“I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”
Those eloquent words come from the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, and are engraved in stone at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC. President Trump has promised to protect that monument against anarchist Democrats who have seized control of the streets in many cities they run. These same anarchists want to destroy the Washington Monument, because it commemorates the first President of these United States and the father of our country. No rational citizen supports such destruction. But many Democrats, who pretend to be rational, turn a blind eye.
Let me be clear. The opposition party has a vital role to play when they do not control the White House. That is the role of ‘loyal opposition,’ where they offer constructive ideas and criticisms that seek to improve our country, not destroy it. Once they, or their surrogates, move into violence, including murder and looting to force their way, it is insurrection, not loyal opposition. Violence against the republic includes hate speech designed to encourage ongoing violence. Joe Biden’s likening of President Trump to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels was a step too far. Goebbels assumed the German Presidency for one day after Hitler committed suicide in 1945, then murdered his six children, and committed suicide with his wife.
Democrats are telling us that our country is hopelessly racist and needs to be destroyed to save it. That is very far from true. The United States is the only country on the face of the earth that has consistently stood against tyranny and today strongly protects the rights of all her citizens, regardless of race, creed, color or national origin. Without our leadership, the world would quickly fall victim to “every form of tyranny.” Continue reading
I can remember when Portland was considered a clean, safe, affordable city.
Decades ago, it had the distinction of being one of the nicest big cities in the entire United States. Because of its natural scenic beauty, “livability” became one of Portland’s big draws.
All along, the city was already known for being somewhat quirky. “Keep Portland Weird” became the mantra, and it fit the city perfectly. Portland’s leaders embraced this spirit wholeheartedly.
But then something began to happen. The politicians running the city decided they would set about trying to make Portland a model for the utopia they hoped to impose on everyone else. Social engineering became a huge part of that mission.
Instead of maintaining its roads or building new ones to meet the demands of a growing population, Portland politicians decided to devote significant resources to expensive public transit systems. Their apparent antipathy towards peoples’ use of their own private automobiles lead to billions of dollars being spent on light rail systems, with the expectation that people would stop driving and use them instead. Continue reading
Since many of us spend so much time and energy in our work, it’s good to reflect on vocations (and avocations, that is, voluntary work)—since we recently celebrated Labor Day. This pandemic has caused many to not be able to work. One friend told me, “Being told to stop working by the government has a corrosive effect, and a large-scale evaluation of work is occurring, with many adopting false narratives about work.”
It is a given that not everyone enjoys their work.
Author Hugh Whelchel says that many would quit their jobs if they received a large fortune, enabling them to not have to work. He cites a Gallup poll, which “found that 77 percent of Americans hate their jobs.” Because of these sentiments, Whelchel is dedicated to helping Christians find and pursue their calling, and he is the executive director of the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, in the greater D.C. area.
What about overly repetitive jobs? Charlie Chaplin explored the pitfalls of over-industrialization in his 1936 classic film, “Modern Times.”
Chaplin said the germ of the idea for the film came when he read about the repeated phenomenon of young men leaving the farm and going off to work in the Detroit automobile assembly lines for good pay—only to suffer a nervous breakdown after a couple of years. In the movie, Chaplin (as his classic persona, “The Tramp”) works in a factory with its fast-paced assembly line. Eventually, he snaps and wreaks comic havoc in the factory. Continue reading
The road building was slow. The emigrants had only axes and saws and only one grindstone in the entire company, therefore much of the clearing was done by burning. From mid-September through December, they battled their way through the thick timber of the Mountain’s southern flank. They realized they would not have time to finish the road over the rough terrain between them and the Willamette Valley before the winter snows began. Two of the party went to Oregon City for fresh supplies. One man stayed behind as a guard at “Fort Deposit” where they had constructed a log cabin for storing their wagons and belongings. Then, in small groups, they made their way out of the mountains, some on foot, and some on horseback. At least one woman rode a cow.
The trek out was miserable. Snow had begun to fall. The emigrants were cold and hungry; some were sick from exposure. Many of the livestock died from eating the poisonous rhododendron leaves. Fog, rain, or sleet slowed their progress and camps were made under any shelter that could be improvised.
In his journal, Joel Palmer recorded that he “…stood shivering in the rain around the fire, and, when daylight appeared, it gave us an opportunity to look at each other’s lank visages. Our horses were shivering with the cold, the rain had put out the fire, and it seemed as though every thing had combined to render us miserable.” In spite of all this, many managed to keep their sense of humor. One of Barlow’s daughters declared: “We are in the midst of plenty – plenty of snow, plenty of wood to melt it, plenty of horsemeat, plenty of dogmeat, if the worst comes.” Continue reading
Maybe there’s a reason we are told not to talk about politics or religion. It seems that those two topics can result in more heat than light. The church is not immune to division and finger-pointing, especially when it comes to views on political issues. The Apostle Paul addressed a church that was polarizing over two issues; it can give us guidance on how to approach such topics.
ONE. People were judging each other’s spirituality by what foods they chose to eat. As people left the grocery store, these self-appointed food inspectors would glance into the people’s bags to determine if they were vegetarians or meat eaters. Then they’d be given a label to wear that told all bystanders if they were in the “strong faith” group or the “weak faith” one.
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” (Romans 14:1–4)
Notice that Paul put it in perspective. We are not to judge one another over “disputable matters.” The other person isn’t my servant; they don’t answer to me. They serve the Lord. People with a different view than mine don’t answer to me. We’d say that was so dumb, to fight over foods. We can think of far more serious issues to divide over, like the color of the carpet or the music in our worship services. One church split over the decision of where to place the coat rack. Important stuff! Continue reading
Our last study brought us to Romans 4:12. Today, we step back and consider the Greek word “logizomai” (G3049) in the fourth chapter of Romans and what it teaches. It occurs 41 times in the New Testament (NT). The King James (KJV) translates it with 13 different English words: 9 times as “think,” 8 “impute,” 6 “reckon,” 5 “count,” 4 “account,” twice as “suppose,” and once each as “reason,” “number,” “despise,” “conclude,” “esteem,” “think on” and “lay to (one’s) charge.” The Greek Lexicon defines it: “to occupy one’s self with reckonings or calculations. To reckon or count; to reckon anything to a person, to put it to his account, either in his favor or what he must be answerable for.” It’s found 19 times in Romans, which is the most frequent of any NT book and it stands out in the fourth chapter where it occurs 11 times, by far the most frequent of any chapter. In the 4th chapter it is translated “counted,” “reckoned,” “imputeth,” “impute” and “imputed,” which is significant and behooves us to carefully consider what the Holy Spirit is teaching with it.
Following, the English words translated from the Greek “logizomai” are highlighted in each verse in Romans chapter 4: Continue reading
Humanity needs to dream. It is an ability that separates us from lesser creatures. Sometimes, we don’t even realize we have a dream until we stand in the midst of it! I was quite young when I realized this. I was a seventh grader at Sabin Grade School in Portland, Oregon. My teacher was the very handsome Mr. Gilman. At a younger age, for a year or two, I had been exempt from P.E. due to heat rash. So, when the opportunity to play baseball opened up to me, I was bit behind.
I spent much of my baseball career in second field, out of touch and petting any stray dog that happened by. Sabin was surrounded by a neighborhood, so dogs ran rampant and leash laws had yet to be enforced. I still find the initials P.E. strange. I get it, physical education, however I still have a heard time with the education part. Maybe it has to do with learning to cooperate with others in a team sport. Anyway, I did not excel. Although always chosen last, I was anything but disheartened. All of this leads me to my unforgettable “shining hour.”
On a late Spring morning, the team captains chose their teams. Naturally, I was chosen last. We all took our places and the game commenced. I tried not to screw up and had long since given up ever catching a fly ball. I knew that winning the game was important to my team. I gave a dynamite imitation of sincerity as I jogged in from the field to the bench. My ability to choose a bat by feel was nonexistent, so I used the one handed to me. Best of all would be the games in which I would not even have to swing; the games where I would be back in the field before my heartbeat slowed down! Continue reading
T.K. Foss never existed. He was a figment of the imagination of generations of sailors at the Naval Academy Prep School at Bainbridge Naval Station Training Center near Baltimore, Maryland. The details of his origin are lost in antiquity–probably sometime in the mid-20th century.
At any rate, by 1961 he was established as one of the would-be midshipmen at the prep school, and somehow was found on every duty roster and attendance sheet at the beginning of each term.
Records would show that he stood a mid-watch somewhere, or an officer would call his name at roll call, and someone would call, “Present.” Eventually, staff would figure out there was no such person and strike his name from the roster, but he continued to be a ghostly presence, as pervasive as John Galt in “Atlas Shrugged.”
Paper trails indicated that Foss stood watches, was granted weekend liberty, filled out official requests for emergency equipment and specialized work tools, and was even cited for violating Navy regulations. Continue reading
We are getting prepared for the Senate to give President Trump advice and consent on his newest nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, who by all accounts is an outstanding choice. Philip Jauregui of the Judicial Action Group, who has been monitoring Supreme Court nominees for a long time, says Barrett is the best nominee he’s ever seen.
Perhaps the preeminent qualification Barrett brings to the bench is that she is an originalist, committed to interpreting and applying the actual text of the Constitution as the Founders intended it to be understood and applied. This column and the several to follow are about why having originalist justices on the bench is so important.
The two books I take into the studio every day
When I go on the set of my daily radio show, I always take two books with me: the Bible and the Constitution. The first is the authoritative guide for all of life. It holds ultimate authority even over the Constitution itself, should the two ever disagree, and over the Supreme Court should the two ever disagree. For instance, abortion is morally and ethically evil regardless of what the Court says, and marriage is between a man and a woman, no matter what the Court says.
The second book I take into the studio is the Constitution. It is the authoritative guide for our common and shared political life as Americans. It is the supreme law of the land. It holds authority over laws passed by Congress, should they conflict, and it holds authority over Supreme Court rulings should they ever conflict. Continue reading
Ignore the Climate Alarm, Clean Energy and Cancel Culture Industry con artists. See the movie.
Weekly, daily, even hourly, we are told that global temperatures are rising, ice caps are melting, and hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods and droughts are all getting more frequent, intense and destructive because of climate change. Not just climate change, of course, but manmade climate change, due to humanity’s use of fossil fuels – which provide 80% of all the energy that powers America and the world.
The claims assume Earth’s climate and weather were unchanged and unchanging until recent decades. That presumption is belied of course by multiple glacial and interglacial periods; the Roman and Medieval Warm Periods; the Little Ice Age; the Dust Bowl, Anasazi and Mayan droughts; the Galveston, Texas hurricane of 1900 and Great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935; the 1925 Tri-State Tornado; and countless other climate eras and extreme weather events throughout history. Continue reading