Secret Confessions from the GOP Nominee: A Response

Yesterday, the twitter-sphere blew up with articles and videos of Mitt Romney’s secret confession about the #47percent. As he described, There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they [Read More...]

Disillusionment, Democracy, and the Fate of President Obama

(A version of this blog was posted last week on the Political Theology blog,  There is Power in the Blog, which covers a lot of the same territory as Faithful Democrats and if you like what you read here, I recommend you check that blog out as well. It is more aimed at academic types than [Read More...]

Why Faithful Democrats?

“If your politics are based on your values, we need to seriously look at your values.”  That statement still brings me up short.  It was said to me by a dear friend in response to my saying I was a Democrat because of how I understand my faith.  The response was made in jest, but [Read More...]

Two American Dreams and One Economic Reality

Everyone in the country has heard the line from President Obama’s speech in Roanoke, VA, on July 13: “You didn’t build that.”  Almost before it was out of his mouth, Fox News and Rush Limbaugh were expressing mock outrage at the President’s disrespect for small business owners who, obviously, created their businesses without any help from [Read More...]

“God’s Politics” Still Stands

In 2005, Reverend Jim Wallis published a book, “God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get it.” In an attempt to give you a bare bones summary, Wallace writes about how the political Right has co-opted the Christian faith; they tout it as their own and promote candidates in such [Read More...]

What Can We Learn from the Grapes of Wrath?

 So the past couple of weeks I have been leisurely reading about a family struggling with sever drought and the woes of an economic depression… No, I am not reading the current edition of Mother Jones.  I am referring to John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. I know for most people this title appeared on [Read More...]

Public Policy with a Dash of Empathy

Each person’s viewpoints are a product of their own experiences.  You see things through a lens that is shaded over time based on your family, your community, and the events of your life. I view the world through the eyes of a student, someone who was raised Catholic and attended public school. I read, write, [Read More...]

On Becoming ‘Almost’ Amish

In some of my spare time at work, I’ve been reading a book titled "Almost Amish."  Left behind by another intern, it sat on the corner of my desk for nearly two months before I finally picked it up.  In a little over a week I finished the book and I can say I’m happy [Read More...]

The Obamney Religion Problem, Part II

If the 2012 Republican primary campaign is remembered for one thing, it must be the near constant rise and fall of the “non-Romney.”   It began with the unlikeliest of challengers: Michele Bachmann. A staunchly conservative Tea Party congresswoman, Bachmann ascended to the summit of the Iowa Straw Poll before dropping like a rock out [Read More...]

The Obamney Religion Problem, Part I

I recently read an essay posted on ReligionandPolitics.org, titled “Whatever happened to Romney’s ‘Evangelical Problem’?”. The first line of the article sums up perfectly the contention between Romney’s Mormonism and the conservative, Evangelical base of the Republican Party:  “For six years, reporters and commentators have told the American public that evangelicals don’t want to vote [Read More...]


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