Articles by Timothy Butler

Timothy R. Butler is Editor-in-Chief of Open for Business. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) in English Literature, Religious Studies and Philosophy from Lindenwood University and an M.Div from Covenant Theological Seminary. In the past, he has done freelance writing for a number of publications and contributed to the the Snow Leopard Bible, published by John Wiley & Sons.

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Take a Deep Breath (We’re Not in a Constitutional Crisis)

By E. Ryan Haffner | Nov 13, 2020 at 4:34 PM

In his most recent column for Time, David French sounds the alarm under the heading “Only the Right-Wing Media Can Save America From Trump’s Conspiracies.” In fearing the conspiracies of the MAGA-ites, the opposition folks such as French keep creating their own conspiracy theories of sorts that are just as unhelpful. Let’s settle down both wings of the Vast Conspiracy, shall we?

The Electoral Solace

Voters Rejected the Worst Distortions of Trump and Trumpism

By E. Ryan Haffner | Nov 04, 2020 at 5:07 PM

So, here we are. The day after and, much like 2000, with a strong sense of what the end will be but delayed closure on the race. There is plenty of reason to believe when the ballots are crunched and the lawyers’ last shots are fired that there will be a President Biden. That is not the end I wanted – or am even still continuing to hope for – but even if that end comes, I find some solace in two telling aspects of the results we can see.

Lessons from "the Worst Hollywood Chris" and His Friends

By Timothy Butler | Oct 24, 2020 at 4:07 PM

I do not spend a lot of time reading the buzz about celebrities. I made an exception this week as the social media tempest highlighted (in spite of itself) something important as it raged against Chris Pratt. The controversy is a good reminder about how we should treat others in two different ways we desperately need right now.

My Take on the Vice Presidential Debate

By Jason Kettinger | Oct 09, 2020 at 6:38 AM

In terms of civility, style, and substance, this debate was light-years ahead of the presidential contest last week. I suppose we should be thankful, but it feels perverse to reward those who have lowered the bar enough to finally step over it.

A Horrible Debate Provided Cover for a Horrible Idea

By E. Ryan Haffner | Sep 30, 2020 at 6:42 AM

Joe Biden could easily take the award for the rudest Presidential candidate in debate in my memory. Put the Vice President up against past nominees and that would be nearly undeniable. Except that he was debating the President, who didn’t want to lose out on that award. Most disturbingly, in that melee, the President’s horrid performance allowed one of the worst ideas ever brought up on a debate floor to slide by and it could easily mean we all lose.

I Don’t Want to Vote Biden. Here’s Why I Will.

By Jason Kettinger | Sep 24, 2020 at 4:59 AM

You know, I don’t agree with Joe Biden about abortion, the redefinition of marriage— and it’s important to call it that— and so-called “religious liberty”. I voted for George W. Bush twice. I’m voting for Joe Biden.

I Don’t Want to Vote Trump. Here’s Why I Will.

By E. Ryan Haffner | Sep 08, 2020 at 11:19 AM

I have a confession to make that will make virtually everyone mad. I think Donald Trump is uncouth, has worsened the political discourse in our country and continually says things about everyone from POW’s to immigrants that make me cringe. I am also planning to follow up my 2016 vote for the man with a 2020 vote for the same. Yes, I am amongst the reluctant Trump voters and here’s why.

Sounds Good

The Budget Headphones that Replaced My Beats

By Timothy Butler | Aug 18, 2020 at 12:45 PM

While traveling last year, I lost my trusty pair of Beats Solo 2 headphones I had used for years; while I had been given a set of AirPods Pro for Christmas and they quickly became my all time favorite headphone option, some situations work better with over-the-ear headphones (for example, audio mixing and recording work) and I found myself in the market for a new pair to replace my Beats. That led me to the Vankyo C750’s; they may just beat my Beats.

The Vice Presidential Selection

It ought to be Kamala Harris

By Jason Kettinger | Aug 11, 2020 at 4:07 AM

I thought it should be her long ago. I thought that if I were Biden, I would choose Harris. I also believed that Joe Biden would have to do something to placate moderates, and while Senator Harris is not a moderate in any coherent sense, she runs in that lane, especially with regard to presentation.

Freedom and the Clash of Visions in the Age of Fracture

By Jason Kettinger | Aug 07, 2020 at 11:13 AM

I read with great interest the latest column by our esteemed Editor-In-Chief. There ought to be a theoretical neutrality, at least with regard to the government, and the potential regulation of speech. We would like to believe that the cure for bad speech is not less speech, but more and better speech. We would like to believe that in a theoretically pluralistic society, the true, the good, and the beautiful will eventually win out over the false, the bad, and the ugly. The most profound question is whether these things we would like to believe have ever been true.

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