If you are looking for a reason to stop supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont just provided you with the best one: He named Cornel West to the Democratic platform committee. Cong. Keith Ellison is a good appointment. So is Jim Zogby, although we disagree about Mideast policy. But, Cornel West? Is there a more predictable thinker in the academy?
Distinctly Catholic: Political leaders are ill-advised to lie about the big picture, and voters punish politicians who lie to them in ways that are meant to deceive the voters themselves.
From NPR, a segment featuring John Gehring, Director of Catholic Outreach at Faith and Public Life, discussing Pope Francis, religion and the upcoming election.
Distinctly Catholic: We have had a year to study the text and to ponder it and to pray over it. Now it is time to take action.
In this morning's Washington Post, E. J. Dionne on the need to link populist rhetoric with populist policies. In one sense Dionne is right, but it is not clear it will matter: Trump's verbiage and demeanor resonate with people and they are willing to overlook the fact that he does not have much in the way of policy proposals. If you think policy determines elections, ask President Al Gore if that's the case.
Distinctly Catholic: I am surprised, first, that this issue has seemingly become the next frontier in the civilizational struggle for equality.
In this morning's Washington Post, Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution sees incipient fascism in the rise of Donald Trump. I am not prepared to go that far, but Kagan makes a convincing case.
Distinctly Catholic: The legislation to help Puerto Rico is not perfect, but members on both side of the aisle should support it because doing nothing would be catastrophic.
At Economic Times, a report on a study that shows teenagers are "picking and choosing" their religious beliefs, and which cites the impact of social media on this phenomenon. I do not doubt that the technology we use influences the way we view the world and interact with it, but I also think we sometimes tend to overstate the case.