Friday, July 30, 2010

A Man and A Class

We will continue to search and apply means of grace in these United States, but I certainly have been spending more time in contemplation than documentation. The early life of John Paul II as told in the movie "Karol: the man who became pope" was truly eye-opening.
While his friends chose armed rebellion against the Nazis, he became a priest and prayed for freedom. The prayer option certainly appears to take longer, however God's ways are not our ways.

This essay hit me like a ton of bricks. Excellent synthesis of why so many Americans are resembling who Nixon called "The Silent Majority." Well, with the Tea Party movement, they're becoming less silent.

Hmmm, Nixon...JFK...who is doing a better job of re-enacting Camelot, Clinton or Obama?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tipping Point

Postnote: a friend wrote me to say thankfully the Harvard crowd are never in doubt but usually wrong...nice!

America, please stop this slide into economic Europeanism...the whole world will suffer for it.

"...the tipping point is often when the cost of servicing an empire’s debt is larger than the cost of its defense budget.

“That has not been the case I think at any point in U.S. history,” Ferguson said. “It will be the case in the next five years.”...

“Having grown up in a declining empire, I do not recommend it,” Ferguson said. “It’s not a lot of fun, actually, decline. To be more serious, a world in which the United States is no longer predominate is not likely to be a better world, actually.”

"In what he called his “light moment,” Ferguson said, “I think there is a way out for the United States. I don’t think its over. But it all hinges on whether you can re-energize the real mainsprings of American power. And those two things are technological innovation and entrepreneurship."

Friday, July 2, 2010

The hour is fast approaching

"[T]he hour is fast approaching, on which the Honor and Success of this army, and the safety of our bleeding Country depend. Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are Freemen, fighting for the blessings of Liberty -- that slavery will be your portion, and that of your posterity, if you do not acquit yourselves like men." --George Washington, General Orders, 1776

hattip to Founder's Quote Daily

32"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. 34It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.

35"Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!' " --Gospel of Mark, Ch 13