Despite his horrible treatment of women, perjury and serious moral lapses, Bill Clinton was a very good politician. He was at heart a liberal Democrat who adjusted his principles to the shifting political winds.
In the red state of Arkansas, Clinton was elected five times as Governor. He flopped giving the keynote address at the 1988 Democratic National Convention, but returned four years later as the nominee and eventual President.
After losing badly in the 1994 mid-term elections, Clinton move to the ideological center and worked with the Republican Congress to pass welfare reform, capital gains tax cuts and the Defense of Marriage Act. The result was that he won an overwhelming re-election in 1996 and left his successor with a significant budget surplus. more >>
This week, Gov. Mike Huckabee, along with David Lane of the American Renewal Project, hosted a tour with roughly 100 ministers and faith leaders to follow the steps of three world leaders who greatly influenced world history for the better, with the hopes that these leaders would return to America empowered to do likewise.
Retracing the steps of Pope John Paul II in Krakow Poland, Margaret Thatcher in London England, and Ronald Reagan in California, The Journey: A Spiritual Awakening, was designed to exemplify how "God raises extraordinary leaders for extraordinary times." Huckabee explains, "their lives and messages brought hope to generations and freedom to millions by confronting evil everywhere. From their lives and their leadership we can extract immeasurable lessons for every nation wishing to be free and great."
In the wake of Houston Mayor Annise Parker's subpoena of emails and sermons of ministers, his timing, many argue, could not be more relevant. On Friday, November 14, Journey attendees visited Auschwitz and Birkenau and a museum located in the administrative building of Oskar Schindler's enamel factory. On route to Auschwitz, Lane referenced similarities between 1930 Germany and 2014 America. Quoting from Inside Hitler's Germany, Life Under the Third Reich, he paraphrased Martin Bormann's assessment that national socialism and Christianity are "irreconcilable." more >>
New Gallup polling on party favorability ratings should be useful reading for leaders of the Democratic Party who are still in denial about the meaning of the Republican sweep in the recent elections.
The percentage of Americans giving the Democratic Party a favorable rating is at an all time low – 36 percent. It now stands below the current 42 percent favorable rating of the Republican Party.
Notable is that Democrats themselves are increasingly unhappy with their own party. Whereas now 81 percent of Democrats give a favorable rating to their own party, this is 14 points below the 95 percent where it stood in December 2012. more >>
If you've followed the news in the last few days, you've likely heard of Jonathan Gruber. If you haven't, you should. He "helped write" ObamaCare and was paid handsomely for it--$400,000 to be "a paid consultant to the Obama administration to help develop the technical details as well." That's according to Gruber himself.
So why is he in the news? Because he's been caught on tape multiple times calling Americans "stupid" and saying that taking advantage of voters' "stupidity" was key to getting ObamaCare passed.
Here's what he said in November 2013: "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get anything to pass." more >>
You're sitting in the Publix parking lot at dusk and notice the unsupervised 12-year-old riveted to his iPhone with his wide-eyed friend looking on.
Walking through the mall you see three teen girls seemingly oblivious to surroundings as they stroll together each focused on their phones.
Munching their curly fries at Arby's, each of five youths are simultaneously engaged with their phones. more >>
Speaking this week with Larry King on his Web show "Politicking," potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate and rising conservative star Dr. Ben Carson issued a confusing and somewhat contradictory statement about his stance on the same-sex marriage.
When King asked Carson if he considers same-sex marriage to be a "civil rights issue," Carson replied that he doesn't think it's a civil rights issue, and further added that he believes in the Libertarian idiom of "live and let live," which is the belief that people should be allowed to live their life any way they see fit.
"For me, it's not a big issue," Carson said. "You know, I think any people can do anything they want to do." more >>