One of the more common strategies any candidate or campaign seeks to employ is to use the endorsement of high profile individuals who are willing to lend their name and personal support to a candidate with the intention of influencing others to do the same. But the issue gets a bit sticky when those endorsing are connected to a church or a major religious organization.
But perhaps before answering whether they should, the first question to ask is can they legally endorse political candidates?
Under the 501 (c) (3) section of the Internal Revenue Service Code, it states that churches may engage in some "legislative activity" and still qualify for favored tax status, as long as such activity is not more than an "insubstantial" part of its overall activity in terms of time and money (e.g., worship service, Sunday school programs, etc.). more >>
Many U.S. citizens, including myself, are in complete dismay that our only options for the Office Of The Presidency have been whittled down to two candidates who have demonstrated an abysmal track record on the economy and just about everything else they have put their hands to.
While Barack Obama continues to "act" as if the economy is doing well under his presidency, and while Mitt Romney "acts" as if he is the economic solution to all of Barack's failed policies, the evidence does not indicate that either one of these candidates are capable of saving our nation on any level; from social and moral issues to national defense to the economy and just about every other concern to the American People.
Obama was elected, largely, through his inspiration of "hope and change," by fooling many Black Americans in to thinking that hope and change meant the ability to get better jobs in order to realize the American dream of supporting their families. They did not count on this kind of hope and change of the enslavement of government welfare handouts with no "hope" of escaping the imprisonment of the system. By acting as if he could change their lives, Barack took full advantage of the racial poor in order to boost his own campaign. Further on this trek, Obama also took full advantage of White American guilt as Whites assuaged their guilt for the American history of the black slavery. Of course, there was no mention from the Obama camp that the Republican Party was formed specifically for the reason of the abolishment of slavery. more >>
A new presidential poll released by the Pew Research Center Monday shows President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney neck and neck with likely voters.
Likely voters are evenly split, with 47 percent of voters backing Obama and the same percentage supporting Romney. The Pew poll was conducted Oct. 24-28 among 1,678 registered voters, including 1,495 likely voters.
The latest presidential poll results indicate a slight drop in support for Romney. An Oct. 4-7 Pew poll had Romney leading by four percentage points, 49 to 45 percent. more >>
With just one week until election day, Hurricane Sandy is already having an impact on political campaigns. If power outages last a week, the effects could still reverberate on election day itself.
Both President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have suspended campaign activities as the Northeast braces for the storm.
With government shutdowns across the region, it also means that many early voting locations have temporarily shut down as well. Campaigns will have to curtail their door-to-door canvassing efforts. And news coverage that would normally be devoted to talking about the election will be spent talking about the storm. more >>
With Hurricane Sandy nearing landfall in the Northeast, some liberal publications have dug up old comments Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney made about federal disaster aid. The debate over whether disaster aid is best administered by the federal government or state and private agencies resurfaces often during national disasters.
During a June 13, 2011, Republican presidential debate, Romney was asked about reducing the national debt. The host of the debate, CNN's John King, then asked if federal disaster aid is also an area where he would give more responsibility to the states.
"Absolutely," Romney answered. "Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that's the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that's even better. more >>
As Hurricane Sandy targets the East Coast, nearly 8,000 airline flights have been cancelled. Mass closures of schools and public transit systems have resulted; hundreds of thousands of residents have been told to evacuate their homes. Federal government offices in the Washington area are closed today. The New York Stock Exchange is closing its trading floor as well, its first weather-related closure in 27 years.
What does "Frankenstorm" mean for the presidential election, now just eight days away? Politico suggests five possibilities. One: it could slow Mitt Romney's momentum by lessening his ability to campaign in states affected by the storm. Two: it could give President Obama a natural advantage as he exercises his duties in response to the emergency. Three: it could affect last-minute TV ads, as people without power won't see them. Four: it won't affect early voting much, as most of the states in the storm's path allow such voting only for absentees. Five: it could hamper Democrats' efforts to get out their vote.
As our country braces for one of the most destructive storms in years, it's natural to ask: why would an all-knowing, all-loving, all-powerful God allow such a disaster? If God is sovereign, he must either cause or allow all that happens. However, as I often say in dealing with evil and suffering, he then redeems for greater good all he allows. How might he redeem Hurricane Sandy? more >>