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Ohio Congressman TIm Ryan On The Shutdown, The Defense Budget, and 2020 Campaign

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Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, a member of the House Appropriations Committee and possible candidate for president for the Democrats joined me this morning:




HH: I’m joined by my friend, Congressman Tim Ryan from the great state of Ohio, from Niles and Warren, in fact. Congressman, are you in The Land? Or are you back inside the Beltway…uh oh, Congressman Ryan, are you on…

TR: I’m in The Land.

HH: Oh, good. You should be back here. Don’t you have first day at work tomorrow?

TR: Yeah, I’ll be there tonight late.

HH: All right. First question, Ohio State last night, you’ve got to say they should have been in the Final Four, don’t you think?

TR: There’s no doubt about it, no doubt about it. I mean, you know, when you watch even the Georgia game and how they played last night, you think Ohio State’s got to be there. I think they need to move to a bigger tournament. They need to move to at least an 8-team playoff.

HH: That is, they just got screwed, and they looked good last night. They laid off a little bit in the second half, but they still looked good. And the Browns, Congressman, I have to think this is the first time you and I have felt optimistic about our club in a long time.

TR: Unbelievable. I mean, Baker, Baker, Money Maker. I’m so pumped. I mean, it feels like I’ve got another day in the week back with my Sundays now, so it’s unbelievable.

HH: There you go. There you go. So that’s next year. Let’s talk about this year. Are you and Nancy Pelosi getting along after your challenge to her speakership a few years ago?

TR: Yeah. Yeah, yeah, we get along fine. You know, a lot, we kept it professional the entire way. I mean, I clearly had some opinions that I expressed numerous times publicly, but you know, at some point, you’ve got to start governing the country. And we’re in the majority now in the House.

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The Old and The New

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The new year approaches – rapidly.  It is typical on Sundays around the new year to hear about how Christ makes all things new.  We are quoted I Cor. 5:17 and we read devotionals like this:

God doesn’t stop moving in new ways—the constant surprise of witnessing God’s work is part of the Christian life.

And yet, the older I get the more I am struck by how little things actually change.  Oh sure, there is this whole new thing called the Internet – which really is not so new anymore – but look at it closely.  The wastelands of social media, filled with dismissal, insult, and vile proclamations, are in the end nothing new.  They are just the latest reflection of the rot that fills our insides.  They may be a new place for us to spill our bile in new ways, but it is the same bile and the same spirit that animates the spillage.  It may be a new medium, but the message has not changed in forever.

Do you honestly think Donald J Trump is the first president to be vilified by opponents beyond all reason?  Read your history – he may be the first to suffer the vilification with a media this loud and this omnipresent – but the vilification is as old as the nation.

The same Bible that tells us of Christ’s new creation also says:

That which has been is that which will be,
And that which has been done is that which will be done.
So there is nothing new under the sun.

There is much more to this “new creation” business than turning the calendar and making a few resolutions.

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May I Humbly Suggest…

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Kate Irby at McClatchy reports:

California’s Republican Party is in deep trouble, and in interviews with both outgoing and returning state House Republicans, none could offer a specific message or path forward.

California GOP – google “Winston Churchill wilderness years” and start reading.  Losing is not the end.

Becoming What You Hate

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As I mentioned on Monday, anti-religious bigotry has once again raised it’s ugly head in our judicial nomination process.  “Once again?” you may ask.  It was just a little more than a year ago that we heard from Dianne Feinstein and “the dogma.”  Well, now it is Kamala Harris and Maize Hirono:

Two Democratic senators are scrutinizing a federal judicial nominee over his membership in the Knights of Columbus, drawing a stern rebuke from the Catholic organization.

Sens. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, raised concerns about Omaha-based lawyer Brian Buescher’s membership as part of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s review of his nomination by President Trump to sit on the U.S. District Court in Nebraska, as first reported by the Catholic News Agency.

In a series of questions sent to Buescher, Hirono asked whether his membership in the Knights of Columbus would prevent him from hearing cases “fairly and impartially” and, if confirmed, whether he would end his membership in the Roman Catholic charitable organization.

Said the host, “This is very troubling and a violation of Article VI of the Constitution.  Anti-Catholic bigotry pure and simple.”  Said Steve Cortes, “Would Hirono and Harris ask similar questions of an observant Muslim nominee, since that faith also believes in traditional marriage?”  In fighting what they consider bigotry, they have become bigots.

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