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Twenty Fifteen: Here’s what one informed observer sees coming

By |January 5th, 2015|

(Centennial Fellow) 2014 was the year of unravelling for President Obama as his party received a historic drubbing at the election polls, his administration was plagued with scandals and incompetence, and his international diffidence troubled allies and emboldened foes. 2015 will see a further progression of the Obama legacy: an increase in the $18 trillion debt that can’t be repaid, more division within the nation and between the governing parties, more brazen defiance regarding separation of powers, and a destabilized global political environment where US leadership is woefully lacking. […]

How Washington can help the poor this Christmas

By |December 25th, 2014|

In this holiday season, let’s suppose what might strike some as a miracle, that our Democratic president and a Republican Congress will soon join forces to do something wondrously humane. Let’s suppose they agree to do what actually works to help shove poverty off the American map. […]

Barack Obama’s contradictory Christianity

By |December 24th, 2014|

Barack Obama has a strangely inconsistent view of Christianity. At the same time he scolds that Christian belief dictates we must not “oppress the stranger” if those strangers happen to be four or five million illegals who are new potential Democratic voters, his enforcer Attorney General Eric Holder oppresses The Little Sisters of the Poor into court. Obama’s administration thinks it’s more important to force this group of Catholic nuns to violate their religious beliefs by providing Obamacare abortion-inducing drugs than to allow them to help the elderly poor and dying unmolested by an autocratic government. […]

Is torture ever justified?

By |December 22nd, 2014|

As a rule, torture is wrong because it violates the dignity of human beings created in the image of God. That is the same reason it is wrong to kill someone. It is wrong to kill or torture indiscriminately. It is wrong to take a sick pleasure in torturing prisoners of war like the North Vietnamese did to Navy pilot John McCain and many other American POWs. […]

Obama’s Cuban mistake

By |December 22nd, 2014|

The Cuba deal is a bad deal for the Cuban people and for America. The economic argument that more dollars to Cuba will improve freedom misses the point that we caved to the evil murderous Castros right at the point of their greatest weakness. They lost the patronage of Russia years ago, they are losing their Venezuelan support due to the drop in oil prices, Russia is further weakened as an ally for them for the same reason and the Castros are old. […]

The Obama legacy: debt, division, and dependence

By |December 17th, 2014|

The President’s legacy is now clearly visible to the discerning eye. A six year record of governing (and his response to an election drubbing in 2014) confirms what the legacy of President Barack Obama will be. […]

The stupidity of Gruberism and executive amnesty

By |December 5th, 2014|

In an ironic twist, the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic “Dumb and Dumber” opened as Americans discovered that in the eyes of our political class, we’re like the film’s low-IQ duo — “stupid voters.” […]

The monkey-wrench in Obamacare

By |December 2nd, 2014|

In 1975 Edward Abbey wrote his most famous literary work, The Monkey
Wrench Gang. It postulated a vision of environmental activism that
eventually manifested world-wide. Within two decades the environmental
community had gone on the offense to defend owls and prevent bulldozers
from building logging roads. They burned ski run chalets and climbed trees
to prevent redwoods from being cut. I believe that the recent election of
opposition threatens to monkey-wrench Obamacare, aka, the Affordable Care
Act. […]

It's time for Barack Obama to listen

By |December 2nd, 2014|

It’s a bit astonishing to think about, but President Barack Obama has now been criticized by three secretaries of defense and one secretary of state who served under him. And, while the message may sometimes have been more implicit than explicit, or more subtle from some lips than others, a seemingly shared concern is that he may be riskily mismanaging our national security. […]

Establishment or Tea Party?

By |November 13th, 2014|

(’76 Contributor)  George W. Bush strategist Karl Rove looked like the proverbial cat that ate the canary. Republicans had won control of the U.S. Senate and the newcomers were all his kind of politicians. Commenting for Fox TV election night he recounted successes in Colorado, North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee primaries using his super-PAC American Crossroads’ millions to defeat Tea Party candidates who challenged his Republican establishment favorites. […]