Saturday, June 27, 2015

Amen, brother!

            Amen, brother!

The greatest performance of his career – Obama’s funeral eulogy to Rev. Pinckney in Charleston, So. Carolina.  Unfolded, unbelievable speech.  From this performance, we must admit now that we Republicans, Conservatives, Libertarians and all ideological enemies  of the left– can never win. We can never pull off such moving and appealing contradiction and hypocrisy with an appeal to God’s grace.  Might as well admit that liberal falsehood becomes clear when you see that liberals’ efforts to help other people and do good in this world are based upon no belief in an afterlife. Therefore, it’s simple to validate Nannyism in this life.  Doing good and feeling good about it is what matters. Flip the coin, however, to see that liberals do not personally practice what they advocate and preach – just the opposite, a selfish life here and now is justified because no accounting will take place in the next.  Wow!  The exclamation point behind this realization is that right reason and abstract truth have no appeal for liberals because feelings of love are all that matter.  Congratulations Barack for a job well done.  Whoever can move people from truth to falsehood –is a genius. Watch the C-Span eulogy.  

Friday, June 19, 2015

Solution to our economic and moral woes

Solution to our economic and moral woes

“The business interests of the world are… recognizing…the benefit to themselves …with the opening of the world to Christianity.  When a heathen man becomes a child of God and is changed within, the wants his external life and surroundings to correspond; he wants the Christian dress and the Christian home and the Christian plow and all the other things which distinguish Christian civilization from the narrow and degraded life of the heathen.  The merchant knows how the business of the world has been increased by the progress already made by Christianity, and he knows that with the further spread of the Gospel, business will be largely increased.”  So said, Samuel Capen,  president of the Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in 1910.  In 2015, what part of this message are we in America not getting?    

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Who knew?

Who knew?

“... the most modest, the most disinterested, and the most honest man I ever knew, with a temper that nothing could disturb and a judgment that was judicial in its comprehensiveness and wisdom.  Not a great man, except morally, not an original or brilliant man, but sincere, thoughtful, deep and gifted with courage that never faltered.  When the time came to risk all, he went in like a simple-hearted, unaffected, unpretending hero, whom no ill omens could deject and no triumph unduly exalt.”  Charles Dana, as commissioner for the war department and former newspaperman at the New York Tribune, knew U.S. Grant and rendered that assessment. Who can dispute the existence of the ‘good ‘ole days’ when men were men?      

Monday, June 01, 2015

”Fighting and destruction are terrible

”Fighting and destruction are terrible, but are sometimes agencies of heavenly rather than hellish powers.  In the privation and sufferings endured as well as in the strenuous action of battle, some of the highest qualities of manhood are called forth – courage, self-command, sacrifice of self for the sake of something held higher – where we take it chivalry finds its value.” Who would have guts enough to write this?  Answer: an educated Professor, an oft wounded Civil War fighting officer,  Joshua Chamberlain who lived to 85, an example of a heroic warrior.       

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WHY AM I REMINDED OF OBAMA & THE CLINTONS

WHY AM I REMINDED OF OBAMA & THE CLINTONS
From Don Boudreaux’s latest column-  A slice:
This capacity to adjust our expectations to prevailing reality, though, serves us poorly when it comes to politics. Political reality is full of politicians who refuse to take principled stands out of fear that doing so will lose them votes, or who dissemble and even lie in efforts to bolster their prospects at the polls. Yet because such unprincipled behavior and deceit are so commonly practiced by politicians, we’ve grown accustomed to reprehensible behavior by politicians and accept it as being simply a feature that we must tolerate
An irony that would be comical if its consequences weren’t so dire is that government’s power expands as voters demand that politicians protect them from being deceived and cheated in private markets. Ponder this strange fact: Politicians whose deceptions in elections are readily tolerated are asked by voters to police against possible deceptions by entrepreneurs in private markets. It’s like asking the brute who just robbed you at gunpoint to serve as your personal bodyguard. True, he’s got a gun and isn’t afraid to use it, but why would you trust him to wield his weapon in your interest rather in his own interest?
Of course, deceptions perpetrated by merchants and employers in private markets are deplorable. But consumers and workers can avoid such deceptions much more easily than they can avoid deceptions by politicians. The plumber who fails to perform as promised or the employer who refuses to honor the terms of an employment contract will soon find his customers fleeing and his workers quitting. And any wronged customer or worker can walk away even if all other customers and workers continue to be duped. The very real threat of losing business and workers goes a long way toward keeping private businesses honest. Yet politics is different: Lyingimproves candidates’ chances of success.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

“The Political Order of a Free People,”

 “The Political Order of a Free People,”  of Hayek’s Law, Legislation, and Liberty:

Current methods of taxation have been shaped largely by the endeavor to raise funds in such a manner as to cause the least resistance or resentment on the part of the majority who had to approve the expenditure.  They certainly were not designed to assure responsible decisions on expenditure, but on the contrary to produce the feeling that somebody else would pay for it….  The theory and practice of public finance has been shaped almost entirely by the endeavor to disguise as far as possible the burden imposed, and to make those who will ultimately have to bear it as little aware of it as possible.  It is probable that the whole complexity of the tax structure we have built up is largely the result of the efforts to persuade citizens to give the government more than they would knowingly consent to do so.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Nothing like a Kerry

Nothing like a Kerry
Recently our ‘esteemed’ Secretary of State referred to the “cooperative road ahead.” Duh? His meaningless doublespeak mimics the oft repeated words from the Koran, “In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful.”  Give me a break.

Nothing warm and personal emanates from Allah as channeled by Mohammed.

Everything human and caring emanates from Jesus as H e lived and died.