May 162017

Donald Trump was inaugurated as our 45th president on January 20.

Since then, I’ve been mostly quiet—and somewhat bemused.

Because you see, according to the shrieking hordes, the end is nigh. The election of Trump is the final piece in place for the destruction of the United States.

(Doesn’t it seem like said destruction should be further along than this, four months in?)

As much as I still cringe when I see or hear him acting like, well, Donald Trump, I’ve not been so displeased with his governance. He played his Supreme Court nomination exactly as he said he would. Illegal immigration across the southwest border is down 76%. We have sincere efforts underway to undo the worst of Obamacare, and some significant reform appears likely.

(And I’ll admit enjoying the newly hostile environment for the worst of the politically correct hysteria.)

I encounter a germ of legitimate concern once in a while in the ceaseless bleating of Trump’s opponents, but for the most part they’re showcasing their own near-complete lack of self-awareness. The corruption and outright thuggery under the Obama administration was rampant, and either studiously ignored or actively concealed by a sycophantic media.

But similar violations, whether real or perceived in existence and/or degree, under a Trump administration signal the apocalypse.

As Andrew Klavan asked this week: what if everything is basically fine?

 Posted by at 12:39 pm
May 022017

Longtime readers know I’m a big advocate for remaining faithful to your spouse. I got a little spun up on it late last week and needed to do something with my agitation, but it actually played rather well into a larger post series I’m preparing. So I’m thankful for that too. And it’s got me chewing on a point I don’t think I’ve ever made on the issue on before.

Back when I was eagerly making video recordings of television programming I thought I’d want to be able to watch forever (an assessment I almost never got correct, by the way), I grabbed a replay of an early episode of The Phil Donahue Show, on which outspoken atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair debated “The Preacher of Bourbon Street” Bob Harrington. It was mostly forgettable. But one thing that has stuck with me was that at one point, Harrington said that he heard regularly from people who advocated a Christian lifestyle as simply an easier, fuller way to live (implicitly irrespective of any theological considerations). He asked O’Hair whether anyone ever shared similar sentiments with her about atheism.

As I recall the question went unanswered, but it’s a question that has occasionally recurred with me over the years as I’ve considered different issues. And it’s one I think is germane to the issue of marital fidelity. I advocate for it passionately for a lot of good reasons. But I’ve never pointed out that, even beside any moral or other value-based point: it’s so much easier to do it right than it is to do it wrong.

How? Well, is it not a simpler, more satisfying life when you don’t have to worry about leaving your email at home up, or your phone unlocked, or the hamper or the car unpoliced? When you don’t have to periodically manufacture a travel history?

When you don’t have to remember anything because you just tell the truth?

 Posted by at 5:01 pm
Mar 282017

There is a thoughtful piece on Rocket City Mom about how to talk to your kids about pornography. Obviously, that’s a different discussion now than it was thirtysomething years ago when I first hit puberty. My “pornographic” education was rather tamer. At 12 I saw the video for Don Felder’s “Bad Girls,” and just…whew. Wow. […]

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