Category Archives: politics
(June 8, 1925 – April 17, 2018)
Barbara Bush has passed away. As wife of the 41st President of the United States of America George H. W. Bush, she served this great nation as First Lady from 1989-1993. Mrs. Bush was the mother of 43rd President George W. Bush, and was the fourth cousin, four times removed. of 14th President Franklin Pierce and author Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. She and Abigail Adams are the only women who were both wife and mother to Presidents.
Yes, I voted. Not the way I wanted to, but I did it. However, there are more important things in my life right now than who will be residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in January. I’ll check the news later tonight or maybe tomorrow and find out who “won” (but I’ll tell you right now, regardless of the outcome, America lost).
Instead, I’ll be studying the Bible with someone this morning. I have also scheduled my Twitter account to post some Scriptures throughout the day as a reminder that God is the Almighty, and that neither Trump nor Clinton can take that away from Him.
And, I might post a few pictures of baseball cards as time permits. Because baseball cards are awesome.
But there will be no more election talk on my Twitter account today.
— Jason T. Carter (@REALjtCarter) November 8, 2016
(July 6, 1921 – March 6, 2016)
Former First Lady and widow of the late President Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan passed away today from congestive heart failure. She was full of class and grace and served this country well.
He was one of the most respected presidents that has served this country, and countless books have been released to celebrate his eight years as the leader of the free world. This recent release from Thunder Bay Press, written by Randy Roberts and David Welky, is a brief but respectful overview of President Reagan’s life, including his career in film, governorship of California, and the presidency.
What sets this book apart from others, however, are the pieces of removable memorabilia included. Reprints of magazine covers, brochures, a ticket to the 1981 inauguration, and a “Reagan-Bush ‘84” bumper sticker are among the eleven pieces of removable memorabilia. Fans of the late President will cherish these mementos along with the commentary and photographs found throughout the volume.
A Just and Generous Nation: Abraham Lincoln and the Fight for American Opportunity by Harold Holzer and Norton Garfinkle (2015)
A Just and Generous Nation: Abraham Lincoln
and the Fight for American Opportunity
by Harold Holzer and Norton Garfinkle
Basic Books, 2015
There are few Americans that would argue against Abraham Lincoln’s place among the greatest Presidents in United States history. His brave yet humble leadership stabilized the union in the midst of its most dangerous trial, the Civil War. The result of that conflict, the freeing of the slaves, has been heralded as his crowning achievement. Yet there are some who claim the emancipation of the slaves was of secondary importance of the conflict.
Authors Harold Holzer and Norton Garfinkle make the claim in A Just and Generous Nation that Lincoln’s impetus for war was economic rather than moral. There is no doubt that economics concerns were important to the sixteenth president, as they have been important to every other man who has held the office. The authors write, “More than any other president, Lincoln is the father of the American Dream that all Americans should have the opportunity through hard work to build a comfortable middle-class life.” That statement is not controversial, and even their assertion that economics played a larger role in the Civil War than slavery is not without merit, but the conclusions drawn from those assertions smack of partisanship.
The first half of the book is a good overview of Lincoln’s ascendancy to the highest office in the land, and speaks to his own “hard work.” He had nothing handed to him; he was responsible for doing what was needed to achieve success in his own life. The second half of the book, however, begins to assign blame for later economic hardships to partisan politics and particularly Republican leaders (Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, Reagan, and the younger Bush), set against the “American Dream of successful middle-class society” presidents (Wilson, both Roosevelts, Johnson, Clinton, and Obama). The authors then turn around and state all too truthfully, “Politicians of both parties typically spend more time raising money for their political campaigns than working on legislation or governing.”
Certainly Lincoln was a shrewd politician that pushed for legislation that would eventually eradicate slavery, with or without the Civil War. I am not sure that I would assign the immorality of slavery to a lower rung of importance as the authors did, but they do make a compelling case.
A Just and Generous Nation starts strong and is interesting in its theory of Lincoln’s economic interests. History buffs may enjoy the read, though it is doubtful to shed much new light or change the minds of those who have grown to admire and emulate the Great Emancipator.
August 19, 1942 – November 1, 2015)
Actor and politician Fred Thompson passed away Sunday from a recurrence of lymphoma at the age of 73. Thompson served as a United States Senator from Tennessee from 1994-2003, and portrayed District Attorney Arthur Branch on Law & Order from 2002-2007.
A lot of things are happening in our nation. Today, the Supreme Court handed down its ruling on homosexual marriage. I’m not going to get political on this blog, but I will say that this is not really a political issue. It is a spiritual issue.
I would like to direct you to an article on the website, Plain Simple Faith. The article is, What Does The Bible Really Say About Homosexuality? I encourage you to consider the points made by the author, and examine the Scriptures. Realize that whatever decisions the government makes, God is still God.
(Note: Ben’s website is experiencing a lot of traffic today. If you get an error trying to load the page, try again in a few minutes.)
Is that Santa Claus standing right behind the beloved bird? It looks like he’s been on a diet, but I’m 99.9% sure that is Mr. Kringle. Evidently he moonlights as a bodyguard in Austin, Texas, even trying to throw people off by using an assumed name: Edd O’Donnell.
And if you’re still in a Big Bird mood, watch Follow That Bird on Netflix!
I haven’t been following the SOPA debate. It wasn’t until yesterday that I found out Wikipedia was going dark. This morning, I wondered what my main man Ron Paul had to say on SOPA. Of course, he doesn’t disappoint.
Skip to 4:03 to hear what he has to say about the internet censorship bill:
“The government becomes more secretive; at the same time your privacy is being undermined. The Constitution was meant to protect your liberties, your privacy, and the goverment was to be open!“