natesmoyer — 2016-09-22T18:50:12-04:00 — #1
Explain your position, but refrain from attacking others.
lu1 — 2016-09-22T19:37:16-04:00 — #3
John Calvin stated once:
dave_l — 2016-09-22T20:42:11-04:00 — #4
As I've said before, we misrepresent Christ when we align with wicked rulers. Possibly even bringing wrath on innocent Christians in other nations that we also carelessly misrepresent when we take up political causes.
bill_coley — 2016-09-22T21:53:39-04:00 — #5
In my view, for multiple reasons Hillary Clinton is the right and only choice in this year's American presidential election. My rationale....
1) She has both legislative and executive branch experience to a degree that is possibly unmatched in American political history.
2) Her policy agenda is correctly focused on economic and infrastructure development, a passion for the well-being of children and families, and a diplomatic American presence on the world stage backed up by strategic deployment and use of military power.
3) Arguments against her candidacy most often swirl around the allegations of conspiratorial behavior in such matters as Whitewater and Benghazi, allegations produced by something of a cottage industry that has doggedly pursued her since her years as First Lady. Notably, however, none of those allegations was proved true.
4) Donald Trump, her opponent in the race, in my view is a person without rooted public policy convictions other than the magical thinking prospect of building a wall that Mexico pay for. I believe Mr Trump is a pathological liar whose early campaign trail response to a reporter with disabilities not only instantly disqualified him from holding the presidency, it also previewed the dismissive and intolerable tenor of his responses to other GOP rivals and to the people in his rally crowds who protested his views. His recent deeply cynical "outreach" to African Americans is also offensive on many levels.
In sum, I support Hillary Clinton first because of the candidate I believe her to be, and then because of the candidate I believe her opponent to be.
charles_mcneil — 2016-09-22T23:44:36-04:00 — #6
Listen to your President. CM
lu1 — 2016-09-23T08:28:02-04:00 — #7
bill_coley — 2016-09-23T13:59:36-04:00 — #8
I hope Mr. Watson is not too disappointed when he discovers that the only names on this year's presidential ballot are Clinton, Johnson, Stein, and Trump. He'll either have to vote for one of them or have no say in whom the nation selects as its next president.... My guess is the Lord would prefer that Mr. Watson have his say.
charles_mcneil — 2016-09-23T17:55:31-04:00 — #9
Mr. Watson is "absolutely, positively", correct when it comes to salvation, but the US Election is not about being saved. The decision is between Ms. Hillary and an apparent 21st Century P. T. Barnum (Mr. Trump). In the Americans mind, they may have to choose the "less of the two evils" if this is what they have to do in order to decide. Americans must keep in mind they are not electing one of the two main players for the priesthood.
In my opinion, Mr. Trump really doesn't want to be President at all. Look at all of the extreme things he has said and done, since he started. He was hoping that folks with reject him (so, he can get back to his business), but he found that his extremism took on a life of its on. The only reason he wants to win now is purely ego.
Besides, for a man who's said to be worth billions and makes millions each year, $ 400,000, a year, are "peanuts" (annual salary of the U. S. President). The job is too time consuming and restrictive for a "free-wheeler" that he is.
His knowledge base is much to be desired. His unguarded words and seemingly petty behavior should causes one to pause. He loves cutting deals. He is far more liberal than conservatives are forcing him to be conservative. Americans, vote for Trump at your peril (Social, financial, safety, manners, respect around the world).
As for Ms Hillary? Next time... CM
gao_lu — 2016-09-26T19:20:17-04:00 — #10
Explain your position, but refrain from attacking others.
@NateSmoyer what are your thoughts?
wolfgang_schneider — 2016-09-27T03:28:58-04:00 — #11
ha ha .... the peace prize decorated "angel of peace" puppet was obviously seeking change for the worse as that change he proclaimed years ago and is still proclaiming ...warmongers pulling his strings have caused and brought disaster to various countries that have been "liberated" by US / NATO bombing an d paid for "regime changes" ...
The real change has been that the beautiful land of the free and home of the brave has been just about ruined by the insane few "super oligarchs" (neoconservative / military industrial complex / bankster) who have no interest in the well being of the American people but desire global hegemony over the world and are by now openly willing to conduct and are seeking war with the few other powers (Russia, China) and smaller countries (Iran, Syria) who have not as of yet submitted to their dictates.
It should be rather obviou which of the current presidental candidates is needed by the oligarchs to continue their war path and is being set up to win the upcoming "give your vote event" ...
Maybe something can really change this course into calamity and catastrophe ... we will see in the near future ...
PS: I will not be voting .... just observing from the outside
charles_mcneil — 2016-09-28T11:32:45-04:00 — #12
AFTER THE FIRST DEBATE:
Come on people, is this who you want to represent you around the world for the next four years? CM
wolfgang_schneider — 2016-09-28T11:34:31-04:00 — #13
To whom are you referring?
charles_mcneil — 2016-09-28T11:46:33-04:00 — #14
Whosoever will... CM
PS. Where is Mr. Nate Smoyer?
wolfgang_schneider — 2016-09-28T12:50:54-04:00 — #15
?? I was referring to the "THIS WHO" in your question "is this who you want to represent you around the world for the next four years?"
charles_mcneil — 2016-09-28T13:54:48-04:00 — #16
CLARIFICATION: AFTER THE FIRST DEBATE--
Come on people, is this who [MR. TRUMP] you want to represent you around the world for the next four years? CM
bill_coley — 2016-09-28T14:41:51-04:00 — #17
In the first debate, each candidate presented him- or herself in accurate microcosm: Clinton - studied, prepared, and focused. Trump: At first, the false hope of real concern for issues, followed by increasingly self-defensive, incoherent ramblings.
Mr Trump is profoundly unfit and unprepared for the American presidency, whether as to knowledge, skill set, or temperament.
gao_lu — 2016-09-28T18:01:04-04:00 — #18
So who are you voting for?
charles_mcneil — 2016-10-01T03:10:05-04:00 — #19
Will there be more of this, in the U. S. A., if Mr. Trump becomes President? I asked based on his seemingly love-hate for women. CM
bill_coley — 2016-10-01T09:27:17-04:00 — #20
God only knows what there will be more of should Donald Trump be elected president of the United States, Charles.... And what God only knows must be sending shivers down the angels' wings.
Trump's early-Friday morning tweet storm was just the latest example of his arrested development and lack of impulse control. (The fact that I have to write "the latest example" is, itself, deeply troubling.)
I have great respect for the American newspapers that historically have endorsed Republican nominees, but this year are either endorsing Hillary Clinton, a third party candidate, or are simply pleading with their readers not to vote for Trump. That's not "politics as usual" for us, and for that I feel grateful.
Donald Trump continues to validate my claim that he is profoundly unfit for the American presidency.
bill_coley — 2016-10-02T23:21:39-04:00 — #21
HERE is an interesting take from Steve Deace on the choice in this year's American presidential election, posted a bit more than four months ago.
I surely share hardly any political terrain - and likely not large swaths of theological terrain - with Deace, but I find much to applaud in his faith-based analysis of the Republican nominee. I wonder whether in the time since this post anything substantive has changed for him or those who agree with him?
I hope you'll share your response to Deace's piece and to the spiritual imperative facing followers of Jesus who decide to vote in this year's presidential election.
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