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Category: Progressives

So you say you want to replace Obamacare…

No one listens to me.  I get that.  Still, I would like to go on record right now predicting continued dysfunction in America’s health system.  This dysfunction is generated by our collective refusal to come to grips with the real world.   Normally, I’d have to direct my comments towards liberals and progressives, but right now the matter is in the hands of Republicans.  They are in real danger of merely ‘re-configuring the machine,’ when what we really need is to have the machine dismantled.  ASAP.

We have to understand that nearly every kind of government activity is … continue reading...

The Coming Nightmare of the Trump Presidency

This is one of the least pleasant pieces I have ever sat down to write.  I am forcing myself to do it.   I feel the warning must be issued, although my sense is that those who would heed it, need it least.

Many people are encouraged by the election of Donald J. Trump.  To them, the 2016 election was America’s last chance to settle things according to the ‘rule of law.’  I also was heartened, but I am less hopeful that good times are ahead.

When Obama first passed Obamacare and began implementing his vision for America’s future, these folks … continue reading...

“After the Ball” Reflections: Actually, homosexuality IS a Choice?!?!?!?

I’ve been spending a fair bit of time acquiring and analyzing books that advocate for manipulating people.  Not, as you might be thinking, so I can manipulate people, but because I find manipulation to be disgusting, vile behavior.  It is prima facie evidence of that the manipulator is a bad actor.  Bad actors should be opposed.  This puts me in opposition to people like Bernays, who believes that manipulation is necessary in a democracy.  Or Alinsky, who reveled in it.  And plenty of others, I am afraid to say.

In modern times, the manipulator (eg., ‘change agent’) is applauded and … continue reading...

Putting Hysterics Into Proportion: The Alleged Threat of the Rise of White Racism

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I have many other things I’d rather be writing about, but the ‘left-wing’ hysterics about so called white nationalists on the rise thanks to Trump is something that I feel is necessary to talk about.  Necessary, because if these hysterics are not shown definitively to be discredited, there is no doubt in my mind that there will be violence–from the left.  This violence will increase in scale and scope quite a long ways before your average liberal says, “Ah, well, that was a tad too far, even for me.”  In the meantime, the idea is that “racists” deserve no quarter, … continue reading...

Review: Richard Weikart’s “The Death of Humanity and the Case for Life”

In a recent post, I argued that one of the tell-tale signs of whether or not a viewpoint does not correspond with reality is whether or not it results in death; one’s own death, or the death of another, or many others.  Supposedly, humans these days are smarter than any humans that have ever existed.  We are so smart!  So smart, and yet the 20th century was one of the bloodiest on record.

I, for one, fully expect to the 21st century to be as bad or worse than the 20th century.  Dr. Richard Weikart, in his book, The continue reading...

It is not Us vs. Them; it is Reality vs. Unreality

“The most striking difference between ancient and modern sophists is that the ancients were satisfied with a passing victory of the argument at the expense of truth, whereas the moderns want a more lasting victory at the expense of reality” — Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism

I am writing this before we know who the next president of the United States is so that readers understand that the issues I’m raising are not tied to the election, even if they are manifested within it.  References to politics are for illustration only.
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In America, politics often falls along distinct … continue reading...

Our Next President-Tyrant: Trump?

I haven’t posted much on the presidential campaign, or even followed it as closely as I’ve followed others, because I’ve been busy.  And if the reader says, “But the stakes are too important to not follow it extremely closely!” the reader will be making my point.  One of the main ideas behind the republican system is that it allows the average person to have life and liberty, while pursuing happiness.  We elect people who reflect our values who have the job of following things closely.

One of the other main ideas behind our republican system is a robust system of … continue reading...

Snopes: “Uncommon Core” Article… FALSE

So, I had the misfortune to ‘share’ a link that I saw on my phone which turned out be ‘fake.’  It wasn’t until several hours later that I had a chance to investigate the details for myself.  As usual, Snopes had spoken.  As usual, Snopes had found a way to insert its bias into the article.  Ironically, people trust Snopes in the same uncritical fashion that we tend to trust fake news stories.  I am reposting my Facebook comment outlining my own research.  The purpose is not only to skewer Snopes, which I do tend to relish, but also to … continue reading...

An Unexpected Reason Why Apologetics Fails

I have been involved in Christian apologetics for a little over 20 years, with about 7 years of ‘professional’ church work under my belt. I’ve had many, many conversations with unbelievers, online and off.  Many, if not most, were not raised as atheists, but were former Christians.   We tended to focus on argument and evidence (ie, the merits or demerits of Christianity), but in many cases, it was clear this had very little to do with their falling away.  It usually had to do with some unloving thing some Christians, or perhaps their whole church, did to them, or those … continue reading...

Solving the Islamicist Problem Once and For All, Part 7: Rebuilding the Rampart – A

“There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings. I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death. I have mixed feelings about the decline of Christianity, in so far as Christianity might be a bulwark against something worse.”  Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion.  Emphasis added.

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams

In Part 6 of this series I … continue reading...

Solving the Islamicist Problem Once and For All, Part 5: Who Are You?

When I was a professional church worker I constantly raised this question:  “Who are you?” and attempted to instill in each person this answer:  “I am a unique child of God, full of potential, and my life is hidden in Christ.”

Life experience has taught me that there is power in this identity.  I have actually witnessed a person turn away from killing themselves as they let it sink in.  The question of ‘Who are we?’, in a word, of our identity, is of vast importance.  It is not a made up feature of religion.  It is part and … continue reading...

How Julian the Apostate Defeated the Church in America

HJTADTCIA-cover-1-smallI have penned a lengthy essay which is now available on Kindle and other digital outlets called “How Julian the Apostate Defeated the Church in America.”  I consider it one of the more important things that I have written, especially in light of my experiences as a Christian apologist, and also as a pro-life advocate.  Surveys and polls continue to show that the American Church (especially the mainlines) is in decline, and that the ‘religious nones’ are on the increase.

In the course of my various activities, it has become clear to me that Church itself is facilitating … continue reading...

Solving the Islamicist Problem Once and For All, Part 2

Last week I posted an article on the same topic, where I make the following points:

  1.  A problem cannot be solved unless one actually understands it.  But even that is not enough.  One must have the will to carry out the solution.
  2. World conquest in the name of Allah is Islamic doctrine.  Whether or not the rest of us are ‘at war’ with Muslims, Muslims, fundamentally, are at war with us.  Whether we like it or not.  It is an explicit and foundational aspect of the Islamic religion.  Islam, is, by nature, a political animal, even as
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The Christian and the Syrian Refugees: A Rebuke

The target audience of this post is the Christian who takes the Scriptures seriously, as written, but styles himself as a political moderate.  In particular, if you have seen fit to chastise your brothers for their ‘heartless’ and supposedly ‘unchristian’ attitude towards the Syrian ‘refugees’, this post is very much for you.

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It was so very interesting watching my Facebook feed fill up with sanctimonious denouncements of Christians, by Christians, who were opposed to absorbing the ‘Syrian Refugees.’  The interesting part was not the sanctimony, but the timing.  It was almost as if someone had rang a bell, and … continue reading...