Category Archives: Politics

Modern Day Mr. Smith

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul continues his filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan to be the director of the CIA until questions have been answered regarding the constitutionality of drone strikes on U.S. citizens on U.S. soil without due process. Continue reading —->

This filibuster began at 11:47 ET – and it’s still going strong. Epic stuff. You can watch it live here. Meanwhile, as Paul and his buddies take a stand for liberty, other members of the GOP have chosen to dine with Pres. Obama rather than “Stand With Rand.”

Proverbs 23:1, anyone?

Majority Rule Cannot Suffice

“The writings of the Founding Fathers of the American Union indicate that these political architects approached democracy with a spirit of reservation. Though revolutionaries by historic circumstance, they were capable enough of philosophy to see these dilemmas. The Federalist authors especially were aware that simple majority rule cannot suffice because it does everything without reference; it is an expression of feeling about the moment at the moment, restrained neither by abstract idea nor by precedent. They therefore labored long and with considerable cunning to perfect an instrument which should transcend even the lawmaking body. This was the Constitution, which in the American system stands for political truth. It is not an unchangeable truth, but the framers placed special obstacles in the way of change. It was hoped that the surmounting of these would prove so laborious and slow that errors would be exposed and the permanently true recognized. In this way they endeavored to protect the populace of a republic against itself. Their action is a rebuke to the romantic theory of human nature, and this will explain why the Constitution has proved so galling to Jacobins. They regard it as a type of mortmain, and during the administration of Franklin Roosevelt its interpreters were scornfully termed, in an expression indicative of the modern temper, ‘nine old men.'”

– Richard Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences (pp. 47-48)

What Is It They Say About Absolute Power?

Keep up with international news? Then you probably heard that Egypt’s president has insisted he will not be another dictator. Cheers all ’round!

Now here’s the punch-line: he said this after granting himself dictator-like powers.

This from The Telegraph:

As at least one teenage protester was killed in clashes at a Muslim Brotherhood headquarters building in the northern of the country, and police continued to fight battles with protesters around Tahrir Square in Cairo on Sunday, Mr Morsi issued a statement stressing that the power seizure was only “temporary” and calling for political dialogue.

He also agreed to meet Egypt’s judges on Monday to negotiate a solution to the crisis.

“The presidency reiterates the temporary nature of those measures, which are not intended to concentrate power,” the statement said.

“The presidency stresses its firm commitment to engage all political forces in the inclusive democratic dialogue to reach a common ground.”

Mr Morsi outraged opponents on Thursday, less than 24 hours after winning international praise for negotiating a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, by announcing that henceforth all his decisions would be beyond legal challenge.

When I first read the headline, I thought it was a joke. Something written by The Onion, perhaps, but real news from the real world? Surely not.

Then again, I’m always underestimating the kind of news the real world is capable of producing. Twain wasn’t joking when he said, “Truth is stranger than fiction, because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.”

For what it’s worth, here are my two cents on the subject: What is it they say about power? It tends to corrupt. And what about absolute power? It corrupts absolutely.

But I’m sure Mr. Morsi will be the shining exception.

Seven Post Mortem Principals

1. The first principle is not just that Jesus is Lord. That wonderful phrase is our foundational confession; it is not simply a sweet sentiment to tide us over until the sweet by and by. Rather we must say that Jesus is the Lord of history, and so He is the one who gave this electoral outcome to us. We don’t fully know why He did, but we know that He did.

2. Given the wickedness of key elements in Obama’s agenda (abortion, sodomy, thievery through taxation, etc.) we know that whatever the Lord is doing, it is for judgment and not for blessing. And in Scripture, whenever judgment is pending, or has begun, the appropriate response is repentance – not mobilization or organizing our remaining tatters.

Postmillennial optimism does not mean the world gets better without repentance. It means that the gospel is powerful to save, and when the gospel is preached rightly it comes in the form of “repent and believe.” Repent of what? Repent of our sins. Believe what? Believe in Jesus Christ, crucified and risen. Continue reading —>

I’m not sure I agree that Romney would have been easier to oppose, but that’s a small bone to pick with this terrific article from Pastor Wilson. Give it a read. It’s one of the best post-election pieces I’ve encountered.