VA Governor Ralph Northam has had a really bad week. (And so have the people of VA) Continue reading “VA Governor’s Really Bad Week”
One of the recent hallmarks of ‘progressive liberalism’ is a strong reaction to Christianity-not just indifference to religion but an almost visceral anti-Christian view . Though many may claim that’s not true, one need only look at recent criticisms of things that not long ago were very common in American society. Two senators have criticized judicial nominees simply because they were members of mainstream Christian religions, and the Vice President’s wife is lambasted because she took a part-time job as a teacher at a private Christian school.
Author David French writes in the National Review about the rise of anti-Christian attitudes. His article gives insight into the rise of sentiment that should trouble us, not just those who may be religious or Christians, but those who value freedom of thought and constitutional protections.
A link to the article is here. It is worth the read.
Quick takes on news of the week, including announcement of a new summit between North Korea’s Kim Jung-Un and President Trump, the De-valuing of America and children-or at least those acting like children-in high government office. Continue reading “Weekend Quick Takes”
How far we have come as a country when you have to ‘defend yourself’ for singing the national anthem?!
Gladys Knight, whose popular hit “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” made her an iconic figure, was chosen to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in two weeks. As an African-American woman, she was criticized for singing the anthem when others have made protests against the anthem a personal cause.
Knight responded with a statement…one that speaks for itself and has no need of comment, so Thinking Man will just quote it here:
“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things and they are police violence and injustice. It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone. I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good—I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII.”
As we close the year, people often give though to taxes and year end charitable giving. As we do, Thinking Man couldn’t help but ponder the topic. And because, after all, we do talk about ‘politics’, we talk about charitable giving and helping those less fortunate among us in the context of the ongoing debate that we have in our country about social programs, and how much the government should spend on programs to help low income individuals and families. A broad generalization, which admittedly leaves out very important details such as the effectiveness of social programs and their social effects, is that liberals tend to favor more spending on social ‘safety net’ programs that give money to the lower income or disadvantaged while conservatives tend to not want to spend as much as liberals on those programs.
Part of the premise of ‘Thinking Man’s Politics’ is to think and not to give attention to blind rhetoric or political ‘talking points’. To get answers, and answers that work we much think for ourselves and to find what’s best no matter which side of the political spectrum it comes from or who is in favor of an idea. So, Thinking Man wanted to use data to examine the intersection of those topics-does a certain political belief or perspective indicate a level of compassion, at least as indicated by personal charitable giving. And so the following is a summary of parts of that discussion: of where charity-specifically personal donations to charity- comes from and who gives the most to others. (In examining the issue, several sources have been used, including IRS data from 2012-admitedly a bit dated but it’s what was readily available and compiled). Continue reading “Giving Back and Helping Others-A Look At Ourselves”
This weeks news of note include segregation in the music industry and developments in the hearings for Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Supreme Court Justice Continue reading “Weekend Quick Takes”
Today, John McCain will be laid to rest at the US Naval Academy Cemetery. Services were held in AZ, where he had his home and who he represented in the Senate for several terms. For those who paid attention, John McCain left all of us a lesson even in death. Continue reading “Even In Death, John McCain Gives Us Something To Think About”