OnARWatch calls attention to a — bizarre, weird, unusual, bellicose? — Facebook post by Sen. Alan Clark, recently disciplined by the Senate for attempting to claim payment for a meeting he didn’t attend.

Is this a signal of a plan to get even with his oppressors? He’s suggested many other legislators are guilty of rule bending.

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His “secrets to giant killing” essay concludes:

If the giant says he is going to kill you, very calmly let him know that he is the one that is going to die. Look for the right moment to attack. Attack. Be sure that this is a giant you are supposed to kill. If God hasn’t ordained the battle there is a good chance everyone else will be right. Be sure you are ANOINTED to kill giants. It is not a job for everyone. And as David said it is God who actually wins the victory. Expect people, especially in leadership, to be jealous. Don’t forget to collect your earnings as agreed on in the contract. Mind your own business, play your harp, write your songs (allegorically) and wait for the next giant to cross your path and threatens.

Giant-killing season presumably begins in January when the regular legislative session convenes. Clark will be back then on the per diem dole from which he was temporarily suspended and will collect those earnings at least.

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PS: Ethics of the Arkansas Senate reminds me that Rev./Judge Wendell Griffen has written a thundering essay on the lack of ethics in another quarter, Mar a Lago. He gives no quarter to those who suggest Attorney General Merrick Garland acted outside the law in using a search warrant approved by a federal judge to gather documents Donald Trump took from the White House in violation of federal law and refused to return despite numerous entreaties.

But he recalls Clark’s religiosity while inveighing against the undying devotion so many so-called evangelical Christians exhibit for Trump, despite a lifetime of running roughshod over the 10 Commandments.

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I think the best explanation for the loyalty of “evangelical Christian conservatives” to Donald Trump is that those persons are part of what I term “the hateful faithful.” The “hateful faithful” share Trump’s racism and white supremacy, capitalist greed, misogyny and sexism, authoritarianism, and love of violence. Trump says and does what they believe and desire to say and do. “The hateful faithful” oppose federal power being used to defend the rights and lives of women, Indigenous, Black, Latinx, and Asian persons, LGBTQI persons, immigrants, and anyone else they consider “others.”

Greed. Love of violence. Oppression of minorities. Yes, they are evident in several locations where avowed “Christians” hold sway.

Griffen concludes:

There is a stark moral and ethical difference between the life and ministry of Jesus and the life and career of Donald Trump.  We are correct to term people who believe in and support Donald Trump as his followers. However, it is blasphemous, heretical, and fraudulent to call them “evangelical” and “Christian.”

 

 

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