Donald Trump, Republican

Donald Trump, Republican

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The Republican Party this week handed its presidential nomination to Donald Trump. Let me put this as succinctly as I can: If Trump represents the Republican Party, then that’s not a party I can be part of. You can read more about my reasons and what I think of the GOP in my San Luis […]

The Broken California GOP

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My weekend column for the San Luis Obispo Tribune can be found here and if features a discussion with San Luis Obispo County Republican chairman Al Fonzi on the broken California GOP and the realization that having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket will do nothing to help heal it. Fonzi is one of those […]

The Cutting Room Floor

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So, here’s some thoughts on Donald Trump’s that ended up on the cutting room floor from my weekend column. Trump’s Identity Trump also lies about who he is. Trump claims that “nobody reads the Bible more than me,” and then turns around and quotes “Two Corinthians,” rather than “Second Corinthians” and tries to put money […]

Coming this weekend

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I just hit “send” on the email containing this weekend’s column in the San Luis Obispo Tribune. The subject is faux Republican Donald Trump and why conservatives shouldn’t vote for him. Writing the column late last night there were quite a few paragraphs that ended up on the proverbial cutting room floor. I’ll craft those into […]

Politics and Religion

Religion and Politics

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I’m generally not enthusiastic about politicians invoking their religion as either a sword or a shield in election battles. Most of the time it’s unseemly, and, considering what one generally has to do to make the national stage as a politician, it’s largely a façade. In the 2004 Democratic primary, former New Hampshire Gov. Howard […]

No longer conservative

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The San Diego Union-Tribune has been a “conservative” newspaper for just about all of my life. That construction isn’t really accurate. The Union-Tribune editorial page has been conservative for all my life. The newsroom, like just about every American newsroom was overwhelmingly liberal. That run has ended. The paper is no longer conservative. When the Opinion Page […]

SMOD 2016

SMOD 2016

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The 2016 presidential race has finally reached the point where I am hoping and praying for SMOD 2016 to win the election. For those of you unfamiliar with SMOD, it’s the Sweet Meteor of Death, a meteor of extinction level power that would spell the end of every life on earth. It’s the candidate we […]

Evangelicals and Donald Trump

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Evangelicals shouldn’t be voting for Donald Trump. He doesn’t share their values, beliefs or faith. I wrote similar thoughts about Barack Obama when he ran for the presidency.  Obama’s definition of sin, is god-centered only if Obama is god—a question that might cause him to pause for a moment to contemplate. Evangelicals and Donald Trump […]

Bam! You’re stupid!

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Proving once again that stupid knows no political party, comes this proposed law from Kentucky. Bystanders who post pictures on social media from the scene of a wreck could face fines under a proposal before the Kentucky General Assembly. A bill assigned to the House Judiciary Committee would prohibit anyone who witnesses “an event that […]

Amateur theologians

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The debate over the which Syrian refugees (if any) and how many of them to bring to the United States has brought out a cadre of amateur theologians—many of whom darken the doorway of a house of worship only for weddings and funerals—quick to tell us exactly WWJD when it comes to public policy. The […]