In this age when news outlets have viewpoints and spin is often confused for news, how do you know when a story is solid fact? Well, how about when MSNBC and FOXnews carry essentially the same story? The lede from the MSNBC story:
President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and the Obama administration has known that for at least three years.
And thus the cries of “He lied, he lied” begin to echo through the nation. And yet, opposed to virtually all this administration has done as I am, I do not believe that Obama lied about this. He just did not know any better. Hugh Hewitt wrote this morning about how little Hillary Clinton accomplished as Secretary of State, or Obama’s “lie” on this matter and links to a most revealing Wall Street Journal op-ed. Bret Stephens wrote just 64 words for his op-ed this morning @WSJ, the rest is quotes of old news stories about how uninvolved the president has been in the actions of his administration.
As someone who has on occasion managed very large projects watching the debacle that is the health insurance exchange roll-out, I see very classic, very predictable project management fails. Everybody running around doing their piece of the puzzle, usually quite well, but no one keeping an eye on the big picture making sure the pieces fit together as they should. No vision and no organization. It is reminiscent of the time in junior high we decided we could put the dance together without faculty help.
We have a president who thinks getting elected is enough. Not exactly a new insight that. The foremost news here is that as Hewitt and Stephens discover, this adolescent “made it” syndrome seems to have affected senior administration officials as well – specifically both people to occupy the SoS slot under Obama. The other news is my junior high reminiscence.
Maybe it is because a morning devotional is designed to shape your thinking for the day, but I read all of this after I read mine this morning:
Becoming a Christian by accepting God’s grace through faith is the beginning of lifelong growth in Christ, or at least that’s the way God has planned it. Unfortunately, many Christians have chosen the path, not of growth to maturity, but of Peter Pan Christianity: “I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up, not me!” Perhaps we have been led to believe that being a Christian is mainly about going to heaven after we die, rather than living as citizens of God’s kingdom both now and forever.
What Mark Roberts points out here seems to mark so much of the cultural milieu that we live in. From the youth orientation of our entertainment to our religious expression to our governance, Peter Pan seems to be our model on which we choose to base our lives. You could see it happening for decades, but until this administration there were always enough adults in the room to keep things functioning. Now it looks like the kids have voted the adults out. The student council managed to hide its incompetence enough to get reelected, but people are now starting to show up for the dance and the incompetence is becoming all too apparent.
What truly troubles me is that religion has traditionally been the force in our society that called us to maturity, yet as Roberts points out, way too much religious expression is letting us get away with staying immature. The great Evangelical “stay-at-home” that marked the last election is part of that immaturity. It is “take my ball and go home” when a more mature compromise is called for.
But however this plays out in religious circles one thing is for sure – we need to elect an adult in the next cycle. And we cannot hamstring the candidate once in office with campaign messaging that appeals to the adolescent in the culture, or else they may not be able to govern as an adult.