I think it's a complex of causes including rent control, restrictive zoning, and inflationary minimum wages. I doubt those lawmakers who "struggle to find a solution" [yeah, illusory solutions beloved of leftists] would even consider relaxing such policies. Here, the public is reaping what foolish leftists have sown.
And there's the broader problem of divorce and illegitimacy, not helped by welfare rules which reward irresponsibility.
Mike wrote: Maybe one of the Dayton victims, the white guy's white sister, was a white racist, too.
Conner Betts's Twitter page is reported as showing sympathies with socialism, satanism, Antifa, and Elizabeth Warren: www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/aug/4/connor-betts-ohio-gunman-was-elizabeth-warren-supp Seems consistent to me
The problem rarely mentioned is the collapse of self-control, not inadequate gun control.
American wrote: Certainl people in Us Air Force have been pushing Christianity out for awhile and now youâ€™re seeing part of the negative affect thatâ€™s caused.
But historically, many militaries have thrived absent any sort of Christian witness. I'm not an insider, but I rather think that here, it's a combination of modern recruits, used to having their way, lacking the character to handle demands made by military service, coupled with unrelenting yet pointless deployments that accomplish little. Perhaps the cliche that they're "defending our freedom" is wearing thin.
Men often would rather face imminent death than be caught in an endless cycle of conflict without a clear path forward. Gen. Bernard Montgomery, remembering WW1, understood this and liked to brief his troops telling them exactly what was expected of them before a battle.
This man strains a gnat and swallows a camel. Of course voluble Trump is no Eisenhower, but how about longstanding political name-calling and threats by Democrats and even street violence by their terrorist subsidiary Antifa? These too diminish our national life.
While individual Catholics may support conservative causes, you can bank on Catholic clerics supporting Progressive causes almost every time, and have been since the New Deal at least. I think "Family Planning" is the *only* exception. Encyclical Rerum Novarum outlines first principles of progressive "Christian Democracy."
Disposable razors, like plastic product packaging, generate more waste that must be disposed of. So much for the "sustainability angle."
And through effective advertising propaganda, Gillette taught women to be ashamed of unshaven legs. A century ago, women didn't expose enough flesh for this to matter.
In the '70s, Phillip Morris exploited feminism to sell Virginia Slims cigarettes with disgusting Strawman ads about how "bad" women had it before they were "liberated" to smoke. But Bernays really started this back in '20s.
Spendthrift politicians are elected by spendthrift voters.
Calvin Coolidge predicted that after Hoover (whom he didn't like), a Democrat would get elected and they would spend money "like water" since "Democrats don't understand money." In hindsight, that proved an understatement, though not restricted to Democrats.
BTW, Coolidge was much more "activist" as Mass. Governor than as President. He understood Federalism.
Mike wrote: ... As for true sky is falling scenario, with trillions of debt, and without ending the totally undisciplined spending, how can it not happen at some point?
I agree in principle, yet recall in 1991, Larry Burkett sold a book predicting a crash shortly after 2000. Now 2008 was close, but not enough in time or severity to vindicate him. If we can't say why he was wrong, then of what use is, say, Peter Schiff, a more current example who has a similar analysis?
The credibility and usefulness of a prediction declines with age. The "Big One" CA earthquake is a similar example I've heard since I was a kid. We know it will occur someday, but life must go on and we can't sit in our Prepper shacks all day watching our food stocks rot.
I certainly say we should be careful with debt, but that's because the Bible says so.
Douglas Fir wrote: Did you know that the average retiree watches 51 hours a week of TV?
I knew it was something like that. The frightening thing is, Edward Bernays was right: public opinion can be manipulated successfully by propaganda from powerful interested parties by "manufacturing consent." One has to be almost compulsively skeptical to resist this, and it isn't much fun thinking this way. Believing "Total Depravity" helps a only little.ðŸ˜‰
And even critics of mass media have their own agendas (e.g. selling precious metals) and should not be given a pass just because they don't trust CNN and MSNBC. How many decades have these guys, like Rapture advocates, been writing books predicting the economic Sky Will Fall any minute now?
Re Chandler's defensive remarks, one more thought. One often hears "We're all sinners" or "We all make mistakes" as a reply to reproof. This is a worthless, evasive truism, too often repeated by people feigning humility, including pastors, unfortunately. Repentance must be specific. "I did [or didn't do] such-and-such; it was a sin, please forgive me." is more convincing.
1) I can't say how legally culpable the leadership is, but some of Chandler's remarks sound like callous excuses; 2) Don't let your kids out of your sight at church; these days, with exploding Internet porn and perversion almost universal, coupled with the tendency of Christians to trust everybody, the risk of exposing children to pederasts is too great. There may even be perverts among the kids themselves! We heard of one such before. 3) Youth ministries aren't even Biblical. Christ didn't create His Church so people could have "fun." Truth and Eternity are at stake.
Understood. Something we could learn from Japan (which of course has other problems): Do you know why you often see folks wearing surgical masks in footage of Tokyo crowds? They don't want to share their colds with others! Also, they think it's rude to strike up conversations with strangers while standing in line, as we often do, or loiter in a way that interferes with pedestrian traffic.
These may be little things, but they indicate a different perspective. The Japanese idea of group harmony, while it sounds suspiciously like '60s hippie babble, is actually foreign to Americans on both ends and may be closer to what Gal 5 is about. I've seen how fragile our churches are for lack of it.
Frank wrote: I remember studying some philosophical concept once where the author claimed the only way he knew he existed was because he thinks.
You're thinking of Rene Descartes. He offered an epistemology absent revelation, starting by doubting everything. The French have been perhaps the most deeply influenced by his methods (not his conclusions), often failing hilariously.
Perhaps beating a dead horse here, but the problem is not lack of gun control, but lack of self-control. This, however, is hard for many to swallow, given 2 generations of arts and media propaganda telling us unrestricted self-expression is always a good thing, and repressing emotions is bad. Erhard Seminars Training and Primal Therapy were hyped during the '70s.
Gal. 5:19-23 has a very different message. And I don't think many 2nd-Amendment fans understand this either, as many conservatives identify with the old chest-beating American cult of radical individualism. Harley-Davidson sells Hog motorcycles as symbols of this.
Thought crimes are nothing new in England: The Treason Act of 1547 made it unlawful to deny that Henrv VIII was Supreme Head of the Church, or to say anyone else should be King. It was repealed in 1553 under Mary I.