Month: December 2009

The Decade: A Personal Review

As a historian, I have to evaluate what has transpired over time. This past decade, as the cartoon above indicates, has had some pretty rough spots: the contested 2000 presidential election; the horror of 9/11; the War on Terror that divided us as a people; natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina; the massive financial crisis that came to the forefront just prior to the 2008 elections; the ushering in of a president and Congress that believes we should spend our… Read more »

Facing Reality

The man who tried to blow up the Northwest plane is apparently going to be treated like a common criminal with all the rights and privileges of an American citizen. First of all, he’s not an American citizen; second, he was caught in an act of terrorism, which is not the same thing as common criminal activity. Of course, the precedent already has been set, what with some of the Guantanamo Bay prisoners to be tried in New York City…. Read more »

The Napolitano Threat Level

Janet Napolitano: Does She Really Provide Homeland Security? I won’t go into all the details of the foiled plot to blow up the Northwest flight on Christmas Day. You probably already know enough about that. What’s really fascinating—or is frightening the right word?—is the reaction of Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security. To any observer with a critical sense at all, this episode was a complete breakdown in security. The only reason the plane didn’t blow up… Read more »

Two Types of Independents

I’ve been watching the poll numbers for President Obama. While he’s on a downward slide overall, he’s in particular trouble with what the politicos term “independents.” Just who are these people? Actually, there are two groups I would call independents. The first group is less numerous—people concerned that the political parties are not holding firm to their principles. This group is comprised of probably equal numbers of those on the left and the right of the political spectrum. They tend… Read more »

Galatians 6:7-9

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.

Not Time to Despair

It’s not over yet. Just because the Senate passed its version of healthcare reform, the path is not going to be smooth from this point on. There’s still time to derail it. If you watched the “victory” celebration by the Democratic leadership after the vote, you would think it’s a done deal. Well, that’s premature. Keep in mind there’s always a lot of hype in politics, and politicians want you to believe that something is set in stone. That doesn’t… Read more »

Our Great High Priest

He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. . . . Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the… Read more »