Culture/Values

Some Republicans on track to repeat past mistakes: Our present crisis is not merely economic and political, but moral in nature

By John Biver

Republicans are riding high in the polls right now – things are clearly going their way. However, superficial Republicans are again seeking to dumb down the work ahead by narrowing their focus and ignoring the tenets of their excellent platform.
It’s easy to understand the desire to ignore things such as serious foreign policy issues. The Republican Party is still failing to effectively communicate a coherent foreign policy message post 9/11/01. The new reality brought about by a successful attack on our homeland by adherents of Islamic jihad is not difficult to comprehend (click here to learn more). But God forbid the GOP get its act together – it’s much easier to toss the issue aside.

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Is Glenn Beck blind to the cultural issues ‘Overton Window’?

By John Biver

From coast to coast, platform-supporting Republicans have reacted to Glenn Beck’s weak-kneed cave-in regarding the issue of homosexual “marriage.” He’s quoted as telling Fox News Network’s Bill O’Reilly,

“I believe that Thomas Jefferson said, ‘If it neither breaks my leg, nor picks my pocket, what difference is it to me.'”

Some people are even calling for a “moratorium” on the political discussion of the cultural issues. That idea is foolish, as we’ve addressed on links found here. Try as you might, you can’t separate economics from culture.

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You can’t separate economics from morality (Part 2)

By John Biver

Arthur C. Brooks’ new book “The Battle” divides the two main aspects of the “culture war” into new and old, the economic and the social. Brooks seems to prefer that the culture war concentrate on economics and ignore the “old” battle over abortion and so-called homosexual rights.

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You can’t separate economics from morality (Part 1)

By John Biver

I recently read through Arthur C. Brooks’ new book “The Battle: How the Fight between Free Enterprise and Big Government will shape America’s Future”; I mostly agree with the fine reviews it’s getting. Unfortunately Mr. Brooks reveals some confusion in the opening sentences when he acts as if the economic debate between socialism and capitalism is a new facet of the culture war…

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Why Marriage Matters — the evidence is abundant

By John Biver

From the Heritage Foundation’s “The Foundry” blog today is a post titled “Marriage under Assault in Federal Courts: Why It Matters.” Writer Chuck Donovan summed up the “why” perfectly and linked to some of the evidence.

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Glenn Beck on the State of Religion in America

By John Biver

If you’re not watching Glenn Beck’s TV show, you need to start. Last Thursday’s show was a good example of why. He had a panel of pastors and religious leaders on to discuss religion in America – its history, and its necessary role for returning this country to its founding principles.

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Founders Fridays: It’s Mitch Daniels v. The Founders

By John Biver

If you’re not watching Glenn Beck’s TV show on Fox News you need to start. Beck continues to do the work much of the big media refuses to when it comes to outlining the relationships and policy aims of the Obama Administration.

Another fantastic weekly contribution from Beck is his “Founders Fridays,” where he dedicates the hour to covering information that you need to know about members of our country’s founding generation.

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Balanced reporting is lacking about crimes against children

By John Biver

A friend sent me a note with a couple of links: “While perverse homosexual/pedophile Catholic priests are the media’s favorite target these days, and as a Catholic I find the cover-up of these crimes against children profoundly despicable, the Church is only one of many institutions plagued with these scandals in our darkened world.”

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