The principle that one should "love they neighbor as thyself" is the direct opposite of the kind of right wing philosophy embodied by Ayn Rand and her disciple, Paul Ryan -- and by people like Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.
Anyone who offers a plan for dealing with ISIS and cannot offer a detailed blueprint for managing the territories now controlled by the organization is leading us down a path that we have been down far too often in recent decades. They should at least be willing to tell us why they were so wrong in the past but can be trusted to be right now.
Like one of those towns in Wales that has a name with no vowels and 43 letters, we had to find out a little more about Agrabah. Well, Agrabah only exists in the minds of Disney writers and animators.
Putin is odd (to say the least) in his own right, but I also think he is highly intelligent and is often the smartest guy in any room he is in. Because of this, Putin rightly thought he could buy the affection of the narcissist Trump with a little simple flattery and he was certainly right.
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The recent CNN GOP debate was the first since the horrific Paris attacks and San Bernardino shooting and so naturally therefore, national security issues dominated the focus of the debate.
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Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images Over the past week, those vying for their party's nomination debated on why they would make this nation more s...
While I understand the lesser-of-two-evils mentality, I disagree with it; most of Clinton's policy positions are unacceptable to me. If Sanders loses the primary, I will probably vote for Jill Stein.
With America's power and influence comes responsibility. I am confident that we will defeat terrorism. But we must reject the politics of paranoia that might temporarily help a campaign, but permanently change the values our country was founded on.
The Christian faith is not a building and does not begin and end on Christmas. Our faith must be a movement to change the circumstances of our world to better the lives of all God's children, regardless of faith or nationality.
The answer is simple: because no one, not even his most loyal "supporters," take him or his candidacy seriously. He's simply entertainment. A show. A modern day Morton Downey Jr., whose pugnacious, hockey-fight persona appeals to the lowest common denominator.
This week, the nation reconnected with a beloved movie franchise -- and from the reviews, "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip" lives up to the hype. Meanwhile, in a galaxy far, far away, a small indie movie, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," also opened. And not a moment too soon, since our own galaxy could use a good dose of the Force. Witness Tuesday's Republican debate, in which several candidates vied to boost their foreign policy cred by portraying themselves as annihilator-in-chief, vowing to commit all manner of war crimes, from carpet bombing the Middle East (Cruz) and killing innocent children (Carson), to killing the families of terrorists (Trump) and placing all Ewoks in detention centers (Christie). (Sadly, only one of these is made up). The problem is, this isn't a movie, so it's up to us to prevent these ugly plot twists. To quote a small, green, 900-year-old pundit: "fear is the path to the Dark Side."
To be clear, fear of Muslims is not just a function of what this or that candidate says, because what the candidates are saying is a reflection of what the significant parts of the constituent base each party believes.
It may not happen for another four years, but one of these lunatics could eventually win the presidency. If that happens, you can expect a massive paradigm shift in the American political culture, driving an already right-wing country further to the right, even into outright fascism.
By far the most interesting thing about the Donald Trump candidacy is that the GOP -- a party representing half of our government at the highest levels of institutional power, a party which now holds real levers that matter -- the Republican Party does not have anything better to offer.