A Pittance

Core message: 750,000 jobs lost is not “a pittance.” How powerful leaders treat ordinary people says a lot about their values and priorities. Sure, the sequester’s no big deal if you’re a politician who only cares about donors who write the next campaign check — instead of your constituents living paycheck to paycheck. Unfortunately, Republican [Read More...]

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 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...]

Would Jesus Vote?

I saw a headline here at Faithful Democrats the other day that asked, “Who Would Jesus Vote For?” The question gave me pause. What would it even look like for Jesus to vote? Imagine Jesus walking into a polling place wearing his usual off-white tunic. He waits in line awkwardly and scans the room, secretly [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...]

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...]

If You Are Truly Pro-Life, You’d Vote Democrat

If you feel like “Life” is the sole issue Christians should vote on, I don’t see how you could do anything but vote Democrat.
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Ryan: Ivan the Terrible or Good Shepherd?

Paul Ryan’s discipleship of this atheist’s teachings shaped his belief in a form of distorted individualism that is more Russian novel than basic American goodness; more Ivan the Terrible than the Good Shepherd. [Read more...]

Scripture Guide, Part 6: The Blessedness of the Poor and Our Responsibility to Them

The Bible is quite clear and unambiguous about our responsibility to the poor. The question Republicans need to ask themselves is if they think the teachings of Jesus and the prophets are still relevant today…or do they need to be taken with a grain of salt and not at face value?
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Scripture Guide, Part 5: The Sin of Helping the Rich at the Expense of the Poor

Indeed, the Republican rhetoric to support tax cuts completely undermines any idea that the money will be freed up to help the poor—for Republicans, the tax cuts boost the economy by being reinvested (usually as capital), not by being bestowed upon the poor as private charity. Simply put, starving the social services is starving the poor. Cutting social services is the policy option railed against by all the prophets, and it is thoroughly unbiblical. [Read more...]


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