The Debate: They Both Bombed It

Donald Trump reduces the profundity of the world's problems to soundbites for the "Average Joe," while Hillary Clinton is the candidate of establishment militarism. Watching the first presidential debate, Robert Koehler laments that both candidates "bombed" because neither will stand for peace.

Hillary Clinton: How to Be “Deplorable”

While the fact that Donald Trump's open bigotry resonates with and energizes a segment of the American population is indeed reprehensible, Hillary Clinton's gross generalization throwing half of his supporters into the same "basket of deplorables" is in itself deplorable, Adam Ericksen asserts. "It's a case of classic scapegoating."

Charity and Civility in a Political Speech?! An Example from Abraham Lincoln

"Each party portrays the other as a combination of evil leaders and stupid followers. What is destroyed in these characterizations is the possibility of what political scientists call 'persuasive engagement...'" Lamenting the bullying and attacks of this year's electoral rhetoric on all sides, Dr. McKenzie uses Lincoln as a model for respecting others through serious disagreement.
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The Danger of Religous Alliances With Secular Power — A Timely Warning From A Long Time Ago

Dr. Tracy McKenzie finds timely advice in the words of Alexis de Tocqueville, "When religion seeks the support of worldly interests, it becomes almost as fragile as any temporal power," as he considers the deterioration of the church's witness as prominent evangelical leaders align themselves with Donald Trump's presidential candidacy.