The Powers That Blog

While we keep track of politics at a certain level, this is not a poliblog, nor a warblog. Maybe "eclectiblog" is a good description, as we note thoughts on topics from art to parenting to whatever comes to mind.

Monday, December 18, 2006

The Episcopalians are Revolting

I know those who would say "You can say that again..." but I think the Anglicans may even mean it this time.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Political Art as Discourse Failure

Interesting point.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Kuyperian conservatism?

Joel Carter has a very interesting post on the basic liberalism of both Democrats and Republicans.

Fascinating. Since Terri Schiavo's brutal murder, I've been less and less comfortable with either political party and have started more and more questioning American democracy itself. I'm coming to the opinion that lawyers should never be allowed to become judges, legislators, or executives. I've also come to the conclusion that fiscal conservatism, while not incompatible with Christianity, is simply a commonsense measure that is not really a political or religious issue. It's sort of like not stabbing yourself in the eye with a knife - kind of obvious. But I'd been noticing more and more that even Republicans who are willing to listen to and fight for the things that moral conservatives want are not really on the same page with us. They want those things for the stability of society, and we want them for morality, whether they upset anybody or not.

I've been saying for about a year now that I can't agree with libertarianism because I agree with John Donne, that "no man is an island", while libertarians believe that every man is an island and you shouldn't be bothering yourself about what your neighbor is doing over on his island. It's none of your beeswax.

I'm increasingly convinced that the synthesis of moral conservatism and libertarian desire for fiscal conservatism is unstable; it allowed both of us to vote for the promisers of small government, but moral conservatives were hoping to regain the power to legislate moral behavior in areas now claimed by the Supreme Court, while libertarians wanted to make government small enough not to interfere with amoral behavior. The great divide is not between the "liberals" who want to force amorality on all and the "conservatives" who want to be able to make their own community choices, but between the vast majority who want freedom to act out whatever immoral fantasies don't seem to have directly destructive effect on society and the small minority of us who think that moral behavior is all that keeps the country from self-immolation.

I guess I'm leaning toward Kuyperian conservatism.

Friday, June 09, 2006

hilarious editorial line

In a recent editorial in the National Catholic Reporter, (mostly) focusing on criticizing Denver's Bishop Chaput, there is a rhetorically hilarious line:

But it’s hard to fault the archbishop and his advisers (including a well-connected outside lobbying firm) for marshaling persuasive arguments in the public arena.

Doggone those people that keep bringing up persuasive arguments! In the public arena no less! Hard to fault them... but the National Catholic Reporter will certainly do its best.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Congressional Hearings

The Volokh Conspiracy has this hilarious post/comments about Congress' most recent attempts to infuriate everyone in the country not already a member of the House or Senate.

via Instapundit.

My favorite:

CHECKS OR BALANCES: Either's fine, we also take Cash.


WARRANTS: Not good enough for us, too good for you.

is pretty funny too.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Interesting line in NatCath

An interesting line in one of John Allen, Jr.'s National Catholic Reporter pieces:

Schindler seemed to have in mind the question of whether laity are adequately aware of the ways in which modern liberal culture may shape them in ways not always compatible with their Christian vocation.

"The tendency is to get involved with the world as it is, accepting most things, but drawing the line at abortion or something like that," Schindler said. "We think of the structures of liberal culture as given, and then we try to give them a religious intentionality."

While true, I always find it funny that theologians think that their own challenges to their cultures are based on a pure understanding of Christianity. The truth is that our challenges to our culture are also based on a subculture, our church's culture, which emphasizes some but not all aspects of Christianity.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Help Ban Partial Birth Abortion

I just learned the US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case concerning partial birth abortion. The American Center for Law and Justice is preparing an amicus brief which includes a petition to sign in support of banning this barbaric practice. Please take a few minutes to sign it here.

There is absolutely no reason to allow partial birth abortion under any circumstances. It is cruel, barbaric, and not to get political or anything, would be too cruel a form of torture for any of our terrorists to endure. If you are against torture, please be consistent and extend your compassion to our most vulnerable citizens. Please sign the petition.

And please do not give me the song and dance about "suppose the life of the mother is threatened." Yes, that does rarely happen in pregnancy. Partial birth abortion is a late term abortion, which means that the baby could survive outside the womb if he were to be born earlier than normal. We have ways of saving the mother's life without also killing the baby. It's called an emergency C-section (and in some cases emergency labor induction where the mother can still birth vaginally). The baby can then be taken to a neonatal nursery for care while the mother is also being cared for. Should the mother decide having a baby of her own is too much for her, the next step for the baby would be adoption into a loving home where the baby will be raised and cared for. I have friends who have had two of their babies at around 7 months due to serious complications that did indeed threaten the mother's life. Both babies spent a month in the hospital and both are healthy and normal today. The birth process for a live baby is not more dangerous for the mother than it would be for the baby to be forcibly born breach and then have his skull smashed while still inside his mother. In fact, I would bet the latter is far more dangerous to the mother, not to mention absolute murder for the infant. So I really do not want to hear about the poor mother who can't survive being pregnant any longer. No mothers are going to die if partial birth abortion gets banned.

Please do the right thing and sign the petition.