Month: February 2010

Matthew 7:24-27

[Jesus said:] Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house… Read more »

Accomplishments of the Summit

Carol Platt Liebau at hits the target with this observation from the recently concluded Healthcare Summit: The President did plenty to diminish himself.  First, there was his lack of grace– announcing,”I’m the President!,” his testy reminder to John McCain about who won the election (reminiscent of his “I won” triumphalism immediately after inauguration), most notably – and his penchant for scolding everyone was on display.  Can anyone even imagine the really great presidents behaving this way?  Can you imagine Ronald Reagan, or FDR (or… Read more »

Political Summitry

Well, it’s over. That highly anticipated summit on healthcare has gained its audience. It has achieved a notoriety that places it somewhere between Jimmy Carter’s malaise speech and Bill Clinton’s . . .  well, Bill Clinton’s anything. I was able to avoid it entirely until I came home last evening and was caught unawares by President Obama’s closing remarks, which, remarkably, were all that anyone needed to hear the entire day. Why? Because he made it abundantly clear in those… Read more »

Cynical or Realistic?

I really don’t want to be cynical. I want government to work. I want to believe that when our president says he plans to cut spending, he means it. I also want to believe that he sincerely seeks solutions for healthcare from his political oppponents. Well, I don’t classify myself as a cynic. I’m more of a student of human nature via my Biblical worldview. That tells me I need to be realistic, not gullible. Jesus even told His followers to… Read more »

Why I Can't Be a Libertarian

I flirted with being a libertarian a number of years ago. After all, I definitely agreed with many of their policies. Two stand out: first, their commitment to the free market and limited government; second, their belief that government should not be in charge of education. I still agree with those policies. Over the years, though, I began to see more clearly that libertarianism and Christianity part company at a more fundamental level. Now, I realize that there are different types… Read more »

A New Endangered Species: MSNBC

A decade ago, I used to watch MSNBC. I didn’t have much choice. Our cable company at the time didn’t offer Fox News, so if I wanted a news channel, I had to choose between CNN and MSNBC. What’s really interesting is that in the waning years of the 20th century, MSNBC was more balanced in its coverage than CNN. Well, CNN hasn’t changed—it’s still a liberal bastion—but MSNBC has made a calculated move to out-Left even CNN. The primetime lineup… Read more »

Beck vs. Bennett: Who's More Accurate?

Saturday night Glenn Beck gave the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference. I watched it live primarily because I appreciate much of what Beck says. He also is quite entertaining in the way he makes his points—something that more people need to incorporate into their messages. Beck has been in the forefront of illuminating the role of progressivism in American history and how it has returned with a vengeance under Barack Obama. He is correct in his analysis… Read more »