How many times have we heard the statement from our parents, “If I only know this when I was younger, my decisions would have been very different?” Chances are, we have heard that mantra at some point in our lives. Luckily, there is a new book out by the founder of Right Wing News and columnist at Townhall, John Hawkins, outlining what we can do to prevent these potential regrets and to make better decisions in our lives. Continue reading “101 Things All Young Adults Should Know: A Book Every Millennial Needs”
April 12, 2017
By John Horvat II
The standard narrative about today’s millennials is that they are unpredictable. They are very fluid and undefined. Despite this changeability, most people automatically assume that millennials are predictably liberal.
The facts, however, tell a different story. Researchers who study the habits and attitudes of millennials do not support this forgone conclusion. Indeed, liberal-minded people are finding these unpredicted results to be unsettling. Continue reading “Why Millennials Don’t Follow the Liberal Narrative”
Four percent of millennials hold a biblical worldview, according to a recent study.
The American Culture and Faith Institute (ACFI) published results of a survey earlier this month. The survey measured the core beliefs of millennials compared to older generations.
The study shows that millennials hold more liberal views of things like socialism and same-sex marriage than older generations. But there’s another big difference. Millennials are much less likely to become conservative in the future.
While it’s normal for younger generations to hold liberal views, they drift to the right over time. Not so for millennials.
“Millennials are so far to the left-of-center” that “even a typical amount of repositioning” will leave them very liberal, says George Barna. It’s unlikely that even 10 percent will ever hold a biblical worldview, he says. Barna is the Executive Director of the ACFI and is cited in the study.
Millennials vs. Older Generations: Major Differences
ACFI conducted the study in February 2017. It measured responses from 1,000 millennials, that is, those under age 30.
Notable findings include:
Only 59 percent of millennials identify as Christian. This compares to 72 percent of adults from older generations.
Only 33 percent of millennials (one in three) are born again Christians.
Only twelve percent of millennials identify as conservative. Twenty-six percent are liberal. For adults
older than 30, conservatives outnumber liberals two to one.
Almost have (44 percent) of millennials prefer socialism over capitalism.
As many as 15 percent of millennials identify as LGBT. Only six percent of those over 30 identify as LGBT.
The only question more millennials than older adults held a biblical worldview on? Whether all people are good. Millennials are less likely to believe this than adults over 30. This lines up with the biblical concept of original sin and man’s fallen nature.
Worldview Development: Christians, Get Busy
What exactly is a worldview, anyway? “A comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint.” That’s according to Merriam-Webster.
Dictionary.com defines the original German word, weltanschauung. “A comprehensive conception or image of the universe and of humanity’s relation to it.”
So how do people develop their worldviews? Barna says that parents are the most powerful influencers of worldview. And most often, a person’s worldview develops between 18 months and 13-years-old.
There will, of course, be exceptions to this rule. But in general, “the worldview a person possesses at age 13 is … the worldview they will die with.”
What does this mean for future Americans? “Millennials entering their prime childbearing years,” Barna notes. They will likely pass their current worldview to their children. Christians must take action if they want future generations to embrace a biblical worldview.
Christians will need to “step in and impact the spiritual well-being of our future adults,” he says.
ACFI’s study on millennials’ worldview isn’t the first to reach these conclusions. Recently The Atlantic noted that people are leaving the church in large numbers. The Pew Research Center also noted the trend among millennials. (For more from the author of “Study: Only 4 Percent of Millennials Hold a ‘Biblical Worldview’” please click HERE)
Millennial friends. beware what system of government you support.
April 3, 2017
Brazilian journalist Felipe Moura Brasil watched the recent American elections with a mixture of awe and horror. He could simply not understand how educated Americans who are supposedly paying attention to the world around them could possibly be drawn to socialism, even as they watch the socialist nations of the world collapse into chaos.
The Brazilian recently connected with Prager University in an attempt to educate Americans about socialism and hopefully keep us off the broken and destitute path of our failing neighbors. Continue reading “How Socialism Destroyed Brazil”
Should we dissolve the Indian reservations?
The New York Times had a long article describing how the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska (population 12) sells millions (yes, millions!) of alcoholic beverages every year because the town is just over the border from the local Indian reservation, where alcohol is banned. (Forgive me for calling them American Indians, but as nearly all the people reading this are “Native Americans,” it’s a much more descriptive and specific term.)
The situation is so bad that in Whiteclay, you can find dozens of American Indians lying comatose on the streets, drunk out of their minds, like a scene out of The Walking Dead.
Dear Mr. or Mrs. Ambassador,
SIGNED: Donald J. Trump, President-Elect, United States of America
Well, maybe not quite like that, but it would fit in a tweet. Besides, he told them it was effective January 20, 2017, and he told them on January 5th. So, he followed recognized and acceptable professional standards and gave them two-week’s notice.
Plus, Mr. Trump flashed his first business acumen in a direction that neither requires nor allows any Congressional involvement. World chaos? Boom! Stay calm everyone, we have a new sheriff in town. Your new representative will be appointed soon.
Mr. Trump, if I may, a suggestion from one of my disciplines – project management. When corporations or government entities grow to a certain size, they often implement what are called a “project management office” or PMO in the vernacular. The definition of a PMO is as follows:
- A project management office, abbreviated to PMO, is a group or department within a business, agency or enterprise that defines and maintains standards for project management within the organization. The PMO strives to standardize and introduce economies of repetition in the execution of projects.
Perfect. You might want to consider a PMO for the Office of the President that has a Scope of Work (SOW, also project management lingo) to remove all government functions not aligned with the enumerated powers of the federal government as stated in the Constitution of the United States. For your immediate reference, they are itemized right HERE.
Yes, of course, some of them have changed, some have been expanded, and some are just down right un-Constitutional. It would be part of the SOW to determine that Constitutionality. It would also be the charter of the PMO to provide alternative plans for services now provided in Washington that should rightfully be provided by the states. When that occurs, the PMO’s project for that agency would include a plan for smooth transition to the states.
Yes, sir, I know, a “YUGE” undertaking. But, a man of your talent and connections could surely find a team of individuals capable of the task. It would take quite some time from start to finish, so be sure it is constructed to prevent intervention with any annoying changing of guard that is so prevalent in Washington.
Good luck to you, sir, let me know what we can do to assist and thank you for your service,
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Remember that phrase? Nothing could be more appropriate to our political process. How often do we get caught up in a presidential campaign and ignore the consequences of inaction in the local fights? All too often, I would submit.
Case in point…the Bexar County, Texas, Sheriff’s election last November and the already evident results started even before the outgoing Sheriff, Susan Pamerleau (Maj. Gen. USAF, Retired) had gracefully left office. She is being replaced by a typical, barn-burning, scorched-earth Democrat Javier Salazer. He was “temporarily issued” a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against her just days before the official transition. “Temporarily issued” because it was rescinded as soon as she filed a response. But, again in typical liberal fashion, he doubled-down as soon as he took office at one minute after Midnight on New Year’s Eve and issued a No-Access Order for her and nine of her staff members…as if they intended to re-enter the building with malicious intent. What a joke!
Now you might ask…if she was so great, why did she lose the re-election? Good question, and I happen to have the answer in three parts…
Part One: Democrats are known to promote and vote a straight ticket in elections. No matter the candidate, they follow the party line like sheep to the slaughter. Republicans, not so much. Republicans even lament that Democrats do that, all the while not appreciating the power it gives them. In Bexar County, Texas, in November 2016, the Democrats led straight ticket voting 195,215 to a Republican total of 137,368 from respective total votes of 278,102 to 273,914. That is 70.2% of Democrats versus 50.15% of Republicans voting a “committed to the party” vote irrespective of the candidate. Sheriff Pamerleau lost by only 4,188 votes. Keep reading, I’m not done, yet…
Part Two: Third party candidates that split the vote. With respect to the previous paragraph, the Libertarian candidate in the race received 5,428 straight ticket votes. Those votes alone could have provided the winning margin for Pamerleau who ran as a Republican. Then, to add insult to injury, the Libertarian candidate took a total of 18,889 votes out of the conservative sector. Although I certainly respect and often appreciate the movement outside the two party system, there are times when collective activism carries a much stronger message. Think “Tea Party” results in such a brief period of time (less than 10 years) as compared to Libertarian Party results in forty-five years. I think I just heard a collective “well, duh!”…
Part Three: The Republican Party does not support local candidates. You heard me right. In some archaic view of local elections, there were no party affiliations. I know, because I held that view. It is a righteous view, but not a realistic view. So, Republicans, you lost that effort a long time ago. And, by holding on to your pristine view of these local elections the Democrats have taken control of every major metropolitan area in the country, not to mention thousands of others. Time to get your head out of the sand and wade into this fight. You are currently a majority in everything else – the Presidency, both houses of Congress, thirty-one state Governors are Republican, and the list goes on…until you get to local elections. Unfortunate, unbelievable, and if it continues unforgivable.
So, to summarize, the Bexar County Sheriff’s race was handed to a liberal, sanctuary city supporter, two-faced, scorched-earth Democrat for three simple reasons…
- Straight ticket voting habits of Democrats.
- Third party candidates in a race they could not win.
- An inability of Republicans to support party politics locally.
Now that you have some time to think about your next local election, please, give this some thought. If you agree, spread the word. If not, good luck in attaining your desired results.
I reviewed with interest a recent post of the John Kerry “support” of the United States vote of “present” in the United Nations rebuke of Israel. In the comments to the article was one response defending Mr. Kerry’s previous lack of integrity when he testified before Congress on atrocities during Viet Nam. It elicited the following Facebook post on my part and when I was done, I felt it worthy of inclusion on the blog. You may see the original here.
“_________, if that is your picture, thank you for your service, if not…well you know what should follow. Viet Nam was surely a nasty quagmire, every war is, but that still does not give any one soldier the right to condemn or throw his fellow soldiers under the bus. If you want to see a patriot testify before Congress, please review the questioning of Oliver North…particularly the questions around “were you ordered” and his response of “Sir, of course, I was ordered, I’m a Marine”, but never putting anyone in his line of fire.
It is “soldiers” like John Kerry that have allowed our military to become completely political. Men of integrity and ethics have been banished, limited, and removed ever since Viet Nam. I know, I was there. This is not from a historical perspective, it is from a personal perspective. Today’s military “leadership”, unfortunately, is greatly understaffed in men with honor. Not all, understood, but one weak link is one too many.
So, in the future, as you post in defense of any military weak link, please be aware of the damage you are perpetrating in an already faulty system. The military must not only be allowed to weed out the “john kerry” component, it must be encouraged to do so. Maintaining absolute integrity within the ranks is the only way to shine the light where it belongs…political influence and agendas.
The Progressives of the Democratic party are already plotting and scheming on how to block our American agenda. They are sore losers who simply do not give up even when the American People make it clear in which direction they want to go especially if it’s different from their Socialistic schemes. They cry compromise when their definition of compromise is do things their way or face obstruction and character assassination. They use intimidation instead of reasoned arguments. They lie, cheat, mislead, divide and do everything they can to deter responsible Americans from restoring sanity to our Government. I don’t mean to exclude the Republican Progressives, however, their role is to go along with what the left wants. They are in effect enablers, too afraid to take the side of those of us who care about our American founding and culture. Continue reading “Fighting for Our Agenda.”