March of Democracy

Winston Churchill, 1947

No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

This 90 second video shows the rise of democracy through history:

Is the Cost of Gas High Enough?

I’m starting to see gas stations in Jackson pushing up close toward $4 a gallon, and I’m sure we’ll break that threshold soon. That is hitting everyone’s pocketbook.  But is it hitting us hard enough to force the world to get serious about renewable fuel alternatives?

If most families drive 12,000 miles a year, and cars average about 20 mpg, that means we use  600 gallons of gas in a year.  With the price about double what we were comfortable paying for many years, that is adding $1,200 a year to our family’s bottom line , which is $23 a week.

Is the additional cost of $23 a week enough to give America the resolve to develop alternative energy sources?   Probably not.  But if gas for our cars today  is not costly enough, this gas crisis will be extremely costly in the long run if we don’t find alternatives to the oil that has fueled our economy for the past century.

President Bush in Jackson

George Bush was in town today for a fund raising event for Senator Wicker.  I happened to be away from campus at the time they were closing all the roads for his motorcade, and ended up as the ONLY car on Lakeland Drive.  If you’re from Jackson, you’ve never seen it that way.

I’ve never met him….did meet his father with a group of Church leaders when he was in office….went to the National Prayer Breakfast one year when Bill Clinton was in office……and I remember seeing John Kennedy in a parade when I was about eight years old.

MaryLou and I  met Ronald Reagan at his Church one Sunday in California. We were visiting Bel Air Presbyterian Church, and from the balcony saw the former president come in late and be ushered about half way down. So as the service was coming to an end, I poked MaryLou and we skipped the last hymn to go outside to see if we could see him.  A few moments later, he and Nancy came out a side door.  We were the only ones there, and he stopped to shake our hands and talk….Nancy was pulling him to get in the car and go.  That was fun.