And They’re Off–Presidential Election Season Kicks Off In Iowa

Last week officially kicked off the presidential election season as Iowa held its caucuses, the first event in the selection of the Democratic and Republican candidates for President. Though Iowa only selects a small number of delegates, the fact that it is the first in the nation has given it heightened attention ever since a little known governor of Georgia named Jimmy Carter used a win in Iowa to launch himself into winning the Presidency.

This year there was added drama. Continue reading “And They’re Off–Presidential Election Season Kicks Off In Iowa”

President Trump’s Religion

On Thursday, the annual National Prayer Breakfast was held in Washington as part of the National Day of Prayer. Instituted by President Eisenhower at the suggestion of Billy Graham, the event has traditionally brought together people from across the political spectrum to pray for our country and its leaders. It’s also tradition that the President speaks at the Breakfast.

This year, the Day of Prayer and the Prayer Breakfast could not possibly have come at a better time. Earlier in the week, the impeachment trial concluded after a bitter partisan debate, so partisan that only one person in both the House and the Senate voted contrary to their Party’s leadership. Coming right after that vote, the nation probably needed nothing more than people of all political persuasions praying for our country as we go forward.

The President walked in carrying a copy of a paper above his head with the headline ‘Acquitted’.

In a keynote address before Trump’s speech, Arthur Brooks, a Harvard professor and president of a conservative think tank, had decried a “crisis of contempt and polarization” and urged his listeners to ”love your enemies.”

“I don’t know if I agree with you,” said Trump as he got up to begin his remarks

There was more-much more- but let’s stop there.

For those Christian friends who believe that President Trump became a Christian during the campaign, as reported by a couple of evangelical leaders, Thinking Man will just let that comment sit. It’s one thing not to quite live up to what we say we believe—we all are guilty of that, and possibly Thinking Man more than many. But to publicly deny the very words of Jesus is not something a Christian does. But then, President Trump’s daily evidence of his personal character should long ago have convinced any person of that.

Whatever you think of his policies, President Trump is not a moral, decent man. And more, he is proud of and publicly declares his disdain for those who want to aspire to a higher purpose. Never again can Christians who support Trump be able to say that character matters in a government leader.

Update: Elizabeth Warren Saves Trump

In yesterday’s blog posting, Thinking Man noted how Sen. Elizabeth Warren took a shot at the Chief Justice, who presides over impeachment hearings in the Senate. Warren formally submitted a question asking if the Chief Justice had damaged the credibility of the Supreme Court by the way the Senate ran the proceedings (of course the Chief Justice has nothing to do with the Senate rules and could not even answer the question-the Democratic House Manager answered on his behalf and defended him).

BUT what Warren did do by her obvious tantrum because she was not getting her way, was to irritate some of her Senate colleagues. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released a statement saying that it had “become clear some of my colleagues intend to further politicize this process, and drag the Supreme Court into the fray, while attacking the Chief Justice. I will not stand for nor support that effort. ”

Murkowski, who reportedly was going to vote to call witnesses changed her vote, because her vote would have meant a 50-50 tie which would have put the Chief Justice as the tie-breaker, and she said she did not want to put the Chief Justice in the position for further criticism.

Warren’s tantrum was probably an effort to help her faltering Presidential campaign, which apparently was more important than the cause she says she supports

 

Finally A Punishment For Banking Crimes

Last week the former CEO of Wells Fargo John Stumpf was fined $17.5 million and has been banned from ever working in the banking industry again.

You will recall that Wells Fargo were found to have routinely created false accounts for clients in order to meet sales quotas. Regulators found that Stumpf and Wells Fargo senior management created a culture that tolerated, if not promoted, the widespread criminal behavior. Continue reading “Finally A Punishment For Banking Crimes”