Lion and the Lamb: Plantation Politics
A fascinating drama has been taking place in our nation these days. Last week Cliven Bundy, a wealthy cattle rancher in Nevada, was in the news. Not only had he been discovered to be a welfare moocher because of a refusal to pay federal grazing fees for his four-legged property, but a strong racist, as well.
Tidbits: Sewing up the summer
Despite the efforts of my grandmothers, great-grandmother, mother, aunts, my home ec teacher and my 4-H leader, I merit only a “satisfactory” on kitchen skills. And that's being incredibly generous. My kitchen faux pas are legendary, from burning water to a recent attempt at cookies that, when posted to Facebook, garnered a lot of questions on “Are those hamburgers?”
Stumptalk: Are historical facts so difficult to learn?
It has been my experience to discover that many elite socialists are quite intolerable to any viewpoints other than their own. Socialists are always in a minority, mainly because their ideas concerning reality are so far from the mainstream of common sense and critical thought. Whenever socialists step outside of their own world only to discover their ideals and actions are unacceptable to most of the thinking world.
LION AND THE LAMB: Discouraging words from the west
In the early 1870s Dr. Brewster M. Higley wrote “Home on the Range,” a poem that quickly spread across the United States. Set to music by a friend of his, Daniel E. Kelley, the song became a popular one for various groups. Many have considered it the unofficial anthem of the American West and in 1947 Kansas adopted it as its state song.
WE THE PEOPLE: We all must vote in mid-terms
Too many Americans are uninterested in politics, although politics affects their lives and their families, everyday. Not “bothering” to understand government, not “bothering” to question, “trusting” others to take the responsibility, is too often the American way, today.
TIDBITS: In the company of friends
I truly believe life is speeding up with every hour that passes by. Here we are staring down the first of May, when I could have sworn it was just turning 2014 the other day. They say that time flies when you're having fun. I suppose there is truth in that statement. But, time also flies when you're busy, and I've been busier than a one-armed paper hanger the last several months.
STUMPTALK: Right to bear arms central to liberty
There are two popular quotations from the writings of Thomas Jefferson that have been shown to be still relevant to our culture. “When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty” and “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Taken together they demonstrate why the right to bear arms is central to keeping our individual liberty.
Lion and the Lamb: Our war on women
Jimmy Carter, who was president from 1977 to 1981, has had quite an impressive career as an author. His first book was published in 1975, and he has now written a total of 37 books, 23 of them after his presidency. He has set a high example for other past presidents, especially those who would like to find ways of being as beneficial to their nation as possible in the days after their retirement.
Tidbits: "Selfie" destruction
Technology continues to profoundly impact our daily lives, from the Heartbleed Bug that put hundreds of thousands of websites at risk of compromising customer usernames and passwords, to the little light that tries to tell me I'm about to run out of gas. Technology also impacts our language, with new words being created to describe the latest gizmo, gadget or trend.
Stumptalk: It depends on what you mean
A writer’s headline asks, “Do we really believe in democracy?” To which I answer, “What do you mean by democracy?
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