There seems to be a rising chorus-even among some on the right-that marriage is over and we need to give up on the civil institution of marriage. I'm reminded of the blonde starlet, Mae West. This Hollywood celebrity was asked why she didn't marry one of the handsome young men who always followed her around. "Marriage is a great institution," said Mae, "but I'm not ready for an institution."
Married or not, Mae West understood marriage better than some federal judges and some policy analysts.
When we hear them say, "let's privatize marriage," what they are really saying is let's abandon the children. And let's abandon America's future. One of the most poignant and powerful stories from the Civil War era tells us that freedmen and women walked to Tennessee in 1866-66 to have their slave marriages recorded and recognized in law. Many of these ex-slaves were illiterate-kept so by unjust enactments. Many of them had to walk barefoot. But so great was their yearning for marriage that they made that great sacrifice. more >>
Actress and filmmaker Roma Downey recently made it clear that scenes in "Son of God" that included an actor who played the devil, but who some say looks a lot like President Barack Obama, have been edited out of the movie releasing next week.
"It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor. This is now a movie about Jesus, the son of God, and the devil gets no more screen time," Downey, who produced the movie with her husband, Mark Burnett, told The Hollywood Reporter.
"Son of God," which opens on Feb. 28, is a theatrical version of the "The Bible" TV miniseries, a highly successful show on the History Channel that featured actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni as Satan. more >>
While President Barack Obama touts a desire to increase access to healthcare, his actions related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," suggest that he cares more about winning elections than providing health insurance to every American.
Last week, Obama delayed the employer mandate for certain employers. This would be the second time Obama has delayed parts of the employer mandate, thus ensuring that some Americans will have to wait two more years before getting health insurance coverage through their employers.
Obama has said 2014 will be a "year of action." But in this case, Obama's order is to delay action. To put it bluntly, there are Americans today without health insurance who would have health insurance if Obama had implemented the law as Congress wrote it. more >>
U.S. President Barack Obama is placing pressure on Uganda President Yoweri Museveni not to sign a controversial anti-gay bill that could make "aggravated homosexuality" punishable by life imprisonment, warning that such a law could strain relationships between the two countries.
Obama said in a statement on Sunday that as a people, the U.S. stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights, and that is why he is so "deeply disappointed that Uganda will shortly enact legislation that would criminalize homosexuality."
"The Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda, once law, will be more than an affront and a danger to the gay community in Uganda. It will be a step backward for all Ugandans and reflect poorly on Uganda's commitment to protecting the human rights of its people," Obama warned. "It also will mark a serious setback for all those around the world who share a commitment to freedom, justice and equal rights." more >>
If five years of the Obama administration has taught us anything, it is that presidents do not need Congress to further their agenda. All they need is to surround themselves with "yes men" who share similar disrespect for the Constitution and its founders. It also helps to have a trusty pen and phone, as President Obama brags.
There is something to be said, though, about precedence. Shortsighted Republicans who handed on a silver platter to the executive branch unparalleled power by way of the Patriot Act and TARP, should stop whining about what Obama is doing. What one administration does in moderation, the next will do in excess, especially if they are liberal.
Of course, there is a vast difference between executing the Patriot Act after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and Obama mass-producing executive orders in the name of social justice and social engineering like a president, gone wild. more >>
Our Country has been blessed to be lead by great men of intelligence, strategy and ethics. However, our Country has also suffered during Administrations, which were plagued by bad decisions and scandal. Buchanan's pre civil war inactivity, Harding's Tea Pot Dome scandal, Grant's bought off Administration, and Johnson's escalation of the Vietnam War are just a few examples of President's whose action or lack of action in office were harmful for the Country they were supposed to be leading.
This President's Day, is it fair for Americans to celebrate all of our Nation's Presidents the same? Does every President deserve a party or a day of festivity just because they won a national popularity contest or should American's take the day to reflect on the good and the bad of each President? A day to study history and what choices made by the man in the Oval Office helped our Country and more importantly hurt our Country.
Currently, as Republicans continue to investigate, we can be all but certain their efforts will be to no avail. The reason is not because there is lack of evidence, facts or even documents. It is because there will be no witnesses or whistle- blowers who will turn against the Obama Administration. Unless some brave soul turns against the Chicagoland culture of silence and intimidation, the Attorney General will never be forced to bring charges against those at the IRS, and possibly even the White House who directly broke the law by putting the full weight of IRS auditors and bureaucrats on conservative and tea party groups. more >>