The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, along with a number of leading Democratic senators, including Kerry, Feinstein and Durbin—have rallied for what ought to be alarming for anyone who values the First Amendment, regardless of where you stand politically. Their push for government regulation of speech is one of the most illustrative battles in recent days, because it sheds such a bright light on how the Democratic Party responds to the voicing of ideas they do not like in our country's increasingly lively interchange through media.
Though the bombs failed to detonate, this week's attacks in London have exploded persistent myths about Islamic terrorism. These myths—perpetuated by the politically correct, the unreasonably optimistic, and the willfully ignorant—have crippled the West's ability to adequately confront the Islamic threat. Unless the West finally wakes up and faces reality, our chance for long-term survival is questionable.
Historians may well look back on last week's defeat of the immigration bill as a watershed moment. It was, for good or ill, a milestone in America's transformation into a "normal" country. Normal countries have arguments about their national identity and immigration's effect on it.
Politics is about moments. Senators Barack Obama and John McCain are all the proof you need. McCain has been trying to re-create the magic of 2000, despite the fact that he lost that year. When he tells audiences to get ready for "straight talk," he sounds like a rerun of a canceled TV show.
There comes a responsibility with sending ordnance down range. Once fired most weapons are on a one way mission to unleash their lethal, stored energies. The kinematics of the weapon and the explosives package are fused to get a specific result upon detonation. Mostly those results are designed to be lethal.
I came on the board of my alma mater, a small, distinguished liberal arts college, just before Andy Miller retired as a trustee; that overlap marked one of life’s blessings for me. In that context, I came to know one of the most outstanding of the U.S. national Salvation Army (S.A.) Commissioners and an American candidate who came close to making General, the highest possible position of the world-wide Salvation Army.
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Hillary Clinton is facing increasing Democratic criticism for using Mark Penn as her presidential campaign's chief strategist while he also serves as CEO of Burson-Marsteller, the public relations giant with corporate clients whose policies run opposite to Clinton's.
While many of us were celebrating our nation’s hard won sovereignty, the United Nations (UN) was orchestrating a summit meeting of Global Compact leaders at its Geneva, Switzerland headquarters. The UN describes the seven-year-old Global Compact as “an international initiative that would bring companies together with UN agencies, labor and non-government organizations to support universal environmental and social principles.”
I understand the angst of certain rule of law proponents upset by President Bush's commutation of Scooter Libby's conviction. But most of the people outraged by it have no credibility
Former President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton are absolutely outraged that President Bush granted executive clemency to Scooter Libby, recently convicted of making false statements under oath. They obviously believe that Libby should serve his thirty month sentence.
Consider a nugget from The Washington Post’s recent multi-day, multi-author, multi-yawn hit piece on Vice President Dick Cheney. “Sue Ellen Wooldridge, the 19th-ranking Interior Department official, arrived at her desk in Room 6140 a few months after Inauguration Day 2001,” the front-page story on June 27 began.
More than 230 years ago, our Founding Fathers made a claim that must have struck most foreigners as absurd: “That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.” In the years ahead, Americans would fight and die to make that boast a reality.
The men and women who wear the uniform sacrifice their lives, comfort, and safety to fight for the continued security of our democracy. While Americans back home in the United States benefit from our nation’s freedom, it is the servicemembers who ensure it still exists.
Mary Zwo was six weeks old, neglected by her mother and abused by her father, when she was admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit at a university hospital. Mary was dehydrated, with low blood sugar and at risk of hypothermia. Doctors quickly put her in an incubator. Mary Zwo is a gorilla.
If you believe the Bush presidency is a failure, what then? Do you delight in whacking him like a piñata for the next 18 months with your only objective a Democratic blowout victory in the 2008 election? If that is your strategy, do you ask yourself what kind of country a Democratic president will inherit and whether he (or she) will have the ability to quickly turn things around after months of pummeling a weakened president?
Mainstream media coverage of the three-part event -- two car bombs that failed to detonate in London and a flaming SUV driven into the front of the airport terminal in Glasgow, Scotland -- was a bigger dud than the doctors' poorly designed vehicular-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs).
The best of the possible is quite different from the best. In the best of worlds, or at least a better one, an appellate court would have stayed the jail sentence of I. Lewis Libby until his appeal was complete after he'd been convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice, or maybe only of an inexact memory.
Lately, I’ve been hearing rumors that prominent liberal politicians, the very same people who are always proclaiming themselves passionate advocates for free speech, are looking into ways to muzzle conservative radio talk show hosts
For most of the 53 years since the Supreme Court's school desegregation decision, the court, in collaboration with people who fancy themselves "progressive," has been instructing Americans to unlearn the lesson of those decisions -- the lesson that race must not be a source of government-conferred advantage or disadvantage. Last week the court began rectifying its abandonment of that premise in the name of "diversity."
If you look back through American history and find a black American being enslaved, lynched, railroaded, or persecuted, 99 times out of a hundred, you'll find a Democrat behind it.
Quick question: Who thinks there isn’t enough frank sexual information forced on today’s kids? Is the bar for acceptable sexual behavior still too high? You would think so when reading a recent Washington Post article titled “A More Candid Approach to Sex-Ed.”
I would love to see more “Arthur Chrenkoff” in my news today. An Australian blogger who wrote a series of blog posts (also carried by the Wall Street Journal) called “Good News from Iraq,” Chrenkoff filled a niche those in the media too often left unaddressed by giving readers information about news from the region that did not consist merely of casualty figures. Chrenkoff scoured media reports and military sources and compiled the “good news” that was often being buried.
Anybody who watched presidential spokesman Tony Snow face a pack of snarling White House press corps correspondents following President Bush’s commutation of Scooter Libby’s prison sentence will understand the meaning of the word hypocrisy
A new Pew poll was released this week to great fanfare and an Associated Press story that highlighted just one of its findings: a large drop since 1990 in the proportion of Americans who see children as "very important" to a "successful" marriage.
Practically everything else in American life has been dumbed down, so why not constitutional crises? The braying over President Bush's commutation of Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff Lewis "Scooter" Libby's prison sentence is that Bush has undermined the rule of law and the Constitution.
The only way Gore can get thousands of college kids to pay attention to him is to get a bunch of entertainers and bands to put on a concert together. Gore is literally the dorky kid in the neighborhood that people hang out with only because his house has a pool.
Whatever happened to Warren Buffett, the world's third-richest man? Guilt, a feeling of being blessed by luck, forgotten lessons -- who knows?
The recent defeat of the immigration "reform" bill in the Senate, in response to an overwhelming deluge of phone calls and letters from irate voters, has focused renewed attention on the supposedly malign influence of talk radio, which is dominated by conservative hosts, and which played an undeniably large part in generating the opposition to the bill. Various liberal spokesmen are now demanding that something be done to rectify this supposedly outrageous "imbalance."
Late last month the Center for the American Progress released a report entitled “the Structural Imbalance of Talk Radio.” The study purportedly provides a seriously analysis of the partisan programming that exists on talk radio and concludes that it is overwhelming right of center. Notwithstanding the pseudo-scientific nature of this report, it’s clearly more pseudo than science.
Just in time for the Fourth of July, John Lott has released "Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't." This book provides studies and analysis proving that your every right-wing instinct is based on sound economic analysis.
Back in the late 1960s, during graduate study at UCLA, I had a casual conversation with Professor Armen Alchian, one of my tenacious mentors. Professor Alchian is among the top 20th-century contributors to economic knowledge. During our graduate student/faculty coffee hour conversation, I was trying to impress Professor Alchian with my knowledge of type I and type II statistical errors.
On July 2, 1776, after long and wrenching debate, the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from the Mother Country and the next night John Adams went back to his rooming house in sweltering, sticky Philadelphia to write, by candlelight, two of the most famous letters in American history. Addressing his beloved wife Abigail in far-away Boston, he exulted in the birth of a new nation:
Credit Gingrich with having seen as early as last year that too many candidates would start campaigning too quickly, and that they would hemorrhage big money just as quickly.
I was pleased by the Republican defeat in last fall's congressional elections, and so far my hope that blind partisanship would serve the cause of limited government seems to have been vindicated.
It's a clever line. When Christopher Hitchens slams Christianity he does it with style. "If we lost all our hard-won knowledge and all our archives, and all our ethics and all our morals...and had to reconstruct everything essential from scratch, it is difficult to imagine at what point we would need to remind or reassure ourselves that Jesus was born of a virgin."
I have heard it a million times, if I have heard it once, that when you refinance you get to skip at least one month of payments or more. The reason people believe that is they don't know or can't understand that mortgage interest is paid in arrears and that rent is paid up front.
Based on their consistent behavior in recent years, and specifically again in their presidential debate last Thursday, it is fair to ask whether there is any race-sensitive situation Democrats will not exploit for political purposes.
It's a long way from Washington, D.C., to Washington, Ind., where my father was born a century ago next January and where I am attending a Thomas family reunion. On the drive from Indianapolis, one passes towns that could fill a Norman Rockwell album. My favorite is named Freedom because, though the town has only a single flashing caution light, it displays many flags. If I don't slow down, I will miss both.
When Jews gather at the Passover Seder -- and this is the most widely observed Jewish holiday -- they recount the exodus from Egypt, an event that occurred 3,200 years ago. We Americans have difficulty keeping alive the memory of events that happened 231 years ago.
This has been an extraordinary week. The people have spoken twice - both against the leadership. In the United States Senate, the leadership of both parties by and large was on one side. The people, as reflected by the Senators who cast votes on that final cloture roll call, were with the people. In the House of Representatives all the leaders of the Majority Party voted against the wishes of the people. ALL of the leaders of the Minority Party were with the people. The people prevailed. Over 100 Members of the Majority Party joined every member of the Minority Party to prevail in lopsided fashion. In my more than four decades in our Nation's Capital I never remember a day such as we had last week.
As a math professor, Mr. Kehowski has a pretty keen instinct for things that don’t add up – including a tendency among many of his fellow citizens to divide their celebrations of freedom from any appreciation of the One Who gave us that freedom in the first place.
The goal of U.S. post-World War II trade agreements, such as the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and the World Trade Organization, was to lower tariffs mutually in pursuit of worldwide free trade. The trouble is that it takes two to tango and we trade with at least 137 countries that dance to a different tune.
In the wake of this weekend’s spate of actual and attempted car-bombings in the U.K., I watched the uncut version of “The Path to 9/11” – ABC’s dramatic portrayal of the events that contributed to, and culminated in, the deadliest attacks on U.S. soil to date.
The sparklers, snakes, rockets and Roman candles will make a grand display at barbecues, fish fries and picnics this week, but between the second hot dog and the third brewski we ought to think about what the Fourth of July actually means. New Year's Day offers a time for personal appraisals of what we like about ourselves and what we'd like to change, and Independence Day offers that same pause for reflection -- for the nation and for each of us.
Doug Giles is one of the most funny, entertaining, witty and bright commentators in America today. As a media spokesman for Young America’s Foundation, I am invited to speak on many talk radio and television shows about the uphill battles facing young conservatives in academia. Without question, it is always a privilege to be a guest on Doug’s radio show, ClashRadio.com.
It is a tragedy when a force for good becomes a force for evil. But such is the case with Amnesty International.
Best-selling atheist authors are riding a wave of ignorance and illiteracy. The latest offering, God Is Not Great, comes from a bon vivant with a British accent, an attribute that lends sophistication in the eyes of the pseudo-intellectuals whose vision of the Christian is the Bible-thumping backwoodsman.
As I have written before, politics is no longer about good legislation, it is about politicking. Our DC based legislative processes have evolved into a frenetic, self-absorbed, narcissistic tango of Beltway ricocheting that produces products not designed to yield a better functioning country; but designed only to preserve the contact between ours legislators’ abundant behinds and their opulent leather chairs.
God, in His providence, has seen fit to bestow upon my wife and me two beautiful girls that we must steward into greatness.
The Fourth of July brings to mind American Flags, parades, fireworks, BBQ and, where I live, country music. If you are like me, the start of the national anthem causes you to stand up, place your hand over your heart and look around for the United States flag. Tears well in your eyes, your chest swells and you are thankful to be an American. If the national anthem is followed by a rendition of Lee Greenwoods’ God Bless the USA, it can lead to swaying, hugging and tears streaming down your face.
Okay - - so the immigration reform legislation crashed and burned. Most news reports have positioned this as a defeat for the President, and that is most certainly true.
There seems to be a pattern amongst the left and terrorists. They work together. Whether they do so intentionally or not is irrelevant. The actions of one are given cover by the others and in the end - they are all working for the same team.