Tag: Politics

Cultural Bandwagons

Cultural Bandwagons

I'm frightened by the eagerness to jump on cultural bandwagons. They’re driven more by emotions, selfishness, and superficiality, and less by contemplation, altruism, and truthfulness. Don't allow yourself to be boxed-in. Some examples, you ask? Certainly… Gun Control: My choice is not between the second amendment OR children being murdered. Patriotism: My choice is not … Continue reading Cultural Bandwagons

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The Path to Love doesn’t begin with Self-Righteousness

Racism is sinful. Do you know what else is sinful -- and, by the way, not wholly disconnected from racism? Self-righteousness. Social media is overflowing with it.   Being impressed with ourselves weakens are ability to effectively engage a real person with different ideas. In fact, engaging in meaningful interpersonal dialogue is a learned skill … Continue reading The Path to Love doesn’t begin with Self-Righteousness

Redefining American Exceptionalism

Redefining American Exceptionalism

Recently posting that American exceptionalism was dead, a friend listed as evidence a list of social initiatives, mainly from the current politically hot-topic list, from European countries that were rated above similar programs in the USA.  Her autopsy report was simply ranking of federal programs. America is exceptional because of the freedom and liberty that … Continue reading Redefining American Exceptionalism

Rising Above

Rising Above

Labels can be limiting, close-minded, and ultimately de-humanizing.  I challenge you to rise above them. Ask yourself:  Do you see your friends as being a part of a certain group or a set of beliefs?  When you hear a name, do you think of the shared memories with your friend?  Or do you, instead, think … Continue reading Rising Above

Book Review: “If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty” by Eric Metaxas

Book Review: “If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty” by Eric Metaxas

BOOK REVIEW If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty by Eric Metaxas A story takes us back to the streets of Philadelphia during the Constitutional Convention in the Summer of 1787.  A certain Mrs. Powell approaches Benjamin Franklin as he exits Constitution Hall, asking him, "Well, doctor, what have be got?  … Continue reading Book Review: “If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty” by Eric Metaxas