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What was the most important political event of 2010?

Kyle Bennett, Josh Good, Mark Labberton, Marc LiVecche, Glenda Mathes, David Naugle, Catherine Wilson


January 7, 2011

We asked a number of Capital Commentary contributors to answer the question, "What was the most important political event of the year 2010, and what difference did that event make?" Below you will find some of the answers.

The most important political event in 2010 was the approval of the social studies curriculum earlier this year by the Texas Board of Education. This event marks not only an interesting turn in considering principled pluralism in education, for instance, the democratic writing of history and the religious and secular interpretations of American history and principles, but also, hopefully, the moral formation of education.

—Kyle Bennett is a PhD student at Fuller Seminary, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Azusa Pacific University, and Adjunct Professor of Theology at Providence Christian College in Pasadena, California

As I’d lived more years in Boston than any other American city in the last decade, the news that night from Massachusetts was stunning:  in a special election to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat in the US Senate, Scott Brown had just been elected—so resoundingly that his opponent conceded before the votes were fully counted.  In one day, the “liberal lion of the Senate” was swiftly replaced by a Tea Party candidate … who drove a pick-up truck.  Was the nation speaking?

—Josh  Good, Technical Specialist, ICF International

The health care bill debate and its eventual, barely-gasping passage, distinctly illuminated so much of our raw social need and so much of our raw political impasse.   The underbelly of American power was vividly displayed, and the depth of our unresolved divisions and hostilities was painfully exposed.

—Mark Labberton is the Lloyd John Ogilvie Associate Professor of Preaching and Director of the Lloyd John Ogilvie Institute of Preaching at Fuller Seminary, and the author of The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice (2007) and The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus (2010)

A long moment: Henry Kissinger, Sam Nunn, George Shultz, and William Perry continue guiding the effort toward reducing reliance on nuclear weapons and preventing proliferation of weapons-capable material into terrorist’s hands. They pursue the mountaintop with a moral and rational sobriety; recognizing the continued necessity of deterrence and the maxim that diplomacy must proceed in collaboration with strength and security.

—Marc LiVecche is a PhD student in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. 

America’s mid-term election process was not primarily about sluggish economics or partisan politics; it was more about personal freedoms. Voters decried the encroaching control of big government and supported the individual liberty of each citizen. The move to limit government and elevate individuals may be a crucial step toward biblical justice for all people.

—Glenda Mathes is an author and editor who regularly contributes to Christian Renewal.

The passage of the health care reform bill on Sunday, March 21, 2010, was the most significant political event in the past calendar year. Why? Because it fostered the issues of constitutionality, balance of power, big government vs. limited government, political machinations, funding and taxation, the Tea Party movement, free enterprise, health care justice, an election backlash, and more.

—David Naugle is chair and professor of philosophy at Dallas Baptist University

2010 was a year indelibly marked by international cooperation, in the aftermath of the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, the flooding in Pakistan, and throughout the rescue efforts of the thirty-three Chilean miners.  From all parts of the world, governments, relief agencies, corporations, and individual volunteers proved - and continue to prove - their commitment to the global community, through the dedication of material supplies, financial resources, and personal time.

—Catherine Wilson is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Non-Profit Coordinator in the Master of Public Administration Program at the Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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