Politics

God or Government? A Man-Made Deity

By Cliff Springs

God or government?  It’s a question that I think we as a nation must ask ourselves as we stand at the crossroads of decisions that will have historic impacts on the very nature of our country for a generation or more.  Although I admittedly lean toward less government, I don’t hate government—I just believe that… »

Don’t Screw Up Your Life, Part 1

By Cliff Springs

I read a very interesting statistic a few weeks ago.  In Bernard Goldberg’s book “Crazies to the Left of Me, Wimps to the Right”, he quotes a pretty startling statistic:  if you 1) graduate high school, 2) don’t have kids until you’re married, and 3) don’t get married until you’re 20 then you have only… »

Is Praying a Crime?

By Cliff Springs

I just received an email from one of my dear friends from college.  Her father-in-law, Frank Lay, is principal at Pace High School in Pensacola, Florida.  My friend informed me that Lay and his athletic director, Robert Freeman, are facing criminal charges for saying a prayer before a meal to dedicate the completion of a… »

Eat the Elephant, Part II: Inches Apart, Separated by Miles

By Cliff Springs

As I mentioned in a previous article, I did not vote for President Obama—but I do have hope that his election will present an opportunity for race relations in this country to finally clear some long-standing hurdles. If you haven’t read Part I yet, please take a moment to do so. In an effort to… »

The Fantasy of the “Soul Mate”

By Cliff Springs

NOTE: This was originally published in The State Newspaper, July 9, 2009. As a Christian family man, I was disheartened to see a once-principled man choosing to risk everything in his life for a temporary thrill. How could Mark Sanford allow himself to veer so far off track? The given explanation is that Sanford’s mistress… »

Mark Sanford and “Leadership”

By Cliff Springs

I have so many thoughts about the Mark Sanford story that I’m not sure where to begin.  I am frustrated by yet another “conservative” failing our values in such grand, hypocritical fashion.  I am disappointed by the unfulfilled expectations I had when Sanford was elected.  I am perplexed by the arrogance of politicians who think… »

Empathy and the Supreme Court

By Cliff Springs

Few things that I’ve heard in recent memory have frightened me as much as President Obama’s expressed desire to appoint an “empathetic” judge to the Supreme Court—and if you know and appreciate anything about the structure of how this country was founded and how it is supposed to work, then it should frighten you too. … »

The Big Tent Fallacy

By Cliff Springs

I’ve heard enough.  I’m not sure who first put forth the idea that the Republican party should be a “Big Tent”, but I’m about ready to pack mine up and move out.  For those of you who may not be clear on the meaning of the “big tent” philosophy, it’s basically this:  our party is… »

Imminent Doom! Fear du Jour

By Cliff Springs

Swine flu!  Ebola!  SARS!  Flesh-eating bacteria!  Pandemic!  Asteroids!  Killer bees!  Y2K!  Nuclear war!  Trans fat!  Ice age!  Global warming!    It’s always something.  There is a culture of people in this world who wouldn’t know what to do if they didn’t have something to worry—or better yet, panic—about.  All the hyperbole, all the doom and… »

We Don’t Live in a Democracy Part I

By Cliff Springs

Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.  When I was in school, I had absolutely no interest in history.  To be honest, I didn’t have a real interest in many of my classes.  It was only after college and my involvement in political campaigns that I became enthralled in the deeper meanings… »

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