Five Ways “Representative Democracy” is Failing Us

It’s a nice sentiment to think that voting matters and that our systems of government are of, by and for the people. But it’s not, and here are some examples of how. Delegates/Electoral College: In both parties, both for the party nomination process and in the general election, there are intermediary steps that prevent direct [Read More…]

Nerds, Bullies and Why Trump is Winning

If you’re like me, you were baffled at first by Donald Trump’s success in his presidential bid, but I think it get it now: he’s a bully in a room full of nerds. I don’t think anyone would argue that Trump isn’t a bully; the question is why it’s working in the political sphere. In [Read More…]

Religious Haters, Stunned Red-Staters and Pop Culture Raters

It took a few weeks for her to feel ready, but Amy finally opened up about the group of protesters that showed up outside our church a while back. They brought all the requisite “burn in hell” signs, disrupted worship, and even prayed for God to kill her and to send our kids to hell. [Read More…]

Huckabee: Obama is Marching Israelis to the Door of the Oven

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been known in recent years for his bombastic statements as he’s made the shift from relatively soft-spoken state politician and preacher to TV and Radio show pundit and talking head. But his most recent statement as part of his critique of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran may be the [Read More…]

Romney Video Points to Heart of GOP Disdain

Recently, the left-leaning news outlet, Mother Jones, reported a story about Mitt Romney that included several video clips taken of him (unknown to him) at a fundraiser. Most of the clips are fairly benign, with him hitting many of the fiscally conservative talking points. But in one clip in particular, he gets pretty personal and [Read More…]

Dear Ann Coulter: Stop Making Sense

I’m telling you, these ultra-conservative spokespeople are gonna ruin my reputation if they keep putting stuff out there I agree with. First, Pat Robertson and I see eye-to-eye on the decriminalization of marijuana. Then doomsday prophet Harold Camping concedes that his predictions for the end of the world not only were off the mark, but [Read More…]

Rick Santorum: Champion of the Secular Left

Every time Rick Santorum speaks, a secular democrat gets his wings. Yes, I know there are three other GOP candidates in the race, but as a theological writer also interested in politics, there is none more fascinating than Santorum. A lifelong Catholic, the senator has only come into his theocratic, social conservative voice in recent [Read More…]

Anger, Fear and the GOP Implosion

It seems lately that the Republican party is painting itself into an angry corner that it can’t find its way out of. Rush Limbaugh’s recent loose-lipped “slut” comment is a clarion call to his significant conservative base to forge ahead in a direction that leads nowhere good. Basically, he cast negative, sexually charged aspersions at [Read More…]