Author Archives: Ray Buchanan

About Ray Buchanan

"Ray Buchanan founded Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now) and retired in 2015. Comments made on this site are the sole expression of the author, are not made on behalf of the organization, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organization."

a good definition

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other. – Oscar Ameringer

This is one of those beautifully simplistic, yet absolutely true definitions that I love.

During these never-ending tax cut debates, it is worth remembering that Warren Buffet once said. According to Mr. Buffet, we could have a balanced federal budget anytime we want one. His solution is as simple as the definition above: No member of Congress is eligible for reelection if they are seated in a year when our budget has more than a 3% deficit.

Sounds good to me. What do you think?

we’re being scammed

We all have already heard how this tax bill for the middle class would put at least a billion dollars into Trump’s family coffers while increasing taxes on the rest of us and cutting needed services. Now they also want to help the ultra wealthy with a tax break on their private jets.

This is how revolutions are spawned. I am just totally surprised that there has not been more outrage demonstrated at the perpatrators of this grasp for more wealth and power.

 

trophy hunting

I have hunted since I was 8 years old, I have, like millions of other America hunters, dreamed of getting a trophy buck. That has yet to happen. But what has happened is that everything I am able to bag has gone into my freezer or into feeding programs for the poor, like Hunters for the Hungry.

The idea of trophy hunting is repugnant. To kill an animal just for a trophy is wrong. And it is especially abhorrent when the cost of acquiring such a trophy is in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Trumps decision to allow elephant trophies into the USA is another gift to the powerful elite. Lifting the restriction is yet another demonstration that the #BLOTUS is looking out for the wealthy, with no concerns for anyone else.

Hopefully, he will see the error of his ways, even sooner than 2018.

Thank you, Dr. Barber

Not all Christian and faith leaders in Alabama support the immorality of Roy Moore. Like Dr. Barber, I stand with them and support their efforts to speak the truth about extremeism and blind party politics.

a frightening poll for followers of Jesus

This Washington Post-ABC News Poll from last October should strike fear into the hearts of those who are disciples of the Man from Nazareth. White evangelical Christians were the biggest believers that the #BLOTUS had a strong moral character. White non-evangelical Christians were not far behind.

What that reveals about white Christians, especially evangelicals, should start alarm bells ringing in every church in the country. If those who most deeply profess to follow Jesus actually think Trump has a strong moral character, it means that they have absolutely no clue as to who Jesus is or what He taught.

The poll does, however, give us a good indication of why the church no longer has the authority and moral leadership it once had. White Protestants need to once again figure out that faithfulness to the gospel of Jesus is not the same as blind patriotism, love of country, or love of power.

The most interesting statistic was that those who professed no religion seemed to have the best understanding of the lack of moral character of the #BLOTUS. Is that possibly because their understanding of morality isn’t filtered through the lens of religion?