It should come as no surprise that Barack Obama is a man of the left. As such, he tends to downplay American exceptionalism and overplay his global worldview. As a partisan politico he has elevated opponent bashing into an art form. But his latest scree against conservatives was historically unhinged.
On May 5, 2013, President Obama delivered the commencement address to Ohio State University graduates. His subject was citizenship. Most of the speech, like most commencement speeches, was innocuous and unforgettable. That is until he blamed conservatives that mistrusting government is on par with viewing our constitutional system as "a sham." He advised the graduates to "reject these voices." Here's the complete paragraph:
"Unfortunately, you've grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's at the root of all our problems; some of these same voices are also doing their best to gum up the works. They'll warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave and creative and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can't be trusted." more >>
Do you remember the last time you saw a movie and when it was over, you thought, "That was great, except there wasn't enough swearing?"
You don't? Neither do I.
There may yet be more profanity on broadcast television. For now, the FCC, which regulates broadcasting, is listening to "we the people" on the subject of what will be along on television. There's a deadline to voice our opinions by June 19. more >>
Florida Junior Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who is expected by political pundits to be a main contender for the 2016 presidential race, said in a recent interview that his future in politics has already been planned by God.
Rubio said that he is not concerned that his support for immigration reform in the U.S. will hinder his chances of becoming the Republican nominee for the 2016 election.
"Whatever is going to happen on this issue, whatever is going to happen with me is what God's already planned for me," Rubio told David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network's "The Brody File." more >>
Despite threats from several Democrats in the Senate that forced him to withdraw an amendment that would allow gay couples to sponsor green cards for their foreign partners last month, Sen. Patrick Leahy decided to file it anyhow to the Gang of Eight immigration bill on Tuesday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman had withdrawn the amendment during the markup of the bill last month after a contentious debate during which Republicans said they wouldn't have it and Democrats threatened to oppose the measure if it threatened the overall passage of the bill.
"You've got me on immigration. You don't have me on marriage. If you want to keep me on immigration, let's stay on immigration," Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), one of the gang of eight, said during the debate over the amendment . more >>
In a first since 2005, more Americans now see former president George W. Bush in a favorable light than those who don't. Democrats have had the most apparent change of heart toward him.
According to the results of a Gallup poll published on Tuesday, some 49 percent of Americans now have a favorable view of Bush compared with 46 percent who hold an unfavorable view of him.
When Bush left office in January 2009, just 40 percent of Americans had a positive view of him while 59 percent viewed him negatively. That favorability rating dropped to a 35 percent positive rating to 63 percent negative outlook by March 2009. His lowest favorability rating came in April 2008 during difficult economic times and a period of high gas prices. more >>
As the nation awaits a Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of an affirmative action program at The University of Texas at Austin, two new polls show low public support for affirmative action, even among liberals and Democrats.
Seventy-six percent of registered voters oppose allowing universities to consider an applicant's race in their admissions process, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll asked a broader question: "Is affirmative action still needed, or should it be ended?" Forty-five percent answered that it should be ended, an all-time high since the same pollster began asking the question in 1991. more >>