“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
Mt. Rushmore: Three surveyors and some other guy.
Life goes on within you and without you. -Harrison
Hear the echoes of the centuries, Power isn't all that money buys. -Peart
After you learn quantum mechanics you're never really the same again. -Weinberg
I love the NSA. It's like having a secret fan-base you will never see, but they're there, watching everything you write and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that I may be some person's only form of unconstitutional entertainment one night.
I did not answer the poll because I do not consider it appropriate to discuss (and in that way expose) one's spiritual beliefs (or lack thereof) with effectively anonymous strangers. I respect the rights of the OP to hold certain beliefs, and I would not even consider holding them up to ridicule. But I must confess to having reservations about the manner in which his question was put - the clear implication being that, if most Americans share his beliefs (as he supposes), those beliefs are thus validated.
My attitudes to religious believers is exemplified by an experience last weekend. I was doing some swotting up at my aunt's place in the mountains on Saturday, when the door bell went. I was the only one there so I opened the door to an elderly man and woman dressed in dark clothing. Ignoring the insult implicit in the woman's question "Are your parents at home?" (I am 18, not 8); I politely asked if I might help them.
I was then subjected to a lengthy diatribe about how the world had gone awry, and asked if I would like the answer to the earth's troubles, together with a copy of 'The Watchtower'. As gently as I could, I told the lady that I greatly respected her for what she was doing, and that, while I respected her beliefs - I did not share them. She was very nice about it, but persisted along the lines of "You are too young to understand how easily Satan deceives people like you ..." and how the two of them could enlighten me. It took me ages to convince them that I really had to get on with my studies, and that I was really not interested. I was never impolite and we parted pleasantly, but it fortified my view that people are welcome to praise whatever Gods they believe in, but it is preferable they be quiet about it.
I support Arsenal, but I do not press that support upon anyone else. So to the OP, I am inclined to ask - with respect; "Why are my spiritual beliefs of any consequence to you?"
I hate the idea of causes, and if I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. E.M. Forster