Donald Trump's latest scandal involving the release of comments made to Billy Bush during a 2005 taping of a segment for Access Hollywood have once again landed the candidate in hot water. Trump has been roundly criticized for his lewd language and description of what sounds like sexual assault, including by members of his own party.
Hats off to the evangelical women calling out their tribe's males in the wake Donald Trump's lecherous comments. Maybe, next time, they'll cry out sooner -- such as when a candidate slurs ethnic and religious groups and fans paranoiac flames. Maybe, next time, evangelical moderates as a whole will grasp the difference between "political" and "partisan."
The story we tell ourselves is that the American identity is rooted not in place, but in the acceptance of a common set of ideals, irrespective of race, religion or ethnicity. The politics of the last decade, however, have strained the notion of e pluribus unum, revealing among whites three definitions of the American nation that are exclusive rather than inclusive.
The ironic and tragic thing about the religious right is how little of their own agenda they have achieved. By voting for a conservative ideological agenda, they have actually hurt the poor, resisted immigration reform and promoted endless wars. There is a new evangelical agenda for a new evangelical demographic.