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…]

Our Interview with Jim Wallis on Immigration Reform

In our most recent special post-election edition of the HomeBrewed Christianity CultureCast, we sat down with Jim Wallis, head of Sojourners, political activist and change-agent for the common good among the political elite in Washington DC. You can check out the entire episode by CLICKING HERE, but this is a transcription of our discussion particularly [Read More…]

Is Democracy Dividing Us?

I’ve watched with some fascination as the projected electoral map takes shape, with great swaths of red across the heart of the nation, with blue surrounding on the left and right perimeters. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part, we’re a polarized nation, at least according to the maps the media present. Day [Read More…]

Is Our Debt to China the Key to Global Peace?

We’ve been hearing an awful lot about the national debt lately – particularly during the current election cycle – and specifically we’ve gotten an earful about the problem of our enormous debt to China. Though some mistakenly believe we borrow all of our money to finance our upside-down economy from China, the truth is that [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…]

Identity Theft: When Politicians Hijack Jesus’ Name

Gotta say I’m a big fan of this church sign at my father-in-law’s church: It’s time to STOP: Using faith, Jesus and the Bible as a political platform; Cherry-picking from the Gospel based on what polls well; Claiming Jesus would be so myopic to identify with either of our major political parties; Calling yourself a [Read More…]

Sex, Babies, Music, Gas and Politics: My Chat with Carol Howard Merritt

Author, speaker, pastor and God Complex Radio show host Carol Howard Merritt invited me on her show to talk about my new memoir coming out April 1 called PregMANcy: A Dad, A Little Dude and A Due Date. It’s a highly irreverent, humorous memoir about my wife’s second pregnancy and my efforts both to deal [Read More…]