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    Praying for the President This Christmas

    Praying for the President This Christmas

    Ligon Duncan makes some sound points though many might not like to consider them. I actually posted this way back in 2008 when Mr. Duncan originally wrote it. But this Christmas Eve I think it is worth posting again. For those Christians who are more dismayed than overjoyed about the prospects of an Obama presidency, there should be a remembrance that as our President, Barack | Read More »

    Rebuilding the Party: The Technology

    Rebuilding the Party: The Technology

    A small Baptist church looked to hire a preacher. They brought in a young man who preached an excellent sermon. The diaconate loved him so much, they invited him back the next week. The next week the preacher preached the exact same sermon. It was a great sermon. But the diaconate was concerned. Maybe the young preacher had a bad week and was out of | Read More »

    Just How Badly John Boehner Played His Hand

    I talked to two congressmen who were not involved in the purge or victims of it. They both said that seeing House leaders back “squishes” during the primaries including against some incumbents and then seeing them throw conservatives off committees was all they needed to strengthen their spines against the Speaker.They said they’re happy to be team players, but they think conservatives in the conference | Read More »

    Stop Pretending We Can’t Disagree on This

    Not a day goes by that I am not forced to confront the idea that I could be wrong about a lot, including the notion of going over the fiscal cliff.The problem is that a lot of Republicans, including most of the conservative press out there jockeying for access in the Speaker’s Lobby, have so thoroughly drunk the kool-aid (yes, I know it’s flavor-aide and | Read More »



    On Christmas Day of 1863, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow penned the poem “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” His oldest son had been badly wounded in the Civil War the prior month and Longfellow’s wife had died in an accidental fire. Among the lines were these: And in despair I bowed my head;
”There is no peace on earth,” I said;
”For hate is strong,
And mocks the | Read More »

    Plan B Aborted

    John Boehner proceeded with Plan B and gave neither assurances nor reassurances that he would fight for meaningful spending cuts or entitlement reforms. He asked Republicans to give up the last plank in their party they had not surrendered in the name of big government without getting anything meaningful from the Democrats.In short, John Boehner has spent two weeks negotiating with himself, ending what amounted | Read More »

    URGENT: Last few hours to stop the Boehner Tax Hike

    Later today, the House of Representatives will vote on a major tax increase. This disastrous idea is being pushed by Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor and will do nothing other than put Republicans on record supporting tax increases that should be the sole responsibility of President Obama. Fortunately, groups like Club for Growth and Heritage Action for America are opposing the bill.The | Read More »

    Oppose Plan B

    Republicans in Congress intend to vote today on Plan B, John Boehner’s fall back plan on the fiscal cliff.The President says he will veto it.In other words, the Republicans are going to go on record that they will sell out their last remaining principle — no tax increases — and get nothing from the Democrats in return. Nothing.There’ll be no Democrat deal on entitlements. There’ll | Read More »



    An old joke, long attributed to Winston Churchill goes like this. Churchill asked a famous British socialite, “Madam, would you sleep with me for five million pounds?””My goodness, Mr. Churchill. Well, I suppose we would have to discuss terms, of course,” the socialite replied.Churchill then asked, “Would you sleep with me for five pounds?” at which the socialite angrily responded, “Mr. Churchill, what kind of | Read More »

    With Apologies to Governor Haley, Congressman Scott, and the South Carolina Press

    This morning I made a dumb and careless mistake. Yesterday, at 11:20 a.m., about 40 minutes before the official announcement, Governor Haley and Congressmen Scott called me to give me an advanced notice of the announcement and let me ask questions.We chatted, according to my iPhone, for 8 minutes.For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you know two things — since Saturday my | Read More »

    Welcome to the Senate, Mr. Scott

    Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina leaves the Senate on December 31st. Replacing him will be Congressman Tim Scott. Yesterday, Governor Nikki Haley made the announcement that she would choose Congressman Scott for the replacement.Governor Haley and the future Senator called me Friday Monday* morning before the announcement was made. Governor Haley emphasized that Senator Scott would be as independent as Senator DeMint. In fact, | Read More »

    Goodwill to Men

    Goodwill to Men

    It was as if an earthquake rentThe hearth-stones of a continent,And made forlornThe households bornOf peace on earth, good-will to men!And in despair I bowed my head;“There is no peace on earth,” I said;“For hate is strong,And mocks the songOf peace on earth, good-will to men!”On Friday in Connecticut, more than two dozen, mostly children, were gunned down in an act of evil.I once read | Read More »

    Coming Together

    Coming Together

    At times like this we are told we must “come together.”When you think about, we don’t, as a nation, come together much any more except in tragedy.We used to come together as a nation during the Olympics, when we rooted for Americans. But in recent years we are too often lectured about the jingoism in rooting for America.We used to come together as we sent | Read More »

    The Evangelists’ Failure

    The Evangelists' Failure

    Somewhere in America this week, Protestant Christ followers will donate money to fund missionaries. The offering for the Lottie Moon fund will be collected. Mission to the World will get a check. The Foreign Mission Board will be funded and prayed for. The Salvation Army bell will be rung. Around the nation, Evangelical America will, throughout the year, hear tales of their missions, missionaries, and | Read More »

    The Republicans Have Failed the Nation

    The Republicans Have Failed the Nation

    “Obsequious praise for small government does the Republicans no good when they too are in favor of big government in their actions.” Over the next couple of years, Barack Obama wants to raise the national debt to $18.9 trillion or so. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and the congressional Republicans want to raise the national debt to $18.4 trillion or so. The present leadership of the | Read More »