Politicians Ignore The Working Poor At Their Peril

Democrats have been convinced they should not make any mention of the poor–instead focusing exclusively on the middle class…but recent nationwide survey showed that, when framed correctly, voters across the socioeconomic and political spectrum respond much more favorably to politicians who talk about the working poor. And perhaps more importantly, this new messaging trumps the best Republican arguments for cutting funding to government programs that help lower income Americans. This messaging approach is not about using words to cover the truth, but instead ensuring the words we use better communicate the truth. [Read more...]

Why Romney Lost & How Dems Keep Winning: Part 2

Democrats should feel encourage and validated by the election. President Obama’s campaign did a very effective strategic job with their turnout effort, and voters clearly responded to our values and priorities. The fact that Democrats will enter next Congress with a net gain in the Senate (considering the number of seats Democrats were defending and [Read More...]

Why Romney Lost, & How Dems Can Keep Winning: Part 1

Obama won because Republican values are just anathema to most Americans. But he also won because voters knew Obama understood them and would put them first…they trusted him to figure out the best course forward for our country and do what was right for their families. Here’s why: [Read more...]

Romney Takes Stand on Abortion (and another, and another, and…)

Like Charlie Brown and Lucy, many conservative Christians think that Romney will finally be the Republican President who doesn’t pull the abortion football away once he gets their vote. So let’s take a look at the strong and definitive positions Romney has taken on this issue that so many Americans are passionate about. [Read more...]

Does God Want Obama to Win?

If you’re Romney right now, you’ve got to be cursing your luck. You’re in a neck-and-neck race the week before the election…and then wham: another “Act of God” throws all your plans out the window. It’s almost enough to let you empathize with those “takers” (as your running mate would call them) who lost everything in this storm…almost. [Read more...]

Buttprints in the Sand: Christians & The Role of Government

I adapted the more famous version of this poem for a sermon a few years back, and it seemed like a good (and hopefully fun) anchor for a post on the role of Church and Government and factors Christians should weigh when voting and picking political sides: One night I had a wondrous dream Two [Read More...]

Unchristian Witness: Pro-Life Congressman Asks Mistress to Abort Their Child

I’m not surprised by the recent revelation that out spoken defender of family values and hardcore “Pro-Life” Tennessee Congressman Scott DesJarlais was taped encouraging one of his four mistresses to abort their unborn child…
The problem with the Right’s Pharisaical approach isn’t just the hypocrisy and harm to the Christian witness. It’s that it blinds them to people’s struggle, and you can’t show people God’s love when you’re yelling at them.
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Why Big Bird Matters

Romney wanted to show he wasn’t heartless–that he was one of us and understood kids–by saying he loved Big Bird. But the fact that he made that statement at the same time that he said he planned to cut all funding to PBS and the programs that allow Big Bird to exist communicated the complete opposite. in an effort to show he was human, he’s smiled as he’s said he’d end Big Bird. And it matters because Romney’s biggest liability is that he can’t relate. Voters don’t trust him or believe he will care about them. [Read more...]

Damning Video Contrasts Romney’s Comments to Funders vs Pastors

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this video is worth even more.  The video by Message Matters and American Values Network contrasts Romney’s statement to faith leaders about the poor and importance of maintaining a government safetynet vs his now infamous statements to rich donors about how he really feels.   Nothing I can say is more damning than [Read More...]

Romney Doesn’t Care About Half of America—The GOP Half!

The group he is dismissing is mostly Republican! The top 10 states with the highest percentage of the population not paying income taxes are the reddest states in the country…Furthermore, the people he’s dismissing are not statistics or problems or worthless. They are God’s children, our neighbors. They matter and have worth…Romney’s similarity to the Wizard of Oz’s Tin Man is more than just in affect and movement. He has no heart. [Read more...]