Lady Justice, No Longer Quivering, and The Talking Donkey…

Originally, I just intended to just write a comment, but the more I thought about it the more interesting I thought IB’s observations.

To make identity politics work, Liberal Democrats have to understand our differences and then contrive to use those differences to split us, and that they have done. Make no mistake.

To a large extent, the controversy over Brett Kavanaugh is just in preparation for the election in November. So Conservatives have to be careful with their words.

So is IB right? Are Conservatives hurting themselves? Probably. We do need to assure women that Conservatives abhor sexual abuse of any kind. However, everyone is entitled to a presumption of innocence, even men disliked by Liberal Democrats. Balancing those two messages can be confusing.

Anyway, here is the comment I had planned to leave.


Ordinarily I am happy to agree with you, but I don’t think you are being fair to Pastor Wilson. The pastor’s complaint is that these accusations are being made without any regard to due process.

The pastor never poo pooed the issues of sexual harrassment or rape. When he used the example of the adulterous woman the scribes and the Pharisees had brought to Jesus for judgement, he even use an appropriate example. Even though the woman was guilty of adultery, the men judging her had no business using her to push an agenda of their own. None of the woman’s accusers were acting in obedience to God. They did not care about the woman’s sin. They were trying to destroy Jesus.

Did Pastor Wilson present his case perfectly? Of course not.

You are a first class communicator. Your blog is one of the best, but does everyone understand what you are trying to say? You know they don’t. When we read what someone else has written, we can garble it in a thousand ways.

What is Pastor Wilson missing? I guess you think it is this. Women instinctively demand protection. In an age of fractured families and communties, women want the government to provide that protection. What is even more stupid is that many of them want both special protection and the alleged glories of the sexual revolution.

In this environment the pastor’s message demanding due process does not sit well with some women. It may even seem dismissive of their complaints. However, if we want equal rights for both men and women, it is all our government can do. We all have the right to be treated equally before the law, even men.

Is there a solution? Yes. The Bible still provides the best guide for sexual relations. Sex is a gift from God, and we need to treat that gift with the reverence it deserves. We need to bring up our boys and girls to respect each other as fellow children of God. We need to avoid as much as possible situations that might lead to sexual sin.

However, doing what the Bible requires is a matter of custom, not law. We cannot legislate some things. Expecting senators to deal fairly with a vague, decades old, last minute, sex crime accusation in a politicized hearing just isn’t realistic. This may be a fight over a justice, but too many of these senators are fighting for power, not justice.

See, there's this thing called biology...

So I was not going to talk about Brett Kavanaugh, politics, or the charges against him, and by “charges” I mean charges in the court of public opinion. I am still not going to talk about Kavanaugh directly because both proclaiming his innocence or pronouncing his guilt all about the intertoobz is just stoopid.

There is a much larger issue here that is far more important, and that is how the chattering conservative class never seem to realize they are actually much like cats at the mercy of a little red dot. Seriously, quiver that laser light to the right and all the little chattering cats will run to the right. Or if you’d like to see them try to climb up the wall, point it towards the wall. It’s almost like having a remote control in your hands.

In politics the goal is not to prove some guy’s guilt or innocence…

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Good works — Is there evidence of a radical change of thinking?

When we repent, what does that require of us?

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Goodness is virtue and holiness in action. Jesus calls on me to radically change how I think and do good. This is essential to being a disciple of King Jesus. It isn’t optional. It requires radical change.

Goodness results in a life characterized by deeds motivated by righteousness and a desire to be a blessing. It’s a moral characteristic of a Spirit-filled person. The Greek word translated “goodness,” agathosune, is defined as “uprightness of heart and life.”

Agathosune is goodness for the benefit of others, not goodness simply for the sake of being virtuous.

Good works — Is there evidence of a radical change of thinking (aka repentance)?

I must believe. I must also act on my belief. I don’t get to say “Jesus has saved me” and then that be it. Jesus calls on me to be a disciple. Jesus calls on me to learn and grow…

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King Solomon, Ancient Wisdom Advice for the Trump “OpEd”

Rudy has a good commentary on Niki Haley’s reaction to that stab in the back News York Times OpEd. This is the Op-ed written by someone who is supposedly a Trump administration insider.

Doug’s comments, which follow immediately after Rudy’s post, make that post even more interesting. We wonder. Why would anyone defend that stab-in-the-back New York Times Op-ed?

When we sin, we have three options.
1. We can repent. We can admit our guilt. That requires humility and faith in God.
2. We can defend our behavior. The more shamelessly we can do this the more believable we will be. This option requires faith in Man, especially our self.
3. We can pretend sin, treachery in this case, does not matter. When we say “everyone does it”, our defense is that it does not matter because everyone does it. Here we count upon the “fact” that no one will hold us accountable.

Democrats are defending their behavior. That is because destroying Trump and crushing his agenda matters so very much to them. Therefore, they have lied and deceived shamelessly. The writer of that New York Times Op-ed serves as just one small example.

As a nation we should be highly concerned. When supposedly respected and responsible newspapers enthusiastically provide a platform for shameless liars, that’s a sign that we too have become shameless.

Rudy u Martinka

 Is Nikki Haley’s advice to the anonymous OpEd wise or foolish?

The Chicago Tribune Perspective titled, A rebuke to anonymous when I challenge the President, I do it directly, reports her advice to the anonymous White House intriguer.

This same wisdom advice was given 3000 years ago by King Solomon in Proverbs along with a warning of what will happen to him or her when their identity is revealed.

King Solomon

Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself; and discover not a secret to another: (Proverb 25:9)


Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself,…. Between thee and him alone; lay the matter before him, and hear what he has to say for himself, by which you will better judge of the nature of the cause; try to compromise things, and make up the difference between you,

Lest he that heareth it put thee to shame, and thine infamy turn not away. …

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Unavoidable Tensions

Alex tackles a tough issue in this post. His post reminds me of a question I had to answer when I applied for AFROTC. “Would I have been willing to pilot one those bombers that dropped bombs on Germany and Japan during WWII?”

Why that question? It was 1970. Overindulged flower children and a self-proclaimed morally pure news media had denounced war. Why? What principles did they adhere to? None that could be discerned. The pictures of the Vietnam War shown on TV were just ugly. War, as some have observed, is Hell.

Do principles weaken us? That is the question Alex tackles in his post, and there is no simple answer. I think Jesus addressed this issue in this passage.

Matthew 7:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
Do Not Judge
7 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. 3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.

Why do some demand that “we” not judge them? Sometimes we render judgement inappropriately, but consider verse 6. Are we suppose to trust dogs and swine? If dogs and swine drop bombs and weapons of mass destruction upon our family and friends, how should we respond, by tying our hands behind our backs? Of course not.

What is the purpose of the law? The law exists to provide justice. Just laws separate those people who are willing to live by the principles the law upholds from those who will not. Just government punishes the dogs and the swine.

If a law allows dogs and swine to trample upon pearls of love and tear the innocent to pieces, then that law is unjust.


“All life must be protected at all costs/the individual is the most important” vs. “Do the maximum amount of good when the opportunity presents itself.”

Thales at The Declination articulates a point I’ve been making for some time now: the tension between principles and self-defense:

When it comes to principles, I can really only speak for myself, but I suspect what I’m about to discuss is something that holds true for most people. We naturally hold having principles to be higher, that is to say morally superior, to not having principles, or to violating them arbitrarily. However, this can lead to absurdities such as guilt-ridden, suicidal cultures (see: most of the West right now).

Most people, I imagine, would agree that non-aggression is generally a good principle. Indeed, Libertarians and Anarcho-Capitalists have this enshrined as a core principle. Violence can only be used on someone who, in turn…

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