If I were, say, 30-35 years younger, I might say "what hallucinogen are they providing at the Values Voter Summit- and how can I get some?"
At the gathering in Washington, D.C. (not "D.C."), Steve Bannon stated
Bob Corker has trashed the Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces while we have young men and women in harm’s way, right? He said he’s leading them on a path to World War III, that he is not stable, that people have to keep him moderated… Why some U.S. senator in a position of that authority for the first time in the history of our Republic has mocked and ridiculed a Commander-in-Chief when we have kids in the field.
On a positive note, Bannon understands Article II, Section 2 of the US Constitution, in which the President is identified as commander-in-chief specifically, and solely, of the armed forces. On a negative note, he doesn't understand the First Amendment and that the nation is at virtual perpetual war, which by Bannon's standards, would bar anyone from ever criticizing the President.
As of three years ago (when this was written), the USA was involved in "extensive military incursions" not only in Iraq and Afghanistan, but in at least four countries: Pakisant, Somalia, Yemen, and Syria. Bannon didn't explain whether Trump's attacks on President Obama, commander-in-chief to American soldiers in those six countries and 128 others, were unpatriotic.
Bannon's remark also patronized those "kids in the field," as if those "kids" were 16 or 17 years old. Two of those "kids," as luck would have it, are closely related to former naval aviator, now Senator, John S. McCain, whose daughter Meghan tweeted "Trump slammed my dads service when both of my brothers were (and still are) currently serving. Give me a break with this."
But at least Bannon, crusading to replace the GOP establishment with the GOP alternative right, probably is not deluding himself. Beaming in from light years away, however, is former GOP Representative Michele Bachmann, of whom The Hill reports
We were in a meeting with the vice president and the president, about 25 of us. I know the vice president. I served with him in Congress, and he is a vocal, committed believer of Jesus Christ himself. And he said, ‘I want all of you to know that the president is a committed believer. He is a man of faith,'" Bachmann said quoting Pence.
Bachmann went on to say that Trump is observant of God's authority over his life and presidency, which "should give us a lot of hope," said, arguing that faith "helps regulate our behavior."
Surely, the man who proclaimed "I alone can fix it," is singularly observant of God's authority over his life and presidency. Surely a man who calls himself "a total genius" and "the man that will easily go down as the greatest president in the history of the United States: Me, Donald John Trump” lives by the admonition "in humility count others more significant than yourselves."
Nonetheless, puppet Pence says "I know that the president is a committed believer," and we can believe Mike Pence because he would never, ever say or do something divisive because Donald Trump told him to do so.
Bachmann also, The Hill notes, "called Trump's election victory 'proof positive of what the Lord did.'" Of course, Barack Obama also was elected- twice- which must itself have been "proof positive of what the Lord did," even though Bachmann once maintained his "number one goal to ensure that Iran has a nuclear weapon.”
I'm tempted to suggest that Michelle Bachmann, Steve Bannon, and President Trump himself, all speakers at the Values Voters Summit, don't understand Christian values. However, that would be irrelevant because the sponsors of the event don't identify it as the "Chrisian Voters Summit." Courage, it appears, is not a value the "religious" right values.