Jack Kerwick received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Temple University. His area of specialization is ethics and political philosophy. He is a professor of philosophy at several colleges and universities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Jack blogs at Beliefnet.com: At the Intersection of Faith & Culture. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or friend him on facebook. You can also follow him on twitter.
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Donald Trump hasnt the most conservative of track records. His opponents in the GOP presidential field and in segments of the so-called conservative media have sought to discredit Trump on this score.
Suffice it to say, that while Trump may not be a conservative, John Kasich most definitely is not.
As I argued a few weeks ago, there are reasons for doubting Donald Trumps conservative bona fides. But those of his critics at Fox News and in some quarters of conservative talk radio who level this charge against him are disingenuous, for neither are their candidates of choice conservative.
On its face, few things in the contemporary American political scene are as puzzling as Marco Rubio fans blasting Donald Trump for not being a true conservative.
Jeb, as everyone now knows, is an unabashed immigration enthusiast and proponent of amnesty (comprehensive immigration reform by its true name). Yet he also supported the bank bailouts of 2008, and in 2003, he deployed $310 million in stimulus money toward a single company, Scrippswhich was hardly in dire economic straightsfor bio-medical research.
Now that the first of the GOP presidential debates is history, I offer some thoughts.
There is scarcely a peep from women's rights and black activists about the unrelenting brutality suffered by women and black Africans under the Islamic State.
As many (but not enough) people now know, for quite some time, Planned Parenthood has been designing their abortion services for purposes of harvesting and selling the organs of the human beings that they routinely kill.
Anyone who thinks that Trump is either a conservative or a libertarian is willfully blind to his record.
If there remained any doubts that academia is among the most thoughtless places in the cosmos, the University of New Hampshire just put them to rest once and for all.
When it was revealed that Dylann Roof, the 21 year-old white man responsible for murdering nine black Christians in their Charleston, South Carolina church, had affection for the Confederate flag, the movers and shakers in the political, corporate, and media worlds launched a campaign to extirpate the flag from every vestige of public life.
While Americans of a certain political persuasion are having conniptions over the sight of the Confederate flag, Donald Trumps remarks on Mexican immigrants, and a Christian bakers refusal to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual couple, Christians like the Abada family in Iraq suffer real persecution the likes of which most of us can scarcely imagine.
Laudato Si, Pope Francis latest encyclical, is quite provocative.
At the moment, Donald Trump, deservedly, is all of the rage for remarks he made regarding Mexican immigrants to the United States.
Some food for thought
The Dylann Roof/Charleston massacre supplies much food for thought.
The events of Rachel Dolezal and Caitlyn Jenner are classic textbook case studies in the intellectual and moral incoherence of the contemporary leftist/progressive worldview.
No event in the pop culture more attests to the right-wings hold over it than the celebration visited upon the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner phenomenon.
St. Louis University, a Roman Catholic institution of higher learning, capitulated to student and faculty demands to remove a 19th century statue from campus.