If you want political influence, you simply need to look at the following map of GDP by county that voted blue and red.
Counties won by Democratic President-elect Joe Biden make up 70 percent of all U.S. economic output—or gross domestic product (GDP)—a new post-election study finds.
“Trump’s losing base of 2,497 counties represents just 29% of the economy,” the post-election analysis co-authors found.
Trump’s urban-versus-rural 2020 campaign narrative further widened the definition of blue and red states, meaning the Republican won 7 percent fewer population-heavy economic powerhouses than he did in 2016. Biden’s 70 percent GDP share this year came from the 477 U.S. counties he won compared to the 29 percent GDP share held in the 2,497 counties won by the president.
To understand what is going on in these 2497 counties, just take a drive through them. That’s exactly what I did.
I drove through rural Kentucky. I didn’t have to see much, I only needed to listen. Flipping through radio stations on my car radio, I accidentally found an uber-religious station with a “preacher” stating that it was the U.S.’s lack of support for Israel that led to God punishing America with Hurricane Katrina. (Hurricane Katrina, by the way, was the costliest storm in U.S. history, and its effects are still felt today in New Orleans and coastal Louisiana).
Christian evangelicals are unprincipled and immoral. Evangelicalism has become a racket and Trump is the grifter in chief. Trump, a proven womanizer (pussy grabber), having cheated on all three wives, and caught red handed raw dogging a porn star – is an evangelical Christian hero. In the 2016 American presidential election, 81% of White evangelicals voted for Donald Trump despite the obvious fact that he had little knowledge or interest in Christianity.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s fixer, has alleged that Trump called evangelical pastors “hustlers” in a 2015 conversation. Cohen told the Atlantic magazine that Trump made the comments after reading an article about pastor Creflo Dollar raising money from followers for a private jet and appeared excited by the “scam.” He reportedly told Cohen that the pastor was “full of shit.”’ “They’re all hustlers,” the president said, according to the magazine.
Religion in American has become a practice of “racketeering in religion!” Selling religion in exchange for political influence and money.
If you are trying to buy influence, surely you need less money in poorer counties than rich ones. And who better to buy off, than Christian evangelical leaders in these poor counties. It’s a very cost-effective strategy.
Israel has been investing in building ‘links’ with Christian evangelicals for a long-time.
Trump’s Secretary of state Mike Pompeo is a devout Christian who also touts this vision of Christian Zionism. Christian Zionism—so called because of its belief that the existence of Israel as a Jewish state is divinely mandated. It has been around for a long time and originated in the 19th century among a few Christian evangelical leaders in Britain and the United States. But the increasing breadth of this movement’s popular support today did not approach critical mass until recent years, and its powerful influence on US policy making emerged only with the advent of the Trump administration.
Very simply, Israel has been systematically investing in the Christian evangelical movement, at a relatively low cost in these poor counties as a means of indirectly buying national influence and directing America’s political agenda for a long-time as follows:
- Conservative Radio: Directly or indirectly, Israel subsidizes Conservative and Christian radio stations. Conservative groups spent nearly $22 million to broker and pay for involved advertising relationships known as sponsorships with a handful of influential talkers including Beck, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh between the first talk radio deals in 2008 and the end of 2012. Since then, the sponsorship deals have grown more lucrative and tea party-oriented, with legacy groups like The Heritage Foundation have all placed big ad buys. Conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root, called the president “King of Israel” and claimed Jewish people in Israel all love him!
- Tourism to Israel: Tourism to Israel has been growing at about 10% compound rates annually. According to the Israeli tourism ministry most of the U.S. tourists are Christians, and a growing share of them are evangelicals. Some are drawn to Israel because they see the reestablishment of a Jewish state as a precondition for the second coming of Jesus. Others just want to visit places they’ve read about in the Bible. Israeli government is on record for stating that this type of tourism is key to connecting with American evangelicals. And a lot of the pro-Israel groups in the United States see tourism as also the key to shaping evangelical attitudes about Israel. It has sponsored trips to Israel and touted ‘shared values’ as a common theme in promoting this strategic alliance. Rabbi Tuly Weisz, Director of Israel365 and publisher of both The Israel Bible and Breaking Israel News, believes that “we are currently seeing a new era of Jewish-Christian relations.” Jon Medved, Founder and CEO of OurCrowd, described the evangelical Christian community to be a “bedrock of support” for the Jewish State. Asher Abraham, OurCrowd’s Director of Global Investor Relations stated that “We have more in common these days than what separates us – for example – traditional family values or building businesses as a way to bring value to the world and improve it. We agree that establishing relationship-driven partnerships based on a transparency and honesty is what the Bible teaches us to do.” “Based on verses from the bible about God blessing those who support Israel and the Jews, many evangelical Christians who come to Israel are looking for new ways to support Israel and its future,” he said.
- Investment in People: So, who is leading these trips to Israel? Who is talking on all these radio stations? Why it must be “Christian Leaders” – no? Christians United for Israel (CUFI) has over 6 million members defending Israel and fighting against Antisemitism in these small-town communities, churches, radio stations, college campuses etc. In a recent speech at the CUFI meeting, Mike Pence (Trump’s VP) declared that he brings “greetings from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump… a man that history has already proven to be the greatest friend of the Jewish people and the state of Israel ever to sit in the Oval Office.”
Evangelical Christian leadership have been fully purchased by Israel’s Netanyahu for his and his allies’ causes!! A small amount of money, within 2500 US counties, can buy national influence. From a financial point of view, it’s a pittance really – compared to the benefits gained.
A small group within financially distressed counties that have out-sized political power can dictate US foreign policy. Support for Israel has been commingled with the Republican party’s agenda. Israel is riding on Republican party’s base to ensure US support for itself. From my perspective this is insane. It’s a major national security risk. A loophole in American democracy that has led to an out-sized influence of another nation within the U.S.
American beware. This is a critical issue. Probably the greatest threat to US democracy.