The Common Good

Jim Wallis on U.S. election (Hr. 2)

Date: November 9, 2012

The American election is over. But the divisions, political and social, remain almost untouched. Americans can look back on two years of unprecedented name calling and mud slinging. Billions of dollars spent, not to educate the electorate, but to smear the "enemy" on the other side of the political divide.

A country - and a media - with plenty of serious issues to resolve appeared often to be preoccupied with trivia. Issues that might be on the minds of ordinary voters would assiduously be avoided

There almost seemed to be agreement between the parties that some issues would NOT be discussed in any detail. The looming fiscal crisis, climate change and poverty, are just three of them.

Jim Wallis has been on The Sunday Edition several times before. Reverend Wallis is an evangelical minister and political activist.

He lives in Washington, DC, where he has served as a spiritual advisor to many, including President Barack Obama.

And he is the author of several best-selling books about religion and politics.

Another one is coming out this winter: On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good.