As individuals and families face tough economic times and uncertain futures, how have priorities shifted for Americans? A recent study by the Barna Group, a polling organization that researches the nation’s faith trends, offers some surprising — and potentially troubling — findings.
Citing state budgetary woes, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made headlines last week when he vetoed a $7.5 million bill for “family planning” clinics. But abortion groups and their allies are now lobbying for a veto override to restore the funds.
Famed Roman orator, the silver-tongued Cicero, once noted, "It is valuable to look to the words of our Founders, but it is more valuable to study the principles that inspired their words." In the present climate, winds are whipping in from the plains of plutocracy and eroding at an extraordinary pace the bedrock foundations of limited government upon which our Republic was founded. As Cicero witnessed the gradual replacement of his own Republic with an empire ruled by one autocrat after another distracting the masses with mere gimcracks of popular government, he turned to the words of his noble forbearers. We would do wisely to follow his example.
When World War II veteran Ralph Houk, "the major," was a Yankees coach under manager Casey Stengel, Stengel one day gave him a bag of baseballs to hold onto during batting practice, while the "Old Professor" went off to tend to some pregame business. Houk set the bag down a little too close to the box seats and a zealous fan reached over, grabbed it, and ran off with the baseballs.