Dear Conservatives, Stop Saying This

Chad Kent is one of my favorite conservative voices.  His knowledge of the Constitution is amazing and his ability to articulate the vision of this founding document is persuasive and winsome.

We all know how pathetic it can look when people mindlessly parrot cliches without understanding what they truly believe. To see that in action, look no further than Occupy Wall Street…

When these folks just repeat their slogans about “corporate greed” and being “for the people” but can’t give a coherent explanation of what that means they look foolish and hurt their cause.

That’s why you and I, as defenders of the Constitution, have to make sure we’re better than that. Now before you freak out on me, relax. I’m not comparing you to the Occupy people, that was just an illustration.

With that said, as I travel around speaking I often hear well-intentioned conservatives and libertarians repeating cliches about the Constitution that just aren’t true. Recently I heard two conservative radio hosts who were discussing freedom of speech insist that:

“The Founders put the First Amendment first because it was the most important. Clearly there was a design here.”

That sounds fantastic. But as I explained last week on The Chris Salcedo Show, there are two slight problems with it. The Founding Fathers didn’t necessarily believe that the First Amendment was the most important… and it wasn’t first

Check out the whole article (including video and audio) here.

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Is Hobby Lobby A Christian Business?

The New Testament never—not one time—applies the “Christian” label to a business or even a government. The tag is applied only to individuals. If the Bible is your ultimate guide, the only organization one might rightly term “Christian” is a church. And this is only because a church in the New Testament is not a building or a business, but a collection of Christian individuals who have repented, believed on Christ, and are pursuing a life of holiness.

See more at: http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2014/06/23/conservative-evangelicals-shouldnt-call-corporations-christian/#sthash.XRYnlzQK.dpuf

What I Don’t Like about the Two Party System

 

While I am no fan of our current President, the sentiment of this cartoon is dead on.  The major issue I have with the two party system is that the goal of each party is to win over the other.  The goal is victory, not necessarily doing what is right.  Republicans oppose Democrats and Democrats oppose Republicans.  The views, vision and ideas in questions don’t even matter most of the time.  The other party is always wrong, they have to be!  If they are not wrong, there is no reason to support my party.  The introduction of a third party would at least force parties to work together in order to build some sort of coalition to get something done.

I Like Scott Walker, But There’s A Point Here

“It seems like Scott Walker wishes he was running against Jim Doyle and not Mary Burke,” Burke said. “I am a very different candidate, a business executive with actual experience balancing budgets, creating jobs, meeting payroll, starting my own business.

“I’m a very different person than Jim Doyle was. I am very proud of the years that I served the people of the state of Wisconsin as Commerce secretary, but out of a 30-year career, the two years that I spent as Commerce secretary are a very small portion of what I bring to the table as governor.”

Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/writers/todd-milewski/gov-scott-walker-wants-to-run-against-jim-doyle-mary/article_35fdb704-fa31-11e3-ba02-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz35T3nNyOS

This is Disgusting and I Utterly Denounce It

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Apparently this scene was found in a urinal at the so called Faith and Freedom Conference this week.  This is a gathering of Christian conservatives led by Ralph Reed.  This is dishonoring to the name of Christ.  Regardless of your view of the President, we are commanded to honor those in authority over us.  This was not something early Christians would have done to the Roman Caesar.  Utterly despicable!  Unfortunately such disrespect is common among some of us Evangelicals.  It needs to stop.  It needs to be called out.  This is beneath the dignity of high-minded debate and beneath the standard Christ has called us to.  This is not following Christ or doing what Jesus would have done.

However, this does not seem to be approved or sanctioned by any one at the Faith Freedom Conference.  This was the work of one ignorant jerk.  So, let’s not tar and feather the whole organization.  But, let’s not be naive – I’m sure some found this funny and that’s horrible.

Read more here and here.

Quick Thought – It Ain’t Over Even When It’s Over!

According to the Democratic Party…

  • The Bengazi situation is over, it’s time to move on.  Yet, we still don’t know why it happened or if it could have been prevented.
  • The IRS scandal is over, it’s time to move on.  Yet, we still have conservative groups targeted and months of potentially important e-mails suddenly missing.
  • Scott Walker john doe probe?  NO!  Not done at all.  Let’s investigate even more…  Yet, two judges have already found no evidence of wrong doing!

I hate this type of politics…

Register to Vote Online

ILLINOIS — Starting Wednesday, voters are able to register online. All you have to do is visit this website and follow the instructions. You need a driver’s license or state-issued ID, the last four digits of your social security number and current address.

For more information, click here.

Read the whole post and watch a video here.

Walker Fights Back

“Both judges (Peterson and Randa) said they didn’t buy the argument. They didn’t think that anything that was done was illegal, and so they’ve gone forward and not only said we don’t buy it, they actually shut the case down, both at the state and the federal level.”

Walker said Thursday’s release of previously sealed court documents “is not new news, it’s just newly released,” and that there were “no charges, case over.”

Walker added, “So many in the national media and even some here in Wisconsin are looking at the (case) backward. This is a case that has been resolved, not one but two judges have said is over….”

Walker indicated he is a political target of those who opposed his move to end collective bargaining for most public-sector workers in Wisconsin.

“This is a prime example of what happens when you take on the big government special interests,” Walker said. “They’re looking for ways to come at us. They’ll continue to do it. They did it two years ago in the recall election. They’re going to do it again now. We’ve got another tough election this fall. And so they’re going to come at it with just about everything out there. And at least many in the media are willing accomplices to this.”

Read the read of the story and watch the video here.

Would Reagan Have Brought Us into Iraq?

In 1984, Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, in an effort to prevent another Vietnam from happening, laid out the criteria for engaging in war in his speech “Uses of Military Power.”

His rules for military engagement became known as the Weinberger Doctrine and were an integral part of the Reagan administration’s foreign policy vision.

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called for a return to Reagan’s vision and emphasized that if it had been followed during the lead up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, that war might not have happened.

Paul summed up the Weinberger Doctrine as follows:

The United States should not commit forces to combat unless the vital national interests of the U.S. or its allies are involved and only “with the clear intention of winning.” U.S. combat troops should be committed only with “clearly defined political and military objectives” and with the capacity to accomplish those objectives and with a “reasonable assurance” of the support of U.S. public opinion and Congress and only “as a last resort.”

Read the whole story here.