Month: March 2009

The Forgotten Man: A Recommendation

Every so often I like to recommend a book. I’m about halfway through The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes. Although I haven’t yet completed it, based on what I have read up to now, and on the numerous positive reviews of the book, I am confident I can recommend it without concerns that I will have to retract that recommendation by the time I have finished it. Some of you, I know, may… Read more »

A Funny, Somewhat Sarcastic, Yet Enlightening Analysis

After posting below on what I consider the phony outrage of congressmen this past week, I came across this essay from Mark Steyn, who is always a good read. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see it yet, I strongly encourage you to spend a few enlightening minutes with it. Steyn has the ability to make you think and laugh simultaneously—a trait that is most admirable.

A Sense of Proportion, Please!

For the record, I am not in favor of any business giving huge bonuses to people if that business is being propped up by taxpayer largesse. Failing businesses have no “business” handing out extra money to those who have contributed to their failure. Further, even though I oppose government bailouts of such businesses, if a bailout has occurred, there has to be oversight. Financial aid always should come with conditions. Yet there is almost a sense of comedy in the spectacle of… Read more »

Principle: Unity & Union (Part II)

Building on the concept that unions must be voluntary and that there must be internal unity before an external union can be successful, we can look at examples in certain nations. Remember the old Soviet Union? The official name was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics—one of the most dishonest names imaginable. First, it wasn’t a true republic—that would have required representation and the protection of inalienable rights, ideas foreign to its government. Neither was it a true union as understood by this… Read more »

Principle: Unity & Union (Part I)

In politics, we are always hearing appeals for “bipartisanship.” That’s great in theory, but overlooks a basic reality. A Biblical prinicple that I call “unity and union” helps explain. Those two words—unity and union—are not the same. Unity is an internal voluntary agreement; union is the external joining of two or more things into one. External unions should be built on internal unity. They really need to be voluntary unions for them to succeed. Forced unions that lack unity will ultimately… Read more »

Image vs. Reality

Politicians have always been obsessed with projecting a certain image. Franklin Roosevelt, for instance, wanted to be seen as strong and in command. His particular concern was that he had suffered from polio and was confined to a wheelchair. How could he run for president and be considered a strong leader if he was wheelchair-bound? Fortunately for him, he lived in a time before television. His people could craft the image he wanted. It’s difficult to find any photos of… Read more »

Can a Christian Criticize the Government?

I recently watched a video in which the Bible teacher (who is really great, by the way) basically said that whoever is in authority in a government is the one God either wants in that position or allowed to take that position. His conclusion: it is an act of rebellion on a Christian’s part to criticize that authority. Well, I must respectfully take exception to that viewpoint. Romans 13 does tell us that all authority comes from God, and that… Read more »