Posts From Bruce Ashford

What Should We Make of the Democratic Socialists of America?

A libertarian, a socialist, and a nationalist walk into a bar. I only know because they each told everyone within two minutes. That’s a joke. But jokes aside, socialism is one of several highly-energized and mobilized political movements—especially among Millennials—in the United States right now. The 2016 presidential primaries saw a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, Bernie [ Read More ]

Why Personal Character Matters for Public Office

Nearly two decades after President Bill Clinton was impeached on charges surrounding a sexual harassment lawsuit, the American people remain deeply ambivalent about whether a political leader’s personal behavior has public import. Then and now, some Americans consider a public official’s personal character irrelevant to his office. But it is a mistake to think that [ Read More ]

The one thing we can do for Mollie Tibbetts

Expressions of anguish and hope are being heard from around the nation as the search for Mollie Tibbetts drags on. The 20-year-old University of Iowa student disappeared over three weeks ago. Experts believe Tibbetts’ disappearance involves foul play, likely an abduction by somebody she knew or had a non-threatening demeanor. Many around the nation have expressed solidarity [ Read More ]

Is Judge Kavanaugh a Dangerous Criminal Paving the Path to Tyranny?

Immediately after President Trump introduced Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court, Democratic politicians and power-brokers launched a scorched-earth campaign against candidacy. Hillary Shelton of the NAACP declared that Kavanaugh is a “dangerous criminal.” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) warned that Kavanaugh “wants to pave the path to tyranny.” Sen. Cory Booker (D-N. J.) [ Read More ]

3 Ways to Communicate Truth in a Fake News Era

Recently, the Pew Research Center published a study demonstrating Americans have difficulty distinguishing between fact and opinion. Only 26 percent of adults correctly identified five factual statements as such, and only 35 percent were able to do the same for five opinion statements. The research also found we’re significantly more likely to consider something “factual” rather than [ Read More ]

Is the Pope Right that the Death Penalty is against Christian Teaching?

Pope Francis has officially declared that the death penalty is “inadmissible” in all cases because it is “an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.” The Pope’s ruling changes the Roman Catholic Church’s official teaching which previously allowed for executions in instances where they are “the only possible way of effectively defending human [ Read More ]

What does it take to be a trustworthy Christian “thought leader”?

Earlier this summer, I participated in the “5 Leadership Questions” podcast. Usually podcast interviews are pretty easy. I’m a guest on at least several radio shows or podcasts per week, and I usually don’t spend much time preparing for them. But this invitation was different, largely because they wanted to ask me questions about leadership. [ Read More ]