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The End of Days?

Tuesday, March 15, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

Rod Dreher took to his blog at “The American Conservative” yesterday and described his weekend conversations.  It is not a pretty picture.  Among other things, he learned of:

  • The disintegration of the traditional American family, not just in the lower classes, but the middle class
  • The fact that students these days are unable to grasp simple cause and effect
  • The unwillingness of people to take responsibility for their actions, especially as parents in the middle class
  • Churches that offer “services” but do not develop character

Then he gets depressed:

Above all, I’m tired of a culture in which so many people have no idea how to tell themselves no, to anything, ever. A culture of entitlement.

He then quotes extensively an old post he did on Dante and concludes, “As it was in the 14th century, is now, and ever shall be. Human nature does not change.”  He closes by noting the deep fear and anxiety that seems to pervade the national mood.

Firstly, as sad as the lack of progress that mankind has made since the 14th century may be, it also represents hope.  Man has been here before, things may change, but it is not the end of days.  But more, the fact that things have not changed so much since the 14th century tells us where the problem, and the solution, really lie. Continue Reading

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Strength

Sunday, March 13, 2016  |  posted by John Schroeder

Jesus Christ is the strongest person every to walk the face of the planet.  That statement is inarguable if you believe, as I do, that Jesus was God Incarnate.  The one God, creator and sustainer of all things, in the form of man must be the strongest man there ever was because who could be stronger than God?

Yet Jesus chose to exhibit his strength in sacrifice.  Whether it was choosing to go hungry in the desert when tempted to the contrary by the Evil One, or  His trial before Pontius Pilate, Jesus, as Paul put it, “…did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself….”

We often associate strength with athletic prowess, yet it is the apparent underdog that we love so much.  My adored, not to mention alma mater, Butler Bulldogs 2011 run to the final game of the NCAA basketball tourney is a story that captured the nation.  Underdog when they did the same thing the year before they lost their best player to the NBA and did it again!  They demonstrated that strength is not always apparent in physicality or rhetoric.  Peyton Manning in the playoffs just concluded was a shadow of the Peyton Manning that took the Colts to Super Bowl victory, but he got the job done.  It is not his arm that is his strength as a quarterback.  And more than the Super Bowl victory, the nation adored his conference championship victory over the obsessive braggart and much-stronger-on-paper Tom Brady. Continue Reading

Ted Cruz Says Candidates Bear Responsibility For The Culture Of Their Campaigns

Friday, March 11, 2016  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The Audio:

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The transcript:

HH: Senator Cruz joins us. Senator Cruz, I must say I was thinking of you and Heidi today when I was listening to all of the eulogies about Nancy and Ron Reagan. Your wife and your two beautiful daughters were there in the front row last night. It’s got to be stressful on them.

TC: You know, it is, but they’ve actually been, they’ve been phenomenal. Heidi has been on the road campaigning non-stop. I mean, she is truly a road warrior. She’s in Missouri right now campaigning. I’m in Chicago campaigning. And the girls have been, they’ve had fun with it. They go on the road with us. They get out and shake hands and wave, and it’s stressful on them, but at the same time, it has been an amazing journey, and really, the most incredible thing is we’ve gotten the opportunity to meet and get to know just unbelievable people across the country who are really, really passionate to turn the country around.

HH: Now Senator Ted Cruz, www.tedcruz.org if people want to support you, I watched in pretty great amazement last night, two hours up close and personal of substantive discussion. So on a substantive basis, I had Tim Miller on earlier who’s opposing Donald Trump. What is the most significant difference that revealed itself in your mind last night on the stage?

TC: Well, I think it was clear that you know, Donald said that nobody knows the system better than him. And that may well be right, because Donald Trump is the system. Donald Trump is Washington. Donald Trump is big business. And for everyone who is frustrated with Washington, who is frustrated with politicians who have lied to him, who haven’t done what they said, and who have broken their promises, who have been part of the Washington corruption, I understand that frustration. I understand that anger. It’s well justified. But you do not respond to the corruption of Washington by supporting an individual like Donald Trump who has been enmeshed in that corruption for 40 years. And it became evident. You know, several times, I asked Donald, name one time when you have ever stood up to Washington, where you’ve ever taken on the lobbyists on anything. And he couldn’t point to a single instance. Name one government program you would eliminate. He couldn’t point to a single program. And I think that’s why we need our support continuing to grow and grow and grow, because when people look to, okay, who has a record of actually standing up to the corruption in Washington, standing with the hard-working taxpayer, I’m the one candidate with a proven record of doing that over and over again, which explains why there have been so many slings and arrows tossed our direction, because when you take on Washington, Washington doesn’t like it. Continue Reading

Carly Fiorina Discusses Her Endorsement Of Ted Cruz, And Why Not Donald Trump

Wednesday, March 9, 2016  |  posted by Duane Patterson

The Audio:
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The Transcript:

HH: From Miami, Florida, it’s Hugh Hewitt fresh from a day of debate prep with the CNN team of Jake Tapper, Dana Bash and the Washington Times’ Steve Dinan, I am here to bring you all the news. Of course, you know Donald Trump won three primaries last night. Marco Rubio won none. John Kasich won none. Ted Cruz won Idaho. The delegate split was Trump 72, Cruz 61, Kasich 17, Marco Rubio zero. Senator Rubio doubling down today saying he’s staying in through Florida, intends to win Florida. John Kasich saying he’s closed the gap in Ohio. And the big surprise of the day, Carly Fiorina endorsing Ted Cruz. She joins me now the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and presidential candidate. Carly Fiorina, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

CF: Thank you. How are you, Hugh?

HH: I’m great. I’m busy and a little bit tired, but you are, too. You’ve been out on the trail with Ted Cruz today in a big surprise endorsement. Tell me about that. Why?

CF: Why? Because you know, I’ve said all throughout this campaign character reveals…under pressure. And I have seen Ted Cruz stand as a Constitutional conservative for his principles. He has never gotten down in the dirt ever. He has run a campaign of character and substance. And it’s time for the Republican Party for… Continue Reading

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