president’s “blackened moral record” and warned that the result “will crash down on the reputation of evangelical religion and on the world’s understanding of the gospel.”

Nice and neutral Editor-in-Chief Mark Galli even went on NPR to compare Trump to a husband who “begins to physically abuse” his spouse.

The press loved it.

ABC’s “Good Morning America” host George Stephanopoulos noted that “we also saw overnight the evangelical magazine Christianity Today coming out with an editorial saying the president should be removed from office.”

Trump responded by calling the publication a “far left magazine, or very ‘progressive,’ as some would call it.”

The media used that to continue the news cycle. The Washington Post railed on “Trump’s rage at Christianity Today.” Slate referred to him as “freaked out” by the impeachment call.

Only it didn’t stop there. Prominent conservative Christians backed Trump, not the obscure editor. The New York Times published a story headlined “Evangelical Leaders Close Ranks With Trump After Scathing Editorial.”

Author and radio host Hugh Hewitt skewered “the selfishness of Galli’s act.” He added that the magazine “will suffer even as Galli heads out to retirement in January. But Trump will not.”

Galli was just reminding readers that to have the title “editor” in America at many media outlets almost requires you to hate Trump. But the media aren’t biased or anything.

 I’m OK, you’re OK, but OK is not

A recent social media freakout targeted cadets at West Point and the Naval Academy. Fortunately, the investigation proved that the cadets were playing what’s known as “the circle game,” not flashing the scary OK sign.

OK, it’s not scary. The media maelstrom stems from ridiculous groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center claiming the OK sign is “not just a harmless act.” That’s why several media outlets treated the game like it was a KKK rally.

Much handwringing occurred. USA Today reported that “students appeared to make the White Power hand symbol during a pregame broadcast.” (Since when is “White Power” capitalized, USA Today?) And The New York Times tried to legitimize the whole fiasco with a piece headlined: “When the O.K. Sign Is No Longer O.K.”

Salon went with “Military personnel may have flashed a covert white power hand signal.”

CNN ran an opinion piece from journalist and historian David M. Perry warning: “Why we must take white supremacist symbols seriously.”

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Even the Army Times, which should have known better, described the incident as “West Point opens investigation into controversial hand gestures flashed by Army, Navy cadets.” Controversial?

Turns out the cadets were innocently goofing around. It’s the media who ought to apologize.

 Even CNN admits good economic news

The economy is the good news story of 2019, despite predictions to the contrary. CNN released a new poll telling readers how “the US economy earns its highest ratings in almost two decades.”

The poll found that 76 percent of those surveyed “rate economic conditions in the US today as very or somewhat good, significantly more than those who said so at this time last year” when it was 67 percent.

Not shabby when CNN calls that 9 percent jump “significantly more.”

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CNN wasn’t the only network coping with the continued strong economy. President Barack Obama’s former “car czar” Steve Rattner probably drove MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” off the deep end by delivering news that host Joe Scarborough and others didn’t want to hear. He warned them that the good economic news is “something for the Democrats to worry about.”

It’s the economy, stupid.

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Indiana man stole police department speaker playing Christmas music, cops say

A trip to a police department headquarters in Indiana was an opportunity for one man to steal a little Christmas joy, according to a report.

Avon police said the man was caught on surveillance video stealing a speaker that was playing Christmas music in the police station lobby, WISH-TV reported.

Police said 43-year-old Quannah Gilbert, of Avon, was charged with the theft Friday after being identified as the person in the video.

The man had gone to the Avon Police Department to get his impounded car back last week, the station reported.

As he was leaving, he took the small Bluetooth speaker, according to the station.

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Individual seen on camera stealing a speaker from the lobby of the Avon Police Department in Indiana was later identified as Quannah Charles, 43, who was arrested. (Avon Police Department)

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“[The clerk] went to sync up to the speaker and there was no music,” Avon Police Chief Sean Stoops told the station. “So she thought something may have happened to the speaker, so she went out to check on it and it was gone.”

Stoops isn’t sure what possessed Gilbert to steal the speaker.

“Something like this, a very inexpensive speaker, I don’t know,” Stoops said, according to the station. “Only he knows the answer to that. One thing’s for certain: We’re not going to allow that to happen here.”

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WISH reported that the speaker had been recovered and was back in the lobby playing Christmas music.

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Joe Biden’s press secretary diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer

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Joe Biden‘s national press secretary, TJ Ducklo, announced on Saturday that he has been diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer, but said he will continue to work through the rest of the 2020 presidential campaign.

Ducklo shared a series of tweets explaining why he has been absent from the campaign trail as of late and said he will be starting his treatment on Monday.

“Some upsetting news to share & explanation for why I’ve been MIA recently: after a bunch of tests, I’ve been diagnosed [with] metastatic lung cancer. Which sucks a lot. I’m starting treatment Monday, & my doctors — who have been incredible — believe we can get this into remission,” he said.

“The outpouring of support and encouragement I’ve already received from family, colleagues and friends has been overwhelming in the best way, and has already made me feel like I have an army behind me to fight this piece of shit disease,” he continued.

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“It was never a question whether I’d continue working during treatment — working for Joe Biden and this campaign has been the best, most important experience of my life,” Ducklo added.

Biden sent a message of support to Ducklo on Saturday and said he and his entire family would be there for support, to help him with whatever he needed.

“TJ: Stay strong. Me, Jill, and the whole Biden family are with you,” the former vice president wrote. “Not just in spirit — for anything. You have the right attitude. You are going to beat this and when you do, we are going to be there to celebrate. Love you, and we’re here with you.”

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Ducklo thanked Biden for the encouragement and said he looks forward to helping him cure the disease after they win in 2020.

“Thank you, sir. Having you and @TeamJoe behind me makes me feel like I have superpowers. And when you’re president, we’ll cure this horrible disease for good. Xoxo,” he replied.

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In 2015, Biden lost his son Beau to brain cancer after he developed a glioblastoma. Beau was 46-years-old.

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Prince Andrew’s break from royal duties takes ‘pressure’ off Prince Harry, Meghan Markle: biographer

Prince Andrew‘s announcement that he was stepping back from royal duties following his disastrous interview about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is working in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s favor, according to Prince Charles’ biographer, Robert Jobson.

He believes Prince Andrew’s “early retirement” paves a “new path” for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

“I think with a member of the royal family being effectively retired early, should Harry and Meghan not wish [to] be part of [the] whole circus… there’s almost a path for them now,” he recently said on the Heirpod podcast.

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“If they said to Charles when he’s king, ‘Look we don’t really see ourselves in this type of role, we wanted a different type of role,’ I think he’d be flexible to that,” he continued. “There’s no pressure for them now… In terms of defining who they are and what they want to be — if they want to spend half their time in America or somewhere else, I don’t see that as an issue.”

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Britain’s Prince Andrew leaves after attending the Easter Sunday service at St Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle in southern England. (REUTERS/Neil Hall)

The family’s dynamic will obviously shift when Prince Charles ascends to the throne, and Jobson thinks he’ll focus more on Prince William’s family.

“I think Prince Charles would be flexible because the core focus would be on William and his family, and Meghan and Harry are further down the totem pole,” he said.

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Currently, Prince Harry and Markle are currently on their own break from the spotlight with their 7-month-old son Archie Harrison.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are looking forward to extended family time toward the end of this month,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement in mid-November. “Having spent the last two Christmases at Sandringham, their royal highnesses will spend the holiday this year, as a new family, with the Duchess’ mother Doria Ragland. This decision is in line with precedent set previously by other members of the Royal Family, and has the support of Her Majesty the Queen.”

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during a walkabout with Britain’s Prince Harry on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle. (Andrew Milligan/Pool Photo via AP)

The family is currently in Canada, and it’s rumored they will be spending Christmas with Ragland in the United States.

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Their announcement was only a few days before Prince Andrew said he was going to “step back” from royal life.

“It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein have become a major disruption to my family’s work and the valuable work going on in the many organizations and charities that I am proud to support,” said a statement posted to the royal family’s Twitter account.

“Therefore, I have asked Her Majesty if I may step back from public duties for the foreseeable future, and she has given her permission,” he said.

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The statement concluded: “I continued to unequivocally regret my ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein. His suicide has left many unanswered questions, particularly for his victims, and I deeply sympathize with everyone who has been affected and wants some form of closure. I can only hope that, in time, they will be able to rebuild their lives. Of course, I am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations, if required.”

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New Docs Show That White House Froze Ukraine Aid Two Hours After Zelensky Call

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Billy Hallowell: Christianity Today attacks Trump – Should evangelicals like me support or oppose him?

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The editorial published this week in Christianity Today calling for President Trump to be removed from office highlights the difficult choice facing evangelical Christians like me in determining who to support in the November presidential election.

In the editorial, Christianity Today’s editor-in-chief, Mark Galli, wrote: “The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents. That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.”

Galli added that Trump “has hired and fired a number of people who are now convicted criminals. He himself has admitted to immoral actions in business and his relationship with women, about which he remains proud. His Twitter feed alone – with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders – is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.”

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This attack prompted our counterpunching president to tweet: “A far left magazine, or very ‘progressive,’ as some would call it … knows nothing about reading a perfect transcript of a routine phone call and would rather… have a Radical Left nonbeliever, who wants to take your religion & your guns, than Donald Trump as your President. No President has done more for the Evangelical community, and it’s not even close. You’ll not get anything from those Dems on stage. I won’t be reading ET [SIC] again!”

Since there appears to be no chance the Republican-controlled Senate will remove the president from office once he goes on trial following his impeachment by the House, evangelicals will be confronted with this choice when we vote in the next presidential election:

Do we support a painfully brash and unpredictable president who violates our morals but defends some of our values?

Or do we support the presidential candidate nominated by the Democratic Party, which has expressed open disdain for our sincerely held views?

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t’s a complicated scenario, confronting us with two imperfect choices. And since the Democrats are a long way from selecting their nominee, it strikes me as an impossible choice to make until we know who President Trump will be running against and can examine that person’s record and values closely.

In the meantime, I think supporting Trump while simultaneously speaking out against his sometimes disturbing rhetoric is healthy. So is finding areas of praise for the president when you aren’t a fan. Our nation, after all, is called the United States – not the Divided States.

Few political candidates are entirely bad or entirely good. When we step into the voting booth we are sometimes forced to choose between the lesser of two evils.

There’s been no shortage of chaos, drama and debate over whether Trump –  a thrice-married businessman known for his brutal brashness, alleged shady business dealings, and lack of strong religious observance – is worthy of evangelical support.

The evangelical divide is a microcosm of our broader cultural decay. Party politics are dominating our hearts and minds. Nearly everyone is feeling intense pressure to buckle toward one side of the aisle or the other. Evangelicals are no exception.

As a lifelong conservative evangelical who is also a millennial journalist and author, I feel the weight of this paradigm in a particularly pointed way.

I interviewed Trump a number of times before he became president and I’ve written more than 12,000 articles about faith and culture, with many of those stories focusing on the intersection of Christianity and politics.

This is my wheelhouse both personally and professionally, yet I’ve never felt more conflicted about where my allegiances should fall and how my faith should play out at the polls.

While prominent evangelicals duke it out, I’ve found myself living in the gray, attempting to compartmentalize and comprehend where we are. How did we get here? How do we best preserve our witness so that we can hold onto some semblance of dignity in generations to come?

In the process, a number of important questions and concerns have come to mind. As Christians, we’re called to adhere to truth, even if it sometimes positions us against our chosen candidate or party. Yet cultural tribalism has enveloped us into political and social chaos.

And amid the consternation, some questions emerge: Why have so many evangelicals – people who have spent decades fighting moral turpitude among our political and cultural elite – seemingly and abruptly changed course in the Trump era?

Why are so many fair-minded Christians previously capable of seeing the complexities in our candidates and politicians suddenly unable to offer grace and understanding, specifically when doing so is more than warranted?

I don’t have the answers, but I do know that there are four facts about Trump and evangelicals that most people are missing – elements that should force us all to think deeper about our current circumstances.

Trump’s rhetoric should make Christians cringe

Our mission is to bring people to God, not to blindly and inadvertently lead them away. Plainly stated: our silence and excuse-making for Trump speaks volumes.

The latest example of Trump’s disturbing rhetoric came this week when he blasted Rep. Debbie Dingell’s late husband, Rep. John Dingell, and pondered whether Dingell might be “looking up” from hell.

John Dingell was a Michigan Democrat and World War II veteran who served in Congress longer than any other member – from 1955 to 2015. His wife was elected to his House seat after he retired.

There is no defense of Trump’s cruel comment, which Debbie Dingell said was very upsetting as she continues to mourn the loss of her beloved husband. And yet some of the same people who would have spontaneously combusted had former President Barack Obama said the same thing about a former member of Congress ignore it when it comes out of Trump’s mouth, for the sake of political expediency.

Progressives paved this road of apathy and desperation

Much of the critique surrounding evangelicals and Trump is predicated upon liberals’ claims that Christians have simply abandoned our principles. But the reality is much more complex.

A progressive cohort has held disdain for Christian values, either openly mocking or outright criticizing evangelicals’ beliefs about the importance of integrity and values in the public square. This mockery – teamed with an obsessive and oft-times ill-understood view of the separation of church and state – has consistently peppered our political discourse.

Now the same people who held such open disdain when evangelicals wished to see our views reflected in the public square are complaining that Christians have suddenly changed course and are no longer wedded to the morality we once demanded in our politics.

It’s a prime example of what happens when one cries wolf for decades and then gets what he or she endlessly wished for. In many ways, evangelicals are choosing to separate politics from their theology – the very thing that was previously demanded of us.

Cultural messages are eclipsing our values

One doesn’t need to look too far to see that the underbelly of our culture is slowly rotting away. Hopelessness abounds, as we abandon solidified values rooted in truth in exchange for social relativism And Christians, too, have fallen prey to this paradigm.

In 2011, just 30 percent of white evangelicals said “elected officials can still perform their public duties in an ethical manner even if they have committed immoral personal acts.” Somehow, though, that proportion skyrocketed to 72 percent in a 2016 survey.

There are many theories as to why this change unfolded, with some blaming the Trump effect.

Evangelicals are feeling the pressure

Beyond the “terrible options” scenario is the fact that our culture has rapidly changed over the past few years, eschewing traditional values and diminishing core Christian positions. What was once considered a normative perspective can now be disqualifying, with the outrage police working overtime to ensure that everyone complies with culture’s new codes of conduct.

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Meanwhile, the Democratic Party has moved to the far, far left on issues like abortion, with Democratic candidates perceived as so extreme that Trump – whether or not he has authentic convictions on these matters – seems like the only viable option.

As I’ve discussed in my books and research, many evangelicals feel like we are being punished or silenced for our biblical worldview, with the power players in the mainstream media, Hollywood and universities doing anything but alleviating those fears.

Many of us wish politics could be like the movies – with clearly identified good guys and bad guys, making it easy to root for the heroes and boo the villains.

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But real life isn’t like that – there are good and bad aspects to every candidate and every political party. 

As we move into a campaign year, we will be looking closely at President Trump and the Democrat nominated to run against him to see which imperfect person we think will best serve our nation and support our sincerely held beliefs.

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Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Winter Vacation Pushes Taxpayer Golf Tab Above $118 million

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President Donald Trump has pushed his taxpayer-funded golf tab past $118 million on his 26th visit to Mar-a-Lago, his for-profit resort in Palm Beach, Florida, with a Saturday visit to his course in neighboring West Palm Beach.

The new total is the equivalent of 296 years of the $400,000 presidential salary that his supporters often boast that he is not taking.

And of that $118.3 million, at least several million has gone into Trump’s own cash registers, as Secret Service agents, White House staff and other administration officials stay and eat at his hotels and golf courses.

The exact amount going into Trump’s pocket cannot be determined because the White House refuses to reveal how many Trump aides have been staying at his properties when he visits them and the administration will not turn over receipts for the charges incurred.

Trump’s White House on Saturday also ignored queries regarding Trump’s golf partners, continuing its practice of keeping that information secret unless he plays with a celebrity or with Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.). Previous administrations routinely disclosed the president’s golf partners.

At this exact point in former President Barack Obama’s first term, he had spent 88 days on a golf course. Saturday was Trump’s 227th day as president on a course that he owns. If Trump continues golfing at the pace he has set in his first three years, he will surpass in just one term the total number of days Obama spent golfing over two full terms — despite having repeatedly criticized Obama for playing too much golf and having promised, as a candidate, that he would be too busy to play any golf at all.

Just three years into his presidency, Trump’s travel and security expenses for his golf hobby exceed an estimate of eight years worth of expenses incurred by Obama’s family travel by millions of dollars.

The conservative group Judicial Watch said in 2017 that its tally of Obama’s travel costs, based on documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act lawsuits, had hit $105.7 million. That total, though, appears to include official trips by Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, as well as some campaign-related travel that was partially reimbursed by the Democratic Party.

Trump’s costs are so much higher than Obama’s because Trump insists on playing golf at his own courses — primarily in Bedminster, New Jersey, and Florida — during which he greets and spends time with paying club members whose dues continue to enrich him. Each trip to Bedminster costs taxpayers about $1.1 million, while each Mar-a-Lago trip costs about $3.4 million. Trump has also visited his courses in Los Angeles; Doral, Florida; Turnberry, Scotland; and Doonbeg, Ireland — all on the taxpayer dime.

In contrast, while Obama typically took expensive vacations twice a year — one to Martha’s Vineyard and one to his home state of Hawaii — the vast majority of his golf outings were to courses on military bases a short drive from the White House.

Trump’s trip to Turnberry in 2018 cost taxpayers an extra $3 million beyond what it would have cost had he remained in London prior to his summit in Helsinki with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. His trip to Ireland this summer cost taxpayers $3.6 million more than if he’d simply returned to Washington following his visit to London and Normandy, France.

Those figures are based on a HuffPost analysis that included the costs of Air Force transportation, Coast Guard patrols, Secret Service security and other expenses detailed in a January 2019 report by the Government Accountability Office of Trump’s first four visits to Mar-a-Lago in early 2017.

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