Across Lafayette Square from the White House sits St. John’s Episcopal Church. Long known as The President’s Church, this one building perfectly illustrates our relationship with Christianity in America. Given our penchant for poverty and prisons, it seems an odd choice of religious touchstones, but I’m a fan of cognitive dissonance as much […]

Religion & Politics




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Another midterm election cycle completed and the republican party took over Congress. The media cried, “America has spoken!” Turnout for the 2014 general election was thirty-six percent. Party primaries reached half that pathetic number. Less than half in some districts. The voters have definitely spoken. They said, “We don’t care.” […]

A Primer on Primaries


When the Tea Party flipped numerous “moderate” republican seats in the 2010 primary elections, America took an even harder turn to the right than it was already suffering under when ignorant, anti-government candidates made it through the fait accompli general election in November to become the largest freshman class in […]

Voting Doesn’t Matter



I am sure the actions of the republican party (and their more vocal supporters) since President Obama took office comes as little surprise to the democratic faithful. “Liberals” constantly have their worst opinions of “conservatives” confirmed by those at the highest levels of the party apparatus as well as those […]

Grand (dad’s) Old Party


It took nearly 200 years after the words “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” were penned to assure everyone in the United States had the right to vote, yet the only thing that has changed since the Voting Rights Act was signed in […]

Mitigating the Disaster



My political awakening didn’t arrive until my 34th year when a young state senator from Illinois blew the roof off the Democratic National Convention, went on to capture a US Senate seat a mere two years later and the Oval Office two years after that. That he was the first […]

Stopping a Broken Record


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As I suspected going into this primary season, I recently re-registered as a democrat in order to support progressive challenges to DC's entrenched dysfunction in the only way possible.  DC republicans are as crazy as the national party and the...

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