January 30, 2014

Un-Traditional Marriage

By Shell Suber

ringsWords have meaning. But often the meaning changes over time. In the 16th century, when the King James Version was translated, the word “pride” meant what “self-centered” and “arrogant” mean today. “Pride” has evolved to mean something quite different today. This evolution in no way weakens the significance of the sin of loving one’s self more than God or others, it only means that today we must use as different words to convey what the word “pride” used to mean. No harm. It happens to words all the time. Our language grows and changes – sometimes in peculiar and unforeseen ways.

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November 7, 2013

I have prostate cancer

By Shell Suber

NOTE: This was originally published as a small series of posts on Facebook on November 6, 2013. Published here in its entirety with minimal edits.

130916-103539I have prostate cancer. I found out a few months ago and I haven’t told many people. I didn’t see the point. After some surgery next week I won’t have it any more so why make a federal case of it? I had my gallbladder out last year. How is this any different?

But it is different. Read on to see what I mean.

First, I need to assure everyone I feel fine. No symptoms at all. In fact, I might have gone years without even knowing I had prostate cancer if not for a lucky break. More on that later. Continue reading

November 2, 2012

Luther’s Revolution: Democracy is Born

Contributed by Larry C. Marchant, Jr.

This Sunday, many protestant churches will recognize the Reformation of the Catholic Church. But I say everyone should stop, pause, because Martin Luther’s actions have a much larger, ripple affect, extending far beyond church doctrine.

In Europe during the 16th Century, several key events inspired Martin Luther’s revolutionary action:

1. The Pope wanted to build Saint Peter’s Basilica – the crown jewel of the Vatican. But there was one small problem. The Church was broke.

2. When the Pope approached Venetian bankers to finance is vision, they balked at the Church’s credit. Continue reading

September 26, 2012

The Broken Mirror

Contributed by Shell Suber 

Our skyrocking national debt is America’s greatest threat. According to Pew, 7 of 10 surveyed would support a deficit reduction compromise that includes a combination of tax increases and spending reductions on major programs. Were Congress a true reflection of America, wouldn’t roughly 70% – or around 375 members – feel similarly?

I bet there aren’t a dozen members of Congress who would dare to hint at such a proposal and I know why. Ronald Reagan was right: Gerrymandering has ruined our Legislative branch. Continue reading

September 14, 2012

Gov. Romney, quit your campaign. Instead, apply for the job.

Contributed by Shell Suber 

Governor Romney, quit now. End your campaign today. You’re a smart guy. You can read a poll and you know when a political campaign over. At this point even a huge crisis (Eurozone / Middle East) probably will not change things by Election Day. This political campaign is over.

Just as well because – let’s be honest – you are not a professional politician like your opponent. You’ve been good enough to get this far but now you are up against a career professional – something you are not. You are a businessman. In fact, you are a legendary businessman. So stop running a political campaign and start applying for the job as Chief Executive of the US Government.

This isn’t a political campaign. It’s a job interview. Stop giving the same tired political stump speech over and over – changing a line here and there to fit that day’s news cycle. Change everything. You are one of the world’s most accomplished CEOs and you are addressing the shareholders of the largest company in the world. Convince them to hire you. Sell them on why they must hire you before it’s too late. Continue reading

July 16, 2012

Public funding for the arts is a luxury

Contributed by Shell Suber

The arts are an essential part of a healthy society. Those who believe this should always support them.

For many years we have even set aside public money to sustain and promote the arts and should be happy and thankful that we have the means to do so. But, funding the arts, as important as they are, is not a critical function of government – society, to be sure – but not government necessarily.

We all long for the salad days of low unemployment, plentiful, high paying jobs, a growing economy, and surpluses in our public coffers. But these are hard economic times and government must focus on critical needs and leave direct funding of the arts to citizens who can afford it. If you are such a person, I urge you to give to the arts.

Governor Haley is honoring her responsibility, we must honor ours.

July 11, 2012

Is Atlas going on strike?

Contributed by Shell Suber 

The working title of “Atlas Shrugged” was “The Strike.” The plot is based on an intriguing philosophical question in the imagination of novelist Ayn Rand: What if society’s true producers and entrepreneurs were to, by their own choice, just give up on America and leave – go on strike, as it were? What if they became fed-up with the jealousy and greed of an increasingly lazy electorate/government determined to punish over-achievers who, well, achieve too much? What if they got a better offer and just took off? What then?

Some consider “Atlas Shrugged” just another cautionary tale with a far-fetched premise intended to make a dramatic point about trends in society the author finds disturbing, similar to Orwell’s “1984.” But perhaps Rand’s implausible premise is not so implausible after all. Continue reading

June 18, 2012

Odds making and voting blocs

 Contributed by Shell Suber

If you read my occasional political posts, you know that despite being a dedicated Republican political hack, I only give Romney about a 2-in-5 chance of unseating the President. Not that I think Romney wasn’t the best choice for the GOP (he was and is), but because defeating a sitting president is about as rare and difficult a thing as any in American politics. Had it not been for the post-Watergate election of ’76 and the GOP-splitting Perot revolt of ’92, only one president would have been fired since WWII.

So when fellow politico Grace Rentiers directed my attention to this Townhall.com column by Wayne Allyn Root, I found his predictions a bit overly optimistic.  Townhall.com “Why Obama Will Lose in a Landslide” – Wayne Allyn Root, 5/30/12 Still, Root, a libertarian who dislikes Obama intensely, makes some very good observations I agree with – and a some I don’t. NOTE: Read Root’s piece first, then return for my observations about his predictions below.

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March 13, 2012

Debate is not Spelled D-i-s-t-o-r-t-i-o-n

Contributed by Terry Munson

In her book Wild Swans, author Jung Chang says that “Self-deception while deceiving others gripped the nation…The whole nation slid into doublespeak.” Although she was writing about China’s disastrous Great Leap Forward in the 1950’s, her words struck me as eerily relevant to America’s current political conversation.  While President Obama publicly stresses his determination to avert a nuclear Iran, Mitt Romney distorts that message by telling his listeners that the President is ignoring the subject.  As President Obama urges young Americans to take advantage of the vast array of educational opportunities available after high school, Rick Santorum spins that advice by calling him an ‘elitist’ for wanting everyone to go to college.  Newt Gingrich, meanwhile, hopes to become president by deceiving the public about the achievability of $2.50 per gallon gasoline. All the candidates repeatedly invoke code words to remind devotees that the president is black.  Their oft-repeated defense is to claim, in the next news cycle, that they were misinterpreted. Continue reading

June 23, 2011

Three Primary Strategies for GOP in 2012

Contributed by Shell Suber

There are three competing political strategies at work in this primary:

1. RUN HARD RIGHT AND WIN: Supporters of this strategy would have the GOP nominate a far right candidate as a winning strategy. “Make the difference between us and them stark and unapologetic. Voters will be impressed and reward the straightforward honesty.”

2. RUN HARD RIGHT AND ‘LOSE WITH HONOR’: Some suggest the GOP nominate a far right candidate to make a meaningful ideological impression on the electorate about the integrity of the conservative movement. “Why not make a statement since, historically speaking, we are unlikely to win in any case.”

3. RUN MIDDLE AND TRY TO WIN: Some suggest the GOP nominate a more electable (moderate) candidate and give themselves the best chance to win should the incumbent trip up. Continue reading

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