Concrete Servility

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The talk of “treason” leaves me cold. Trump is showing less concrete deference and servility toward Russia than every president in my lifetime has shown toward Israel and Saudi Arabia, for example.

And towards Russia.

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Can’t Wait

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I can’t wait to see how this will be spun into the narrative of “Trump gave Putin everything he wanted.”

I also can’t wait to see who’ll at least have the courage to mention in passing that the US not giving an inch on the Crimea is an important positive development.

I’ll even watch the news shows tonight to find out. Anybody willing to take bets?

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Did Trump Commit Treason in Helsinki?

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The foaming at the mouth over entirely anodyne comments Trump made in Helsinki should be prompting us to ask what it is the shriekers are trying to conceal. Some idiot wrote that “Trump betrayed every American citizen” yesterday.

It’s unclear what Trump could have done to avoid being accused of this massive betrayal. Sock Putin in the face? Enter into a childish game of “Yes, you did! – No, I didn’t! – You did, too!”? Fall on his knees and wail, “I recognize I only won because of your help. Hillary is the true president!”?

Merkel and Macron wait for Putin to come to meetings for hours.* They are well-aware that he tried manipulating elections in their countries AGAINST them. Yet they smile, shake his hand, and say thank you and please. And unlike Trump they promote Putin’s financial interests. Ukrainian president Poroshenko meets with Putin, shakes his hand, and…

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Reasons Behind anti-Trump Hysteria

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Democrats spent years being trounced in elections at every level. When they lost the election to Trump, they could have started looking at reasons why voters don’t want them. They could have started finally to elaborate answers to the pressing issues of the day. They could have started addressing voters’ concerns over globalization and fluidity.

But they chose not to. Instead, they gave voters a raging Trump hysteria. The non-stop shrieking and screeching about Trump masks how little of value they are offering to us. We are supposed to vote for them not because they are good but because Trump is so horrid that we should disregard the emptiness at the heart of their program.

I don’t think this will backfire in the electoral sense. I think they will win in 2018 and 2020. What is it that they will win, though? Other than the right to continue not doing…

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Geerhardus Vos on Incarnation

reformator: living perspectivally

“… Jesus does not represent Himself anywhere as being by his human earthly activity the exhaustive expounder of truth. Much rather He is the great fact to be expounded. And He has nowhere isolated Himself from His interpreters, but on the contrary identified them with Himself, both as to absoluteness of authority and adequacy of knowledge imparted [Lk. 24:44; Jn 16:12-15]. And through the promise and gift of the Spirit He has made the identity real. The Spirit takes of the things of Christ and shows them unto the recipients. Besides this, the course of our Lord’s redemptive career was such as to make the important facts accumulate towards the end, where the departure of Jesus from the disciples rendered explanation by Himself of the significance of these impossible. For this reason the teaching of Jesus, so far from rendering the teaching of the Apostles negligible, absolutely postulates it…” Geerharus…

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Book Review: At The Edge Of The Precipice

Edge Induced Cohesion

At The Edge Of The Precipice:  Henry Clay And The Compromise That Saved The Union, by Robert V. Remini

I suppose this book may be considered as a bit of a teaser into Remini’s voluminous work on the life and career of Henry Clay [1].  Perhaps the most famous person to have never won an election to the presidency despite decades of trying to win that office (coming closest in 1844 when he barely lost to Polk because of his hostility to manifest destiny and the seizure of land from Mexico).  This book is all the more interesting because it is somewhat evident that the author is not very fond of Clay, or at least is highly critical of Clay as a womanizer, drinker, and gambler whose lack of focus and problems with arrogance greatly squandered his considerable and obvious gifts.  Be that as it may, the author is also…

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Book Review: Henry Clay: Statesman For The Union

Edge Induced Cohesion

Henry Clay:  Statesman For The Union, by Robert V. Remini

This was is not a book to be read lightly.  Coming in at nearly 800 pages, this book is the first full-length biography of Henry Clay to be written in quite some time, and given the scope of the task and the difficulty of writing fairly about Henry Clay, given his lengthy and complicated career in public service, it is unsurprising that few people would attempt it.  Admittedly, Henry Clay is someone I have read about tangentially before [1], but seldom have I taken his career in full force as was the case with this massive but deeply interesting volume.  Ultimately, Henry Clay was a complex figure whose skill at resolving controversies earned him the name “The Great Pacificator,” one of his many nicknames, but whose character flaws kept him from earning the one prize he wanted above all else…

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