Think of this as Volume 12, Number 51 of A-Clue.com, the online newsletter I've written since 1997. Enjoy.
I was born a Roman Catholic, and I'm certain the church fathers still count me, but we drifted apart long ago. My son goes to an American Baptist church -- Roger Williams baptist as opposed to John C. Calhoun baptist. Long story short I know something of sin and forgiveness.
Penance is important, but it's only the first step on a necessary journey. You're supposed to marry intent to action. You're supposed to change your behavior.
For most of this decade America was an outlaw nation. We rejected your reality and substituted our own. Many liberals, like me, had thought of George W. Bush to be an elite imposition on our politics. What we learned this year is he wasn't. His party's grassroots may have rejected his record, but they have yet to reject a single thing he stood for.