Commentary

Hewitt: A Credibility Gap

Pepperdine California Democratic Party

The terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, triggered instant politicization from the anti-gun lobby. It should have triggered patient explanation that terrorist acts committed by Islamist crazies tell us very little about the millions of Muslim Americans who are the best of citizens.

President George W. Bush repeatedly admonished Americans not to confuse radical Islamist terrorism with the peaceful practice of a faith tradition. But W. also had enormous credibility when it came to fighting the Islamist scourge.

In sharp contrast, President Obama won’t even name the scourge, and that almost pathological avoidance of clarity unnerves the citizens he is supposed to lead. They will not be led by foolishness and political correctness run amok. The president’s absurd dance around the facts of San Bernardino feeds the perception that he isn’t serious about protecting the homeland

Follow W’s lead, Mr. President, for the good of everyone.

Here’s an idea: Invite former President Bush to the White House to borrow his credibility on the subject … for yours is spent.

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Mohler: A Vast Collision of Worldviews

Over the weekend, President Obama addressed the American people from the Oval office. He announced that: “ISIL does not speak for Islam . . . they account for a tiny fraction of more than a billion Muslims around the world.”

Yes, it’s true that the majority of Muslims are not at war with the United States, but many have been radicalized. The question is, how many?

A recent study from Pew Research gives us actual data. For example, in Malaysia, only 11 percent said they had a favorable opinion of ISIS. But 11 percent of Malaysia’s 30 million inhabitants is over 3 million people. In Pakistan, 9 percent—or 16.4 million people—had a favorable view of ISIS.

What we’re looking at here is a vast collision of worldviews and one that secular leaders in Europe and in the United States seem to be incapable of understanding. Until President Obama and other American leaders are ready to address this issue at the level of worldview, you can expect more incidents like we witnessed in San Bernardino … and more speeches like this one.

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Medved: To Win Young People, Face Forward, Not Backward

Republicans must do better among voters under thirty if they hope to capture the White House. In 2012, these young people comprised just 19 percent of the electorate, but provided Obama with his entire margin of victory. Among the 81 percent of voters over 30, Mitt Romney won a majority, but with under-thirties Obama scored a decisive 23-point margin.

To avoid repeating this pattern, conservatives must drop slogans like “Take Our Country Back”—young people don’t want to go back, they want to go forward. We should emphasize future reforms, not issues of the past, like Obamacare and gay marriage. Let’s improve the health insurance for tomorrow, not just repeal a program that was imposed yesterday. On marriage, we should strengthen traditional man-woman marriages, not threaten to undo those same sex marriages that already exist.

To win young people, conservatives must face the future boldly, not to try to recapture the recent past.

The past, after all, wasn’t really that great in the first place.

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Medved: Learning From Disaster

The GOP suffered a disastrous defeat in Louisiana’s 2015 gubernatorial election and it’s crucial that Republicans learn from this catastrophe. Governor Bobby Jindal won the Bayou State with 66 percent in 2011, and Mitt Romney crushed Obama in Louisiana by 17 points in 2012. But this year, Republican David Vitter lost to Democrat John Bel Edwards in a 12 point landslide.

Vitter lost due to character concerns—relating to an eight-year-old prostitution scandal he couldn’t put behind him. The lessons for 2016 are obvious: if Republicans nominate a candidate for president who raises lingering questions of ethics or temperament, they will lose an election in which other signs point to likely victory.

Liberals can look beyond character issues, as their unshakable enthusiasm for Hillary indicates. Many conservatives cannot.

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Medved: Looking To The Next Election

According to an old saying, a politician looks to the next election, but a statesman concentrates on the next generation. Unfortunately, several Republican presidential candidates seem as though they don’t even consider the next election—the November contest in which the party must unite to beat Hillary Clinton. John Kasich’s campaign released a loathsome ad implicitly comparing Donald Trump to Hitler.

Meanwhile, The Donald himself compared Ben Carson to a child molester and called him a “sick puppy” so how can he expect Carson to campaign with him for November? Ted Cruz regularly assaults leaders of his own party as “RINOS” and liars, insisting all who back any sort of immigration reform actually favor “amnesty.”

Candidates who try to win the nomination by trashing their rivals and splitting the party offer a path to sure defeat in 2016.

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Hewitt: The Videos Are Not Discredited

Pepperdine California Democratic Party

In the aftermath of the horrific murder of three including one police officer at the Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, every responsible media outlet denounced violence against abortion providers.

My colleagues at Salem Media join me in that denunciation. A just God will punish those who murder, period.

We note as well that Planned Parenthood and their media allies immediately forgot the victims and pressed on in their attempt to discredit the damning videos of their disgusting trade in baby parts. CBS News in a written report on the victims even buried in paragraph 34 of the long story the statement that the quote “discredited” videos are part of many speeches by conservatives.

But the videos are not discredited.

And Planned Parenthood did sell baby parts and may well still be doing so.

We don’t know.

We do know that even as we honor the pro-life part time pastor Officer Swasey who gave his life defending Planned Parenthood facility, we will not be silenced about that organizations barbarity.

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Mohler: Fired in the Name of Tolerance

Kelvin Cochran, you may remember, was the Fire Chief of Atlanta. That’s was not is, because he was fired by the Mayor of the city of Atlanta because he held to traditional Christian understandings and biblical teachings concerning homosexuality.

Alex Wan of the Atlanta city Council said, “I respect each individual’s right to have their own thoughts, beliefs and opinions, but when you’re a city employee, and those thoughts, beliefs and opinions are different from the city’s, you have to check them at the door.”

Jason L. Riley importantly writes in the Wall Street Journal: “So the mayor fired someone who disagreed with him in the name of inclusivity and tolerance. And Mr. Wan believes that government employees are entitled to their own views but not entitled to share them with anyone. If this is true, the Constitution’s protections of free speech and freedom of religion are meaningless in practice.”

Kelvin Cochran has now filed suit against the city of Atlanta. We can be sure of this: However this turns out, it’s really going to be important.

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