Month: February 2009

Truly Uncharted Territory

This has become staggering beyond belief. What am I talking about? The same thing everyone is talking about these days—the amount of money being spent [and at such a rapid pace] by the federal government. It all began, of course, in the Bush administration with the $700 billion bank bailout. Obama added another $787 billion for a stimulus package that won’t stimulate anything but government size and scope. Now another $400+ billion has passed Congress, a bill so loaded with… Read more »

That Pesky Old Constitution

Congress is on the verge of doing something unconstitutional. Okay, I know that’s not a “stop the presses” comment. Congress has been doing unconstitutional things on an increasing scale since the New Deal. This one, though, is so blatant that it rises to a new level. The latest push is to give Washington, DC, a voting congressman. According to the Constitution, only states can have representation in the House. DC is a special creation, the home of the federal government, and… Read more »

Opportunity & Responsibility

Opportunity and responsibility usually come paired. I am now being given both. Last week, I was asked to be the chair of a new department at Southeastern University, and I accepted. Beginning in July, I will head the department of Historical, Legal, and Leadership Studies. This is a great opportunity to help guide programs in a path consistent with the Biblical principles I’m always talking about. The department will house the  history, criminal justice, and leadership degrees, along with a pre-law track… Read more »

The Oscar Culture

I really had no desire to watch the Oscar extravaganza last night—so I didn’t. But I see that Sean Penn won the best actor award for his portrayal of a San Francisco homosexual who was assassinated. Hollywood strikes again. It is a self-contained community that rewards its own who have the “correct” values. Penn took advantage of the recognition by chastising California voters who recently made the radical declaration that marriage should be between a man and woman exclusively Of… Read more »

Even the Census Bureau Is Being Politicized

The Constitution requires that a census be taken every ten years. Representation in Congress is based on that census. In recent years, there has been controversy over the taking of the census, with some groups claiming bias, and therefore being underrepresented. Those groups happen to be strongly Democratic. Micheal Barone Now, the Obama administration is making noises about moving the responsibility for overseeing the census from the Commerce Department. Where will it be moved? Where else, but to the White… Read more »

Logic, Anyone?

Sometimes, one political cartoon is worth more than a full-semester college course.

Lincoln Book Recommendation

Whenever I read a good book, I’d like to pass on a positive review. Last week, I commented on Lincoln, as his 200th birthday was upon us. I am presently reading Harold Holzer’s new Lincoln book (Holzer is a LIncoln scholar and a fine writer), Lincoln, President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter, 1860-1861. It is fascinating. What did Lincoln go through, what did he have to deal with, as he awaited his succession to the presidency? From November 1860… Read more »