Sunday, May 1, 2016

Is the Constitution Dead?

I was on the radio Saturday with my friend Gary Wellings.
Gary hosts a radio show called The Drift and publishes a local newspaper The Courant.

Interestingly I have another friend that publishes a couple local newspapers.
These are side jobs these days :)

So Gary is a Trump supporter and we've been at it a few times on air.
He's a good guy and actually had me co-host once with the third caller in this audio, Mike from Ann Arbor.

Gary had been discussing the Clinton e-mails, but then got around to Trump/Cruz, red meat for radio shows. I called to say I liked his show generally, but don't really want to listen to a show that non-stop attacks my candidate. It went well. We attacked Hugh Hewitt instead. :)

Janie, the next caller, who held a very reasonable conversation with Gary, is a Cruz supporter.

Mike begins his call by attacking, personally, Janie,
Later in his call Mike attacks Cruz as a "Bible thumping preacher" supported by a bunch of Holy Rollers.
I find these ad-hominem attacks very Trump-like.
Low on information, high on vitriol.
There is also a near religious faith that Trump will overcome every poll existing showing him losing to Hillary.

Now here's my point.
In my call, I mention that Ted Cruz is a Constitutionalist, the only one in this race.
At the 17 minute mark, Mike addresses me and says that the Constitution is over.
Is it?

Does it matter that more than one Trump supporter I've talked to is willing to neglect Trumps lack of devotion to the Constitution? Gary said something similar to me last summer about it being "over", but today showed concern for it.

After Obama, are we post-Constitution?

Saturday, April 16, 2016

American Exceptionalism

Listen to this.
Memorize it.
Make it part of your vocabulary.
Recite it on demand.
Teach it to your children and your grandchildren.

Transcript (thank God for voice to text on my phone!):

America is the most exceptional nation in the history of the world because the US Constitution is the best political document that’s ever been written, because it says something different than almost any people and any government has believed in human history.
Most governments in the past said might makes right and the King has all the power and the people are dependent subjects, and the American Founders said: "No! God gives us rights by nature and government is just our shared project to secure those rights."
Government is not the author or source of our rights and you don’t make America Great Again by giving more power to one guy in Washington DC.
You make America Great Again by recovering a constitutional republic where Washington is populated by people who are servant leaders who want to return power to the people and to the communities, because what’s great in America is the Rotary Club. It's small businesses and churches and schools and fire departments and it’s little leagues across this country.
What makes America is not some guy in Washington who says: "If I had more power I could fix it all unilaterally."
That's not the American Tradition.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Tin Foil Hat Time

Trump and Soros are/were friends.
(Also the Clintons)
Trump entered the race on a lark (perhaps to split the Repub vote, remember, he met with Bill a couple weeks before announcing) and found himself carried on a wave he did not intend.
That’s why he’s so ill prepared.
(This is the guy everyone says will hire the best advisers. He hasn't hired a real campaign manager!)
So far it's been a personality contest for him.

He wants out.
A contested convention allows him to bow out and claim he was robbed, ego intact.
Hillary, his friend, goes against Cruz, who Hillary thinks she can beat, particularly if Trump Cult members buy it all and stay home. A large portion of them were dems anyway.
(But they can’t stand Hillary, so they may vote against the script.)
It’s all orchestrated.
That our Republic hangs on such machinations is a travesty.
Hopefully, God intervenes, her aneurism, or indictment, hits and Cruz goes in.
God save the Republic!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Turing Test

Originally a comment at Z's.

It occurred to me tonight at dinner that if someone were to hear a conversation peppered with:

“He was mean to me.”
“He’s nasty, so nasty”
He’s stupid, really stupid.”
“They didn’t treat me fairly.”
” Liar, liar, liar”

Would they imagine they were hearing a 4 year old, or a presidential candidate?

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Resurrection Day!

Death is conquered.

If Jesus is risen (and He is), everything He said is true.

He said (John 14, KJV):

1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Get in the House.

May you have a blessed, happy Easter!

Friday, March 25, 2016

What's so Good about Good Friday?

When they take the Man Who Came to Earth to Set Us Free from Death and put Him to death, why is that considered good?
Because when He died that horrific tortured death on Calvary, He took the punishment due us for our rebellion against God.

When He arose from the dead on Easter, He proved that what He said was true. He had been predicting these moments to His followers for a couple years and they did not believe Him.
Until He did it.

The Bible says, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Heb 2:2).
So if Jesus came down from Glory, endured the cross, and went back to Glory, what was His net gain?
We were the joy set before Him.
We are the bride He travelled to a far land to obtain (like Jacob did, among other examples).
Granted we're not the finished product, yet, but if we cooperate with His plan, He sees something in us He wants to spend eternity with.
I'm good with that. That's good.

I want to share a cool thing with you.
If you're not a Christian, please read anyway, because it never hurts to have a little information about what those whackos around you believe.

A few people know that Psalm 22 is a description of the crucifixion of Jesus that was written hundreds of years before the event.
David saw it in a vision and it shakes him up so much that he starts out with:
My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
Many Christians have been taught that, as He was crucified, Jesus was crying this out out to His Father in heaven, because the Father could not bear to look on Jesus, our scapegoat.
That He was separated from the Father.
That Jesus was a curse (and the Father could not be in fellowship with Jesus because it would violate His holiness) because Jesus was carrying the penalty of the sins of the world.

Give me a break.

<< 1 Corinthians 12:3 >> Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed.
Jesus and the Father had this worked out since before the universe was created, and at the last minute The All-Powerful Ruler of More than the Universe flinches?
If the Father and the Son (who with the Spirit are referred to as the "Godhead" in perfect unity) ever separated, I believe the universe would crumble.

As you read the gospels, particularly John's, you see that the Pharisees (some of them, like Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, were good guys, by the way) were asking Jesus for a sign that he was the Messiah. He continually answered them that when they saw Him lifted up, that would be their sign.
Here He is, lifted up in front of them. He's surrounded by "strong bulls" (prison slang for guards), and the crowd is taunting Him. It's the scene predicted in Psalm 22 .
Then He quotes the first verse.
And they know the rest.
Can you imagine the look on their face when they get it?
This death on this cross by this man was predicted hundreds of years ago.
The ramifications are huge.
Do you get it?