Now that the mid-term elections are over, the political class is pivoting its attention to 2016. Most Americans aren't yet focused on electing our next president, but make no mistake: the potential candidates are already heavily engaged in running for that job.
One sign of the early activity is that the "Evangelical Primary" is already in full swing. According to network exit polls in 2012, self-identified evangelical Christians comprised 51 percent of all the votes cast in Republican presidential preference primaries and caucuses. So no one seeking the GOP nomination in 2016 can afford to ignore this vital and dynamic constituency. There is simply no viable road to the presidency for a Republican candidate who fails to win strong support from voters of faith.
The 2014-midterm elections confirmed the persistent and enduring potency of the evangelical constituency in American politics. According to a post-election survey by Public Opinion Strategies, Christian conservatives and Evangelicals comprised 32 percent of the electorate, voting 86 percent Republican and 12 percent for Democratic candidates. They were the largest and most vibrant single voting bloc in the midterm electorate, larger than the African-American vote, Hispanic vote, union vote, and "gay" vote combined. more >>
The head of the Roman Catholic Church declared during a conference on Monday that marriage is by definition a union of man and woman, defying past claims by some that the Church was considering a change in its views on same-sex unions and sexuality.
Pope Francis remarks came during an address before a Church group known as a Colloquium in which he spoke about the need for strong families and to recognize "man and woman" as the "root of marriage and family."
"It is fitting that you have gathered here in this international colloquium to explore the complementarity of man and woman," stated the pontiff. "This complementarity is at the root of marriage and family, which is the first school where we learn to appreciate our own and others' gifts, and where we begin to acquire the arts of living together." more >>
With already dismal approval ratings, this has been the most difficult month for President Barack Obama yet. After voters from coast to coast soundly rejected Obama-supporting Democrats on Election Day, video was leaked of left-wing economist Jonathan Gruber - the chief architect of Obamacare - admitting that the sweeping health care bill became law because Americans are "stupid."
As if that wasn't embarrassing enough, a source leaked to Fox News copies of Obama's unconstitutional 10-point plan to grant amnesty to 4.5 million illegal immigrants through executive order, which is supposed to be announced this week. After reading just what he has in mind, it's clear Gruber isn't the only one who thinks we're stupid.
In the plan, Obama is prepared use executive orders to stop the deportation of illegals through what's known as "deferred action." This plan would prevent illegal immigrants who came to America as children - along with their children born in America - from ever facing deportation. In addition, Obama is expected to end the Secure Communities program, which helps facilities information sharing between federal immigration agents and local police when trying to identify illegal immigrants. more >>
Modern feminism is getting embarrassing. There's a reason why so few women identify as feminists: It's less a true "women's movement" than the public face of hysterical leftist intolerance — combined, of course, with utterly bizarre (and bizarrely stupid) ideas.
While I had numerous brushes with extremist feminists in law school — women who declared that all (heterosexual) sex was rape and often responded with literal screams to classroom speech they didn't like — it all felt fashionably fake. Surely no one took that level of extremism into the real world, did they? Then my wife encountered a lesbian couple in Ithaca, N.Y., who was raising their child to be "genderless." They refused to call him a boy or girl, allowing him to "choose his gender" identity during his teenage years. And, apparently, they are not alone.
Most people — including most liberals — believe that kind of behavior is insane. NPR, by contrast, writes a glowing profile of women raising their "boychicks." It's hard to craft a more nauseating self-parodic paragraph than this self-identified "queer-identified male-partnered monogamist's" description of her son: more >>
Tony Perkins and a host of other faith and cultural leaders are in Rome to meet with Pope Francis. This is the first installment of Tony's experiences and insight during his visit.
Pope Francis began the gathering of international religious leaders this morning with a clear message that marriage and family are in trouble in large part because some are yielding the truth to trends. "In our day," he said to the gathering of international religious and cultural leaders, "marriage and the family are in crisis. We now live in a culture of the temporary, in which more and more people are simply giving up on marriage as a public commitment."
The Pope explained that it is important to challenge young people to not to build upon the temporal, but rather the transcendent. "It is important that they young people do not give themselves over to the poisonous mentality of the temporary, but rather be revolutionaries with the courage to seek true and lasting love, going against the common pattern: this must be done." more >>
Obama's frequent vacations and increase in golfing excursions have become bizarre, considering so many continue to struggle economically almost six years into his presidency, and the world is being rocked by an epidemic of Islamic jihadist torture and horrendous murders, moving increasingly closer to our shores. Few Americans can afford to take vacations - if they actually have a job that is full time and gives them the ability to take a vacation - yet Obama continues to take exotic trips around the world with his wife and kids. Both Republican Presidents Bush never engaged in lavish family trips to the extent Obama has.
Obamacare, the signature of his presidency, has been a failure. As a result of it and other Democrat disasters during his tenure, Democrats took a historical, crushing defeat during this year's midterm elections, which went well beyond typical midterm setbacks. In addition to taking back the U.S. Senate, Republicans now control 68 of 98 partisan state legislatures, the highest ever in the party's history.
Oddly, many conservatives are afraid to point out the obvious - that Obama is in over his head and depressed. Gawker reported in 2011, "There are people at the [New York] Times who, based on the paper's reporting, believe Obama is depressed - the kind of depression where, if he weren't the president of the United States, he wouldn't be getting out of bed in the morning." Although multiple media outlets wrote at the time that the Times was coming out with an article about Obama's depression, nothing ever materialized, fueling speculation that the White House put pressure on the Gray Lady to kill it. more >>