Month: July 2010

Race, Sherrod, and Victimhood

Racial issues ought to be receding in America. Yet they have once again intruded onto the national consciousness. It all started [at least the latest round] when the NAACP passed a resolution calling on the Tea Party to excise the racists in their midst. No real evidence was presented that racism was a major problem within the movement, but that apparently was beside the point. I commented on this in my July 14 post, if you want to review it…. Read more »

Lindsey Graham & the Liberal Ethos

The Senate Judiciary Committee just voted for the Elena Kagan nomination for the Supreme Court to go before the full Senate. Every Democrat on the committee voted in favor of her; every Republican—except one—voted against. That one was Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. I met Sen. Graham when he was still a congressman back in 2000. At the time, I was interviewing all the congressmen who had taken on the responsibility as House Managers to get the Senate to vote… Read more »

Polls, the Economy, & the Rule of Law

No matter which polling firm one follows, there is a trend reflected in all the polls: President Obama’s approval numbers are falling. Naturally, this has become a central concern for the administration. Well, since the administration is perplexed about this drop, let’s examine possible reasons for it. The jobs situation obviously comes to the forefront. While Obama and Biden tout success, the rest of the country doesn’t share that optimism. Jobs grow in the government, but not where they should… Read more »

A Reagan Reflection On the Future of America

I’m a historian, so I have the developed habit of looking back as I contemplate the future. I look back for instances when leaders stood on principle and hope we will have such leaders as we go forward as a nation. Many of us are rightly distressed over the current state of affairs, but I would like to offer a few words of encouragement. When Ronald Reagan took office in January 1981, the country was a mess economically, militarily, and… Read more »

The Blindness of Those Who Will Not See

Last week, President Obama finally got around to criticizing Islamic extremists, after a year and a half of avoiding such descriptions. Yet, as always, there is a proviso—it seems their real crime is that they are racists. You see, they don’t like Africans. Huh? Let’s be serious. They don’t like anyone outside of their own self-defined ideology. There’s nothing specifically anti-African about Al Qaeda. In fact, some of those Islamic extremists are African. What to make of this? Obama just… Read more »

Words & False Perceptions

Historian Victor Davis Hanson has an excellent post in National Review where he questions the common perception that Republicans are the party of the rich while Democrats are for the “little people.” It’s a perception I’ve spoken against previously, but he makes the point so much better. I’ll let him make the case: It’s surreal to see President Obama play the class-warfare card against the Republicans while on his way to vacation on the tony Maine coast, and even more… Read more »

Psalm 119:9-16

How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You; do not let me wander from Your commandments. Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your statutes. With my lips I have told of all the ordinances of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much… Read more »