Month: July 2011

Isaiah 59:1-4,9-15

I read this passage earlier in the week, and I thought it spoke directly to the cultural and political situation in our nation today. It doesn’t apply to everyone, but we are seeing a decided rise in what is depicted here: Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden… Read more »

More Fiscal Crisis . . . and the Reasons for It

Talks broke off again yesterday between President Obama and Speaker Boehner regarding the debt crisis. Obama held a press conference first, claiming the Republicans just don’t know a good deal when they see it. Boehner followed with his own, noting that they were close to an agreement until Obama made a last-minute demand for more tax increases. He still labors under the ideology that seeks to drain as much out of the private sector economy as possible for the benefit… Read more »

Of Gnats and Camels

I try not to be too surprised by what happens in politics, but the latest media focus on Michele Bachmann is fascinating—in a kind of stupid way. She has suffered from migraines; therefore, she might be too incapacitated to be president. Really? That certainly makes her rare, doesn’t it—along with about 30 million other Americans. Are they serious? Sadly, yes. Now, if her migraines continually kept her from serving as a congresswoman and being able to do her job there,… Read more »

Cut, Cap, and Balance Was the Right Move

The Republican-led House of Representatives has passed a bill called “Cut, Cap, and Balance.” It calls for cutting spending back to 2008 levels, capping spending to a certain percentage of the GDP, and raising the debt ceiling only if both Houses of Congress send a balanced budget amendment to the states for ratification. Political commentators are calling it dead from the start. I agree, to a point. Will it pass the Senate? It might have a small chance [some Democrats… Read more »

An Upside-Down World

The last two days I’ve pretty much displayed my lack of faith in the American electorate. I won’t belabor that today, but I did find some political cartoons that express well a number of things on my mind presently: In case you missed the reference in that last panel, Obama, in one of his dreary press conferences this past week, actually maintained that 80% of citizens agree with him that taxes have to be raised. In this case, I’m siding… Read more »

A Modest Proposal for the Voting Privilege

Yesterday’s post was a critique of the American electorate. To summarize, I shared my view that far too many voters don’t really know enough to vote intelligently. Their worldview might best be illustrated in this way: I’d like to extend my remarks today. The Founding Fathers were concerned about who would be voting. That’s why they only allowed a popular vote for the House, which would serve to represent the people directly. The Senate was to be chosen by state… Read more »

The Myth of the Well-Informed Electorate

No one is supposed to cast doubt on the wisdom of the American voter. To do so is to be accused of elitism, or some other equally odious quality. We are constantly assured that the overwhelming majority of voters are well informed and make their decisions based on sound knowledge. There’s an academic term for that—baloney. Now by saying this, I’ve opened myself up for criticism. Who do I think I am passing judgment on the electorate? What proof do… Read more »