War is Normal; Peace is the Anomaly

I have just learned recently that one of the temples in ancient Rome housed the statue of Janus, the two-faced god of boundaries. The temple had doors on each end, so each side of the statue could face a door. During times of war, the doors remained open. They were closed in times of peace.…

Let The Little Children Come

What are we going to do about the children? Anyone close to news sources knows about the increasingly large number of unaccompanied children making their way to the US through our permeable borders. They make the trek by God only knows what horrific means of transport. I have heard an estimate of about 72,000 coming…

Our Oaths of Citizenship: Earthly and Heavenly

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all…

The Religious/Political Connection

A friend of mine who has quite a knack for political analysis wrote this about the growing crisis in Iraq: The problem is that elections don’t work very well in places that do not have a homogeneous population, especially if they have no history of democratic institutions.  If you count forced relocation as a kind…

Celebrating the Dads

The little girl, perhaps five years old, happily danced around the edge of the beautiful lake high up  in Rocky Mountain National Park at the end of a long and grueling hike. The family, mom, dad, a son about 13, another daughter about 10, and this little one had been right behind us on a…