I’m a one issue voter: specific abuses of Executive power {pt.3}


This is an ongoing series talking about how, for this Presidential election, I am a one-issue voter. I will be making my decision for President based on what the candidate believes about Executive Power and Civil Liberties. Read Part 1 and Part 2 for more. In this post, I outline specific ways the Executive is increasingly abusing … Continue reading I’m a one issue voter: specific abuses of Executive power {pt.3}

I’m a one issue voter: some responses & clarifications {Pt.2}


“Free people, remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.” –Jean-Jacques Rousseau [UPDATE: Part 3, “specific abuses of Executive Power” is up] Yesterday, I wrote a post about how I’ve become so burdened by the abuse of civil liberties by the Executive branch, that I have decided … Continue reading I’m a one issue voter: some responses & clarifications {Pt.2}

For now, I’m a one issue voter: a President’s Day lament {Pt.1}


“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty…is finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people” — George Washington [UPDATE: Part 2, “some responses & clarifications” is now posted.] [UPDATE II: Part 3, “specific abuses of Executive Power” is up] America’s Founding Fathers consistently referred to our country as a  “grand experiment”, and … Continue reading For now, I’m a one issue voter: a President’s Day lament {Pt.1}

Proud to be an American: a blow to Voter ID Laws


Today, the Supreme Court found unconstitutional Arizona’s law requiring extra ID when registering to vote, saying that States can’t regulate federal elections to that degree, because that is under the authority of Congress, not the States. Admittedly, I wish the legal reasoning was more specifically on the principal of extra voting requirements rather than just a … Continue reading Proud to be an American: a blow to Voter ID Laws

Okay, election: done. Time to get this blog back on track. [casual fri]


Well, on this blog we’ve contemplated electing Romney, electing Obama, each of the election debates, laughing at the election, the election foreign policy, the election domestic policy, reminded ourselves it’s all going to be okay, voted, laughed on voting day, partied on election night, prayed for the election, and we prayed for the elected officials. Now we’re … Continue reading Okay, election: done. Time to get this blog back on track. [casual fri]

Town Hall Debate: what would your one question be?


Update: I’ve written some specific reflections on the debate last night. Tuesday was the second Presidential Debate of the 2012 election. We’ve had one Presidential and one Vice-Presidential Debate so far, both of which were traditional debate formats. This debate, though, was a “Town Hall“-style debate in which the candidates walked freely and spoke to … Continue reading Town Hall Debate: what would your one question be?

Thoughts on Recent Voter ID Laws (including Pennsylvania)


Update: the ACLU of Pennsylvania has joined with some other groups in filing a lawsuit against the Commonwealth for the Pennsylvania Voter ID law Yesterday, Conservative activist James O’Keefe pulled a clever prank on Attorney General Eric Holder. There has been a wave of voter ID laws passing across the country. These laws create the … Continue reading Thoughts on Recent Voter ID Laws (including Pennsylvania)

“What if George W. Bush had done that?” (Opposites Coming Together) [Casual Friday]


Firstly, let me formally introduce “Casual Friday” posts. After all the seriousness in my posts on theology, politics, and such through the week, one could get the impression I can’t have any fun. Well, not so. Whenever I’m able, I hope to take Fridays to write up shorter, casual, and generally more light-hearted posts to … Continue reading “What if George W. Bush had done that?” (Opposites Coming Together) [Casual Friday]

Hope of the Earth: a political eschatology (we can all breathe) [REPOST]


In light of the election, I wanted to re-post this article from a couple of weeks ago. I hope it’s encouraging. November 7th, we will wake up to front pages declaring with finality the results of the American Presidential Election. Most of us will see these headlines and have some sort of emotional reaction (especially … Continue reading Hope of the Earth: a political eschatology (we can all breathe) [REPOST]

Hope of the Earth: a political eschatology (we can all breathe)


November 7th, we will wake up to front pages declaring with finality the results of the American Presidential Election. Most of us will see these headlines and have some sort of emotional reaction (especially those of us that stayed up as late as we could to know the results early). Depression? Fear? Anger? Injustice? Sadness? … Continue reading Hope of the Earth: a political eschatology (we can all breathe)

My 10 Realistic Foreign Policy Suggestions for the President


I said yesterday that I’m growing tired of my political arguing and whining. I realized that, in what I’ve been writing during this campaign, I’ve mostly been laying criticisms (which is easy) and not offering any real solutions (which is much harder). So as I wind down my political talk, in the interest of trying to … Continue reading My 10 Realistic Foreign Policy Suggestions for the President

Dan Carlin Debate Prep: the only thing you need to listen to


Tonight is the last debate before the November election. The topic is foreign policy. I’ve said so many times before (especially in this series of posts), that foreign policy (and it’s domestic implications) is the most important issue to me in this election. Now, people disagree with me on this, and I won’t pretend to have … Continue reading Dan Carlin Debate Prep: the only thing you need to listen to