Month: March 2016

The Hopey Changey Thing

LOOKING FOR FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE In 2008 the signs were everywhere. “Hope and Change” were the call words of Barack Obama’s campaign. Conor Friedersdorf, a staff writer at The Atlantic, wrote in that magazine in January 2014, “It’s worth remembering that Obama asserted a need to ‘fundamentally change the way Washington works,’ an approach Hillary Clinton regarded as naive, but that Americans embraced.” How did that work out? I think you know. And what is it, after seven years of disappointment both on the political right and left, that the American electorate find so appealing about such divergent figures as...

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CHRISTIANS AND THE U.S. ELECTIONS The 2016 U.S. primaries are the talk of the town. Everybody wants to weigh in on the candidates and discuss the options. What should a Christian do? Let’s see. Rubio is fading fast; if he loses Florida, they say he’s a goner. Kasich, probably the most prepared for the job, doesn’t seem to have a prayer. Trump looks unstoppable, not that some pretty powerful people aren’t trying to derail his train. And he’s your man, assuming a boastful, philandering, money-hungry, gambling casino-owning, multiple divorcee is what you’re looking for. And then there’s Cruz. Know...

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Keep On Truckin’ My son David and I were on a mission of mercy, and he had taken the day off work so we could head north to Detroit last Friday morning. I was driving a Ford F350 and pulling a Pace tandem-axle covered cargo trailer. It was a long drive, but the weather was agreeable, and 800 miles later we pulled into a refurbished motel in the town of Taylor, Michigan. It was just about 11 o’clock. To my pleasant surprise, we were given the last room available and, at less than $60 for the night, it made...

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