“Politics hinges on culture and lifestyle more than policy”, said David Wasserman, a political analyst at Cook Political Report. He measures the distribution by counting the number of Whole Foods Market stores in a city and Cracker Barrel restaurants in a county to determine that community’s political tendencies.
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Indeed, nothing matters so much in preserving capitalism as preserving the ethics behind it.
This word gets thrown around way too often, and no one really seems to grasp its meaning. We live in a world where “tolerance” is actually one-sided. Standing up for what you believe in is only “tolerated” when it agrees with popular opinion. We praise those who state how they feel on an issue…only when it’s what we also believe, of course. Well, that’s not tolerance, that’s approval. That’s just agreeing.
How does this relate to the Islam, Christian or terrorism discussion? It is the view of the shedding of blood that separates the true faith from a false faith in the living God. The false faith, by the way, is not limited to Islam. There are those who call themselves Christians whose faith is just as off base as the religion of Mohammed. The difference can be summed up in 6 words, two sets of three words actually. These words are: pride vs. humility, selfishness vs. sacrifice and hate vs. love.
Like a young child with explosives, undeveloped ideas, naively proffered are seemingly innocent intellectual exercises. However, given enough time, freedom to roam, and an ignition source, these seemingly innocuous ideas may come to a tragic conclusion.
Following the horrendous shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut, the issue of gun control has once again come to the forefront of political dialogue. Superficially this seems like a good idea. Intuitively limiting guns, magazines, and ammunition will surely reduce gun violence and save lives. While this may be emotionally satisfying, or soothing to the conscience that something was done, I would submit that such actions are not only ineffective and encroach upon our constitutional rights, but may even increase violence and crime.
By Brandon Dutcher When Oklahomans (and Americans) think of former Governor Frank Keating, they doubtless remember his grace and dignity in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing. But as someone who works at a public policy think tank in … Continued