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Politics and religion, 2012 version

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It was said of Al Smith, a Roman Catholic, that if he won the 1928 presidential election he would take orders from the Vatican and not uphold the Constitution.

John F. Kennedy famously confronted that anti-Catholic prejudice in a 1960 speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. Kennedy said in part, “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute; where no Catholic prelate would tell the president — should he be Catholic — how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishioners for whom to vote ...” Read More»

The innovation deficit

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The death of one of the great innovators of our time, or any time — Steve Jobs — brings a question asked by Pete Seeger in another context. To paraphrase: Where have all the (creative) people gone; long time passing?

Jobs and fellow computer innovator Bill Gates represent if not a vanishing breed, then at least one that might be classified, were it an exotic animal, as endangered. Read More»

Messiah complex: The sequel?

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Listening to some establishment Republicans grousing about the field of GOP presidential candidates should serve as a warning. Republicans, if they are not careful, are in danger of catching the same virus that infected Democrats in 2008.

That would be a messiah complex, the belief that one man (or woman) can deliver us from our collective economic, social and foreign policy “sins” and bring redemption to a nation from the consequences of too many wrong-headed choices. Read More»

Texas (partially) explained

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The cultural and media snobs are trying to explain Texas to those who don’t know the difference between a steer and a bull. If you fall into this category, a steer has been castrated — a bull has not. I’ll leave any analogy to East and West Coast elites for you to sort out. Read More»

Ron Paul was right

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In the Republican presidential candidates debate last week in Tampa, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer posed a hypothetical question. Normally, a hypothetical question should not be answered, but in this case it revealed something about the questioner and sparked a controversial, but necessary answer from Rep. Ron Paul. Read More»

President Obama’s folly

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“If you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person.” — Bill Clinton

Nearly every time President Obama delivers a speech about the economy or jobs, something bad happens. His speech to Congress last Thursday night is the latest example. The next day, the Dow Jones Industrial Averages plunged 303 points, a decline replicated in other indexes in the U.S. and overseas. Read More»

Here’s a plan that will work; will anybody try it?

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This will be a stretch for some, but stay with me. Suppose someone presented a plan that is guaranteed to achieve the objectives everyone (or almost everyone serious about such matters) agrees are necessary to create jobs, end our financial dependence on China, reform the tax code and repair Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid so they not only continue to support people now, but ensure the health and welfare of future generations. Read More»

The tide and Marco Rubio

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In my high school days before sex and environmental education and the general dumbing down of the population, memorization of some Shakespeare was expected in Miss Kauffmans 12th-grade English class. A favorite I still recall is this line spoken by Brutus in Julius Caesar: There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries ... Read More»

Coming: A wave of liberal bigotry

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As defined by Collins English Dictionary, a bigot is “a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, especially on religion, politics, or race.”

In contemporary culture, those who claim to tolerate everything are intolerant of ideas that come from perspectives other than their own, especially when those ideas are rooted in conservative politics or evangelical faith. Read More»

Explanations, excuses for riots in England

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BELFAST, Northern Ireland — Some of those caught looting stores last week in Britain were asked why they did it. Four teenagers explained to Sky News that they viewed it as “a shopping spree.” One teen blamed the government: “They say (they) are going to help us but I don’t see any of it. There has to be more opportunities and jobs. Help us at least and then maybe everyone will settle down.”

This is the triumph of the entitlement mentality and the welfare state. Conservative MP Eric Pickles wasn’t buying it: “I think that is them trying to justify being thieves, robbers and burglars.” Read More»