Hello RedStaters, and welcome to today’s Water Cooler – always an Open Thread.
Three weeks ago, just after my 23rd anniversary, I wrote about my marriage experience and what a blessing (and wild ride) it has been. This week I learned that marriage is a mark of privilege. Yes, the presence of that word tipped you off that this was likely in the NYT, and you were not wrong.
So… the NYT is at the leading edge of breaking down the traditional family over the last three generations, and now wants to complain that marriage is a “mark of privilege?”
Poppin’ Off – Internal Headline Response
When I see OBAMACARE FOR LIFE REPUBLICANS CONCEDE DEFEAT (AP news via Drudge Report) my subconscious goes into overdrive:
Concede defeat?!?!?! The Republicans* never went near the battle! They were AWOL when the progressives socialized healthcare (1/6 of the economy), abandoning all American and conservative (but I repeat myself) values. After Obamacare “passed”, the Republicans* posed, lied, fund-raised, lied some more. They went AWOL again when the left said that Republicans want to “kill Grandma”. They gave up, they lied, lied some more, then gave up again. And they are going to lie about it some more as well. “Concede Defeat” is fake news.
* Collectively – there were several notable individual exceptions.
And the Aforementioned Lying AWOL Republicans Ensured President Trump.
Actually that behavior was necessary, but not sufficient. The perfect storm that elected this President had two more elements. Yes, we had (1) the repeated Republican transgressions listed above that left ALL Republicans untrusted*. But we also needed and had (2) a fatally flawed alternative, AND, (3) the unwillingness of the American Electorate (as observed in the aggregate) to fail their Kobayashi-Maru test. Voters, given an unwinnable choice between unfathomable and inconceivable, reprogrammed the 2016 Presidential Election “scenario” to … (actually I’m not sure how it turns out and I’ll just stop here)
* Including my choice, and I’m sure yours as well. Trump was not a [Republican / insider / Establishment candidate] and therefore was MORE trustworthy in spite of a lot of counter-data.
Daily Audio Bible Follow-Up
Last week I shared this great audio Bible tool (DAB) that my wife and I use, and mentioned that we would be able to see the Brian Hardin (founder of DAB) in person last weekend. We saw him Saturday, and went back for a second round on Sunday. A favorite takeaway:
- Forgetting that they were created in the image of God, Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden apple to “become like God”. Mankind exchanged our complete and whole relationship with God for the knowledge of good and evil. And having messed everything up, mankind ever since has been trying to use our knowledge to restore what we lost. Trying to be good girls and boys to erase our sin. Anybody who has tried has discovered that this is not doable in our own strength.
- The Good News is that Jesus’ sacrifice paid the price for our sins, past and future, so that we can regain what we have lost, without having to do the un-doable. Whew!
- The famous author and former atheist C.S. Lewis wrote Mere Christianity to explain how this works, and also tells the story allegorically in his children’s series The Chronicles of Narnia
The Unseen Realm
Just finished an incredible book – “The Unseen Realm” “Recovering the supernatural worldview of the Bible” by Michael Heiser. A scholarly and amazing read, extensively researched and supported. He tells of being a seminary teacher and having someone ask about a difficult passage in the Bible (Psalm 82:1) that led to research and eventually the book. It is a fascinating and rewarding (but not easy) read.
California – Sharing the Joy (with you)
1 – Saw this article about Sen. Feinstein on The Resurgent. She was already on the list of those destroying the country, this article is right in keeping with that status.
2 – Shocked I am: Contractor fails to deliver on our High-Speed Rail (it’s useless, but at least it’s exorbitantly expensive*). So we give the contractor a raise.
* This phrase is a positive pessimism, structure of which I learned from Erik Weihenmayer when I was lucky enough to hear him speak.
That’s our Water Cooler for today, and as always, it’s an Open Thread!