Lincoln Book Recommendation

Whenever I read a good book, I’d like to pass on a positive review. Last week, I commented on Lincoln, as his 200th birthday was upon us. I am presently reading Harold Holzer’s new Lincoln book (Holzer is a LIncoln scholar and a fine writer), Lincoln, President-Elect: Abraham Lincoln and the Great Secession Winter, 1860-1861. It is fascinating. What did Lincoln go through, what did he have to deal with, as he awaited his succession to the presidency? From November 1860… Read more »

A Little Perspective on the Stimulus Bill

So Congress has now agreed on a $790 billion stimulus bill. One wonders how some of our past presidents would have responded to this news. I would say that’s about right. Another cartoonist provides even more perspective on the changes taking place. I sincerely hope he is wrong, but it’s hard not to sense that this is the direction things are going.

More on Obama's Priorities

When you peruse the White House website and look at the President’s agenda items, often the language is rather vague, allowing one to read into it what one prefers. Yet, on some issues, the wording is quite clear. For instance, when addressing the stem cell research issue, it states, Obama is a co-sponsor of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, which will allow research of human embryonic stem cells derived from embryos donated (with consent) from in vitro… Read more »

Arrogance Is not a Christian Character Trait

When we elect someone to public office–a public trust–it is essential that the person have the character to go along with that trust. Arrogance is not one of those traits we should desire. Yet look at what we have done. It has often been stated, and truly, I believe, that an elected official is a reflection of the people who have elected him. In the same vein, many have commented that a nation deserves the government it chooses. If that is… Read more »

Twisting Lincoln's Legacy

Yesterday, I spoke of my respect for Abraham Lincoln. Today, I want to make sure it is understood that I respect Lincoln’s actual words and deeds, not some new interpretation of what he believed. President Obama has wrapped himself in the Lincoln legacy ever since his train ride to the inauguration. Yet he is using Lincoln for his own political purposes. For instance, on Lincoln’s birthday, he spoke in Springfield, Illinois, Lincoln’s home. He used the occasion to say that… Read more »

Happy Birthday, Abe

Yesterday was the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, a man who has been a source of great controversy among conservatives. They are divided: some respect him greatly, while others consider him a violator of the Constitution and a tyrant. In my early years, I tended to lean in the latter direction. I was so devoted to states’ rights and so distressed over the growth of the federal government that I felt Lincoln was a large part of… Read more »

No Confidence

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner recently explained [sort of] how the money to bail out banks would be used. The day he offered his explanation, the stock market plummeted. Apparently, his words of assurance did not inspire confidence. When President Obama gave his first press conference, he actually said there were no pork projects or earmarks in the stimulus bill. That assertion requires a lot of redefining of words such as “pork” and “earmark.” It will not stand up to scrutiny…. Read more »