From pagan to sacred and back again

For many years I have heard the reference that the United States is like modern day Rome – both in its glorious
achievements and also in its potential downfall. While Rome had many issues that affected its eventual demise,
the underlying one was moral decay. Some would argue that morality may also be at the center of whether or not
the United States will continue to achieve and prosper as a nation. I would argue that it is not just the United
States that will hinge on the morality issue. Indeed, across the globe, the myriad of concerns that we read, hear
and see on the news and social media, are mostly rooted in issues of morality. In some respects, while the globe
has progressed on many fronts since the Roman Era, in other ways, the world seems to be backsliding into a
previous time when pagan societies engaged in morally questionable and societally destructive practices. As we
scan the issues of the globe over many years, we seem to have spanned from pagan to sacred and back again. Continue reading

Resisting the spirit of lawlessness

The attitude of Abraham Lincoln concerning respect for the law can be summarized as such: we should obey the laws, even bad laws, until we are able to properly fix them. This may seem somewhat trivial to most, or it may seem oppressive to those who are currently living under bad laws. Nevertheless, the wisdom of Lincoln should be considered. Continue reading

The political left’s marriage to the Islamic jihad

This is the first of a four (4) part series on the long historical relationship between the political left/Progressives and the global Jihadi Movement over the last century and its current culmination in the attempt to bring down Western civilization in general, and the United States specifically.

In this first edition, we will review the general history of the relationship between the Left and the Islamic Jihad movement, and the disconnect from reality that must take place for the Left to believe the leaders of any totalitarian movement will allow them to survive despite a hundred years of history to the contrary.

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Work ethic or entitlements: Americans must choose

(Centennial Fellow) On this Presidents’ Day it’s worth recalling the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933: “Our greatest primary task is to put people to work.”

Although sometimes considered the father of the American entitlement state, FDR understood that our sense of achievement and self-sufficiency comes from our work. Continue reading

Political junkies already eager for 2016 Senate races

(Centennial Fellow) The results of the 2014 elections had barely been tabulated before the Punditocracy launched into exhausting speculation about the 2016 Presidential contest.

For over three months a bemused public has been subjected to endless crystal ball gazing regarding the identity of America’s 45th President. With excruciating detail we’ve pondered profound questions like Why Mitt got in. then out? Will Jeb vacuum up the money? Will Huckebee and Christie have to lose weight? Will Hillary ever wear a dress? etc.etc. Continue reading