on divorce and its effects

December 13, 2017

I could wish more people could be this honest about the wreckage created by divorce. We’re dealing with some of the effects in my family, and it’s horrible.

C. S. Lewis has a chapter, “Christian Marriage,” in his book Mere Christianity, and he pictures divorce this way:

[Christians] all regard divorce as something like cutting up a body, as a kind of surgical operation. Some of them think the operation so violent that it cannot be done at all; others admit it as a desperate remedy in extreme cases. They are all agreed that it is more like having both your legs cut off than it is like dissolving a business partnership or even deserting a regiment.

It would be a great benefit to society if this became more the perception of divorce, rather than making it easier and regarding it as a supposed boon to the parties involved. It’s horrible.

income statistics have bourgeois values

September 25, 2017

The headline of the column says it all:

Married Couples with Children and Jobs Cause Income Inequality

on leftists, justice, and the state

September 22, 2017

Civil asset forfeiture has become a crazy situation. I get the potential for crippling organized crime syndicates, and I’m warm to that idea. But what in the world are law enforcement officers thinking when they abuse citizens because they can? This case of the man from Kentucky having his truck seized by Customs agents may be the nail in the coffin of what might have been a useful tool but one that can’t be trusted in the hands of totalitarian minded LEOs.

And it’s this very dynamic that baffles me when I hear Leftists propose that the only way to bring about social justice is giving more authority to the State at all levels to compel citizens to behave in specific, “just” ways in their religious, commercial, and a private lives. Civil asset forfeiture abuse should make it obvious how that’s going to work out.

on media, persuasion, and propaganda

September 21, 2017

Nice viewpoint on the polarization of the culture, including the media, and how the reaction to the Trump administration has undermined the Leftist cultural effort to persuade people to support Leftist policy proposals.

Here’s the key takeaway from the post: “The media has gone Full Trigglypuff — and you never go Full Trigglypuff.”

single payer health systems

September 19, 2017

Apparently the Democrats are going to push all out for government controlled health insurance. Healthcare is a right in their view. To the situation in the UK, where this summer it was revealed that millions of people can’t get to a general practitioner in less than a week, with more than 11 percent of patients failing to get an appointment at all, I’m sure the advocates in the United States will point out that we’ll get it right, that in the UK they haven’t really been trying single payer.

It’s going to suck.

on the Pope and politics

September 18, 2017

Paul Rahe has written a scathing rebuke of both Pope Francis and the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic church for the scandal of making the church a partisan political program rather than a promoter of the gospel. That’s going to leave a mark.

on socialism and single payer

September 18, 2017

It’s amusing if tiring to read Leftists defend socialism from its failures in Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, etc., but claiming they’re not actually instances of socialism. We in the United States will get it right.

This summer it was reported in The Telegraph that getting an appointment to see a GP in the UK was getting increasingly difficult. Now it’s being reported that certain joint surgeries are not available to patients who are smokers or are overweight.

In light of the current push by Democrat politicians for single payer in the United States, I fully expect to hear before long that the NHS is not really a single payer system.

Democrat party malfeasance

September 14, 2017

Anytime someone on the Left claims that extremists on the Left are the fringe, while extremists on the Right are part of the mainstream of the GOP, ask them about this from the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee, about as official as it can get:


h/t Powerlineblog

trans ideology against humanity

September 12, 2017

This article of a situation out of the UK illustrates the anti-humanity of the trans ideology movement. That movement doesn’t care one whit about harm to human beings as long as they are setting the terms for discussion of gender and sexuality. Disgusting.


Quote of the day (week)

June 16, 2017

The only way to back away from this instead of falling over the precipice is for Democrats, Republicans, and the media to acknowledge that the other side really does not want you dead. But there is too much invested in believing otherwise.

Erick Erickson