Wisconsin Family Connection Transcript


2017 | Week of March 13 | #1194 In one of his classic wry statements, former President George W. Bush once remarked about the budget, “It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.” Isn’t that the truth? Government budgets can be absolutely mind-boggling. As ornery and as irritating as understanding a state budget can be, it’s important that we have at least a vague idea of how the government is spending our money and a more...

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2017 | Week of March 6 | #1193 A year ago at this time, pro-life organizations were doing last-ditch efforts to try to get the state legislature to pass a bill that would ban the trade and use of the body parts of aborted babies.  All efforts failed. In spite of having strong conservative majorities in both houses, too many legislators, and Republican leadership in particular, were too nervous about the bill to schedule it for a vote...

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2017 | Week of February 27 | #1192 “Make America great again.” Maybe it’s a pretty good campaign slogan, but what really needs to happen to make America great again?  Can a president do that on his own? Or even in cooperation with Congress? Or is America’s greatness determined by factors different from economic policies, trade agreements, immigration laws, business regulations and foreign policies?  I believe America’s past, present...

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2017 | Week of February 20 | #1191 “If they can do this to me, they can do it to anyone.” That’s what 72-year-old Christian grandmother and creative professional Barronelle Stutzman of Washington State said in a news interview recently. Barronelle was referring to the state of Washington coming after her in a no-holds-barred fashion when in 2013 she politely and graciously declined to use her God-given creative gift to beautify the...

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2017 | Week of February 13 | #1190 You, yes you, have an opportunity to be a difference-maker next Tuesday! Are you prepared to do that? Are you ready to vote knowledgeably, responsibly and prayerfully? Next Tuesday, February 21, Wisconsin has its spring non-partisan primary election. This election narrows the field of candidates to two per race.  No candidates in any race are running based on their political party affiliation, hence...

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2017 | Week of February 6 | #1189 Who is responsible to educate children? The local community? The state? The federal government? The parents? A combination of these? This really isn’t a question with lots of correct answers. There’s one correct answer, and that is parents.  I base that answer on my authority source—the same source I use for every issue we evaluate—the unchanging, inerrant Word of God. Others in answering this...

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2017 | Week of January 30 | #1188 “Where else can you buy hope for a dollar?”  I just kind of stared at the person who said that to me in a conversation about gambling. “That’s really what people say about gambling?” I asked in disbelief.  At first I wanted to scoff at the stupidity of the idea; but quickly I was saddened as I realized how easily people sell not only their dollars but almost their souls for some hope. That brief...

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2017 | Week of January 23 | #1187 The highly anticipated, much reported inauguration of America’s 45th president is now history. Now the governing begins.  It’s often difficult for elected officials, whether president or school board member, whether federal or state, to leave the campaign rhetoric, shift from transitioning and actually govern. On January 3, newly elected or re-elected state senators and state representatives took...

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2017 | Week of January 16 | #1186 I was recently asked to be part of a pre-inaugural panel for National Public Radio. NPR was doing 4 of the panels nationwide, and Milwaukee was one of the four locations. The general topic was what do we want our new president to know about our community. I was asked to representative Christian conservative families. In the audience last Wednesday evening was the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s editorial...

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2017 | Week of January 2 | #1184 Republicans in Wisconsin have unprecedented majorities in our state legislature. We have a Republican governor. But what will that mean in the legislative session that begins this week in Madison?  Will it mean we truly strengthen, preserve and promote God’s plan for marriage and family, the sanctity of human life and religious freedom? The answer to that question rests in a couple of things. First, it...

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2016 | Week of December 26 | #1183 Enjoy this week of relative national and state calm because next week the fun in Madison and in Washington D.C. begins in earnest. A newly elected state Assembly and Senate and US House of Representatives and Senate will be sworn in, and we all know what that means. News of differing agendas, driven by differing personalities and world views will fill the airwaves and internet, along with stories of...

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2016 | Week of December 13 | #1182 In the midst of this wonderful Christmas season, have you considered the “Christmas Family”?  Certainly, the preeminent message of Christmas is that the Son of God came to earth, took on human flesh and lived the human life. Christ did not just live the human life, though; He lived the ultimate, Holy Life and died the ultimate, sacrificial death, so that we could have the ultimate, undeserved...

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2016 | Week of December 12 | #1181 Last week Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc., announced it is now an Authorized Group with the Department of Motor Vehicles for the purpose of requesting a specialty license plate. The choose life plate has been almost ten years in the making. We are excited that within the next eight to twelve months, Wisconsin pro-life citizens will be able to purchase a beautiful license plate that expresses their views...

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2016 | Week of December 5 | #1180 Your vote for president in the election held on November 8 is now being counted—again.  This statewide recount is a waste of manpower, at a minimum, and it really doesn’t matter who is paying for the endeavor. What matters is protecting your vote. Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president, requested recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, states where Trump won but with slim margins....

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2016 | Week of November 28 | #1179 While the national and state media are now all abuzz over the presidential vote recount in The Badger State, I’m going to ignore it this week for the purpose of this commentary because I can’t let November go by without talking about adoption. Annually, November is recognized as National Adoption Month. States run major campaigns encouraging people to adopt children who are in the foster-care...

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2016 | Week of November 21 | #1178 During this week of Thanksgiving, I like to think Americans really will be expressing their gratitude to God for many things: families, homes, safety, jobs, health, churches, friends, food, freedom, opportunities and much more.  Gratitude is always appropriate and following in the ways of the earliest settlers of this country and having a national Day of Thanksgiving is most appropriate.  I wonder,...

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2016 | Week of November 14 | #1177 Election 2016 is now in the history books. Hopefully you had a part in this history by casting a knowledgeable, responsible, and prayerful vote and by encouraging others to do likewise.  Now we live with the results of the election. A couple of quick thoughts regarding those results. First, character still matters. Good policies typically come from good people. Second, as Christians we need to...

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2016 | Week of November 7 | #1176 In the summer of 2010, I took a trip I had long wanted to take—a journey that took me to such places as the Green at Lexington, Massachusetts.  I wandered around that now peaceful park, remembering as I took in the minuteman statue and the other memorials, that in April 1775 that Green had been anything but peaceful as the opening shots of America’s War for Independence were fired by our early...

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2016 | Week of October 31 | #1175 What an election cycle this has been! I can’t imagine anyone hearing this commentary anywhere in America is caught by surprise by the news that we have a national election next week. Each day—and sometimes every hour–seems to bring new controversy and breaking news about the presidential election. That said, this election has presented us with some more-than-usual challenges in how we think...

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2016 | Week of October 24 | #1174 Wisconsin federal Judge Barbara Crabb is at it again.  Late last month Judge Crabb handed down a decision and issued an order in a case involving two lesbians, a child and the State of Wisconsin. This decision continues her string of bad judgments. Here’s a memory jog on Judge Crabb. President Jimmy Carter nominated Judge Crabb to this position in 1979. She is technically now on “senior status”—and...

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2016| Week of October 17 | #1173 One hundred years. That’s how long Planned Parenthood has been around doing its dastardly and deadly work. Of course this milestone is being widely and wildly celebrated by the nation’s largest abortion provider, encouraging people to support them in every way.  Frankly, I see nothing to be celebrated, but rather mourned. Planned Parenthood has its roots in early American activist, Margaret Sanger....

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2016 | Week of October 10 | #1172 November 8, Election Day 2016, will soon be here—and then gone.  But the impact of this election will be with us for a long time in the form of laws and policies formulated and foisted on us by those we elect and in the decisions/opinions of federal judges who are, appointed and then confirmed to life-time positions in our federal court system.  Many, if not most of those laws, policies,...

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2016 | Week of October 3 | #1171 At this very time 396 years ago, a small band of Pilgrims and Puritans were just about half way into their 66-day trip across the Atlantic Ocean from England in a pretty small vessel known as The Mayflower. They had left behind family members, possessions, their way of life, their ethnic heritage.  They knew very little about the land they were headed for.  They were getting a late start for such a...

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2016 | Week of September 26 | #1170 Are you excited about the upcoming election?  I didn’t ask you if you are excited about the candidates. I asked if you are excited about the election—the opportunity you have to voice your values through your vote? If you’re not, then I hope you are by the time we’re done. Consider first that as an American Christian citizen, voting is not just an opportunity or a privilege; it’s a responsibility, a...

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2016 | Week of September 19 | #1169 I watched them come into the restaurant in my hometown this past Saturday. One tall, thin young man, accompanied by a shorter young man. They came in hand-in-hand; then, instead of sitting on opposite sides of the table in the booth, they initially sat on the same side, very close together. After a quiet, quick conversation, the taller of the two, got up and moved to the other side. It was then my...

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