No matter your stance on guns, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and North Dakota's own Heidi Heitkamp deserve credit for putting together a "no fly, no buy" bipartisan gun bill. Bipartisan legislation of any kind on the national level is pretty much nonexistent in today's political climate. Make it about a hot-button issue—particularly guns—and regular gridlock becomes fixed. More people believe in Bigfoot than believe Democrats and Republicans want to find middle ground to further the national good on guns.
Some of the most heartfelt remarks after the Orlando shooting were by Utah's lieutenant governor, Spencer Cox. In an NPR interview with Kelly McEvers, Cox, a Mormon, publicly stated his regrets for his former attitude toward LGBTQ citizens. He admitted that previously he would not have been as upset about a shooting targeting homosexuals as he would have been about other shootings, such as at a mall or a school.
When it comes to Hillary Clinton, no matter what her detractors have said in the past (and say today and will say in the future) she, herself, always moves forward. Given the constant public scrutiny she has been under for the past 30 years, the number of times she has been slapped down but managed not only to get back up, but also to get back up cheerfully and hard at work, is nothing short of astounding.
"To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition, to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived: This is to have succeeded." A quotation, such as those words from Ralph Waldo Emerson, might have been a good choice for a class motto. However, the Ellendale (N.D.) High School senior class of 1966 was not into high-minded sentiment and flowery phrases. We saw ourselves as a practical, can-do crowd. Our choice for a motto? "Push, Pull, or Get Out of the Way."
Whether talking about Hillary Clinton's "likability" or her use of a private email account while she was secretary of state, why is it that she is held to a standard that others are not?
When Concordia professor and theologian Jacqueline Bussie set out to write "Outlaw Christian," she could not have foreseen the intersect of its publication with the politics of this odd presidential election season. And yet, with the subtitle, "Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the 'Rules,'" Bussie's book invites Christians to rekindle faith and love of God, not in argument over social and political differences, but in the crucible of shared suffering and uncertainty.
Mainstream media's lumping Donald Trump's appeal to disillusioned voters with that of Bernie Sanders, as if the two are nothing more than two sides of the same political coin, is a mistake. There is a distinct difference between Trump's pitch to the basest instincts of voters on the right and Sanders' pleas to the idealism of mostly young voters on the left. Although similarly unrealistic about the way things get done in a democracy, Trump's message is one of exclusion and hostility, while Sanders' message is one of economic justice and equality.
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