Category Archives: Politics–General

Rural Democrats Want a Bigger Tent. Is that Possible?

Michael Kruse, of Politico, has written a fascinating piece on rural Democrats in the Midwest. He spoke at length with Terry Goodin, the only Democrat to represent a rural state legislative district in Indiana. Goodin is pro-life, an A+ legislator according to the National Rifle Association, and voted for an amendment to eliminate same-sex marriage in Indiana. Goodin, and many others like him, are profiled in a new national report authored by U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), “Hope from the… Continue Reading ››

Candidate Character & Evangelical Political Influence

During the Bill Clinton imbroglio, Gloria Steinem famously defended the sitting president, who had engaged in a sexual relationship with an intern, by claiming it was understandable for men to behave certain ways as long as they were aware that “no means no.” Her tawdry defense of Clinton came to be known as the “one free grope” rule. Nancy Pelosi trotted out a similar rationalization last Sunday. John Conyers, who has now been accused by eight women of predatory behavior, is… Continue Reading ››

Roy Moore & Sanctifying Ends & Means

Roy Moore (R-AL) is still gripping his GOP senatorial nomination tightly. An additional accuser has come forward and we’ve now learned Moore’s reputation for cruising for teenaged girls earned him a ban from a mall in Gadsden. Fifty Alabama pastors signed* a letter, posted on Kayla Moore’s (Roy’s wife) Facebook page, expressing their support for Moore’s candidacy. The letter states, in part: We are ready to join the fight and send a bold message to Washington: dishonesty, fear of man,… Continue Reading ››

The Gaping Maw of Politics

Nothing is beyond the gaping maw that is politics. Not fast food. Not movies. Not church. Not sports. Not the family. Not the backyard barbecue pit. There is no respite, no place to exhale, and no shade for cover from the sun. Gone Fishing? PETA will have something to say about that. Take in a round of golf? Don’t you know only the racist patriarchy willingly dons plaid pants? NASCAR? They are so fiercely anti-anti-Trump they’ve colored their helmets a… Continue Reading ››

“Legal Censorship:” A Growing Issue

I have a message for Google, Facebook and other online platforms that have recently begun to engage in “private censorship.”  While what they do is legal, since the First Amendment does not apply to private entities, if they continue their reliance on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of “hate groups” to decide who may or may not gain access or monetize their sites, they may well face an unhappy Congress and Federal government that might just decide to regulate… Continue Reading ››

The Christian and Cultural Engagement

Cultural engagement.  What is it and how should Christians be “doing” it, assuming they should?  And perhaps I shouldn’t even assume that.  At any rate, I would like to explore the Christian in relation to his or her potential or real involvement in the political or cultural realms physically outside the church and apart from what the church “does” as its primary calling by the Word of God. First let’s look at what the “anti-engagement” side says.  Now basically these… Continue Reading ››

Conservatism and Religion: The Inseparable Tie Broken?

I read a very intriguing article yesterday in the National Review Online by Eliott Kaufman, with the title of “Are Conservatives Really Just Liberals?”  By the title you might think the author is about to criticize conservatives in Congress or in the Federal bureaucracy who aren’t acting like conservatives.  However the article actually poses a serious question about definition, and even further, about how conservatives and liberals (of a certain kind) ought to define themselves. But the article also draws… Continue Reading ››

A Mild Defense of Congress

I could wax eloquent on behalf of used car salesmen, or guard the virtue of attorneys, and even preach on the positivity of out-sourced corporate customer service. All those efforts would pale, it seems, in comparison to a defense of the United States Congress. With approval ratings that read like a Fairbanks weather report, Congress struggles to stave off perceptions of either feckless imbecility or craven self-interestedness. Ideologues and partisans pressure members for purity, sometimes at cross-purposes. RINOs and DINOs… Continue Reading ››

What Do We Do with “Experts”? Human Nature is the Key to the Answer

I happened to catch a couple of minutes of the Rush Limbaugh program, in which he was playing some snippets from an interview of Kurt Anderson and Charlie Rose on PBS, on the subject of Anderson’s new book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire.  The theme of the books seems to center on how conservative talk radio has mislead so many people in the United States, but I want to focus on a sub-theme, mentioned in the interview, in which Anderson… Continue Reading ››

The Latest in the Obamacare Saga: Iteration Number x+……

I have refrained from writing about health care recently until I could get a better handle on what would happen.  It seems I now have a better handle–for now at least.  The Senate bill or its iterations was likely doomed to failure for this reason:  There were and are at least three factions at cross-purposes: Moderate Republicans Democrats (almost all) Conservative Republicans We knew the Democrats would vote more or less as a bloc.  But the problem was the Republicans.… Continue Reading ››