Tag Archives: 2016

Spectre: Russia Investigation Hovers Over Trump

Baby Driver, written and directed by Edgar Wright, is a cinematic marvel. Though ostensibly a heist film from the wheel man’s perspective, it is really a soundtrack with a movie layered on top. Gunshots punctuate the percussion. Disembarkations are done in musical time as precisely as a ballerina’s twirl. Music is not a background element, but an organic component that both propels and reflects the action on screen. If I were sitting in an editing room, trying to splice together… Continue Reading ››

My Trumpotheses

I have waged an extraordinarily minor campaign against Donald Trump as a nominee and as a candidate. I say “waged” very loosely, because I did not make it a point to oppose him, but I honestly believed a Trump presidency would be disastrous. I was troubled by his character, inexperience, temperament, and policies. As an evangelical, I feared the impact our public association with Trump (more than 80% of evangelicals appeared to have voted for him) would have on our… Continue Reading ››

The GOP & Trump’s Unwieldy Coalition

In his brief, first appearance as President-Elect, Donald J. Trump struck a magnanimous tone. He praised Hillary Clinton’s both for her service to our country and for a hard-fought campaign. Trump was gracious. In his remarks, Trump also referenced some policy possibilities. He called on America to “rebuild” our schools, highways, tunnels, bridges, airports, and hospitals. Though it is merely a glimpse, Trump’s words highlight the strain his winning coalition will face. The data have yet to speak, and, of… Continue Reading ››

Donald Trump: Evangelical Salvation or Destruction?

This moment has been a long time coming. On Saturday, October 8, 2016, Evangelicals arrived at a crossroads. How did Evangelicals arrive here? They put their hope in the political process. They believed the Supreme Court controlled the culture. They wedded themselves to a political party that took them for granted. They developed a psychological connection to the Republicans. Once that connection was formed, the GOP delivered as little as possible and rode Evangelical support to power for a generation.… Continue Reading ››

They Don’t Deserve My Vote, But the Future Deserves My Promise

“What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton. I stand as an American, thrust well into the twenty-first century. Those were exotic words in my youth. I thought of how old I would be in 2000 and now I am pondering my age in 2020 and beyond. Though it is not the future that seizes my mind, but the past and those who came before me. Their blurry faces are… Continue Reading ››

The Bereans Vote

This week, you will be blessed, or cursed, with our voting choices. Each day, one of our writers will embrace the carnage that is 2016. Unlike Mrs. Clinton, we have decided transparency is best. Unlike Mr. Trump, we will pretend to be reasonable. Unlike Mr. Johnson, we promise not to be high while writing. Unlike Ms. Stein, we promise relevance. Most of all, we will treat this election with the gravity it deserves. As for me, I plan on writing… Continue Reading ››

Campaign News: Still Depressing

Hillary Clinton’s unique unfitness for the presidency continues to be readily apparent. The Washington Post ran two items that highlight Mrs. Clinton’s ethical problems. Though bad for Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Trump did not skate through the week. First, Helderman, Hsu, and Hamburger co-authored an article on the relationship between Clinton Foundation donations and access to Mrs. Clinton and her inner-circle. Donations always guarantee access to public officials, but those public officials hold elected office, and those donations are also publicized.… Continue Reading ››

Dueling Economic Proposals: Will They Sway Anyone?

I have so far avoided taking any position on the two main candidates for president.  For my colleague Mark Smith, don’t worry, I will.  I intend to continue the path of avoidance in this blog.  Today I would like to examine and evaluate each candidate’s economic program.  I say nothing about their personal morality, or personality, or anything except economic program as articulated formally.  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have both now laid out their plans.  I will look first… Continue Reading ››

Grudem and the Costs of Trump Support (Part 3)

Wayne Grudem, the theological guru, has created a firestorm by publishing an argument in favor of voting for Donald Trump. While I respect Grudem, I have three major problems with this advocacy. First, Dr. Grudem minimizes Trump’s weaknesses, which causes him to put too much faith in what Donald Trump might accomplish (Part 1). Second, Trump has the potential to be a destructive force as president on a variety of fronts, which should offset his advantages (Part 2). Third, Dr.… Continue Reading ››

Grudem: Right on Many Things, Wrong on Trump (Part 1)

Wayne Grudem, the theological guru, has created a firestorm by publishing an argument in favor of voting for Donald Trump. While I respect Grudem, I have three major problems with this advocacy. First, Dr. Grudem minimizes Trump’s weaknesses, which causes him to put too much faith in what Donald Trump might accomplish (Part 1). Second, Trump has the potential to be a destructive force as president on a variety of fronts, which should offset his advantages (Part 2). Third, Dr.… Continue Reading ››