Commentary

Brooks: Conservatives Who Care

A recent poll from Gallup showed that three out of four Americans are dissatisfied with the United States. Yes, you heard me right—three quarters of our fellow citizens.

The basic bargain in America is supposed to be that no matter where you start out, if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make out all right.

But people look around today and see that the poor have gotten poorer, work has disappeared for those at the bottom, government dependence has grown and mobility has fallen.

Why aren’t Americans turning to conservatives for solutions? Simple: People don’t think conservatives care.

Consider this:

Do you think the word “compassionate” describes the Republican Party?

Over half of Americans say “not at all” … and only five percent say “compassionate” describes the party “very well.”

This has to change. The right must show the American people a new vision of compassion and fairness that emanates from deep within—in the title of my latest release—the “Conservative Heart.

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Medved: Suicidal Strategies Lead to Self-Destruction

Shutting down the government to score political points isn’t illegal or immoral, but it’s a suicidal strategy when failure is guaranteed. As Senator Kelly Ayotte points out, even if all 54 Republican Senators vote to defund Planned Parenthood, they’d still need 13 Democrats to side with them to overcome the president’s certain veto, and there’s no chance of getting those votes.

The government would re-open sooner or later with Planned Parenthood still funded, and Republicans would be universally blamed for a pointless disruption. Why? Because federal support for Planned Parenthood has been part of the budget for 45 years, under both Democrats and Republicans, so an attempt to de-fund represents dramatic change.

Conservatives are right to push for that change as a matter of principle, but progress is totally impossible with a Democratic president. To shut down the government temporarily under Obama won’t hurt Planned Parenthood, or the president and his party, but it could very well harm Republicans and conservative credibility.

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Mohler: A Pop Culture Revolution

The moral revolution that we are witnessing today on issues of human sexuality and gender is driven by changes that have taken place in the popular culture and the popular culture is doing its very best to try to signal the direction this moral revolution is to go.

A recent opinion piece by Charles M. Blow of the New York Times illustrates my point. He cites the artist Miley Cyrus who recently said, “I’m very open about it—I’m pansexual.”

Basically, this means that she is open to virtually anything with anyone … so long as adult consent is granted.

About this, Charles Blow writes:

“There was something about the casual, carefree-ness of the statements that I found both charming and revolutionary. It took a happy-go-lucky sledgehammer to the must-fit-a-box binary that constrains and restricts our understanding of the complexity of human sexuality.”

Here you have one of the more influential columnists in the New York Times arguing that popular culture in general, and Miley Cyrus in particular, have been responsible for moving the meter when it comes to understandings of human sexuality and of gender identity.

The tragic truth is, he’s probably right.

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Medved: Iran Debacle Exposed an Important Truth

There is very little to celebrate in the failure of Congress to block the president’s disastrous Iran deal, but at least the outcome should put to rest the pernicious charge that “Zionists” or Jews control American politics.

Though major Jewish organizations worked passionately to defeat this deal, they failed completely—even with Jewish members of Congress. Of the 29 self-identified Jews in the House and Senate, 19 of them—or nearly two-thirds—voted with Obama, not with the State of Israel. Republicans stood unanimously against the deal, so all of these pro-administration votes were from Democrats, whose deepest commitment isn’t to Jewish faith or love of Israel, but to liberalism, their true religion.

Media coverage never mentioned that all Jewish representatives in Congress—28 Democrats and 1 Republican—amount to just 5.4 percent of the House and Senate, giving the lie to the toxic old claim (by Pat Buchanan) that Capitol Hill is “Israeli Occupied Territory.”

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Mohler: A Lurch to the Left

In Great Britain, Jeremy Corbyn has now been elected as leader of the Labour Party. Simon Nixon of the Wall Street Journal rightfully describes his election as “one of those rare political events that can accurately be described as an earthquake.”

Britain’s Labour Party was, until recently, the mainstream liberal party in Great Britain. But Jeremy Corbyn may change that. He advocates an aggressive form of socialism.
In a very sobering article written for the Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens suggests that Corbyn’s election is a grave threat not only to the United Kingdom but to Western civilization itself. What we are witnessing is a massive lurch to the left.
And there are parallels here in the United States.

Most observers think that Bernie Sanders has very little chance of securing the Democratic presidential nomination. But take note of the fact that Jeremy Corbyn could now be Prime Minister of Great Britain in only a few years’ time. That, as Bret Stephens says, is a direct threat to the very continuation of a stable democracy.

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Medved: Democratic Field: No Youth, No Diversity

The most recent GOP debate, highlighted freshness and variety of the Republican candidates compared with the monochromatic field for the Democrats. The leading Democrats are all white Anglos, 68 years or older, and they’ve all worked as professional politicians since their 20s. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden have each been part of the Washington establishment for more than 20 years.

The GOP, by contrast, features three front runners—Trump, Carson and Fiorina—who have never held public office; Ben Carson and Rand Paul are both accomplished physicians who refocused their careers to heal our ailing system.

There’s also ethnic and age diversity totally missing among Democrats: Carson is black; Cruz and Rubio are Latino; Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Rand Paul are all under 55. If the public wants youth, diversity and reform, they should compare the Republican candidates to the tired D.C. insiders the Democrats have put forward.

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Thornbury: Republican Hopefuls Should Be Listening

Greg Thornbury

As we look towards the 2016 Presidential election, a recent Quinnipiac poll released yielded some surprising results:

If Vice President Biden was the Democratic candidate, he would beat Donald Trump by eight points, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush by six points and Senator Marco Rubio by three points.

In head-to-head matchups, the current vice president does much better than Hillary.

For months, all of the analysis has been on Clinton. She is, after all, the presumptive nominee of pundits. But what matters is the opinion of the American people.

And why’s Biden popular? This poll suggests something that has nothing to do with politics. “He’s likable,” or so they say.

Conservatives do a great job of discussing their ideas and convictions. But as crucial as those virtues are, there’s an X-factor that we sometimes miss. People subconsciously ask:

“Do I want to see this person on my television for the next four years?”

Or, stated differently, “Do I like this person?”

The Republican hopefuls should be listening.

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