A Ukrainian official said 23 Americans were aboard Malaysia Flight MH17, reportedly shot down in the troubled Donetsk region of the Ukraine near the Russian border Thursday. President Barack Obama said, however, that the U.S. is still checking to see if any Americans were among the 295 people killed on the doomed flight.
"Obviously, the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border, and it looks like it may be a terrible tragedy. Right now we are working to determine whether there were American citizens on board," Obama said in brief remarks in Delaware on Thursday, according to Reuters, which reported the figure from the Ukrainian official.
In a recent Politico op-ed as detached from reality as her political views, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz wrote, "Come November, voters will have a choice between a Democratic Party trying to fix our nation's problems and a Republican Party interested only in standing in our way."
I'd like to know what Democratic Party she's talking about. Because it's certainly not the one that controls the White House and the U.S. Senate today. It's certainly not the Democratic Party she belongs too.
If that party is "trying to fix our nation's problems," they clearly don't know what they're doing. Consider their record. more >>
I am sick to death of writing about Barack the Destroyer. Ever since that cold November day in 2008, when a chill settled into the heart of every American patriot, we have been fighting. Fighting with written word. Fighting with deeds. Fighting with shaky camera footage. Fighting with Town Halls. Fighting with viral media. Fighting any way within our means. We have made allies in unexpected ways. We have held our noses to vote for politicians which wouldn't have earned our trip to the voting booth in normal election years. We have lost friends, made enemies, and gained allies. And yet, our fight seems to have hardened the resolve of the Destroyer and whetted the appetite of the Orcs in his cabal.
I would much rather write about the return of liberty to the people and to the states, reversing the flow of progressive statism which had been steadily gaining power since the 1930's. With the power of governance returning to the states, the fruits of federalism encourage Americans to build their communities to their liking and add to the unified diversity which used to be America's greatest strength. If a school district decides to reflect the wishes of the community and teach intelligent design theory alongside other origin-of-life theories in their science curriculum, it is at the behest of the community rather than the dictates of an administrator on the other side of the country. Anyone who disagrees with the timbre and direction of this community is free to join a community more to their liking or start their own. I would love to write about how the increased federalism empowered the local legislatures and made political leaders more accountable by placing the responsible parties in our state capitols instead of insulated in plush cloak rooms in Washington, D.C. But I cannot write about such things.
Or I'd prefer to write about our burgeoning economy, which has benefitted from the elimination of onerous regulation. An economy which is no longer forcibly steered by the ideological dictates of ivory tower eggheads, but fueled by market forces and guided by logic and reason. This economy would substantially decrease the price of consumer goods by allowing market pressures to work as are meant to do. As in all free markets, bad products and businesses are punished while good ones are rewarded with success. Removing the cronies from capitalism promotes a greater amount of competition, which in turn drives down prices while increasing quality, as the competitors strive to attract the dollars of picky purchasers. Yet I cannot write of this economy. more >>
If Republicans are to win the Senate, they probably are going to have to do something they haven't done since 1980: beat more than two Democratic Senate incumbents in November.
In that Reagan Revolution election - one of the best for the Republican Party in its entire history - the GOP flipped 12 seats held by a Democratic incumbent who sought another term. The Republicans defeated nine Democratic incumbents in the November general election, and they won three other Democratic-held seats where the incumbent who held the seat ran for reelection but lost an earlier primary.
Incredibly, in the 16 Senate elections since then, the Republicans have flipped only 12 Democratic Senate seats where the incumbent was running again: It's taken them three decades worth of elections to match the achievement of that single 1980 effort. more >>
Our founders based our nation on the rule of law. But now lawlessness is becoming the rule. One of the Bible's definitions for sin fits here: "Sin is lawlessness" (1 John 3:4).
The border crisis is a strong case in point. Congress said no to the DREAM Act, but the president has a phone and a pen, and he says yes.
So now tens of thousands of young people are pouring in through our porous borders down south in hopes of having a chance at the American dream---a dream eluding many already here. more >>
The Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore has called on President Barack Obama to fill the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, which has been vacant since Suzanne Johnson Cook resigned in October.
Moore specifically recommended that the President nominate outgoing Rep. Frank Wolf, R.-Va., who has already announced that he will not run for reelection this year.
"Congressman Wolf is a tireless and unparalleled advocate for persecuted religious minorities," Moore wrote in the letter. "No one has done more in fighting for human rights and the protection of religious minorities than him during his distinguished career of over thirty years in the United States House of Representatives." more >>