Religious communities can be broken into two groups: those who celebrate creeds and those who champion behaviors. Christians are in the first camp while Muslims are in the second. A Christian may comfortably miss church on Sunday but take a moment and recite his or her creed in between catching walleyes on Island Lake. Muslims reject creeds but collectively wonder aloud why a faithful member was absent from Friday prayers.
This saying-versus-behaving mentality also can be seen in American politics. Both major parties had their creeds printed, memorized, and splashed across the airwaves. All that was left was for their faithful to show up, vote, and wait for the results.
Guess what? Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's faithful were convinced they had the numbers and a challenger who didn't even represent most of the tenets embedded within the Republican's creed. He was viewed as a charlatan. They must have believed they had the spiritual high ground and would win hands down. A belief that right trumps might may pay dividends in religious and Democratic circles, but it's a proven loser when it comes to more earthly endeavors.
President Donald Trump's campaign speeches and personal lifestyle might have appeared lacking even to many Republican believers, but he made them a promise: He would put more emphasis on action and less on rhetoric.
I wonder if he ever met my dad? Trump's followers took him at his word and showed up at their local precincts. Many Democrats chose to go fishing instead.