Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘history’

Miracles and Massacres

miracles“I am growing increasingly fearful that our history is being lost to time…As time goes by and new generations come through our public schools, history will continue to fade.  It just doesn’t seem to be a priority anymore.  Most schools teach kids only to memorize dates and places and names.  In 1492 Columbus  sailed the ocean blue.  We no longer take the time to understand the why and how of anything because of the exaggerated importance placed on the where and when.”

The Screwtape Letters

If you had ever asked yourself who the devil might be tempting you to the dark side you might be weird, inquisitive, have too much time on your hands or most likely all three.  Some of the darkest days of our recent history, World War II, provided the setting for a series of letters from a “senior” devil to his devil-in-training as he attempts to lure a man to the dark side. The Screwtape Letters is kind of like listening to one side of a telephone conversation in that C. S. Lewis only treats us to Screwtape’s (the senior from the netherworld) letters to his intern, Wormwood. 

Korea Strait

The Korean War is perhaps the least understood of America’s modern conflicts. It is hard for me to understand the deep hatred between the different countries in the Pacific forged through centuries of occupation and wars. Former enemies are now allies; countries are split apart by ideology. Korea Strait is a novel using this geopolitical canvas as the base for an intense naval exercise reminiscent of Tom Clancy’s Hunt For Red October. While not in the same class as that novel, Korea Strait moves beyond the Cold War to what may be today’s version. Unless one has his head buried in the sand, it is hard not to envision some future conflict with North Korea who may just be capable of nuclear strikes.

In The Year 2525

The year 2525 is probably the year when we “officially” find out from historians that conservatives were right and that Barney Frank and Democrat policies started the global financial meltdown and Obama’s policies like the Stimulus, Obamacare, and Dodd-Frank prolonged the agony.  That is because history is mostly written by liberal academics (I know that is redundant) and they have a slightly biased view of the world.

I am exagerating about the date 514 years from now, but consider that until recently most historical accounts of the Great Depression give FDR credit for ending it.  There have been books like The Forgotten Man which set the record straight, but few probably read this.  However nearly seventy years after the depression ended two UCLA economists place the blame where it belongs…on FDR.

Land of Lincoln

“No matter what your hobby is, Lincoln will likely pop up sooner or later.  If you’re interested in politics, war, civil rights, literature, economics, the law, religion, romance, human psychology, celebrity, or the infinite application of the graphic arts, then your interest will likely bring you into contact with Lincoln the politician, the commander in chief, the emancipator, the writer, the rhetorician, the free marketer, the lawyer, the martyr, the husband of Mary, the manic depressive, and the most celebrated and most graphically depicted man in American history.”

America’s Prophet

Author Bruce Feiler takes a hike through American history looking at parallels between people and American icons and the Biblical figure of Moses. America’s Prophet  provides some historical background on Moses’ journey, what he represents and juxtaposes those to many historic Americans like Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. and icons like the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell.  It is amazing to read REAL history that shows how powerful a link there is between the American ideal and biblical beliefs rather than more recent interpretations representing America as a secular nation,

Known and Unknown

I debated whether to read Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir and passed it several times as it laid on display at Costco.  I think like many people I was tired of hearing about the Bush Administration and wanted to look forward to 2012 rather than rehash the past.  Obviously I relented and I was very surprised at the long and varied career of Mr. Rumsfeld.  His story chronicles some of the seminal events in American history and he often had a front row seat which helps explain some of the vitriol spewed at him over the last few years. 

The Chinese Are Stealing Our Jobs

CalvinEconomicsAbout a year ago I was asked to participate on a committee (I know yikes a committee) from our local school district.  The idea was to pull together the community to work with district personnel to better prepare students for college and working life.  Our district has an outstanding track record in academics and that is one of the main reasons that we moved here long before we had children of school age.  At one of the first meetings we brainstormed about topics where more emphasis was needed to better prepare our children.