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Reagan Had It Easy in the Cold War?

mjohansen Wrote: Oct 01, 2014 1:22 PM
The present state of world affairs must be absolutely baffling to liberals. Obama did just about everything right. He made his world "apology tour", accepting blame on behalf of America for everything that has gone wrong in the world for the last 400 years, so that everyone would see that Americans were now nice people and qualified to become citizens of the world and they'd all want to now be our friends. But for some baffling reason, terrorist attacks continued, and the Russians still invaded the Ukraine even when Obama asked them to pretty please not do that. Obama withdrew U.S. troops from Iraq so the Iraqis could live together in peace and love and harmony without the U.S. there to incite violence. But for some unexplainable reason, the violence just got worse. Etc. Even though Obama had all the right policies, they didn't produce the results that any rational, thinking person -- i.e. a liberal -- would naturally suppose that they would. It just doesn't make sense.
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Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Legs

mjohansen Wrote: Oct 01, 2014 1:14 PM
Funny how these liberal churches say that they are abandoning doctrines like sin and Hell so that they can appeal to more people and be more popular. And when they do it, they're membership goes down. Could it be that atheists have no reason to join a church no matter how much it waters down the teaching of the Bible, and people who actually believe something don't want to be members of a church that does not? Yes, if you say nothing but platitudes, you will not offend anyone. But you won't excite anyone either.
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Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Legs

mjohansen Wrote: Oct 01, 2014 1:11 PM
Well, they can deny the existence of sin and of Hell. I don't think they have the power to make these things actually cease to exist.
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Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Legs

mjohansen Wrote: Oct 01, 2014 1:09 PM
Please list the Bible verses that define a war of aggression. Then please list the Bible verses that describe a war of aggression as the worst sin of all. Then explain how the Iraq war met this definition. Include quotes from U.S. political and military leaders stating that the goal of the war was to annex Iraqi territory, or show on a map what portions of Iraq were annexed by the U.S.
Ever notice that when you ask a conservative where he stands politically, he'll say, "I'm a conservative." When you ask a moderate where he stands, he'll say, "I'm a moderate." And when you ask a liberal where he stands, he'll say, "Well, I don't think these labels really mean anything." Apparently liberals realize that the majority of Americans don't approve of liberalism and so they have to hide their beliefs. Maybe we're starting to see an era where being called a "Democrat" is also seen as a liability. When Democrats have to hide the fact that they're Democrats, I think Republicans are winning the big debate.
When your goals are good and noble and so obviously for the good of the country, you shouldn't allow little technicalities like the Constitution or honesty stand in the way.
We live in a society where there are certain things that everyone knows is true, but no one is allowed to say in public. OF COURSE this crime was motivated by the killer's Islamic beliefs and he was copying the actions of foreign terrorists. I have to wonder if our government and our media are so stupid that they don't see the obvious, of if they so stupid that they think that if they just keep repeating that this is not so, the general public will believe it. Or, scariest possibility of all, is the general public so gullible that they will believe obvious lies if they are just repeated often enough?
Do we even need to say it? If someone blew up an abortion center, can you imagine the government and the media debating whether this was an act of pro-life extremists or workplace violence by a disgruntled employee? Would they consider it a difficult question whether this action was copying from other attacks on abortion centers, or just a coincidence? And by the way, if a Catholic bishop said that the man who did this was "a little odd", would they be saying, yes, that it explains it all ... or would they be blasting the bishop for downplaying the seriousness of this action?
It must be absolutely baffling to liberals. Obama did everything right. He apologized for the United States and on behalf of the U.S. accepted responsibility for everything that has gone wrong with the world since 100 years before the U.S. existed. So now, logically, everyone in the world should love us. But shockingly, still terrorist attacks continue. He withdrew U.S. forces from Iraq so the Iraqis could get together in peace and love without the U.S. inciting violence. But for some strange reason Arabs are still fighting each other. He explained to the Iranians that we have no intent to harm them so they don't need nuclear weapons, but for unexplainable reasons they continue to work on developing them. How can a U.S. president formulate foreign policy when the world just doesn't seem to react in what every sensible liberal American sees as the obvious, logical way? One is tempted to say that foreigners are behaving irrationally, were it not for the fact that of course that would be an ethnocentric statement and thus out of bounds. But the only alternative is to say that liberal policies don't work, and of course that's not acceptable either. It's a paradox.
I applaud 90% of what you say here. But then you made that comment about candidates opining about female biology. I presume that's a thinly-veiled reference to Mr Akin. This sort of comment is one of the things that is killing the Republican Party. A "social conservative" makes a statement that is, admittedly, poorly worded, but his underlying facts were at worst debatable. And promptly, the entire GOP establishment joins in the Democrat attack on him. If the rest of the GOP had backed him up, had said, "Wait a minute, all the man said was that stress and trauma are widely acknowledged to interfere with a woman's ability to get pregnant, and surely rape is highly traumatic. What part of what he said are you challenging?" etc. But no, the establishment joined in the Democrat attack on one of their own, cut off all his funding, and handed the election to a Democrat. Because the establishment GOP doesn't agree with many Democrat policies, but they can work with them, they're part of the same club. But social Conservatives and the Christian right? Those are the enemy. They must be destroyed. Establishment Republicans have regularly demonstrated that they will compromise with Democrats. But they will never compromise with social conservatives. And then, of course, after they beat up the social conservative candidates and run them out of town, they tell the social conservative voters, "You must support our candidate, because we need to have a big tent, and we all have to work together." Of course by "work together" they mean, "If our guy wins the primary, you should support him. Of course if your guy wins the primary, we will do everything in our power to make sure the Democrat wins, because you people are an embarrassment to our party. But we want your votes."
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