Month: October 2009

Education's Historic Shift (Part II)

In a previous post, I noted that Unitarians in early America wanted to take education away from the orthodox churches and place it in the hands of the government. Unitarianism was hardly the dominant theology of early America; the primary place where this view prevailed was in the Boston area and Harvard, so that’s where they tried to make the change first. They decided to push for “common” schools in Boston for all elementary-age chidren. Convinced that many children were… Read more »

Principles & Character

Last night, I spoke at the Polk County (FL) Republican Executive Committee meeting. The focus of the talk was the importance of being principled and having the character necessary to carry out those principles. My approach was basically an overview of how Republicans have fared in those two areas over the past century. There were highs and lows in that historical survey. The conclusion was that three things are needed right now if the Republicans ever hope to direct the… Read more »

Education's Historic Shift (Part I)

Almost all early American education was private. That which was paid for by taxes, particularly in New England, was still local and controlled by a committee that reflected the beliefs of the towns. Early Americans weren’t attracted to the idea of government-sponsored and/or -controlled education. Why were they resistant to this idea? Three reasons come to the forefront: They feared that a government-controlled education system would impose a uniformity of thoughts that would endanger liberty; They believed that education was… Read more »

A Nation's Grieved Soul

I’ve been reading through the Old Testament book of Judges lately. I’ve always been fascinated—perhaps astounded is the better word—by ancient Israel’s capacity to forget God, no matter how miraculously He worked to deliver them from all manner of evil [mostly of their own making]. One particular passage stood out to me in my reading yesterday in Judges 10:13-16. It begins this way: But you have forsaken Me and served other gods, so I will no longer save you. Go… Read more »

A Congress You Can't Believe In

The current Congress has some interesting approval ratings. The latest I’ve seen are at 21%. I wonder why that might be? I have to admit I never expected we would get to the point where the actual reading of bills that Congress votes on would become an issue. Shouldn’t that be a minimum requirement for the job? When someone doesn’t do his job, what normally happens? Since the “public option” has been in the news so much, I thought the… Read more »

A Rush to False Judgment

Yes, as the cartoon above indicates, I’m now going to write about the most hated, racist man in America—the evil Rush Limbaugh. How do I know Rush Limbaugh is an evil racist? That’s easy. All I have to do is listen to MSNBC, CNN, or representatives of the National Football League. After all, they breathlessly announced, Rush has made statements on the air supporting slavery and praising the man who assassinated Martin Luther King. Never mind that no one has ever… Read more »

Ecclesiastes 12:11-14

The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one Shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing,… Read more »