Can the Federal Government draw state districts for National Congressional elections? There are several sections of the constitution at issue: Article I, Sec. 2, Clause 1 and 2, Article 1, Sec. 4, and the 10th amendment. The 10th Amendment will apply if the power at issue was not delegated to the United States. If not … Continue reading Who Has the Power?
Archimedes of Syracuse was a Greek mathematician and scientist. He discovered the value of "pi" by which the area of a circle could be accurately calculated. He invented several machines, including a water-turning screw to draw water upwards without individual buckets or lengthy ropes. He invented a giant lens antisiege machine to focus the sun's … Continue reading Historical Profile: Archimedes
I'm beginning a series for this blog called "Political Fix" in which I will banter around ideas that I think will actually help fix America. While good policies on tax, immigration, education, war powers etc. are badly needed, those are not the types of fixes I'm proposing. One of the central tenets of American Political … Continue reading Political Fix: Debates
"The People cannot look to legislation generally for success. Industry, thrift, and character are not conferred by act or resolve. Government cannot relieve from toil. It can, of course, provide for the defective....but the normal must care for themselves. Self-government means self-support.--Calvin Coolidge, Address to Massachusetts Senate"
I recently stumbled upon an article published by the Gospel Coalition's Facebook page entitled "I don't Get it" about how the author cannot understand how and why Christians can enjoy watching Game of Thrones in good conscience. [ https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/kevindeyoung/2017/08/08/i-dont-understand-christians-watching-game-of-thrones/ ] The Author admits that he has never watched ANY game of Thrones episode, so his … Continue reading Game of Thrones and Christian Puritans
There was an interesting picture with caption that circulated around my Facebook feed this last week about protestors who block traffic to draw attention to their protesting. The Picture is reproduced below. I got into a rather heated debate with a friend about whether this was A) prudent, and B) actually a moral thing … Continue reading Feelings v. Reason
What is more important, a man's belief or his acts? In a perfect man, his acts will flow from his beliefs, so the dichotomy won't really matter. But on some subjects there is a disconnect; sometimes it's quite out of our control and so our beliefs can never be acted upon in a meaningful way. … Continue reading Quick Thought: Belief or Acts
I recently listened to a lecture by a catholic speaker on pornography addiction. He told the story that once, when he was in confessional, he confided his pornography addiction to his priest and asked what he should do. The priest replied, "You need to tell Jesus He has a problem." The young man was confused. … Continue reading Dear Jesus, You have a problem, and it’s Me
There are many views of sin in the world, and many metaphors for what it is like in the Bible. Jesus likens sin to a lion, prowling around and seeking to devour, as something crouching at the door, as a thief in the night, and as leaven that levels a whole lump of bread. I … Continue reading Sin as a Pearl
Greek, Athenian statesman most noted for his speeches against Alexander the Great's father, Philip of Macedon, collectively known as "philippics." He shaved half his head to prevent himself going out in public until he had learned to speak without lisp or stammer, and practiced orating with pebbles under his tongue to enhance pronunciation and by … Continue reading Character of the Week: Demosthenes of Athens