Month: October 2012

When Winning Is All That Matters

According to some accounts, President Obama was shocked that people thought he lost the first debate. He left the stage thinking he had won. He was probably the only person on his team who thought so. It testifies to the bubble he seems to live in. Ever since that seminal event, the polls have been moving in Romney’s favor. I wonder if it has yet occurred to Obama that he might actually lose this race? If he’s going to pull… Read more »

Why the Electoral College?

“Do away with the electoral college!” That’s the cry that emanated from some Democrats after the 2000 election when Al Gore won the popular vote but George Bush won the electoral vote and the presidency. Some, including Hillary Clinton, called for a change in the Constitution to a simply majority vote nationwide to determine the winner. I believe that would be shortsighted and a detriment to our political system. Why? Let me offer a short history of why the Founders… Read more »

Benghazi: The Facts as We Now Know Them

Most people, I’m sure, had never heard of Benghazi, Libya, until last month. But on September 11, 2012—the date of which was not coincidental—it became the latest scene of Islamic terrorism against the United States. Nearly seven weeks later, we are still discovering the details of what occurred, and with every new detail, the Obama administration’s response to it looks increasingly worse. What do we now know? I’ll try to summarize. The consulate came under attack shortly after 9:30 p.m…. Read more »

Gleanings from Proverbs 29

When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when a wicked man rules, people groan. Scorners set a city aflame, but wise men turn away anger. When a wise man has a controversy with a foolish man, the foolish man either rages or laughs, and there is no rest. A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back. If a ruler pays attention to falsehood, all his ministers become wicked. Where there is no vision, the… Read more »

Contrasts & the Undecided Voter

Now that all the debates are over, voters should have a good idea of where the candidates stand and what’s important to them as we draw close to election day. The contrasts couldn’t be much clearer: President Obama has done his best to project an image of success over the past four years. It hasn’t been easy; he’s had to avoid providing all the facts to do so: He started receiving so much flak, even from his supporters, about not… Read more »

Let Us Not Lose Hope

We can be too cynical at times when we see politics at work and how politicians carry out that work. It’s easy to spot the ego-driven characters who are all too often attracted to the limelight and who are only in the political world for their own advancement. This cynicism expresses itself in frustration, particularly directed at Congress. How often have you heard someone say, “Let’s just throw all the bums out and start over”? That’s stereotyping. It doesn’t take… Read more »

Judging Truthfulness

I made a point in yesterday’s post that’s worth reemphasizing—truth should be the basis for judging who wins a debate. Not who is loudest, or who can interrupt most often, or who can best drip with derision, or who can hold an icy stare longer. Truth is what we should be seeking, and on one side Monday night, it was sorely lacking: Remember when the new kid on the block burst upon the scene just a little over four years… Read more »