One of the real dilemmas we have in our country and around the world is that...– Bill Clinton in an Esquire interview about the current political landscape (via kottke)
Are Any Christians Running for President? →
Actually, what these candidates assure their followers is that one can be a devout Christian (which seems for them to center on eliminating abortion and saying “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays) without manifesting any of the paradigm Christian virtues like humility and peacefulness. As long as we reject pornography and eliminate women’s rights to control their own bodies, it is...
Congress appropriates military funds with alacrity and generosity. It...– Martin Luther King, Jr. (via azspot)
America Isn’t a Corporation →
But there’s a deeper problem in the whole notion that what this nation needs is a successful businessman as president: America is not, in fact, a corporation. Making good economic policy isn’t at all like maximizing corporate profits. And businessmen — even great businessmen — do not, in general, have any special insights into what it takes to achieve economic recovery. Why isn’t a...
My Call to Senator Schumer’s Office on PIPA: It’s... →
Today I called a Senator’s office for the first time. First, let me say how fantastic it is that when you call the office, a real-live human picks up the phone and can speak to you. There’s no annoying menus, no transfers, no answering machines. Washington, please don’t ever change this. I was calling mostly to find out why the Senator supports (and co-sponsored!) S.968, aka the...
Christian Conservatives seldom Conserve the Real... →
Why do I mistrust so much Christian “conservativism”? 1) It usually wants to “conserve” a very recent version of history or Christianity (theirs!) 2) It is almost always tied to money and power, which seems very unlike Jesus. 3) It loves the status quo too much, which is really to love one’s own comfort, security, and status. 4) It seldom loves the poor or the outsider,...