Everything is Political. Especially politics.


Thomas Mann, the German social critic and Nobel laureate once memorably said, "There is nothing that is not political. Everything is politics." Like much of what he wrote, he was dead on. Particularly in the politically charged atmosphere of a highly divided nation on the brink of an election that will decide whether or not … Continue reading Everything is Political. Especially politics.

Outside the Locked Doors of the Cathedral, A Call for Justice


They came, hundreds strong, standing in the spring sunshine. They were young and old, working class and middle class, union and nonunion, white and black and brown. There were Muslims and Jews, Christians and nonbelievers, Unitarians and Baptists and Lutherans. There was a sprinkling of Episcopalians, the usual suspects: the Chair of the HIV/AIDS Ministry, … Continue reading Outside the Locked Doors of the Cathedral, A Call for Justice

South Carolina’s Great Notion: Jump in the River and Drown


The politicians are talking about "sharing the pain" and "making tough choices." But as the The State notes in the first installment of a series on the losers in the political game of cutting vital state services, it is the "least of these" who will bear the brunt of South Carolina's morally and fiscally bankrupt … Continue reading South Carolina’s Great Notion: Jump in the River and Drown

Christ the King Sunday: Be Warned


Jeremiah 23:1-6Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to … Continue reading Christ the King Sunday: Be Warned

Dear Senator McConnell: Sink the Hunley and Take Care of the Poor


Dear Senator McConnell:Like you, I was distressed to learn of the financial deficit at the Department of Health and Human Services. And like you, I believe that it's vital for State government to act in a responsible and transparent way with public funding.But, after reading your letter to HHS Director Emma Forkner, I believe that … Continue reading Dear Senator McConnell: Sink the Hunley and Take Care of the Poor

An Open Letter to Nikki Haley and Vincent Sheheen


Dear Representative Haley and Senator Sheheen:I am writing you from the bank of a clear, cool lake, 350 miles northwest of our beloved state, deep in the woods of the Cumberland Plateau. Absence, you know, makes the heart grow fonder. Like the two of you, I deeply love my adopted state of South Carolina, and … Continue reading An Open Letter to Nikki Haley and Vincent Sheheen

South Carolina Conservative Hypocrisy: Gay Escorts, Gun Rights, Miranda


Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.--Matthew 23:23The author of Growing Up Straight: What Families Should Know About Homosexuality, … Continue reading South Carolina Conservative Hypocrisy: Gay Escorts, Gun Rights, Miranda

Thanks, Eric Bedingfield: Wingnuts Can Actually Help Us Do Justice


Because South Carolina must jealously guard its reputation as the Ground Zero of the war on intelligent political discourse, we can be thankful that, at last, Greenville's Eric Bedingfield has (along with a crew of the usual wing-nut suspects) provided us with H4919, that is, in Bedingfield's words, "virtually the same" as Arizona's anti-immigration measure.Too … Continue reading Thanks, Eric Bedingfield: Wingnuts Can Actually Help Us Do Justice

I Think We Need to Study This First, Mr. Speaker


I was going to try to say something funny about this. But I don't think that I have to.   H. 4468  A JOINT RESOLUTION TO CREATE THE "SOUTH CAROLINA STUDY COMMITTEE STUDY COMMITTEE" FOR THE PURPOSE OF EVALUATING THE STATE'S PAST AND FUTURE USES OF STUDY COMMITTEES FOR ASSESSING AND DEVELOPING STATE POLICIES AND … Continue reading I Think We Need to Study This First, Mr. Speaker

The Deacon’s Index of South Carolina Welfare Facts


Percent of South Carolina able-bodied parents on TANF (welfare) who are required to work or be in vocational training for at least 30 hours per week: 100 Number of months a South Carolina family may receive TANF in a 10 year period: 24 Number of months in a lifetime: 48 Number of teen parents under 18 who receive … Continue reading The Deacon’s Index of South Carolina Welfare Facts