One of the most dangerous things to be in America today is a young black male. Contrary to what the race pimps and publicity prostitutes (Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, et al) would have you to believe, this has very little (if anything) to do with racism. Permit me an informative illustration.
As immigration dominates our political discourse, operating from a Christian worldview, as I always seek to do, it has been rather difficult for me to get my mind around what is the mind of Christ on this issue. It becomes even more difficult when attempting to apply the Christian worldview to what amounts to a secular political solution.
We see it time and again. Whether the problem is poverty, bad schools, gun violence, crime in general or even the spread of disease, the liberal answer is always the same: more government. The recent gun debate raging in America illustrates this well.
The surest way for sin to prosper is for a culture to stop calling it sin. Given the rapidly decaying culture in the U.S., I could proceed in a myriad of directions following such a conclusion. However, in America the foremost example of the rotten fruit born of neglected sin is Kermit Gosnell.
Finally, Bill Maher got something right. Following the Boston bombings, Maher responded to Brian Levy, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino (a great example of needed reforms in public higher education), "… there's only one faith, for example, that kills you or wants to kill you if you draw a bad cartoon of the prophet. There's only one faith that kills you or wants to kill you if you renounce the faith."
Being a lifelong fan of football, I have never had a problem with NFL instant replay. I'm in my early 40s, so I can remember well the days before instant replay. Whatever the shortcomings of instant replay, to me, the benefit of the official getting the call right has always trumped any inconvenience that might result from a video review of a play.
One of the frequent cries of many on the left is that the world is overpopulated. The latest hysterical outburst on this matter came from Sir David Attenborough, a recent patron of "The Optimum Population Trust." The 86-year-old Attenborough is a high priest among earth-worshipping liberals.
My previous column on the history of the gun took us from gunpowder to the first national armory in the U.S. in Springfield Massachusetts. As I noted, the Springfield Armory led the world in technological advancements that would change manufacturing forever.
I love guns. I grew up with them. My father, an avid and excellent hunter, owned and still owns many. Before I was old enough to own a real gun, my friends and I were quite skilled in using all sorts of scrap wood, duct tape, nails and so on to manufacture the most magnificent replicas.
It was not unusual in ancient times for individuals to sell themselves into servitude (as "bondservants"), which was often described as a form of slavery. Usually this was due to excessive debt, but sometimes it was done simply to have a roof over one's head and food in one's belly.
As much as the establishment GOP would like for the "social" (I prefer "moral") issues to go away, liberals simply won't allow it. But contrary to GOP establishment beliefs, this is not a bad thing.
Having four children 10 and under offers plenty of intimate, hands-on lessons on human nature. For example, sometimes, in spite of Michelle's and my best efforts, good parental instruction is ignored and hard lessons have to be learned. I'm not talking about situations that lead to enforced discipline, but those that result in sad and tough natural consequences.
I love Electoral College math. I mean, I teach mathematics and I write about politics, so poring over various Electoral College combinations is right up my alley. Experts all across the country are telling us that this presidential election is coming down to a handful of "battleground" states: Florida, Virginia, Ohio and the like.
After his drubbing in the first debate, President Barack Obama finds himself on the receiving end of plenty of advice when it comes to the next one. Jennifer Granholm (remember her?), the former governor of Michigan turned political commentator (though few know it, as she resides on Al Gore's Current TV), recently chimed in.
John Stossel's recent column, "There ought not to be a law" reveals many of the shortcomings when it comes to Libertarian orthodoxy. Stossel begins by proposing a false dichotomy. He declares that he is a libertarian because he sees "a false choice offered by the political left and right: government control of the economy -- or government control of our personal lives."