The Evangelicals are Hypocritical and They Don’t Care
One of the bigger stories in the news last week was about how Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council offered Trump a “mulligan” over his life and affair with Stormy Daniels. This caused millions of people to be offended by the sheer hypocrisy of the Evangelicals.
My view on this is a bit different. I think it is true that the “Moral Majority” is hypocritical, but it is also futile and useless to point out. One of the first political events I remember was the Republican Revolution in 1994. I was a freshman in high school at the time. People were call Evangelicals hypocrites back then too! Often by taking New Testament quotes and showing how contradictory they were to Republican policy. So the more things change, the more they stay the same. I even remember stories about Republicans getting high and mighty about Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky even as they hid their own extra-marital affairs.
The reason these stories are futile is that I don’t think Evangelicals really care if people are upset with them. I don’t think they care if a bunch of liberals view them as hypocrites. Evangelicals care about winning and to them winning means judges, judges, judges. Despite a few comedic missteps, Trump and company have been remaking the Judiciary at a rapid clip. Trump’s young appointees to the Courts of Appeal can stay on the bench for decades and significantly imperil future liberal legislation for just as long.
In some darkly utilitarian ways, I admire Evangelicals for their sheer ability to vote with strategy and tactics. The Left seems more inclined to take their toys and go home as soon as things don’t go their way 100 percent of the time. The left seems to like the idea of losing so much that they don’t understand when they are winning. To borrow from the Sex Pistols, the Evangelicals know what they want and they know how to get it. It doesn’t matter if they are getting old and dying. It doesn’t matter if they are sacrificing the future. They know what they need to do to stymie liberals in the long run and they are doing it. They don’t even pretend to hold their noses to vote for a vulgarian like Trump like some lefties needed to say they were “holding their nose” to vote for Hilary because she gave some speeches to Goldman at the going rate.
Why do people think calling out the Evangelicals for their hypocrisy is a great act? What purpose does it serve? As far as I can tell it serves none and they get their victories and we get a far-right Judiciary. The Evangelicals might be more diminished in 20 years but Trump’s appointees will still be on the Bench.