In other words, politics as usual. But with Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and the political Christian Right in the arena, 2016 may be more entertaining than usual.
I've often said that America has made an entertainment out of religion and a religion out of entertainment: take away all of our rights as American citizens, but never, ever even think of taking away our right to be entertained. References to entertainment pervade our daily lives, with politics always being referred to as a circus.
After all, thinking about issues is tiring and tedious, so Donald Trump takes the thinking out of the equation to the relief of millions.
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The Lesson Billy Flynn Has Taught Us
The character Billy Flynn in the musical, Chicago, emphasizes to his young client Roxie Hart that EVERYTHING in life is a circus, an entertainment and that to give people the old "Razzle Dazzle" is the only thing that really matters. Notice in the clip with Richard Gere and Renee Zellwegger, that he throws her a rosary, the subliminal message being that with religion and God on your side, you can get away with murder.
Billy Flynn is the sleaziest of shyster lawyers who can represent politics defending Congress's own irresponsible actions (Roxie Hart). Politics can use religion as a means to help "razzle dazzle" the electorate into voting the way it wants. God is razzle dazzle. God is certainly shock and awe. God is part of the entertainment America craves.
Snippets of 2015 show what we are in for in 2016 - times ten:
I kind of thought it was the job of a chaplain to be insensitive to atheists." - Ted Cruz
Gayness must be a choice, because prisoners who are raped come out gay. - Ben Carson
Talking about non-issues is certainly part of the razzle-dazzle, isn't it?