ELSEWHERE: The New York Times Doesn’t Like Obama Anymore

In case you haven't heard, the National Security Agency (NSA) has been collecting data about your phone and Internet communications. A lot of data. So much data, in fact, that The New York Times recently published an opinion piece blasting the Obama administration, saying that it "has now lost all credibility on this issue." … [Read more...]

Rod Dreher: “Apocalypticism is a narcotic among millions of American Christians”

On the Sunday before the presidential election, Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress used "Obama" and "Antichrist" in the same sentence. I want you to hear me tonight, I am not saying that President Obama is the Antichrist, I am not saying that at all. One reason I know he's not the Antichrist is the Antichrist is going to have much higher poll numbers when he comes. President Obama is not the Antichrist. But what I am saying is this: the course he is choosing to lead our nation is paving t … [Read more...]

Mixed Signals: Revamping the Obama Brand

Mixed Signals is Erin Straza’s weekly musing about marketing miscellany in advertising, branding, and messaging.It doesn’t take a marketing expert to recognize that elections are made up of carefully crafted messages developed to win the hearts and minds of the voters. This is especially true for our presidential elections.According to a USA Today article by Susan Page, the messages presidential candidates develop and distribute determine their election fate. Clear, simple messages that pro … [Read more...]

Stem Cells, False Dilemmas, Straw Men, and Bandwagons

On March 9, 2009, President Obama signed an executive order allowing government funding for new lines of Embryonic Stem-Cell Research. In doing so, he reversed President Bush's policy. That policy allowed current lines of research to continue while denying any government funding involving the destruction of new embryos. Many of us did then and continue now to see such destruction as the taking of human life. Our President then painted a hopeful picture for the research. He spoke to its … [Read more...]

“The Audacity of Hope” in God’s Sovereignty

President-Elect Barack Obama carries a warm place in his heart for Abraham Lincoln. He cites Doris Kearns Goodwin’s excellent Lincoln volume Team of Rivals as an important influence. He has written in Time magazine about him. Obama even intends to use the same Bible as President Lincoln in taking the oath of office.Why the special affection for “Honest Abe”? It could be their common home state of Illinois. Maybe it lay in Lincoln’s status as one of our greatest Presidents. Regardless, Obama wil … [Read more...]

The Right Side of History? A Christian Votes Obama & Thanks President Bush

Well, I voted. There are all kinds of good things about casting my vote today:I added my contribution to the political process. Lines were short. NO MORE POORLY WRITTEN POLITICAL ADS. No more abuse for my unorthodox political perspectives. One less thing for which to be called an argumentative person. Almost all my political predictions are going to come true (I thought Guiliani would do better, but otherwise I nailed most of them).But that said, I did it with a bit of wistfulness. I … [Read more...]