Good Reads 02/17/18

What I’ve Been Reading, Listening to, and Watching this Week: Too-Stupid-to-Survive Edition

Too Stupid to Survive

What Mark Steyn says: On Monday the Attorney-General of the United States addressed the National Sheriffs Association thus: “I want to thank every sheriff in America. … The office of sheriff is a critical part of the Anglo-American heritage of law enforcement. We must never erode this historic office.” After which the world went nuts, starting with a CNN pearl-clutcher of a headline: Sessions invokes ‘Anglo-American heritage’ of sheriff’s office. The fact that expensively educated but ignorant reporters thought the phrase newsworthy made it even newsworthier – after which its newsworthiness became accusatory. Newsweek: Jeff Sessions Faces Fresh Racism Charge After Praising ‘Anglo-American Heritage of Law Enforcement’.

My Take: Of course, Anglo-American in this context is referring to the English beginnings of our legal system, not to white people and where they came from. But this hasn’t stopped the liberals from blowing up on Sessions. Steyn goes on to point out that liberal Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe (who criticized Sessions) and Barak Obama have both used the term “Anglo-American legal tradition”–Obama multiple times. But as Steyn cautions, “sometimes a society becomes too stupid to survive.”

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Good Reads 02/10/18

What I’ve Been Reading, Listening to, and Watching this Week–Special Swamp Edition

Un-Candid in Camera

What Mark Steyn says: “As I said to Tucker the other night, there’s no evidence of Russian government interference with the 2016 election, but there’s plenty of evidence of US government interference with the 2016 election. The latter ought to be far more disturbing. All foreign governments can be expected to pursue their national interests as they see fit. That the most powerful forces within your own government decide to subvert the election result is far more bizarre, and far graver.”

My Take: The big mistake that a lot of people make when they think about politics is to focus on partisanship. But as the Nunes memo, the Grassley letter, and the budget deal (see below) demonstrate the fight in Washington, D.C. and state capitals and city councils isn’t between Republicans and Democrats but between those who would use the state to coerce others and those who would use it to secure life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Of course, there’s an even bigger fight going on behind the scenes between those who deny the kingship of Christ and those who submit to it. Christians should make sure they are on the right side of both fights by seeking Scripture’s teaching about civil government and economics. Big government doesn’t glorify God or reflect Christian liberty.

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Good Reads 02/03/18

What I’ve Been Reading, Listening to, and Watching this Week

Change could weaken fair lending office at consumer bureau

What CNN Says: “Nestled inside the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is an office that goes after financial companies whenever they discriminate against Americans. That office just lost its teeth.”

My Take: Mick Mulvaney is reining in the out of control Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. In this case, he is also eliminating enforcement protocols that treat everything as racist if blacks are involved.

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