Month: June 2011

A Historian’s Perspective on Bad Times in American History

I don’t think there’s really any disagreement about how pessimistic the majority of Americans are about the future. Currently, all the polls reveal that pessimism.  As I survey the scene—the spiritual/moral, political, and cultural aspects [what does that leave?]—I have grave concerns as well. I plan to expound on those concerns in tomorrow’s post. But for now, I’d like to offer a historian’s perspective. Since I teach American history, I have a more in-depth knowledge of what has transpired previously…. Read more »

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Did you ever have to write an essay when you went back to school in the fall detailing what you did during the summer? I’ve been away from the blog for a week now, so I thought I’d provide the reason: I was on my summer vacation. What did I do? I was in the Washington, DC, area for a family reunion. Having lived just outside DC for thirteen of my adult years, I was glad to go back and… Read more »

Time Off

I’ve been faithfully offering a commentary on a daily basis now for more than two years—without a break. Well, I’m now going to take that break. I’m going to take a few days off, but I do promise to be back sometime next week. Keep checking. Oh, and thanks for being a reader of this blog, whether you do so each day or if you just pass by once in a while. If you’re one of those daily readers and… Read more »

Obama & the War Powers Act

The War Powers Act has been a focus of attention recently with respect to President Obama’s use of the military in Libya. Passed by the Congress over a veto by President Nixon in 1973, this act says that a president, although commander in chief, cannot exercise that role unless Congress declares a war or gives the president express permission to use the military, or if a national emergency exists because the country is under attack. One feature of the act… Read more »


Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the new chair of the Democratic National Committee, has been making news with her mouth. Every time she opens it, she seems to spark controversy, even hilarity. She’s said the Ryan plan to save Medicare would be a “death trap” for seniors; she’s concluded that Republicans who want to defund Planned Parenthood are anti-woman; and she’s accused Republicans of wanting to bring back Jim Crow laws because they are racists. Her latest contribution to political… Read more »

Equal before God

I thought the following cartoon was poignant, and it has nothing to do with politics. The only addition/correction I would make to it would be to note that one doesn’t have to be a corporate executive to qualify for the result. This particular cartoonist has a leftist slant, so to him a corporate executive was the perfect example. But you could substitute others who believe they have entitlements: film stars, congressmen, media moguls. Then, of course, there are the run-of-the-mill… Read more »

A Memory on Father’s Day

Father’s Day 2011. It was only about a week before Father’s Day 2004 when I last saw my dad. His health was very bad and was deteriorating swiftly. What I recall most about that visit was that we talked, cried, and prayed for three days. He reconfirmed his faith in Christ during those days, and just before I left, he told me he considered those days to have been appointed by God. He also requested that I speak at his… Read more »