America’s Search for salvation through politics

Charlatans like Donald J. Trump succeed because Americans are searching for moral authority and salvation through politics. Interestingly, a number of critics on both sides of the political spectrum have discerned a search for moral authority in the rise of politicians like Trump.

Specifically, Trump’s support is greatest among ex-churchgoers; presumably, people who lost their faith, Timothy P. Carney concludes. In fact, data reveals Trump did best among conservative Christians who are not active churchgoers, Carney estimates. However, polling data…