POSTS WORTH READING — September 27, 2014

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From time-to-time we must catch up with what others are writing. Such is one of those times for me.

News/Editiorials

  • 200,000 in Va. may lack proper ID needed to vote (www.washingtonpost.com) – This story now begins with this correction.

    Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that 450,000 voters lack proper identification to cast ballots in Virginia. The correct number is 200,000.

    The title of that article changed too, of course.

    The problem is the usual scary newspaper headline and the lack of emphasis on the plain fact nobody knows how many eligible voters lack a valid ID.

    If we actually read the article, we find out that nobody will be denied the right to vote, but everyone has to have a photo ID, and those are available for free.

  • Rand Paul’s coherent foreign policy (www.washingtontimes.com) – Senator Rand Paul has not supported most of our nation’s recent military actions in the Middle East. Nevertheless, he supports bombing ISIS. Is he being consistent or pandering to the polls. This is an editorial that argues Paul is being consistent. I particularly thought this quote relevant.

    In his Heritage Foundation speech, Mr. Paul accepted the conventional view that the West was not in a conflict with Islam itself, but rather with radical elements within Islam. He added: “The problem is that this element is no small minority, but a vibrant, often mainstream, vocal and numerous minority.” Whole countries, he noted, adhere to certain radical concepts of Islam, and the Muslim peoples are animated by powerful political sentiments born of a long history of frustration and passion. “Radical Islam,” he declared, “is no fleeting fad, but a relentless force,” one that makes up for its military weakness “with unlimited zeal.”

    One thing I have slowly come to understand is that we cannot trust what anyone says about anyone else. Is Senator Paul a foreign policy radical? Well, depending upon our own viewpoint he may seem like one. However, what any politician’s critics say about him is going to be distorted. Inevitably, our own biases intrude. So before we judge Senator Paul’s stance on the issues, we need to listen to the man first. We must compare what he says against our own point-of-view, not someone else’s. Therefore, I recommend Senator Paul’s Heritage Foundation speech.

Blogs

  • I support Jeanine Lawson for Brentsville District Supervisor (pwceducationreform.wordpress.com) – Republicans will be choosing their nominee for the special election to replace Brentsville District Supervisor Wally Covington on October 1, 2014 (see Brentsville Special Election). This post is a well-considered endorsement of Jeanine Lawson.
  • Polling for Marriage (familyfoundation.org) – Polling in support of same-sex marriage is decreasing.  That’s good news, but I especially enjoyed this quote.

    Accusing someone of being on the wrong side of history says nothing about whether he is on the right side of the argument. It is a mere threat, and a somewhat hollow one. History is an arbitrary enforcer. (from here)

  • Shak Hill 2014 (jatticus.wordpress.com) – The guy Republicans nominated as their candidate for the Senate here in Virginia, Ed Gillespie, is not catching on yet. I suspect the voters are still yawning, trying to finger out the difference between an Establishment Republican and Senator Mark Warner. Since there are real differences, we would be better off with Ed Gillespie, but I sure wish we had nominated Shak Hill. However, no matter who runs against Warner, it seems we are going to have some funny business. For some reason, my antivirus software seems concerned about the safety of Gillespie’s website, but it has no concerns about Mark Warner’s campaign website. Are some users reporting Gillespie’s website as part of a phishing scheme? Could be. Is it a political dirty trick? Democrats would never do that sort of thing, would they?
  • This Parallel Between LBJs And Obamas War Plans Will Terrify You (nebraskaenergyobserver.wordpress.com) – Black or white President Obama is first and foremost a politician, and he behaves like Liberal Democrat politician. Therefore, we can expect him to manage military operations like previous Liberal Democrats. Hence, while some people were hoping that the Obama administration would do something about ISIS, others just wished the White House and Congress would give our military forces the resources they need and then let them do their job.
  • Christianity and Progressivism (level-head.livejournal.com) – This post springs from a post I wrote, WHY ARE POLITICS AND RELIGION LOST SUBJECTS IN AMERICA? The post makes some interesting observations, and the commentary that follows it is very interesting too.

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