"Does the Bible have authority over the Constitution?" That "gotcha" question was put to Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. The retired neurosurgeon, however, didn't fall for the bait.
NBC's Chuck Todd said it's a question from a Facebook poster by one Victor Roush, adding that it's a "simple question." "Does the Bible have authority over the constitution?"
"That is not a simple question by any stretch of the imagination," Carson, retired neurosurgeon retorted. more >>
While liberals often describe the Christian Right as the "fringe" or "far right" of the Republican Party, the movement is the arty's best resource for expanding its base among non-whites.
Pundits often claim 1) the Republican Party has a demography problem. A Party of mostly old, white people will not have much of a future in a nation where the young are more racially diverse than the elderly; and 2) social conservatives, or the Christian Right, are the "far right wing" of conservatism, and must be jettisoned to expand its appeal. These claims do not make sense together.
Christians live in two kingdoms. Our eternal home is in heaven, and our King is Jesus. At the same time, we still live in this world and we want our nation to flourish in freedom, compassion, and justice for the oppressed.
The greatest enemies of Christ are sin, death, and the devil. Therefore, we who know Christ realize that our primary mission is to advance the Gospel and make disciples in the midst of these three adversaries. In fact, nothing is more important for a Christian.
Likewise, our nation faces various enemies today: (1) the threat of ISIS; (2) immigrant felons crossing our border interspersed among honest people coming into our country; (3) the killing of unborn children; and (4) the staggering national debt and our addiction to deficit spending. These enemies pose a clear and present danger to Americans, and jeopardize our ability to provide liberty and justice for all. more >>
One thing presidential candidate John Kasich can point to that makes him unique amongs the crowded field of Republican candidates is that he has actually balanced a budget in Washington. Kasich, the current governor of Ohio, was once chairman of the House Budget Committee and the architect of a balanced budget signed by President Clinton.
While the spending cuts were quickly reversed by 1999 and 2000, Kasich can at least claim credit for the only federal budget surplus since the 1960s. He even tried to use his budget balancing prowess to run for president in 2000, but quickly stepped aside, endorsing eventual president George W. Bush.
In 2010, Kasich defeated Democrat Governor Tim Strickland, becoming the first candidate to defeat an incumbent governor in the state of Ohio in 35 years. He was reelected in a landslide four years later. Kasich has talked a lot about his faith during his long political career, and is the author of Every Other Monday: Twenty Years of Life, Lunch, Faith, and Friendship, a book about his prayer and Bible study group. more >>
Donald Trump is certainly commanding a lot of attention in his run for the Presidency. Trump is a real mover and a shaker. A man like him with his business savvy might be able to lead this country back to prosperity. He is confrontational, unwilling to back down from a fight. He is fearless with the press. God bless him! Perhaps he could "Make America Great Again."
Yet there is something about Trump that causes me to hesitate. It's his associations with gambling. Don't get me wrong, I don't make my decision about a candidate running for office on the basis of one issue alone. Still, support for the gambling industry shouldn't be a minor consideration.
Les Bernal of Stop Predatory Gambling expressed some of my concerns recently when he wrote that nearly every presidential candidate is talking about "fairness," "opportunity," "equality" and "poverty" as the core theme of their campaigns. Yet any political leader who really wants to do something meaningful about it, without being ideologically divisive should start by stopping the exploitation of people via commercial casinos, tribal casinos, state operated lotteries or internet gambling. more >>
A week after being criticized by fellow Republicans for saying Sen. John McCain is not a war hero because he was captured, Donald Trump continues to lead the GOP presidential field, according to new polls.
A national CNN/ORC poll released Sunday, the first since Trump's controversial remarks, found the real estate mogul at 18 percent support among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who are registered to vote — an increase of 6 points since a late-June poll.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was just behind at 15 percent, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker earned 10 percent support. None of the other 11 candidates could get double-digit support. more >>