"…that unborn child has been carved in the hand of God from conception and is called by God to love…" – Mother Teresa
Mountains are neither fair nor unfair to those of us who scale them. Those who resolve to make it to the top, do so step-by-step, with no favors from the mountain. I thought about this today while on an 8-mile mostly uphill cleat-clad run. With Alaskan temperatures pleasingly mild for this time of year, I had to get outside to clear my head after a week filled with toxic politics and disappointing news about our president whose choice of words goes from bad to worse.
I thought about the slow but steady uphill journey pro-life Americans have traveled since the passage of Roe v. Wade. I also remembered the incredible sacrifice of an estimated 500,000 people on a frigid and snowy day last week in Washington D.C., who suffered the cold to remember the least among us, those lives snuffed out before their time. more >>
For millions of Americans, politics has lost its meaning. There is growing dissatisfaction with both party organizations. More and more Americans tell pollsters they are Independents. The way to reclaim the Republican Party is not be seeking some illusory "middle ground" between principled conservatism and radical liberalism. The way to bring the GOP back at the national level is to hold the party leadership to the pledges it has made for generations.
A lot has been said and written lately of what journalists and call the "Republican Civil War."
We need to remember that whenever Republicans have a party clash, journalists are happy to hold our coats. There is of course a struggle going on between Establishment Republicans in Washington, D.C. and many state capitals and the party's grassroots-conservative, Tea Party, and local activists. Whether the issue is a hard-fought Republican primary or different tactics on repealing ObamaCare, whether the question is Common Core in education, or expanding Medicaid at the state level, there are going to be differences of opinion. But not every difference of opinion means a difference of principle. more >>
In 2012, conservative author Dinesh D'Souza produced an anti-Obama documentary, 2016: Obama's America. The film earned over $33 million at the box office and was the highest-grossing documentary since 1982. The outspoken Christian conservative and bestselling author also released a book that year, Obama's America: Unmaking the American Dream.
Previously, in 2008, D'Souza gave Obama's half-brother George $1,000 for a medical emergency when Obama would not respond to George's pleas for help. George lives in a 6 by 10 foot hut in the slums of Kenya, and told D'Souza, "You're the only guy I know I can call." George then appeared in D'Souza's documentary, expressing his disappointment that Obama had not responded to his request for help, "he's supposed to help his family."
It doesn't appear to be a coincidence that the Obama administration is now targeting D'Souza for minor campaign finance violations. Last week he was criminally indicted. But what does this really mean? There is an old saying that a good prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, and as a former prosecutor, I agree. more >>
Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church of Dallas continues to garner attention for his view that President Barack Obama's policies will lead to the rise of the Antichrist.
As Jeffress gathers headlines from media online and offline, a couple biblical scholars have weighed in on the controversial claim.
President Barack Obama has helped sway Americans in support of same-sex marriage, according to a newly released study by the Human Rights Campaign, which notes that he used the word "gay" 272 times in public speeches, more than any of his predecessors.
"Words matter an enormous amount, and when President Obama uses his platform to declare that LGBT people are just as American as anyone else, it has a huge and historic effect. President Obama has helped the American people get to know LGBT people on a personal level, and evidence suggests that when people know us, they don't want to discriminate against us," said HRC President Chad Griffin.
"President Obama has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of LGBT people, and the power of his rhetoric has been an essential part of that legacy." more >>
Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza pleaded not guilty on Friday to federal charges that he used straw donors to exceed campaign contributions to a U.S. Senate candidate in 2012. Meanwhile, the charges against the co-producer of "2016: Obama's America" are being seen by conservatives as evidence that the White House is targeting its critics.
"The Feds have chosen to pursue this alleged minor violation in the same way the IRS targeted conservative Tea Party groups for retribution," Gerald R. (Jerry) Molen, who co-produced "2016" with D'Souza, said in a statement released Friday. "In light of the way the IRS has been used to stifle dissent, this arrest should send shivers down the spines of all freedom-loving Americans."
D'Souza's defense lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, suggested in New York federal court that the action described in D'Souza's indictment does not rise to the level of a crime, according to Reuters. The contributions connected to D'Souza were for candidate Wendy Long, who was unsuccessful in her bid for the Senate seat of Democratic Kirsten Gillibrand in New York. more >>