Category: Politics & Government

Opinions on contemporary political happenings and the workings of civil government.

Perpetrators As Saviors?

Frank & Company: What Crisis? You might not know this if you don’t go outside the mainstream media for your news, but guess who is really responsible for the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac mess that started this whole economic breakdown?  The media would have you believe that it is the Bush administration’s fault, but that is false. In fact, it was Bush who attempted, in 2003, to warn Congress about the situation and call for oversight and changes in the way… Read more »

The Media Factor

Conservative commentators have decried media bias and manipulation so often that I am hesitant to add my voice to the mix. The chorus of objections to the way the media handles “the news” has become so strong that the objections might have the opposite effect–people may get tired of hearing about it and shut out the complaint. Yet the facts cannot be ignored: study after study indicates that the opinion makers in the TV and print media are overwhelmingly biased toward Democrats…. Read more »

Are Voters Foolish? (Part III)

As if to prove my point in the previous posting, a couple of polls taken after the first presidential debate on Friday night gave Obama the “victory.” That, by itself, is not the story. Although when I watched the debate, my opinion was the opposite of those polls, I was judging success by the following factors: Which candidate was closer to Biblical principles in his answers? Which candidate was more honest in his answers in comparison to what he has… Read more »

Are Voters Foolish? (Part II)

Mankind is sinful. That’s the Biblical message. Consequently, we should not be surprised that voters will make foolish choices at times. Yet what do we mean when we say that mankind is sinful, and how does that connect with voting? Let me try to explain how I see sin. First, all sin is foolish. What could be more foolish than to stiffarm the God who created you and who wants to free you from a life (both now and in eternity)… Read more »

Are Voters Foolish? (Part I)

I saved this political cartoon about a decade ago because I thought it was an insightful commentary on the problem with voters. Let me be quick to say that I favor a representative system of government; people need to have a say in government because the government itself needs a check and balance. To trust a small group of individuals (whether in a monarchy, aristocracy, oligarchy, or dictatorship) is foolish. The tendency is to see oneself as more important than… Read more »

The Market and Personal Responsibility

The big news last week, of course, was the near-collapse of the market, fueled by the bailout of major firms by the federal government. Leading the way were Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the quasi-private, quasi-government lending institutions. Now the taxpayers have the burden of guaranteeing an additional $700 billion. Why did this happen? I’m not going to go into all the economics of it, but at the base of the problem is a spiritual issue. It has to do… Read more »

Palin, Gibson, and Romans 8:28

Sarah Palin Being Interviewed by Charles Gibson This week, Sarah Palin had her second test (the first being her acceptance speech at the Republican Convention): could she hold her own against an interviewer from the mainstream media? Charles Gibson of ABC news was given two days to interview Palin on any and all subjects. ABC stretched out the interview segments over two nights and three different programs. I think they wanted ratings (from what I have heard, they succeeded in… Read more »