Commentary

Mohler: Fidel Castro: 1926-2016

Fidel Castro, one of the 20th century’s most brutal tyrants, is dead at age 90. In 1959, Castro, joined by the guerrilla leader and Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara, lead one of the most successful revolutionary movements, toppling a corrupt dictator with only a small band of guerrilla fighters. He was hailed as a liberator, and he came to the United States, telling an audience at Harvard University that he was neither a Marxist nor a Communist. Very soon, he revealed himself to be both. He aligned Cuba with the Soviet Union and established a murderous Communist regime.

He brought the world to the brink of nuclear destruction. He died, leaving his country still oppressed, still unfree, still impoverished. But he, like all mortals, has died, even as the communist regime survives. Now, we can only pray that Cuba will soon be free.

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Davenport: Cracking the Blue Wall

This is David Davenport of the Hoover Institution for Townhall.com.

The surprise of the 2016 election was Donald Trump’s ability to crack the Democrats’ blue wall of industrial states in the upper Midwest and East. He accomplished this by beating Hillary Clinton by a 40% margin among white working-class voters.

Now we are learning that most of these Trump voters were not poor or unemployed themselves, but worried about the American dream for their children. They want a more robust economy with good jobs, not more welfare. American dream. Jobs. Trump. That was the winning formula.

Obama’s big accomplishment, adding health care to the welfare safety net, remains unpopular, with exit polls showing voters felt it went too far. Obamacare. Welfare state. Clinton. A losing formula.

Maybe there’s still some rugged individualism left in America.

I’m David Davenport.

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Medved: Hillary’s Dubious Popular Vote Victory

This is Michael Medved for Townhall.com.

Defeated, desperate Democrats try to console themselves by emphasizing that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 1.5 million, but this fact hardly suggests a national preference for liberal policies or personalities. Hillary’s advantage was based entirely on a single state, which is why she lost the Electoral College so decisively.

Without California—where she won overwhelmingly—she lost the other 49 states and the District of Columbia by more than a million votes!

If you leave out both California and New York, Trump swept the rest of the country by 3 million votes, carrying 30 of the 50 states. Winning New York City by an overwhelming margin won’t help if you lose Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

I’m Michael Medved.

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Mohler: A Thankful People

This is Albert Mohler for Townhall.com.

In the year 1620, the brave souls known to us as the Pilgrims reached the shores of North America. They were fleeing persecution and seeking a land where they could worship God freely.

In the words of their chronicler, “they had now no friends to welcome them, no inns to entertain or refresh them, no houses, or much less towns… and they that know the winters of the country know them to be sharp and violent….”

For far too many Americans, the Pilgrims are something akin to cartoon characters, but they were flesh and blood human beings without whom we would not have the nation we enjoy today. Despite all their dangers, they were a thankful people, and their thankfulness to God set the example that our nation has followed.

On behalf of the Salem Media Group, I’m Albert Mohler wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Mohler: The True History Of The Holiday

This is Albert Mohler for Townhall.com.

As Americans prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, it’s a good time to be reminded about the true history of the holiday.

Perhaps we should not be surprised that in an increasingly secular America, there’s confusion about the origins of Thanksgiving. Some kids are now taught that the Pilgrims held a feast to thank the Indians. Afraid of appearing too religious, some are now calling it “Turkey Day,” as if it all comes down to poultry.

The facts speak for themselves: In 1621, the Pilgrims celebrated “the goodness of God” as they feasted with local Indians. In 1789 President Washington declared the first national day of Thanksgiving—asking Americans to “unite in most humbly offering our prayer and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations.”

So much for a secular holiday. These Americans knew to whom they were praying.

I’m Albert Mohler.

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LaBerge: An Opportunity In The Holidays

This is Carmen LaBerge of “The Reconnect” for Townhall.com

In the wake of the 2016 election, I think it’s time to talk with people instead of about them. Across the country, divisiveness deepens as protestors denounce President-elect Donald Trump. Universities are creating “safe spaces” for people to gather with those just like them to avoid ever being offended by any idea that challenges their current thinking.

Many of those same students will be coming home for the holidays.

You may have opportunity to sit down and share a meal with one (and with others with whom you profoundly disagree). It’s up to us to re-engage the culture through civil discourse—marked by empathy and charity, risking rejection and remaining non-defensive.

Words matter, and ideas have consequences, but people matter too. Let’s lean into the conversations of the day so that our nation will not become further pulled apart.

I’m Carmen LaBerge.

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Davenport: Trump’s Forgotten Man

In his first tweet as president-elect, Donald Trump echoed a theme from his campaign, promising that “the forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again.”

Funny, but in one of his first radio addresses to the nation in 1932, President Franklin Roosevelt introduced us to “the forgotten man.”  His forgotten man became the focal point for the New Deal, growing the government, expanding the welfare state and rejecting American rugged individualism.

But Trump’s forgotten man and woman seem to be different.  They are people who have jobs, pay taxes but for whom the government just does not work.  Trump’s forgotten man does not want more government and welfare, but instead a growing economy and a fair shake.

Let’s hope Trump can actually do something for his forgotten man and woman.

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