Dear Mrs. Bush,
Thank you so much for the thoughtful "friend" fundraising letter that you sent me and millions of other Americans this week. You were so kind to solicit donations on behalf of your son Jeb's presidential campaign. Of course, you let us know that you "changed your mind" because on April 25, 2013 you told Matt Lauer of the "Today" show that "there are other people out there that are very qualified and we've had enough Bushes."
I realize that it is a woman's prerogative to change her mind. I also am not surprised that you now have a different view regarding Jeb's aspirations and want to support him since he is surely running for President. Nonetheless, I must respectfully decline your request and inform you that I will be encouraging everyone I know to emphatically tell you "no" as well. more >>
Some liberals are expressing regret over the oppressive political correctness regimes that liberals have implemented on college campuses and elsewhere.
The liberal activism of her college years was anti-intellectual, "vaguely cultish" and "the darkest chapter of my life," a self-described "queer activist" writing under the pseudonym Aurora Dagny wrote for The McGill Daily in November.
Dagny is among a number of recent liberal voices decrying the current liberal trend of stifling speech. more >>
Freedom House, which publishes an annual report measuring freedom around the world, rating nations based on political rights and civil liberties, has recently issued its 2015 report.
According to this report, there is only one free nation in the Middle East region. It so happens that it is the one nation that seems to trouble our American president the most – Israel.
Freedom House rates on a scale of 1 – 7, "1" being the most free and "7" the least. Israel is rated 1.5, receiving a grade of 1 on political rights and 2 on civil liberties. more >>
As a number of states are considering right-to-die legislation, a retired Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl champion linebacker, who is now battling the debilitating and fatal disease known as ALS, decried a Maryland physician-assisted suicide bill, saying it would rob society of "God given" life.
Forty-five-year-old O.J. Brigance, who won a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens in 2000, testified last Tuesday before the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing on the state's new "death with dignity" bill. The bill would make it legal for patients prognosed with six months or less left to live, who are mentally competent, to ask their doctor for life-ending medication.
"Every day, every hour, every minute, every second is God given and valuable," Brigance told lawmakers. "To enact this legislation would [risk] lives and possible future contributions of Marylanders." more >>
The Liberty Institute is accusing the U.S. Navy of violating federal law when it refused to grant religious accommodation to Navy chaplain, Wes Modder, who is facing potential discharge after complaints were filed over him voicing his Christian beliefs on homosexuality and premarital sex during counseling sessions with sailors.
After the commander of Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Capt. Jon R. Fahs, sent a Feb. 17 memo to Navy Personnel Command suggesting that Modder be relieved of his duties, removed from the Navy promotion list, and possibly discharged, Modder and his attorneys at the Liberty Institute filed a request asking the Navy to grant Modder religious accommodation during his counseling sessions.
However, the request was denied on Tuesday in a letter sent by Fahs, which rejected the claim that Modder was being targeted because of his religious expression. more >>
President Barack Obama has said that making voting in elections a mandatory obligation for Americans would be "potentially transformative" and possibly counteract the influence of money in elections. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Thursday, however, that the president wasn't making a "specific policy prescription."
"If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country," Obama said in a speech on Wednesday in Cleveland, Ohio, according to The Associated Press. He added that universal voting would "counteract money more than anything," when talking on the subject of the influence of money in elections.
Obama said that the U.S. could follow Australia's model, where citizens are required to vote. more >>