Voting Against Their Interests: Wealth Inequality

This is part of a series of articles about how Republicans convince its base to vote against their own interests. Today, we examine how some of the wealthiest Americans have taken over the Republican Party, thereby causing them to mislead most Republicans and some Independents into voting against their own interests.   Inequality of wealth is the greatest economic and social problem that our country now faces. The statistics state the case in a shocking manner. The wealthiest 1 percent in the United States owns more wealth than the bottom 90 percent [1] and 95 percent of economic gains go to w … [Read More...]

The GOP’s Syrian Overreactions and Isolationism post-Paris

Paris is arguably the most romantic city on the planet. With its impressionist art, royal architecture, relaxed daily life and world-class cuisine, the City of Light seduces you with its charm and beauty. I would know because I was just there 11 days ago. My wife and I were hired to document a wedding this month, while we, ourselves, celebrated 10 years of marriage a couple of weeks early -- this Thanksgiving is our big 1-0.  It's easy for any artist to fantasize about Parisian life while phot … [Read More...]

Voting Against Their Interests: GOP & Climate Change

This is the first of a series of articles about how Republicans convince its base to vote against their own interests.Manmade climate change is real and 97% of all scientists accept it as fact.[1] The effect of climate change is causing severe damage to the Earth’s environment and is increasingly making it less habitable to life.Numerous scientific studies have documented the alarming damage from climate change. For example, the number of wild animals on Earth has been reduced by 50% in t … [Read More...]

Ben Carson’s threat to Religious Liberty

In a statement on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Dr. Ben Carson, a front-runner for the GOP ticket, said that he “would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation” after clarifying that the faith of a president only matters “if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the Constitution.”[1] Carson’s comment is part of a Republican presidential candidacy trend to garner attention by sparking discriminatory controversy against minority groups in the United States.The unfo … [Read More...]

Gun Violence and the Common Good

(Reposted with Permission from the Author)The mass shooting at Umpqua Community College has once again shed light on gun violence in America. Yet despite the focus being on mass shootings, it should be noted gun violence comes in a variety of tragic forms, such as suicides and homicides. When Pope Francis visited the United States, he mainly focused on the poor, sick and marginalized throughout society. Doing the same when it comes to gun violence may finally heal deep wounds within the … [Read More...]

White House guests Deepen, not Divide, Pope Francis’ Welcome

You better watch out, you better not cry—you better not pout, I’m telling you why: Pope Francis is coming to town.For Catholics across the U.S., Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to this great nation is spiritually meaningful and historically significant. The Pope’s agenda in D.C. is packed: a papal parade at 11 a.m., noon prayers at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Mass at the National Shrine, a visit to the U.S. Capitol, and much more.Out of all these events, there’s one event getting special attent … [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ Theology of Common Care

As Pope Francis' trip to the Philippines last January revealed, where Francis goes people pay close attention. Americans should expect no less enthusiasm from his journey here this week to Washington D.C., New York City and Philadelphia.Though not expressly political, it would be naïve to disregard the obvious ramifications of this trip. Since his ordination in 2013, Pope Francis has been a catalyst on a number of important political matters, throwing his hat in the ring on issues pertaining … [Read More...]

Pope Francis and the Republican Presidential Hopefuls: A Widening Divide

(Reposted with Permission from the Author)With Pope Francis increasingly focused on economic inequality, protecting the environment, compassion towards immigrants and peace through diplomacy, it's perhaps appropriate to ask: have Republican presidential candidates taken steps to follow his example on these four issues?1. Economic InequalityOn economic inequality, Pope Francis has called for ending an economy that kills. Pope Francis believes such an economy has been perpetuated by a … [Read More...]

Feeling the Bern? Maybe.

I’m intrigued by Bernie Sanders. When he initially announced his presidential bid for 2016, I thought this must be a publicity stunt, an attempt to promulgate his left-of-everyone political brand. One need not be a political science professor to see that he should be too liberal to be a truly viable presidential candidate. Surely, I thought, he can’t remain in the race for too long, and I awaited his inevitable fall.But Sanders is defying expectations, amassing more supporters than alm … [Read More...]