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  1. So, would Calvin have signed such a petition? Cramner? Knox? Evangelicalism has far removed itself from political dissention, but that is indeed its protestant heritage. Standing ones ground against temporal tyranny. Along those lines, I can think of very few presidents who would have warranted an endorsement.
  2. Mainstream evangelicalism is functionally revivalistic (pejorative). It’s hooked on celebrities and gimmick experience. Many methods for getting people in and few for crafting culture and political ethic (Islam does). The fact that it totes the water for partisanism should be no surprise as this is a mere symptom of a larger lost cause... culture.
  3. Yep, not to mention the fact that the isolation of autos turn us into lazy, impatient, insufferable, isolated, hyper-REACTIONARY ($2 to original article), narcissistic dix. ...and I like my commute. I think they are possible. But realistically, we'll never know. Private companies definitely deliver better local transportation. Roads are just another producer good for a consumer industry like Uber. If property/right of way was not strictly regulated, via nonuniform, archaic, bureaucratic process via local county govts (to say nothing of immanent domain), would you bet against Uber... or Amazon? I wouldn't. And whats so special about sewer and water infrastructure? Some of it is 100 year old clay pipe. Att recently laid the fiber behind my house. I never cared much for the libertarian roads argument (for or against). Its always been something I felt I could live with. However, life experience (and comparative conveniences) has actually pushed me closer and closer to the "privatize the damn thing" camp. Don't misunderstand. I'm grateful for toilets and interstates. Not that the public sector built them, but that we live in a time in history where we have enough capital and progress to allow such buffoons the right to give us over-funded, under-serviced benefits. The ancients had no such luxury.
  4. It's impossible to benchmark those other benefits because we have no idea what other transportation solutions would emerge in its place. For example, the monopoly of the interstate system completely stunted development of other forms like high speed rail. Shipping costs are 25% on rail. The interstate system was born out of special interest of the military industrial complex and its various contractors. All told, its not the most wasteful government program, but, unless you enjoy 2 round trip roadies from Maine to LA every year, it is a wasteful government program nonetheless. Since I have first hand experience, I will correct you on the hurricane comments. I evac'd Rita to SA in 5 hours. My wheels never hit interstate highway. Interstate travelers who left the same time reported a commute of 12+ hrs (this would evenly disperse now a days with google maps). Likewise, they were largely impassable during Harvey. The best in town freeways are tolls. Education quality is so much a function of the quality of the parenting of the kids that attend a particular school, not actually funding of that school. Price (ie school zoning) is simply an economic barrier to entry, not unlike private school model. Government has no measurable ability to influence the primary driver of education outcomes, parenting.
  5. Well some states report 20k per elementary kid before things like pension UALs are added in. Locally I estimate my schools are 12-15k and they are horrible. likewise, the interstate system costs 60b to maintain per year (not incl capitalized). That’s 800 per family of four. Let’s assume another 400 for capitalized cost. Do you get 1200 of value per year on them? That’s about 18k miles on the FL turnpike btw. Ya’ll tell me...
  6. @homersapien I’d disagree with you that education, infrastructure... are special cases where the public sector is qualified to make investments. Those have empirically proven to be horrible examples.
  7. That's harsh, but he does come across as a bit of a dilettantish contrarian.
  8. How do you propose we discern the difference between public investment and wasteful spending (special interest)?
  9. Agree 100%. It's a very dangerous notion indeed! The worldview being argued for is this: Jesus Christ, King, with all authority of heaven (Cosmos) and Earth (aka the realm of men) has delegated His authority to men on Earth to represent Him (judicial magistrate). Specifically NOT the same people who represent Him ontologically (the priest or pastor). There's your separation of church and state. The magistrates job is to restrain evil (enforce sanctions via negative law). The ministerial (positive... evangelical) role is reserved for the priesthood (all believers). That includes the welfare of the poor, the sick, the elderly, the uneducated etc. Our national destiny is and has been very much wrapped up in the delegation and separation of offices and fulfilling the ministerial responsibility through means other than the magistrate. How are we doing @Grumps?
  10. All authority is delegated authority. Sounds like we agree DK.
  11. He sounds pretty concerned about it to me. Obviously, the OP is a nonsensical quote full of self contradiction.
  12. Thanks DKW. Ironically, that's very liberal of them. When you see this, you could point out to them the following from: ...pretty straight forward contradiction. I think the artists (using the word lightly) here were generally going for the transfigured Christ. Since very little of that form has been revealed to us (as it is in heaven above), its a pretty straightforward violation for the very reasons you point out. It's not melanin levels that corrupt a man. The underlying fallacy of the talk here is that a conservative contradiction in some way justifies a more socially liberal one. In "conservative" churches, I suspect you are more likely to hear homosexuality named as a sin than unlawful divorce or heterosexual sin. By the same token, liberal churches will proclaim sins of bigotry, misogyny, inequality and so forth (none of that in here). After all, its much easier to call out the sin of those outside your congregation than those within. The offering plate may get quite a bit lighter if you do. IMO that's not preaching, its campaigning.
  13. I never run across anyone/denom who overtly stated these things. If you find people worshiping some image of a pale skinned blondie... (or a former skateboarder from El Paso)... show them the second commandment. The beauty of the law is that it impartially cuts both ways.