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 >>
The Supreme Court's recent decision to make gay marriage legal nationwide was a significant victory for liberals. In next year's election, however, the decision will hurt Democrats. Success, after all, presents it own set of challenges.
As sociologists Mayer Zald and Roberta Ash pointed out in their classic 1966 study of social movement organizations, the two biggest challenges of a social movement are complete success and complete failure (Social Forces 44 (March)).
The ideal situation for maintaining a social movement, they wrote, would be to "over time always [seem] to be getting closer to its goal without quite attaining it." more >>
Undercover videos show that Planned Parenthood abortionists use ultrasounds to help them keep the organs of aborted babies intact, while opposing using ultrasounds to show expectant mothers seeking abortions the life living within their wombs, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina pointed out in a video posted to her Facebook page.
Six pro-life leaders are standing with her in the video. They are, left to right, the Rev. Dean Nelson, Marjorie Dannenfelser, Catherine Davis, Charmaine Yoest, Lori Hoye, and pastor Walter Hoye.
You can watch the video below. more >>
Republican Senator from Kentucky, presidential candidate and noted state's rights proponent Rand Paul expressed support for the federal government playing a role in restoring voting rights for former felons.
Senator Paul, a candidate for the Republican nomination for the 2016 president election, told a bipartisan group of justice system advocates Wednesday morning about a bill he supports to help restore voting rights to ex-felons.
"Now some have objected to this and said 'well states control voting rights.' It's a little bit complicated actually. The [Supreme Court] has looked at this question," said Paul. more >>
A coalition of Christian leaders devoted to helping end poverty has released a series of videos featuring six 2016 presidential candidates. Each candidate explained the approach that he or she would take to solve poverty and hunger issues in the United States and across the globe if they were elected president.
As over 45 million Americans are living below the poverty level, The Circle of Protection, a coalition representing a diverse group of over 65 Christian leaders and organizations headed by Bread For The World, Sojourners and the National Association of Evangelicals, challenged each presidential candidate on the day they announced their candidacy to provide a video explaining their plans to end poverty.
"This is for us a deeply moral issue and first of all, it is a biblical issue," Sojourners founder Jim Wallis said during a Tuesday press call. "What our scripture tells us is that a nation's integrity, its righteousness is most determined by how it treats its poorest and most vulnerable, and leaders in particular are asked by the prophets to treat the needy with highest priority, not the last in line but the first." more >>