Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who was forced out of the presidential race by eventual Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, did not endorse his party's new standard bearer at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Wednesday night, but told voters "don't stay home this November."
The apparent omission appeared to irritate some delegates however who chanted "we want Trump" as he delivered his address and booed him as he walked off the stage for apparently not endorsing his party's nominee.
"We deserve leaders who stand for principle. Unite us all behind shared values. Cast aside anger for love. That is the standard we should expect, from everybody," said Cruz who was among three former Trump rivals to speak at the convention Wednesday. The other two were Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. more >>
In a recent article for USA Today, political pundit Kirsten Powers argued that conservative white evangelicals support Trump "because they are mad that they can't impose their worldview on the rest of the country, whether it relates to gays and lesbians, transgender people and non-whites." Far from being an expression of fidelity to Christianity, such support is merely pragmatic and indeed wrongheaded. "This is not about God. It's about power."
My concern with Ms. Powers' article is that she offers a cynical, reductionist, and condescending generalization of white evangelical support for Trump.
First, the objectification of political intentions is always rather tricky. This is because of the enormous discrepancy between the intentions and experiences of different people and the political process itself. For example, I know Christians who are voting for Trump because of concerns over Supreme Court appointments, others are drawn to his business and managerial experience, still others are concerned about jobs, while others reply with the "anyone but Hillary" refrain, and on and on. When a single meaning or intention is superimposed on all political participants, the individual is left out of the theoretical explanation; not a very liberal thing to do. more >>
Some are misreading on both ends Senator Ted Cruz's speech last night at the Republican National Convention.
Cruz did not tell anyone not to vote for Trump (nor to vote for Trump, contrary to Newt Gingrich's attempt at salvaging matters). He did not say that he would never vote for Trump, as some NeverTrumpers have committed themselves to doing (with some reasonable justification, I might add).
His comments Thursday morning to the Texas delegation indicated that he had not yet made up his mind (like many of us). He is definite about not voting for Clinton (as he should be). He is watching and waiting to see what else Trump will do and say between now and Election Day. more >>
I'm looking for the place that I was born,
I'm looking for a way to fix what's torn,
I'm looking for America. more >>
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reiterated a pledge to repeal a controversial piece of legislation, commonly known as the Johnson Amendment, that penalizes charitable organizations including churches for endorsing political candidates as he officially accepted his party's nomination Thursday night.
"At this moment, I would like to thank the evangelical and religious community and I'm not sure I totally deserve it ... They have so much to contribute to our politics, yet our laws prevent you from speaking your minds from your own pulpits," said Trump to the audience gathered on the final night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
"An amendment, pushed by Lyndon Johnson, many years ago, threatens religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocate their political views," said Trump. "I am going to work very hard to repeal that language and protect free speech for all Americans." more >>
Speaking at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, Paypal co-founder and German-American venture capitalist Peter Thiel drew criticism from both sides of the political spectrum for suggesting that social issues like transgender bathrooms are distracting the country.
Thiel, who is also one of the first investors in Facebook, an influential voice in Silicon Valley and a gay Republican, took the stage on the convention's final night to address a Republican Party that is struggling to unite around its presidential nominee.
Thiel addressed the decline in the nation, saying that a government that once was the first to put a man on the moon is still relying on floppy disks, has software systems that don't work and acquires fighter jets that "can't even fly in the rain." more >>