Another Fair and Balanced Moderator

News first broke yesterday that the moderator for this evening’s vice-presidential debate, Gwen Ifill of PBS, is currently writing a book that is due to be published on inauguration day. The topic of the book is rising black politicians, and the primary one is of course Barack Obama. The book is going to be a paean of praise for Obama as the fastest of the rising stars. My guess is she hopes by releasing it on inauguration day, she will… Read more »

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 »

Democrats & the Economy: History Lesson #4

George H. W. Bush inherited a robust economy from Reagan. He even pledged, “Read my lips: no new taxes.” If only he had stayed faithful to that pledge. He did reject new taxes from a Democratic Congress a number of times, but as part of a budget deal in 1990, he allowed some taxes to be raised. That angered his conservative base, a base he would need in the next election. In early 1991, after the success of the Gulf War, Bush’s approval rating was… Read more »