5 things to watch as the 2016 campaign gets underway (COMMENTARY)

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A barn is painted with an image of the Statue of Liberty and a U.S. flag in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, March 8, 2015. Iowa, the American heartland. Endless farm fields and quiet towns. 56,273 square miles that are soon to become the focus of the nation as the long process of electing the next U.S. president begins. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Young
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A barn is painted with an image of the Statue of Liberty and a U.S. flag in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, March 8, 2015. Iowa, the American heartland. Endless farm fields and quiet towns. 56,273 square miles that are soon to become the focus of the nation as the long process of electing the next U.S. president begins. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Young *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-EHRICH-COLUMN, originally transmitted on April 14, 2015.

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(RNS) It's time we stopped being naive about the current state of American democracy: These are ugly times, and the forces of decency in both parties are under assault.

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  • bqrq

    Tom Ehrich said;
    “……We cannot sit back and wait for the bigots to run out of steam…..”

    Dear Tom,
    Your views appear to reflect a rather narrow (and shallow) focus on the secular ideology which views sexual orientation as the purpose and meaning of our life on earth. Believe me, there are greater things that are more honorable, edifying and desirable for humanity, and I respectfully encourage you to try to understand these matters and pursue higher aspirations.

  • Diogenes

    Hey Tom, only skimmed the commentary, because early on, despite weak attempts to appear centrist, your own biases came through loud and clear, which only undercut the force of your argument.

  • bqrq

    Dear Mr. Ehrich,
    It my understanding that in order to be a priest in the episcopal “church” one must either be gay or otherwise endorse gays. Could you please clarify whether this is accurate? Thanks

  • Tom+: Spot on observations. Thank you for your essay. If anyone doubts your accuracy, just look at some of the comments your essay got! 😛

  • opheliart

    “It is time for all people of faith to be active, ”

    Maybe not this active …

    http://news.yahoo.com/clinton-fathers-gravestone-toppled-172146361.html

    *Thanks for the article, Tom.