REFLECTION: Political parties – chaos and gridlock

by┬áThomas Reese, S.J., NCR When I was a young political science student in the 1960s and early 1970s, a frequent criticism of American political parties was that they did not really stand for anything. The Republicans and Democrats were Tweedledee and Tweedledum. There was a longing for European-style political parties that were ideologically driven. Political … Continue reading REFLECTION: Political parties – chaos and gridlock

REFLECTION: The Catholic vote in 2016

by┬áThomas Reese, S.J., NCR Now that the Iowa caucuses are over, attention turns to the primaries in both the Republican and Democratic parties beginning with New Hampshire. There has been much discussion of how evangelicals will vote in the Republican primaries and how women and minorities will vote in the Democratic primaries, but little has … Continue reading REFLECTION: The Catholic vote in 2016