Month: September 2009

A Mallard Fillmore Extravaganza

Mallard Fillmore is probably the most insightful comic strip available today when it comes to politics and government. Let me give you a few examples. I particularly appreciate the way the artist, Bruce Tinsley, is able to lampoon the hypocrisy that is so evident to anyone with common sense, as in the example above. Below, he launches into the ridiculous to highlight the ridiculousness all around us. The media is always one of his favorite subjects, for obvious reasons. Finally, he… Read more »

The Truly Valuable Part of Mankind

I commented on the attitude of the U.N. in yesterday’s posting, particularly how America has been a target of the majority of nations that comprise that body. Today, this political cartoon appeared, making the same point. The real issue here is why we want those nations to like us in the first place. Most of them are dictatorial thuggeries (is that a word?) rather than legitimate governments. For instance . . . I was reminded of a statement George Washington… Read more »

What Unites the United Nations?

When the United Nations was founded in 1945, it was not the first attempt at a world organization designed to debate issues and avoid international conflicts. Its predecessor was the League of Nations that arose out of the trauma of WWI. That entity was a total flop. Hopes were high that this new organization, with the United States as its glue, could avoid the haplessness that befell the League of Nations. At first, it held some measure of promise simply… Read more »

Matthew 5:13-16

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house…. Read more »

Harvard & Yale: Solid Foundations

The first college founded in America was Harvard. It got its name from a Puritan settler, John Harvard, who donated his library to get it started. Its motto, as depicted on its seal, is “Veritas,” the Latin word for “Truth.” The first rules and precepts adopted by Harvard stated, Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life, John 3:17 and… Read more »

Early American Education

How did we get to where we are in education policy today, considering how we started? In early America, before we became a separate nation, children received their education from three possible sources, and in this order of importance: home, church, school. Most children never attended a formal school, yet somehow we were a literate society. That’s hard for some people to believe nowadays. Even where schools existed, such as in New England, not all children attended them. They were… Read more »

The Independent Voter

It’s been a political truism in America for a long time: the independent voter is the key to winning elections. There are always segments of the population who are committed in principle to either the Democrat or Republican parties, but those segments cannot carry elections by themselves. The independent voter must be wooed—and will be—one way or the other. In the last election, again it was the independents who made the difference, both in the presidential and congressional races. For… Read more »