10 Minutes to Summarize American Culture

If you want to understand where America stands, pay attention to the Super Bowl half-time show.I mean this from a purely sociological standpoint.My reasoning:The Super Bowl is the single event that unites the entire country.  It transcends race, gender, social class, politics, religion and every other divide. The Super Bowl is considered family viewing. The people who put on the Super Bowl have a vested interest in maintaining this peak spot on the cultural mountain as the one A … [Read more...]

Why Trump Won, as Heard in Seven Shots & One Speech

Monday morning, MLK day, I was loading the car in a hotel parking lot when gunfire erupted in the distance.   The shots were irregular - one, and then two, and then a pause and another one . . . perhaps seven shots in total.The hotel was more like a set of small apartment houses clustered around the pool; sound bounces off houses deceptively, so that all I could know is that the shots came from ahead or beside me, not behind.  It was quiet.  A cloudy morning.  To my left was a high privacy fe … [Read more...]

The Female Draft and the End of Abortion

I don't expect that under the incoming administration there will be much momentum for requiring young women to register with the United States Selective Service, but sooner or later sufficient push will come along.  This is a different topic than "women in the military" in general, just as the decision to conscript young men is different than the question of the military having male volunteers.When that day comes, the justification for abortion will have just ended.What does it mean to v … [Read more...]

Immigration Policy and the Moral Law

“You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor." Leviticus 19:15 This month over at (the extremely right-leaning) Chronicles magazine, Karina Rollins is reporting on the epidemic of sexual assaults committed by migrants in Germany.  To recap the situation, a few links from across the spectrum:Here's a detailed report from the Gatestone Institute - useful because of the summary of inc … [Read more...]

Why You Should Vote 3rd Party This Year

If there were a morally acceptable candidate offered by either major party, of course you could vote for that person in clear conscience.  There isn't, and therefore many people are settling for choosing the least-bad candidate.Don't do this.Vote third party.Why?Voting third party is the most effective way for you to bring about a change of regime.It's more effective than a write-in campaign (barring a massive, united, nationwide campaign, which I don't see happening).  It's c … [Read more...]

Christian Calamities: A Taste of the South to Help You Choke on America

There's been pearl-clutching in odd quarters ever since Pastor Mark Burns, a South Carolinian, delivered his benediction on the Republican party.  I am not a Republican and I won't be voting for Trump, and I don't think you should either.  I am dismayed by the weaselly justifications some of my fellow Christians are spouting these days in their support for the GOP candidate.Still, it amuses me that the professionally-impious are suddenly offended on our Lord's behalf for what is, as I will sh … [Read more...]

Spiritual Apathy and the War on Terror

Over at the Catholic Conspiracy, Tom Zampino lays out the case for just warfare and writes: Any remaining illusions that we, ourselves, are safe anywhere – that we can, somehow, escape the carnage unscathed – have, of course, long since been shattered. Each new attack only serves to drive us further into despair, and deeper into isolation. . . .. . . we can and should urge those who legitimately hold authority over us to use all arms necessary to quickly defeat this global and growing threat … [Read more...]