Archive for the ‘National’ Category
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
The 50th anniversary commemoration of the march on Selma, a watershed moment in the civil rights movement, has come and gone and, in my opinion, left debris in its wake like a summer thunderstorm. It’s clearer to me now than ever before that American society is not equipped for the task of racial reconciliation, and that it’s going to take the unified, Christ-committed church to lead us there.
There were some positive signs. Two Republican members of Congress, Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama, were co-sponsors of the 50th anniversary commemoration under the auspices of the Faith and Politics Institute, which has hosted the commemorative march in Selma since 1998. They aggressively recruited their Republican colleagues to participate in the event, and a record number of them showed up. Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, were also there, reflecting what has been a conciliatory and charitable post-presidency for our 43rd president.
But then the storm started.
Saturday, January 31st, 2015
The Super Bowl, arguably the biggest sports spectacle on the planet, will be played on Sunday, and the football game will actually be a relief from the two weeks of buildup that preceded it. While folks have been talking incessantly about “Deflategate” and what Bill Belichick and Tom Brady knew and when they knew it, whether or not Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will speak to the media, or whatever loquacious Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman has to say, my attention has been focused on another game-related topic, and it involves God.
Let me set the stage for those of you who haven’t been watching. (more…)
Thursday, November 20th, 2014
[In government] the constant aim is to divide and arrange the several offices in such a manner as that each may be a check on the other–that the private interest of every individual may be a sentinel over the public rights. ~ James Madison, The Federalist, No. 51, February 6, 1788.
President Obama is expected today to announce an executive order with dramatic implications for up to five million illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States. He is taking this step, by many accounts, against the will of the American people as expressed in public opinion polls and through the results of the most recent election, which placed control of the U.S. Congress firmly in the hands of the Republican Party, where the debate over immigration policy is still unsettled.
The president himself realizes that unilateral action on immigration is politically unpopular, since he chose to delay action until after the election so the issue couldn’t be used against Democratic candidates. It didn’t seem to matter to the voters, however, who were apparently astute enough to recognize the delay as a purely political decision, and they sent a message that they want a Congress not beholden to the president to speak for them on the issue.
Despite the electoral outcome, the President seems determined to move forward with his immigration plan, setting up a battle between him and the Congress before the newly elected and reelected legislators have a chance to take their seats in January.
Not coincidentally, a recent Pew Research poll shows that distrust in the federal government remains near historic highs.
Sunday, November 9th, 2014
In 1985, as a young 1st lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, I went on a “familiarization tour” of Berlin with my commanding officer and several of the members of our unit, an intelligence detachment assigned to a NATO wartime bunker in the Hunsrück region of what was then West Germany.
Saturday, November 8th, 2014
Another election night in America is in the books, and it’s safe to say the American people shook things up a bit, did they not? (more…)
Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
When I first heard that my friend and Liberty University colleague, Karen Swallow Prior, was writing her second book, a biography chronicling the life of noted British writer, educator and social reformer Hannah More, my initial reaction was, “How does she find the time to do that?”
Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
Note: An edited version of this article, titled “Obama Takes Jobs From Blacks And Gives Them To Immigrants“, was published on the Investors Business Daily website, Investors.com, on October 2, 2014.
In 2008, federal immigration enforcement officials descended on a poultry processing plant in South Carolina, arresting 11 plant managers that summer and more than 300 illegal workers in October. A subsequent audit revealed that, of the 825 employees at the plant, 777 had falsified paperwork.
After the parent company denied knowledge of the illegal hiring practices and agreed to obey immigration laws, the plant’s workforce underwent an amazing transformation. Prior to the raid, Latino workers comprised more than 80% of the plant’s employees. After the illegal workers were replaced by Americans looking for work, the plant’s demographic composition was more than 70% black.
Saturday, September 27th, 2014
“The people at Politifact are terrified of being considered partisan if they acknowledge the clear fact that there’s a lot more lying on one side of the political divide than on the other…So they’ve bent over backwards to appear ‘balanced’ — and in the process made themselves useless and irrelevant.” ~ Paul Krugman
Everybody hates the fact-checkers.
Liberals hate them because they believe themselves to be superior to their ideological opponents who are bigoted, homophobic, misogynistic, anti-intellectual and evil personified, and therefore lie more than anyone else in human history. As a result, liberals’ statements are beyond dispute.
Conservatives hate them because they are all tools of the Left, which routinely misleads and misinforms because of their contempt for the hoi polloi in flyover country, who have more wisdom from life experience than these elitists have from all the diplomas hanging on their walls.
These are generalities, of course, but they aren’t far from the perceptions each side has of the other, and they despise fact-checkers precisely because they refuse to take sides.
Saturday, September 20th, 2014
Note: This is the first chapter of a book I’m working on which addresses the three essential elements in the equation which has determined the success of the American constitutional republic for 227 years – liberty, law and virtue.
The recent political debates have focused on the conflict between liberty (the individual) and the law (the state), but has practically neglected virtue (the space between the individual and the state). Virtue determines the very nature of the people who exercise liberty and the law. Without it, neither liberty nor the law are properly ordered, and the struggle becomes one between individual licentiousness and state oppression and, in either case, the republic cannot stand.
My argument is that virtue is the key to our viability as a nation, and we must come to a consensus on how to restore virtue from the bottom up, not as a mandate from the state, but as a desire from within.
The rest of the book will focus on what changes we must make in our worldview in order to create a climate in which virtue can be properly addressed and applied, but this first chapter sets the stage by explaining the basis for my equation.
Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Note: I was appointed to the Bush Administration in 2001 as the chief information officer (CIO) for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and, subsequently, I served with the Homeland Security Transition Planning Office, the White House team that laid the groundwork for the launch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where I served briefly as a senior adviser to the DHS CIO. I was a leader and active participant in the initiation of our nation’s federal homeland security infrastructure, and it was all due to the timing of my arrival in Washington during the summer prior to the largest enemy attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor. This story is excerpted from my book SELLOUT: Musings from Uncle Tom’s Porch.