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Donald Trump is a big of a loose cannon but he loves his country

To The Daily Sun,

There is no doubt in my mind that the #Never Trump gang has lost its marbles. A few months ago, I stated in a letter that my first choice was Cruz, but I would vote for Trump in a heartbeat against Hillary Clinton. Who doubts she would end up being the most corrupt president by far, should she somehow continue to lie, yet avoid indictment for the Benghazi, Clinton Foundation and email national security scandals?

Yet the club for establishment growth of neocons and quasi-conservatives, which includes Bret Stephens, George Will, Glenn Beck and Jonah Goldberg among others, actually are saying that "the conservative movement can wait out a Hillary presidency intact."

Donald Trump appears to have driven them to Democratic distraction. Jim Taranto and David Horowitz are absolutely correct, are they not, when they tell us the following:

1. A GOP-controlled Congress has been inept at trying to rein in President Obama's vast executive overreach.

2. Trying to undo the tremendous foreign policy wreckage of Obama is already a deadly difficult task.

3. Trying to undo the economic misery caused by this president will take many years to undo.

4. Hillary will add massively to our national debt, now more than $19 trillion.

5. If Hillary gets to pick two or three activist Supreme Court justices in the mold of Kagan and Sotomayor, then it's game over for this Republic.

Is Trump a bit of a wild card? You bet he is. Has he changed his opinion on many things that matter? You bet your Trump Towers he has. The fact that he was pro-choice and then after much reflection, decided that a baby is a gift from God rather than an inconvenience, is okay with me. We have all heard about him backing Democrats in the past, in no small part because he was trying to make the art of the deal a success. But has he been a bona fide Democrat since oh, about the day before yesterday?

I believe he was a big contributor to the Reagan campaign and that he did vote for McCain and Romney. And his political contributions since 1999?: 136 to GOP contenders, 86 to the Democrats and only to the GOP since 2008. Yes I know, 2008 is not so long ago, but let's see, just how far back did Obama and Clinton change their mind regarding gay marriage? Yes, just about as far back. Trump changed his mind about being pro-choice before he decided to run for political office. Obama and Clinton on gay marriage? You all know the reason behind their change of heart.

So all you "principled conservatives," who could not bring yourself to vote for Romney and now will also sit out this election because "winning an election is not worth losing one's principles," rest assured, you are supporting Hillary Clinton for president. There is no gray area here at all.

Okay, Trump is a bit of a loose cannon and he needs to cut out the personal attacks, but he really does love his country and he really does think that it deserves to be exceptional. And he is a leader who happens to believe that this country should remain sovereign and that we should close the borders.

Global community-loving Secretary of State John Kerry actually told graduating students that they will be living in an open-borders society. You know that is where Hillary Clinton's mindset is at, as well as most Democrats. Those would be the ones who do not believe this country is all that exceptional, and so must continue to scurry to find the next grievance group with which to attach the title of "victimhood."

In my opinion, to not back Trump is as delusional as the left believing that a Hillary presidency will be good for the country. And perhaps about as clueless as still not understanding why the middle and lower classes, the blue collar types and those in flyover country are so damn angry with the whole political establishment and are demanding change, now.

Russ Wiles
Tilton

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Decline away from organized religion is slow and generational

To The Daily Sun,

Reading right-wing letters to The Sun recently reminds me of torn hot air balloons that can't get off the ground no matter how much hot air is blown. They huff and they puff but are oblivious to the torn fabric. All their rage is due to their inability to accept scientific, technological, and generational change. They feel threatened as if it is personal, which it is not. Change is always in the wind no matter how hard they rage against it. They cannot stop it no matter how many toys they throw on the floor.

Climate change denial is dying in the U.S. just as religion is. In a study recently published in the American Journal of Sociology, Duke University and University College London found strong evidence that religion in the United States is fading. This is wonderful news for philosophical naturalists who contend that the natural world is the only world we have so let's get real and stop playing make-believe. This steady drop in belief and affiliation is driven mostly by generational differences. Many who study religion point to the information age as one of the culprits. Over all, the internet has not been friendly to religion. In the past if you had a serious question regarding existence and religion, you were confined to a deliberately closed information system that frustrated any search for answers. Now it is very different.

The study found that only 18 percent of Americans under 60 attended church. As I noted above, the decline is slow and generational. A robust 94 percent born before 1935 claimed a religious affiliation. For those born after 1975, it was 71 percent. Of those 65 and older, 68 percent have no doubt God exists but that number falls to 45 percent for those 18-30. So, 55 percent of those 18-30 doubt God exists. There have been many studies pointing out this trend, of which the 2012 Pew study regarding the "nones" is the most well known. According that study, "In the last five years alone, the unaffiliated have increased from just over 15 percent to just under 20 percent of all U.S. adults. Their ranks now include more than 13 million self-described atheists and agnostics (nearly 6 percent of the U.S. public), as well as nearly 33 million people who say they have no particular religious affiliation (14 percenlt)." In five years!

Politically speaking, this is a welcome death knell for the Christian Right, who prefer the Bible over the Constitution. This means fewer religious "insanes" interfering with our political system. While religious liberals are pretty mellow, religious conservatives feverishly fight for a marriage between government and Christianity, which is anathema to the Constitution. In 2015, Public Policy Polling (PPP) conducted a survey and found that 57 percent of Republicans want to dismantle the Constitution and establish Christianity as the official national religion. Only 30 percent disagreed. Some people are worried about Mexicans and Muslims but the adversaries are already here.

Regarding the move to renewables, savvy capitalists are investing in the future.
According to Bloomberg, "The shift occurred in 2013, when the world added 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity, compared with 141 gigawatts in new plants that burn fossil fuels, according to an analysis presented Tuesday at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance annual summit in New York. The shift will continue to accelerate, and by 2030 more than four times as much renewable capacity will be added." Investors know that fossil fuels are a thing of the past for the main grid and public transportation and are investing in the future. America's biggest corporation, Walmart, states on its webpage, "More than ever, we know that our goal to be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy is the right goal, and we know that renewables combined with energy efficiency is especially powerful: for our customers, for our shareholders and for the future of generations to come. Walmart envisions a world where people don't have to choose between energy they can afford and energy that's good for communities and the planet." Some Ayn Rand-styled capitalist preachers in The Sun don't even understand how intelligent capitalists think. They just can't handle change nor do they understand market dynamics. Its all hot air.

James Veverka
Tilton

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