Thank You, Mitt

I can think of 47 reasons why this is a good call…

Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not run for president in 2016.

The announcement comes after the 2012 GOP nominee told donors earlier this month he was considering a run.

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Kasich Supports Common Core

Ohio Governor and maybe GOP presidential hopeful John Kasich is standing up for probably one of the most misunderstood and unfairly represented educational initiatives, Common Core.  Not only is he standing for it, he’s calling out his fellow Republicans for not standing for it.  That takes some guts and probably won’t help his chances in the primaries should he throw his hat in the ring.  Or, perhaps, such a position would impress folks like me.  We’ll see…

The Common Core was written by state education superintendents and local principals. In my state of Ohio, we want higher standards for our children, and those standards are set and the curriculum is set by local school boards,” Kasich said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Barack Obama doesn’t set it, the state of Ohio doesn’t set it. It is local school boards driving better education, higher standards, created by local school boards.

“I’ve asked the Republican governors who have complained about this to tell me where I’m wrong, and guess what, silence.”

Read the whole piece here.

Finally A Republican Stands Up to the NRA

Men, if you beat your wife, you shouldn’t be allowed to conceal a weapon.  That just makes sense to me.  Why is this even an issue?  The problem, as I see it, is that we cannot have an adult conversation about gun safety.  Any time a common sense measure is put forth, there are those that go into panic mode and hide themselves behind a very broad interpretation of the Second Amendment (which, by the way is found in the Constitution, not the Bible).  These are the people who, after a horrible mass shooting incident, have more passion to defend gun rights than compassion for the injured and suffering families.

I’m glad to see a Republican stand up and make sense.  The fact that Snyder is term-limited and cannot run again may have bolstered his courage, but I’m hoping others within the party will follow his lead.

Washington (CNN)Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has made a rare move for a Republican state executive: He rebuffed the National Rifle Association.

Snyder vetoed a bill on Thursday that had pitted gun rights advocates against former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords and anti-domestic violence organizations.

The measure would have overhauled Michigan’s concealed permit applications in a way that would have allowed people who faced restraining orders as a result of domestic violence or stalking allegations to obtain guns, as long as their orders didn’t specifically restrict their access to firearms.

he NRA and gun rights advocates said those fears were overblown — but Snyder rejected their arguments in a statement issued on Thursday.

“We simply can’t and won’t take the chance of exposing domestic abuse victims to additional violence or intimidation,” Snyder said.

“There are certainly some reforms that can improve the way Michigan issues concealed pistol licenses and we support the rights of law-abiding firearm owners, but it’s crucial that we leave in place protections for people who already have endured challenges and abuse,” he said.

Read the whole article here.

God, Politics, and Idolatry

“There are evidences that our modern American enthusiasm for that aspect of Christian faith which is called ethics includes a covert form of idolatry–the more perilous because so disguised.  There is a relation between the knowledge of God and the achievement and maintenance of human order; but God does not commonly make himself available to men who seek him primarily to achieve and maintain order.  If God is sought in order to integrate the personality, the actual God is not God but the integrated personality.  And when men are urged to renovate their religious values in order that the Republic may be more firmly glued together, this covert idolatry reaches a peculiarly pernicious and untruthful pitch.  There is a relation between a people who are blessed because God is their Lord, but one does not find it recorded that God the Lord consents to be compounded into political glue.

It is instructive to examine the way the name of God, and appeals to his help, are introduced into the public political utterances of our leading politicos.  The situation is described; some elements in it are announced as gratifying, others as deplorable.  A vigorous program is then outlined, the hardship its execution will work upon our tax rate is confronted, and justified.  And, finally, having figured out and announced what our role is, or ought to be, and what at the moment must be done, the entire structure of analysis and purpose is immersed in the tub of the waiting blessing of God.  The performance concludes with the obvious assumption that from such commendable purposes God would not be so churlish as to withhold his effective assistance.

This understanding of Christian ethics–as a lubricant for the adjustment of the personality, and as an adhesive for public policy–does violence to the reality of both Christianity and politics.  It does violence to Christianity because it make the Holy a disposable object to be manipulated for mortal purposes; it does violence to the political order  because it tempts to such an identification of our purposes with the purposes of God as to engender both arrogance and insensitivity.

Nowhere, perhaps, in the recorded utterances of our English speaking men of affairs is there reflected so clearly as in President Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address the unfathomable mystery of the relationship between the purposes of God and the ethical crusades of men:

‘Both (men of the North and of the South) read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes his aid against the other…The prayers of both could not be answered–that of neither has been answered fully.  The Almighty has his own purposes.’”

– Joseph SittlerThe Structure of Christian Ethics, pp. 12-14

HT – Ian Olsen

Carl Trueman on Freedom and Satire

Then, there is the ideological quandary in which the Left now finds itself.  Militant Islam represents everything the historic Left should despise: a patriarchal feudalism which treats women like chattels and uses the full force of law against homosexuals.  But Islam represents the repudiation of the West, especially of America.  It also draws its strength from being able to play the ethnicity card.  Not all Muslims are people of color but the majority are, making criticism of Islam vulnerable to accusations not only of Western imperialism but also racism.  This is why some on the bien pensant Left have taken the view that the French satirical magazine was asking for it, because it had a track record of lampooning Islam and Muslims.  That is hate speech, though not as harmful or indeed as hateful as putting a bullet through somebody’s head.

Read the entire post here.

Seeing Red in A Blue State

Former MA Senator posted this pic on Twitter yesterday.  Here’s Brown with former Governors Bill Weld and Mitt Romney.  The sad thing is this (along with now Governor Baker) is the closest thing to true conservatism Massachusetts has.  But then again, after watching last year’s senate races, I could have sworn Scott Brown was from new Hampshire…

Check out the tweet here.

Walker in 2016?

I hope Walker gives it a shot.  I wouldn’t mind once again casting a vote for him.  He’s strong leader, pro-life and a sensibly-minded conservative.  It would be hard to still “stand with Rand” is Walker threw his hit into the ring.

Gov. Scott Walker is set to speak at the Iowa Freedom Summit in late January, joining other Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls at the major conservative gathering.

“Governor Walker looks forward to sharing the story of Wisconsin’s successful reforms and common sense message with grassroots conservatives,” Walker campaign spokesman Tom Evenson said.

Other confirmed speakers include 2008 vice presidential GOP nominee Sarah Palin, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rick Santorum.

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