Saturday, April 25, 2009

"Morning After" - More Disaster

President Obama’s decision to permit 17-year-olds to obtain the “morning after” pill without parental permission signals another dramatic “change” from the previous administration. (New Hampshire Union Leader 4/25/09, http://tinyurl.com/dazdxt)

Teens are going to have sex anyway, so let’s provide condoms. Teens are going to have sex, so let’s now prevent a natural result of sex from developing, after that natural result has already begun its process. We all know that the natural result, given nine months, produces a human being from the womb.

Abstinence training does no good—birth rates actually increase. False. Planned Parenthood’s own statistical source noted a decrease extending beyond the mid-point of the Bush Administration compared to statistics based on the Clinton Administration years.

What is “natural” for two human beings may be unbiblical and unconscionable to some, mainly to the conservative religious crowd. The same act or lifestyle may be untimely, unsafe, or unwise to some, totally acceptable and normal to others. Using a clean needle does not negate the effects of the drug on the human body. Similarly, using a condom or “morning after” pill does not negate the disastrous effects of free sex on the minds of individuals and the future of a nation.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Robin Hood Lives

Robs from the rich and gives to the poor. So goes the legendary story of Robin Hood, who glamorized the art of robbery.

Rob from the rich and the middle class and give to a variety of deserving and undeserving recipients. Congress and California's lawmakers irresponsibly and immorally continue "legal plunder," (so called by French philosopher Frederic Bastiat) a habit neither legendary nor as glamorous as Robin Hood's.

Robin Hood's targets were a comparatively few oppressive, selfish nobles, not the majority of the contributing laborers. Government needs to return much to the hard workers of America, lest we become a nation of two classes--a few who have, and most of us who have not.

From a biblical perspective, Jesus told His followers that they were to render to "Caesar" that which was his. In recent American history, however, most politicians have exceeded that which is reasonable in determining what is Caesar's, to the point of inhibiting the creative, industrious people who elected them.

This is not medieval fantasy; this is present-day reality. There will come a day when governmental plundering will produce nothing more but poverty, unless the current trend is reversed.

Monday, April 6, 2009

American Arrogance

I tire of hearing one-sided, limited perspectives, but especially when a viewpoint unjustly paints the country I love as an overbearing, international ogre.

James Lewis (American Thinker 4/06/09, “Those Arrogant Americans”) reminds us of only a few heroic episodes and interventions from our history, and he does not really touch on the infinite dollars and manpower devoted to humanitarian aid. Whenever there is an international disaster, it seems the United States is ready to lend a helping hand, where it is usually immediately received by the victimized country, unless Myanmar or the People’s Republic is a potential recipient.

I understand the current administration’s desire to promote world goodwill. That desire is as old as America. I do not understand, however, an unbalanced, self-deprecation on the international stage. Our enemies will respect us less and grow more motivated, and our allies will become uncertain concerning our resolve and dependability.

Acting “cowboy” may not have been appealing to many as a foreign-relations approach—perhaps arrogant; but “kow-towing” as a means of appeasing will surely prove to be ignorant.