The Obama legacy: debt, division, and dependence

The President’s legacy is now clearly visible to the discerning eye. A six year record of governing (and his response to an election drubbing in 2014) confirms what the legacy of President Barack Obama will be. Domestically, it is a higher debt that can’t be repaid, a deeper division within the nation based upon differences between people (rather than focusing on the ideals that formerly unified us), and increased dependence on government intervention that can’t fulfill its promises. Due to his successful history of community organizing, rigid ideology, and defiant narcissism, we can be confident that the remaining two years of his term will reflect the preceding six. We can look forward to a president willing to poison the well for others, incite passions arising from covetousness, and imperious actions designed to polarize groups along race, income, and gender lines. In foreign policy. The President’s legacy of retreat, reluctance, and regret will weaken the nation’s leadership in the world for years to come. His international failures have made the world a more dangerous place, including the increased risk of nuclear confrontation. He is a failed President. Continue reading

Lessons from Ferguson likely to go unheeded

Given the hyper-charged rhetoric and sheer level of irrationality surrounding the violence in Ferguson, Mo., I suppose we ought to consider ourselves fortunate if the principle lesson drawn from the whole sad affair is there are some people who like to break and throw things and set cars and stores on fire. Because it seems highly unlikely anything that would actually help poor black communities will be allowed to emerge from the ashes of that unfortunate city. Continue reading

Why Christianity is exclusive and that’s good

Christians must embrace and defend the exclusive claims made by Jesus of Nazareth despite growing opposition in America from secularists, pluralists, universalists, and other religious worldviews, such as Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. There is growing cultural pressure in America from pluralists and universalists to assert that all go to heaven, all behaviors are acceptable, no one can judge, and social justice (equal outcomes for all) should be a societal goal. Excepting the reference to heaven, secularists are typically congruent with these goals. As the claims of Christ differ substantially from the pluralists, universalists, and secularists of our time, it is prudent to examine the dichotomy of preference and truth claims, the laws of logic, and what Jesus actually said in an effort to speak truth to the world, represent Him accurately, and honor Him faithfully in word and deed. Continue reading

Beyond Ferguson: Perspective on race and justice

In our legal system, facts rule. In our societal system, perceptions rule. The challenge is reconciling the two in
order to achieve fairness and justice. Fundamentally it is this tension between the two that is at the core of the
current discord in Ferguson, Missouri over the death of Michael Brown. And it is our approach to the results that
will allow us to address the underlying issues. Continue reading

The monkey-wrench in Obamacare

In 1975 Edward Abbey wrote his most famous literary work, The Monkey
Wrench Gang. It postulated a vision of environmental activism that
eventually manifested world-wide. Within two decades the environmental
community had gone on the offense to defend owls and prevent bulldozers
from building logging roads. They burned ski run chalets and climbed trees
to prevent redwoods from being cut. I believe that the recent election of
opposition threatens to monkey-wrench Obamacare, aka, the Affordable Care
Act. Continue reading

It’s time for Barack Obama to listen

It’s a bit astonishing to think about, but President Barack Obama has now been criticized by three secretaries of defense and one secretary of state who served under him. And, while the message may sometimes have been more implicit than explicit, or more subtle from some lips than others, a seemingly shared concern is that he may be riskily mismanaging our national security. Continue reading