This was a busy week in the GOP presidential sweepstakes as two candidates jumped into the race: U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Currently, there are ten announced candidates running for the Republican presidential nomination and the number will surely grow. In the coming days, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will officially announce his presidential bid. Soon thereafter, a host of others including Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will enter the fray.
In the end, there could be 16 or more Republican presidential candidates. The candidates can be grouped in many different ways. For example, some like former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will emphasize social issues. Others like Perry and Graham will emphasize national security and U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky will focus on protecting liberties guaranteed by our Bill of Rights. However, there is another way to group the candidates: conservative or RINO (Republican in Name Only). Clearly, Bush will be the leading RINO, but it is unclear who assume the mantle as the top conservative contender.
Due to the plethora of conservative candidates, some commentators are lamenting our embarrassment of riches. They are calling for conservatives to unite behind one candidate who can defeat Bush. However, it is far too early for any consolidation among the candidates. Voters need to see the candidates in action, witness them in a debate setting and learn where they stand on the major issues. In essence, the Republican race is an example of a political free market as voters will be given a wide variety of choices and allowed to choose the best candidate. more >>
Update: June 5, 7:15 PM: Alice Stewart, communications director for Mike Huckabee, reached out to The Christian Post to reiterate that the Huckabee campaign had always planned to rotate new voices of endorsement in the "I like Mike" section of his website at the beginning of every month, which is why Jim Bob's and Michelle Duggar's names no longer appear on his campaign website.
Once prominently featured on the "I like Mike" sidebar, now the Mike Huckabee for President website currently has no mention of endorsements from Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
Former President George W. Bush is now enjoying a higher favorability rating than President Barack Obama, a new survey has revealed, and shows that Americans' opinion of Obama has continued to decline.
The CNN/ORC poll, released on Wednesday, noted that 52 percent of American adults who responded to the survey have a favorable impression of Bush, while 43 percent have an unfavorable view. The former president's public image has improved significantly since leaving office, seeing that back in 2009 only one-third of respondents said they have a positive opinion of him.
Obama, however, now has only 45 percent of America's approval, while 52 percent disapprove of the job he has been doing in office. The rise in the disapproval rating cross party lines. more >>
President Obama, you recently gave an interview to Israeli television claiming you are "the closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office." That's so far from the truth even a GPS cannot find it.
First, there was George Washington. His address to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport in 1790 was the first time in history any national leader spoke to the Jews as fully equal fellow citizens. Then, there was Thomas Jefferson, who thought the Great Seal of the United States should have been the Children of Israel and their Exodus from Egyptian bondage. President Lincoln was so beloved by American Jews that they called him "Rabbi Abraham."
Then there was FDR. President Roosevelt met the first King of Saudi Arabia. He didn't bow to him, Sir, as you did to that desert despot's son. But President Franklin D. Roosevelt insisted on holding Divine Services on board his warship, the USS Quincy, before his Sunday meeting with the Saudi king. Roosevelt got nowhere pleading with King Adbul Azziz for a homeland for the Jews. But at least he maintained his dignity and our national honor. more >>
The longtime friend and business manager of 2016 presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has responded to recent criticisms by black journalists, who have attacked Carson's conservative viewpoints as hurting his reputation, by saying that Carson refuses to be shackled by political correctness.
Armstrong Williams, who is a radio talk show host and a Carson confidant, spoke with Newsmax TV's J.D. Hayworth earlier this week and was asked why Carson is getting such a "bad reception" from African-Americans in the media.
Hayworth brought up talk show host and author Tavis Smiley, who said on Fox News in May that the retired world-renowned neurosurgeon is like a "black bull in a Republican China shop" and that he'd "call for an intervention to stop him from doing what he's doing to himself and his reputation." more >>
Most Americans, even most liberals, believe the state of moral values in the United States is getting worse, according to a Gallup poll.
When asked, "right now, do you think the state of moral values in the country as a whole is getting better or getting worse?" Seventy-two percent of Americans said "getting worse" and 22 percent said "getting better," according to the poll results released Tuesday.
While social conservatives are consistently more pessimistic and social liberals are consistently more optimistic about the state of moral values, a majority of social liberals, 58 percent, answered that moral values are getting worse. Eighty-one percent of social conservatives and 76 percent of social moderates agreed. more >>