Pensées

Thoughts on current events and other topics

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), mathematician, scientist, and philosopher, became more and more interested in Christianity as he grew older. He planned to write an Apology for the Christian Religion and began jotting down notes, but he died before he could begin writing the book itself. His notes were edited after his death and published as Pensées, or Thoughts.

The thoughts expressed below deal with religion, politics, philosophy, and whatever else I want to write about but don't have the time--or inclination--to develop more fully at the moment.

Warning! Unvarnished opinions on many topics, political and otherwise, appear below. You might be offended. Or you might be challenged. If you are a person of faith, does your faith affect your political views? If it doesn't, it should. Read at your own risk!

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Afghanistan. NATO forces in an overnight raid have accidentally killed the first cousin of President Hamid Karzai. This time it's not poor Afghan boys out gathering firewood or some rural family wedding but a close relative of the president. Will THIS death finally be the straw that breaks the camel's back and forces Western troops out of Afghanistan? Probably not. It reminds me of this scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail:

LAUNCELOT: Sorry, sorry. See what I mean, I just get carried away. I really must -- sorry, sorry! Sorry, everyone.

RANDOM: He's killed the best man! [yelling]

FATHER: Hold it, please! Hold it! This is Sir Launcelot from the court of Camelot -- a very brave and influential knight, and my special guest here today.

LAUNCELOT: Hello.

RANDOM: He killed my auntie! [yelling]

FATHER: Please, please! This is supposed to be a happy occasion! Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who.

Death Penalty. The governor of Illinois signed a bill outlawing the death penalty in the state of Illinois, making a longstanding moratorium on executions in the state permanent. Gov. Quinn acknowledged that it was impossible to ensure that innocent people would not be executed, and he noted the discriminatory nature of the system. One more state joins the modern world.

Unions. The Wisconsin state Senate passed a bill stripping the rights of public sector unions to bargain for better working conditions. Contrary to Gov. Scott Walker's contention, such a move has nothing to do with balancing the state budget and everything to do with punishing a group of people who tend to vote with Democrats more often than with Republicans. However, since many Republicans are also union members, the impact of this move is likely to reverberate for some time, and the backlash may be more than the governor and his allies bargained for. We'll see when the first recall elections for Republican state senators are held later this year.

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