Month: May 2011

Who Has the Vision?

Mike Huckabee is out. I’m sad over that, but trust his judgment. Donald Trump is out. I’m thrilled over that, yet not assured that he will stay out, but will try his hand at an independent run, thereby throwing the race to Obama. This week, Newt Gingrich pretty much frittered away any chance he had, however small. I wasn’t his supporter anyway, but I at least acknowledge his ability to communicate and his flair for coming up with ideas. His… Read more »

The Next Ronald Reagan

With Huckabee’s withdrawal from the Republican race, commentators are asking who will pick up what they term the “social conservative voters.” While I do recognize the basic validity of that name, it still rankles me that we have created such a divide in the conservative electorate. The conventional wisdom is that there are social conservatives and economic conservatives, and that the two groups are rather at odds with each other. That does happen, but I submit it’s an artificial division…. Read more »

Huckabee’s Decision

I was one of those watching Mike Huckabee’s show on Saturday night, waiting to see what his major announcement about seeking the presidency would be. I honestly believed he would run—why else make such a big deal about calling this a major announcement? Yet when he made known his decision not to jump into the race, I came away with the sense that it was a major announcement after all, simply in the way that he proclaimed it. Here’s what… Read more »

Luke 12:1-9

[Jesus said:] Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops. I say to you, “My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no… Read more »

Immigration As a Partisan Issue

Did you catch President Obama’s speech earlier this week in Texas, right on the border with Mexico? It was a particularly partisan speech in which he accused Republicans of being partisan. He claimed that the border was safer than ever, that the fence was virtually complete, and he found it especially opportune to “joke” about his detractors now wanting a moat with alligators. Hah, hah. Cartoonists have been quick to note that he was speaking to a very friendly audience… Read more »

The Budget, the Debt, & the Media

The budget and economic issues are once again going to come to the forefront shortly, if they haven’t already. Republicans and Democrats couldn’t be further apart in their view of the status of things and what needs to be done. While Republicans are warning against raising the debt ceiling without significant cuts in spending, Democrats have a different take on the situation: President Obama himself has yet to get serious about the coming economic Armageddon. When he does mention it,… Read more »

Stupid Is As Stupid Does?

I want to go on record as admiring former President Bush for not showing up at Ground Zero the other day when invited by President Obama. What it means is that Bush is not a narcissist—he doesn’t live for his own glory. He will be there on 9/11 this year to commemorate that fateful day ten years ago, but he didn’t use the death of bin Laden to crow about his own greatness. As for President Obama … For someone… Read more »