Saturday, August 15
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Guns, Planes, And The Second Amendment

Guns, Planes, And The Second Amendment

14th Amendment, citizenship, civics, conservatism, Consitution, critical judgment, Evidence, Fear, Freedom, Gun violence, Guns, Ideology, Incarceration, justice, law, peace and justice, Rationality, Second Amendment, Supreme Court, terrorism, Uncategorized, violence, war
The late William F. Buckley once said “A conservative is a fellow who is standing athwart history yelling 'Stop!'” Buckley was a member of that generation of conservatives, along with Russell Kirk, James J. Kilpatrick, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Mary Ann Glendon, and William Rusher – and very much unlike so many of today’s conservatives -- who were thoughtful, learned, witty, urbane, and well-schooled in nuanced rhetoric.  For that reason, I would recommend that leftists and progressives heed the wisdom in Buckley’s maxim, and, likewise yelling “Stop!”, similarly stand athwart their own almost-unanimous consensus about the supposed inconsistency in prohibiting people with suspected terrorist proclivities from boarding planes while nevertheless allowing them to purchase firearms.  For the cont...
Locked But Not Loaded — The NRA And The Dallas Shootings

Locked But Not Loaded — The NRA And The Dallas Shootings

14th Amendment, abolition, anger, bigotry, Change, citizenship, civics, Civil War, conflict, Consitution, emancipation, Emancipation Proclamation, Equality, Fourteenth Amendment, Gun violence, Guns, injustice, justice, peace and justice, political rhetoric, race, racism, Second Amendment, slavery, Uncategorized, violence
The orthodox argument advanced by the National Rifle Association (NRA) senior leadership for the individual ownership of firearms unconnected with military service is that firearms in the hands of private citizens acts as a deterrent to some future tyranny by the Federal government. One would think, then, that Micah Xavier Johnson would by now have been recruited by the NRA as both poster child and martyr.  After all, in the wake of the LA and MN shootings of helpless black men by the police – to say nothing of Ferguson and New York City and Baltimore and … -- Johnson’s actions were pristinely and irreproachably consistent with the NRA’s avowed advocacy of armed resistance to a tyrannical government bent on the subjugation of its citizens. Yet – at least, as far as I have been able to ...
Imagination and Visio Divina – Prayerful Tuesday

Imagination and Visio Divina – Prayerful Tuesday

anger, awareness, Broken Heart, conflict, doubt, faith, Fear, forgiveness, Gratitude, Grief, Gun violence, Guns, Holy Mystery, homeless, Hope, hunger, Imagination, mercy, Outside your comfort zone, prayer, spiritual practice, Visio Divina
Many of us live in nice safe neighborhoods with few opportunities to interact with those who are disadvantaged except maybe on the street when we are approached by a homeless person.  And while disasters are all too common today I would guess that most of us are relatively unaffected by such actions as shooting incidents or natural disasters.  So today I would like you to put yourself, through your imagination and pictures, in places you might be uncomfortable with.  I have chosen three pictures only two are images that may disturb you or make you uncomfortable.  The third is a quiet scene and I would like you to ask compare your feelings of that scene with the others. This is not my usual spiritual practice but using our imagination to be in a place of comfort or discomfort is...