Month: May 2014

Lewis : Willing Slaves of the Welfare State

C. S. Lewis didn’t write a lot specifically about civil government because that wasn’t his priority. Yet when he did write on the subject, he was lucid and devastating with respect to how government can become a terror to individuals. One of his essays in God in the Dock is entitled “Is Progress Possible?” but the subtitle really gets to the point of the essay: “Willing Slaves of the Welfare State.” He knew whereof he spoke, writing this in 1958… Read more »

Incompetence Watch

Which is worse, a false ideology that drives policy or total incompetence in carrying out the policy? Actually, the second might be our salvation, given that the first leads to doom. The Obama administration seems to have cornered the market on both. It doesn’t matter if you look at domestic policy or foreign policy—the wrong ideas and the inability to accomplish anything pervades both. At least we can say they are consistent. Wrong beliefs led to a fiasco like the… Read more »

Meriam Ibrahim & Islamic Injustice

I could take up this space today commenting on the VA scandal as it grows, or I could pick apart President Obama’s weak, defensive speech to West Point cadets yesterday. Those, and a hundred other things, could be the topic of the day. But I’ve decided to draw attention instead to the absolutely awful pending execution of a woman in Sudan whose only offense is that she’s a Christian. Perhaps you’ve seen the wedding photo of this couple: The wife,… Read more »

Derailing Benghazi

No, I’m not going to let go of Benghazi. It’s too important. No matter how Democrats try to derail this investigation, it must proceed. Knowing their opposition to anything critical of the president (despite their own whispered criticisms of his actions), we can expect little or no cooperation as Republicans attempt to unearth the facts: And the lack of cooperation, of course, stems from the very top, on any number of issues: Meanwhile, the chief foreign policy architect of the… Read more »

Technology Is Not the Problem

Self-centeredness is not new. We see it as the reason for the Fall in the Garden, and it has been the root of all sin ever since. Is the new generation emerging into adulthood more self-centered than previous ones? It may be fashionable to say so, but perhaps modern selfishness is just exhibiting itself in different ways; the heart of man never changes without redemption through Christ. Our technological advancements showcase our selfishness more. Whereas in the past it was… Read more »

A Day for Remembrance & Honor

Memorial Day should be a solemn commemoration of those who had their lives cut short in defense of freedom. Critics will say that not everyone who died in a war was of sterling character and should be lifted up as heroes. I agree. God looks at the heart. Yet it is important to stop and consider the overall picture. Would we have a nation today that still strives toward the ideal of a properly ordered liberty—liberty with responsibility, not license… Read more »

Historic Virginia

I just finished eight days of showing students around some of the most important historical sites in Virginia, specifically those related to the founding of the nation. Where did we go and what did we see? Here’s an overview. We began in Jamestown, where all things British America began. An excellent guide explained not only the history of the founding of the colony, but also took us to where the archaeological digs continue, while discussing the significance of the ongoing… Read more »