Monthly Archives: November 2007

Big Government Christian – An Oxymoron

I would like to see a Christian elected to the office of president of the United States, but being Christian is not the sole qualifier. Besides, anytime I hear about a candidate that is Christian I get flash-backs of Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Bible-waving Bill Clinton on the steps of a church building. Enter Mike Huckabee as a candidate for 2008.

First of all, I don’t like to hear what candidates have to say. I would much rather learn what they said and did BEFORE they became a candidate. I’m sorry, but I don’t care for those who become reformed, change their minds, and consider new information AFTER they decide to run. Oh, it’s fine to reform, but do it before becoming a candidate.

A five minute Internet search can give you a lot of red meat about most any candidate. Huckabee doesn’t look so good on the issues of illegal immigration and limited government. In fact, he looks terrible. He seems to be a solid socialist. A preacher that is a socialist is worse. Why? Socialists want to redistribute the wealth by taxation. Christians who wish to see help go to the needy should just dig down in their own pockets and pull out the green to give to the poor.

On one occasion as Governor of Arkansas, Huckabee called a bill sponsored by Sen. Jim Holt that would deny state benefits to illegal immigrants as un-Christian, un-American, irresponsible and anti-life. Pretty obvious … Huckabee is the type who likes to redistribute wealth via tax dollars.

If Huckabee is really so full of compassion, then he should go back to the pulpit, use the Bible as his guide and motivate his congregation to give generously to those in need. That’s the Christian way, and it has been the American way since this country was birthed.

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Yea, Monroe County and West Virginia University Football

I am not a football fan, but this cannot be ignored. This next Friday James Monroe High School, the only high school in Monroe County, will play Bluefield for the state AA championship. Yes, many here in my home county are preparing to attend the game in Wheeling and many more will cheering from their homes.

BUT, the really big news is that West Virginia University’s football team is ranked number one in at least one national (coaches) poll. AND, they will likely play either Missouri(I lived in MO for 11 years) or Ohio State for the national title. Here is our cheer.

Lets goooooo Mountaineers.

There is one little sticky problem, WVU has one more game in the regular season with long time rival Pitt (only 90 miles from Morgantown). We call it the backyard brawl. Here is our cheer.

Under the arm … PITT!

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No Child Left Behind: Correction, Most U.S. Public School Children Left Behind

U. S. Public School students do poorly again when compared to other countries according to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2007.

We have yet another study that has shown how students in America’s state-run schools are falling behind other countries. Among 60 countries we rank poorly in math and science. In general, we loose ranking as students matriculate through their schooling. At fourth grade level we do reasonably well, we begin to lag quite a bit by grade eight, are doing very poorly by the senior year in high school.

More money is needed to catch up, right? Well, that seems to be the song we usually hear from apologist for public schools. Sorry, the data doesn’t show that to be true, but then who is left to analyze data after being dumbed-down in America’s public school classrooms?

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