Tag Archives: Religion and Politics

Mike’s Turn

Anyone can run for president. Many do, all the time, or at least every four years – Harold Stassen even made a career of it. Stassen tried to convince the Republican Party to nominate him ten times, from 1940 through … Continue reading

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Eternal Fighting

Things change. In a speech in the Senate on September 16, 1981, Barry Goldwater said this: On religious issues there can be little or no compromise. There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. … Continue reading

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Corporate Religion Triumphant

It’s all Bill Clinton’s fault, but many things are. There was the 1999 Financial Services Modernization Act that Clinton signed into law, which rid us of that Glass-Steagall thing from the thirties that kept investment and commercial banking separate. The … Continue reading

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Embracing the Dark Recent Past

For a time the Catholic Church had decided to align itself with the Republican Party – ten years ago it was refusing communion to American Catholic politicians who held that abortion was legal, and that the right to choose abortion … Continue reading

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Considering the End of the World

There’s something nicely apocalyptic about Hollywood. There’s that last scene in the Nathanael West novel Day of the Locust – that’s where it all burns to the ground, all of Hollywood, and then all of Los Angeles, as the hapless and emblematic … Continue reading

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Yelling STOP Never Did Work

The late William F. Buckley famously said that a conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling “Stop!” It’s just that he may not have meant that as a compliment, at least not entirely. Buckley may have been … Continue reading

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Appropriating God

Chris Christie’s woes really are quite fascinating, and perhaps the historically low number of executive orders that Obama has issued, fewer than any president since Grover Cleveland, are of a new and different kind, and he really is a tyrant … Continue reading

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