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This is for the type of craft that only too frequently substitutes for statecraft these days.

From tinkering to “nevers” to chaos...

The title of this reflection is, in part, inspired by what Wikipedia refers to as "a feat of smooth and ruthless efficiency", the historic "double play" action of infield basemen of the 1906-1910 Chicago Cubs that also inspired a short poem, entitled "Baseball's Sad Lexicon," also known as "Tinker to Evers to Chance", by Franklin P. Adams. (See Baseball's Sad Lexicon.)

History? What's that?

Some people have concluded that recent efforts to erase the history of the country are unreasoning acts of hysteria. Personally, I think it's more likely the case that folks have gotten lazy and are tired of having to learn from history, so they've decided to erase its artifacts from the public square.

Dimensions of Moral Hazard

We have become a nation of wimps.

We're like the little boy or girl in school who's getting picked on and runs to mommy and daddy for comfort.

Except in this case, "mommy and daddy" is big government. So, what are we afraid of? Who's picking on us?

Prophetic chaff

But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name
which I have not commanded him to speak,
or who speaks in the name of other gods,
that same prophet shall die.

And if you say in your heart,
"How may we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?" --
when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD,
if the word does not come to pass or come true,
that is a word which the LORD has not spoken;
the prophet has spoken it presumptuously,
you need not be afraid of him.


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