Posted on October 29, 2008 by Dennis
Don’t like McCain or Obama?
Well, you do have other choices.
Of course, there are the more visible third-party or independent choices: Charles “Chuck” Baldwin (Constitutional), Ralph Nader (Independent), Bob Barr (Libertarian), and Cynthia McKinney (Green).
But I bet you haven’t heard of some of these other “worthy” candidates (be sure to check out the links): (more…)
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Posted on October 27, 2008 by Dennis
We have finally reached the end of our weekly forum on the presidential election. We have had many great discussions on a range of topics, such as character, Iraq, the economy, abortion, relationship with LDS Church, health care, faith and family values, terrorism and diplomacy, education, and political corruption. Click here to see the full list of topics.
One of the great things that has been achieved in these forums, I think, is a respectful demonstration of a diversity of political viewpoints held by faithful Latter-day Saints. This kind of conversation, unfortunately, is rare — and so I applaud everyone for making it happen.
Now is the time, for those who are willing, to declare which presidential candidate you are going to vote for (or have already voted for). Be sure to explain why. Arguments for third-party or independent tickets (or even for staying home, I suppose) are welcome. Feel free to make predictions also. Again, please keep things respectful; if you wish to bash a candidate, this is not the place.
If you feel more comfortable using a pseudonym (fake name), feel free to do so.
(By the way, this is TMB’s 100th post!)
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Filed under: Obama vs. McCain | Tagged: Latter-day Saints, LDS, LDS Church, McCain, Mormon, Obama, Politics | 46 Comments »
Posted on October 22, 2008 by Jeff Thayne
In this post, I will explain how, in an ideal world, it would not matter to us so much as it does now who becomes our next president. The Founding Fathers asked an important question during the formation of the Constitution: How much power should a centralized federal government have? Most of the text of the Constitution deals, at least indirectly, with this central issue. The colonists were tired of government fiat from overseas, and wanted to govern their own affairs. None of them wanted another king in Philadelphia.
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: Alexander Hamilton, Bill of Rights, Constitutional amendment, enumerated powers, federalism, Founding Fathers, General Welfare, interpretation, James Madison, Kevin Gutzman, Law, Living Constitution, local self-government, Patrick Henry, Ron Paul, U.S. Congress, U.S. Constitution, U.S. President | 20 Comments »
Posted on October 20, 2008 by Dennis
This is the twenty-first of a weekly series of public forums on TMB.
Arguably, one of the most important and consequential factors of a U.S. president is not simply what the president does, but what he/she symbolizes.
What might be the national or international consequences of what a McCain or Obama presidency would symbolize? Feel free to also weigh in on what this might mean, if anything, for the growth of the Church.
Be sure to visit next week (beginning Monday, October 27) for our final round, Who Will You Vote for and Why? This is your chance to declare who you will be voting for and why. Arguments for third-party or independent tickets (or even for staying home, I suppose) will also be welcome.
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Posted on October 15, 2008 by Jeff Thayne
I was not always in favor of a non-interventionist foreign policy. At one point, I strongly supported the invasion of Iraq. Saddam Hussein was an evil man, and I believed that it was the moral imperative of the United States government to destroy the tyrannical regime that he led. And of course he had WMDs… he was a tyrant, after all. And even if he didn’t, he surely had and used them in the past (which he did), and that was sufficient enough reason to support any military action against him.
Filed under: Politics | Tagged: Constitution, Ezra Taft Benson, foreign military intervention, Founding Fathers, George Washington, interventionism, Iraq, isolationism, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Latter-day Saints, Mormons, Republican Part, Ron Paul, Saddam Hussein, self-defense, Thomas Jefferson, U.S. foreign policy | 28 Comments »
Posted on October 13, 2008 by Dennis
This is the twentieth of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday.
Only three more weeks!
This week’s topic is race and gender issues. I realize this is kind of a vague topic, so I’ll give some possible issues to talk about:
Filed under: Obama vs. McCain | Tagged: affirmative action, African American fathers, bisexual persons, educational equality, equal pay for equal work, gay marriage, gays, intersexed persons, LDS, lesbians, LGBT, McCain, Mormons, Obama, parent-friendly employment, primary caretaker benefits, racial profiling, Racism, sexism, transgendered persons | 9 Comments »
Posted on October 9, 2008 by Dennis
The Church has released a few details about the newly announced temples in Philadelphia, Kansas City, Rome, Calgary, and Córdoba Argentina.
Here is what I know:
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Posted on October 6, 2008 by Dennis
This is the nineteenth of a weekly series of public forums on TMB. Watch for a new round every Monday.
Illegal immigration. McCain. Obama.
Next week: Race and Gender Issues
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Posted on October 5, 2008 by Dennis
I thought I’d take a minute and discuss what I consider to be the highlights of this weekend’s semiannual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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