Category Archives: Politics

Liberty!

Sit back and tell me how you feel when you read the word, Hobby Lobby, Starbucks or Chic-fil-la?  If you are emotional, see two homosexuals kissing in front of the store, or have a bubbling sense of pride with a … Continue reading

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We’re all to Blame

The 2008 financial crisis was felt globally.  Prior to the crisis, for years, stock prices and real estate values had climbed.  This was due because of complex investments that were backed by mortgages whose value dropped. This contributed to a … Continue reading

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The American Cave Dweller

In Plato’s Republic, he saw democratic citizens as chained prisoners in a cave. The only existence the prisoners have known was the life in the cave. These prisoners can only look forward. In front of them are figured shadows that … Continue reading

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America In Action

Advanced warning: this one is much longer than the 1,000 word limit.  On Monday a student asked me what I thought of the government shutdown, and I had to embarrassingly admit that I had no idea what he was talking … Continue reading

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Ignorance or Freedom?

Robert Maranto University of Arkansas Just the Facts Ma’am (and a Few Stories): What We Need in Civic Education More high school seniors identified Germany, Japan or Italy as U.S. allies in World War II than identified the Soviet Union. · Two-thirds … Continue reading

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Help me Start a Movement

One essay that is near the top of my list of favorites (especially the list of essays I like students to read in my class) is Carl Rogers’s “Communication: its Blocking and its Facilitation”. The author was a psychotherapist and he … Continue reading

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The Great Divorce: Between Christians, Politics, and the Gospel

I agree that a big government does not build relationships. This is bad when your government is a representative democracy.  Civic participation is vital in keeping a vibrant commitment to American life.  However, given what I am about write, I … Continue reading

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