Posts Tagged ‘politics’

By Matt Horan

This week on the Sojourners website, Jim Wallis wrote about a movement of over 100 former politicians from both sides of the aisle who have come forward with a statement urging reform in the way our current politicians go about their work.  I’m not always very eager to jump on the Jim Wallis bandwagon, as I feel like he’s too easily dragged into the mud himself, especially in his recent feud with Glenn Beck.

However, this is welcome news.  Sojourners is urging the adoption of a “Civility Covenant,” and it is long overdue.

We act as if facts matter.  We act as if gaining supporters to my position is based on convincing people of what is true and what is false.  Once they see that the facts support my side, they’ll be won over.  But facts don’t matter.  Truth doesn’t matter.  What motivates us is not our facts, but our commitments. (more…)

By Matt Horan

What do you think of Global WarmingScientific factA bunch of baloney?  Should baloney feel insulted by being associated with Global Warming?

What do you think about healthcare reformShould we go for a national healthcare system run by Uncle SamShould we leave it alone?  Should we pursue tort reform?

What’s your faith system?  ChristianHinduMuslimJewishBuddhistAtheist?  Think you might ever convert from one to another?  How good an argument would you have to make to get someone to convert from their position to yours?  As good as this?

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By Matt Horanyelling

Here’s what really bothers me.

People are really pissed off. In fact, I think that there’s an increasing degree of pissed-offedness. Thankfully, that isn’t really a word, and further, there’s probably not the science available to us to measure pissed-offedness. And even if there was and I proved it, someone would discount my findings because I’m not a sociologist. So, I’ll just call it what it is–I have a theory that there’s increasing pissed-offedness in the world, though I’m without the tools or clout to measure it. I guess I’ll see if I can get some friends to become a fan of “Pissed-offedness.” Maybe if I can say that 16 of my friends are “fans of pissed-offedness,” then that can begin to look like some credibility for my theory. Until then, I guess it’ll remain just a theory. Fortunately, that’s all you need to write something and send it off onto the information superhighway for worldwide distribution. Beautiful. (more…)