Month: December 2011

A Word of Wisdom from the Past

A voice from the American past has a message for us today. His name was James Garfield, who was elected president in 1880. Four years earlier, on the centennial anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, Congressman Garfield—who also was an ordained Disciples of Christ minister—offered this sage insight in a speech commemorating American independence: Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because… Read more »

The Totalitarianism of Government Compassion

Let me just speak from the heart today without any cartoons. I’m deeply disturbed by a number of developments in our nation, but one comes to the forefront of my mind this morning as I sit to write. Unless this is changed, there is no hope for turning around the trajectory of our culture. In the Roman Empire, government officials had to come up with ingenious ways to keep the populace under control. So many of the people were unemployed… Read more »

Reinventing Success

Be prepared. We’re about to see history rewritten again. Did you know that the Republicans are the ones who want to tax you more? Did you realize that the massive spending over the past three years is their fault? Surely you understand that the jump from a $9 trillion dollar national debt to more than $15 trillion in that same period is due to outlandish financial recklessness by the GOP? How do we know all these things? Why, President Obama… Read more »

Gingrich: The Latest “Not-Romney”

Newt Gingrich appears to be the latest “not-Romney” candidate to leap ahead of the pack. The question, of course, is whether he can stay the course. He’s smart, articulate, and full of ideas. Some of those ideas in the past have been off the conservative reservation, but he was an excellent strategist back in the 1990s for taking back the Congress for Republicans, and he achieved balanced budgets and welfare reform in his role as Speaker of the House. I’ve… Read more »

Help for Your Christmas Shopping

I know you’re Christmas shopping, so please indulge a little shameless self-promotion. Actually, I’m promoting ideas, not myself; it just happens that I wrote down the ideas, that’s all. May I interest you in a few books? If you know someone who needs to think through how Biblical principles apply to civil government, you might consider sending them If the Foundations Are Destroyed. In it, I outline seven basic principles through which we can gain perspective on basic truths God… Read more »

I John 5:3-5,11-12

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. … And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has… Read more »

Potpourri Saturday

What does my title today mean? It means I’m tired of thinking for now and just want to throw a few cartoons at you. They are on a variety of subjects, but all pretty effective, I believe. Let’s get started. How about the reluctance of Republican primary voters to fall in love with Mitt Romney’s candidacy? While we’re on the subject of politicians, here’s another one on Barney Frank’s announced retirement that captures the true spirit of the man: We… Read more »