Four years ago, we were in the midst of an election cycle. The candidates for President in 2012 (in case you've forgotten) were Barack Obama, the incumbent, and Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger. The conversation that year was pretty bleak, but here we are four years later and if anything the conversation has gotten even worse. Below is what I wrote four years ago on this very day. I invite you to read and consider the current state of affairs. I'm leaving it as is, so you can ignore the announcement for the conversation about my book Faith in the Public Square. That being said, I do recommend reading the book, and what appears below!
For the past few weeks my Monday posting has answered a political question offered by my publisher. The intention was for a conservative voice to join me in a conversation or debate. I didn't really like this described as a debate, because debates tend to separate rather than bring people together. Although I am, according to a little Pew Research Quiz a radical left winger, I don't see myself in that way. My own self-perception is of a person a bit left of center. Back to the conversation with Elgin Hushbeck (at the time my conservative conversation partner) -- I found his answer over the top and decided I couldn't go further. You can decide for yourself whether I over-reacted. In any case the conversation is on hiatus, but with the start of one party's national convention this week and politics on everyone's mind, I thought it worth devoting at least a little time to the conversation -- after all, on Wednesday evening I'm hosting a conversation on Faith in the Public Square that will include a book signing,