While Republicans hope to again become the majority party, the chaos over passage of border security and immigration legislation on Friday led some conservatives to voice frustration at Republican incompetence.
After the Democratic-controlled Senate failed to pass legislation to deal with the current border crisis, House Republicans had an opportunity to demonstrate to the public that they could address the issue where the Democrats failed. Instead, House leaders were unable to garner enough votes on Thursday for their bill to address the crisis.
The leaders convened their caucus on Friday morning, desperate to pass something before their members headed back to their districts to prepare for the November elections. Late Friday they ended up passing two bills that were more designed to send a message than to be a serious attempt at addressing the crisis. more >>
This is the third in a five-part debate series on same-sex marriage between James W. Doig and Robert P. George. It originally appeared on The Witherspoon Institute's Public Discourse. You can read Part One here, Part Two here and Part Three here.
I have argued for the historic view of marriage as a conjugal union and made what I think are decisive objections to your view of marriage as committed sexual-romantic companionship or domestic partnership. You replied by restating your view and asserting that my objections don't apply. But restating a view is no substitute for an argument in its support. more >>
Was Jesus ever tempted sexually?
A young man who took one of Christendom's premier preachers aside at a conference sheepishly and confidentially asked this question. Ern Baxter whose message, "Thy Kingdom Come" is the best message I ever heard in my forty-five years as a Christian often shared the story. He knew as we age we easily forget the raging hormones and intense sexual struggles of earlier years.
His answer? more >>
In 2009, the Tea Party sprang up from the grassroots heartland of America.
Mature, patriotic Americans were shocked by the overwhelmingly partisan power grab of the President, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid, and were frightened by the irresponsible, ongoing trillion dollar deficits incurred by the out-of-control government.
The Tea Party sprung up in spontaneous protests at "town hall" style meetings, and then in more organized rallies to push back on the government takeover of their lives. The Tea Party took a principled stand for Constitutional, limited government, committed to the freedom and liberty of the people, and to fiscal responsibility. They did more than protest, they voted. more >>
Just when I thought the District of Columbia government couldn't stoop to new lows of incompetence and non-sensical behavior, it does. Apparently, self-defense spray is defined as a firearm in DC and must be registered by its owner with the Metropolitan Police Department. I kid you not! You heard me correctly. The DC Police wants to make it even more difficult for people, especially women, in a town where it's tortuous to purchase a gun to use in self-defense.
Recently, US District Judge Frederick J. Schulling Jr. ruled DC's ban on people carrying guns in public was unconstitutional. Yet, DC lawmakers and the Police department demonstrate tenacity for trying to make it onerous for residents to legally defend themselves against maniacs.
How did I stumble upon this little gem of lunacy? My neighbor who lives in DC has an 18-year old daughter who decided it was probably a good idea that she carried some pepper spray to defend herself in the city and when she heads off to college in South Carolina later this month. She explained to me when she went to buy the pepper spray at the Ace Hardware store in the Tenley Town neighborhood of DC, the sales clerk handed her the "The District of Columbia Self-Defense Spray Registration Form" which is part of the Gun Control and Firearms Registration. more >>
For example, consider stigmas related to pregnancy.
In 2014 America, families and communities still shame the woman, not the man, for getting pregnant and giving birth to "a bastard." The father is rarely held legally responsible for the "bastard's" care. Existing laws, if enforced, do require the biological father to pay child support in certain circumstances. However, with DNA and paternity tests now available, laws should include provisions requiring pregnant women to receive financial assistance from the father of the child, unborn or born, and legal penalties associated with non-compliant fathers. more >>