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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

The Cold Civil War and the Future of America

June 7th, 2018 Viewed 1140 times, 2 so far today

In an article in the Federalist, Ryan Williams suggests that we are currently in a cold civil war in America.

Both elites and the public have expressed much recent anxiety about increasing political “polarization.” The moderate “center” that used to be the basis for compromise on all manner of policy has been disappearing for at least the last three decades, as the distance between the most liberal Republican in Congress and the most conservative Democrat continues to grow.

The two parties trade national congressional majorities and the presidency, but gridlock is the rule rather than the exception. Even the occasional policy victory, like Obamacare or the recent tax cut, is passed on strictly partisan lines and subject to reversal after the next narrow electoral victory by the other side.

Our political divisions and policy instability are symptoms of a growing conflict of visions over America’s past and future. At both elite and popular levels, Americans have become partisans of one or the other of what my colleague Charles Kesler calls our “two constitutions.” The stakes could not be higher: this is a fight over what kind of national political life we will choose for ourselves and the next generation. So we find ourselves in the midst of what another colleague, Angelo Codevilla, has labeled a “cold civil war.”

photo by: familymwr

China’s Economy is supposed to pass America Next Year…

May 11th, 2015 Viewed 1524 times

According to the IMF in 2011:

For the first time, the international organization has set a date for the moment when the “Age of America” will end and the U.S. economy will be overtaken by that of China.

And it’s a lot closer than you may think.

According to the latest IMF official forecasts, China’s economy will surpass that of America in real terms in 2016 — just five years from now. [IMF bombshell: Age of America nears end]

What do you think– now that we’re in 2015, what do you think of this prediction?

Americans Gone Wild

January 24th, 2011 Viewed 1773 times, 1 so far today
Barbed wire (rusting after years of hard work)...

Barbed wire (rusting after years of hard work) Français : Vieux fil de fer barbelé rouillé Italiano: Filo spinato (arrugginito) Русский: Колючая проволока, покрытая ржавчиной (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Barbed wire is an interesting thing.  Of it’s own, it’s a good deterrent for cattle, to keep them fenced in.  Its pricks are not friendly, but if a cow was determined he could probably get through one of these fences, and then have the whole world as his pasture.

In Romans 1, the Bible speaks of a different kind of fence, a restraint on this world against sin—and thereby against the consequences of sin.

Who Were the Founders?

April 13th, 2009 Viewed 2508 times

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I made a statement in my post about how America has been like Paris Hilton about the beginning of our nation—what the atmosphere was like at the founding and what the people there believed and what they chose to use as a basis for their law and principles.

Since this happens frequently, I believe that it would be beneficial to actually look at these thing—to frame the discussion and give context (and an anchor) to future discussion, I believe it’s as good I time as any to talk this through.

The Founders and Their Religion

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