The "new era of civility in politics" called for by President Obama after former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot, lasted about five Washington minutes. Since then Obama has adopted a scorched earth public policy in an attempt to destroy his political enemies, but sacrificing the Constitution as collateral damage.
Consider Obama's January 12, 2011 words in Tucson: "At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized-at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do; it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds."
Fast forward to the October 8, 2013 press conference, when an unhinged Obama used highly inflamed words describing those who think differently as "hostage takers" party to "extortion" and "insanity," who created "catastrophe" and "chaos." Rather uncivil discourse for one who seems to believe he is destined to be the fifth president chiseled out of rock at Mount Rushmore. more >>
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Family Research Council kicked off their annual Values Voter Summit in the nations capitol on Friday with an all-star line of potential GOP presidential candidates and rising political stars attempting to motivate the social base of the conservative movement. But are there enough "values voters" who will vote to make a difference in the 2014 and 2016 elections?
Gauging by the response at the weekend event in Washington, the answer is "yes," albeit the attendees are heavily weighted in their political leanings. The challenge that conservative operatives (or Karl Rove wannabes) must contemplate as they gaze into their crystal balls is can they light a fire under those same types of voters who reside in the nations heartland and are trying to balance a family budget while figuring out how Obamacare might impact their health care cost?
Tony Perkins, the CEO of the Family Research Council and host of the weekend's summit expressed optimism that value voters will show up at the polls in the next two election cycles. more >>
During the Great Depression, the government initiated a temporary program to help distribute surplus food and alleviate hardship. During the Kennedy administration the program restarted, expanding to be a permanent entity. This Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, as it has been traditional known, has attracted particular scrutiny recently. The House has voted to cut $39 billion over the next ten years from the SNAP budget.
Extreme reactions from leaders on both sides of the issue have been disappointing as usual. On the one hand, some seem to think that any cuts to the SNAP program will result in the mass starvation of millions of Americans. Others appear to be convinced that every SNAP recipient is a freeloader and a fraud.
Of course the bill still has to pass the Senate, which remains unlikely, but that has not stopped partisans from issuing attacks from both sides of the aisle. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi insisted, "This legislation is preying on people. P-R-E-Y-I-N-G!" While Majority Leader Eric Cantor countered that it was "wrong for working, middle-class people to pay" for abuse of the program. more >>
We ought to think about the cultural roots of the budget crisis in Washington.
The political left says the shut down is all about an ideological tantrum of a handful of Republicans.
Certainly Tea Partiers have an ideology and vision about what ground rules would produce a more prosperous, freer, and fairer America. more >>
When President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, it was the starting gun for a massive federal effort to get the new system up and running. The administration had deliberately allowed for three and a half years for the launch, October 1, 2013.
That's a long time. It's 1,288 days. You would think in that length of time, we could have brought a system online that would not be bedeviled with "glitches." And more glitches.
By comparison, FDR had 912 days from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, to D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allied invasion of Normandy. The D-day Museum at Portsmouth, England maintains a website that offers some idea of what was involved in mounting the invasion. more >>
America was founded to be a beacon of liberty, particularly religious liberty. The framers of our Constitution sought to preserve religious liberty to such an extent that they made it the first right protected in the Bill of Rights.
President Reagan, expanding on President Lincoln's phrase, referred to America as "the last, best hope of man on Earth." But this last, best hope is beginning to fade.
In countless instances we're seeing government exceed its proper constitutional role, ignore the constitutional limits placed on its power, and interfere with the constitutionally guaranteed liberties of its citizens -- especially eroding religious liberty. more >>