Commentary

Medved: Some Fights Aren’t Worth Having 7-27-15

Americans who admire Donald Trump say they like the fact that he’s a “fighter” but they ought to realize that some fights aren’t worth having. Why, for instance, get involved in a major brawl with John McCain? The Arizona Senator is one of the few prominent Republicans, it seems, who isn’t running for president, so what’s the point of insisting he’s not a war hero or, even more absurdly, denigrating his academic record at Annapolis more than 60 years ago?

It’s important for Republicans to keep control of the Senate, so why attack a sitting Senator of your own party, who will almost surely continue as chairman of the Armed Services Committee? Trump’s pattern of feuds and childish insults—calling all who disagree with him “dopes” and “dummies”—is hardly presidential, and would be positively dangerous in foreign policy. It’s not just his simplistic approach to issues, but also his needlessly combative temperament, that disqualify him as a serious candidate.

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Medved: Partisan Politics And The Dubious Deal With Iran 7-24-15

In the ongoing debate over the pending nuclear deal with Iran, one side is practicing purely partisan politics—and no, it’s not the Republicans. Democrats are deeply divided on this issue, and many of those supporting the president have admitted, privately, that they’re doing so out of loyalty to Mr. Obama, and in order to prevent their party from suffering a shattering defeat.

The Republicans, on the other hand, are totally united—even Senator Rand Paul, hardly a hard-liner when it comes to Middle East issues, is working hard to defeat the deal. The attempt by the administration and its allies to impute partisan purposes to its opponents also does nothing to explain one of the most outspoken critics of the dubious agreement: Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel.

The real reason to defeat the administration’s appeasement is national security, not politics: it weakens America when a hostile power like Iran gets everything it wants, and we get virtually nothing in return.

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Thornbury: Scalia Is Unfit To Serve 7-23-15

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is unfit to serve and must be removed from serving henceforth on the nation’s highest court. That’s according to Jeffrey Tayler, writing recently for Salon.com. So why is it that the conservative Justice Scalia must be removed? Tayler argues that he suffers from an acute case of “Faith Derangement Syndrome”—or FDS—and therefore “cannot be relied upon to adjudicate without prejudice.”

It’s the biting sort of satire we don’t see too much of these days … and it’s not particularly good. But it is revealing. It reveals how activists and cultural elites will treat people of people of faith if the social revolution we’re witnessing reaches as far they’d like. So what specific belief, you might be asking, does Scalia hold that makes him so odious?

Justice Scalia is a Catholic who believes in heaven and hell. If that sort of faith makes a man (or a woman) unfit to serve, the future of First-Amendment-protected-religious liberty—and the future of the nation itself—looks grim indeed.

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Hewitt: Desperately Dangerous Appeasement 7-21-15

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The announcement of a so-called deal with Iran is in fact the opening of the curtain on a new and desperately dangerous phase of the appeasement policies of President Obama and Hillary Clinton which have marked the last six-plus years of American foreign policy. This latest episode is truly the most dangerous and reckless act of appeasement yet, guaranteeing as it does a path to a nuclear weapon for the fanatical regime in Tehran in (at most) a dozen years, and that is if the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism honors every detail of the 100-plus pages of small print

We cannot condense into one minute the terrible flaws in this capitulation but it will start a nuclear arms race in the Middle East and threatens the very existence of Israel. Hopefully the Congress will reject this disaster.  If it doesn’t the next president must surely repudiate it on day one and repair our relationship with Israel even as he or she works to change the terrible regime in Iran.

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Thornbury: A Lone Gunman”? 7-20-15

The attack at two Chattanooga military facilities that left four Marines dead at and critically injured another Marine, a sailor, and a police officer at a Naval facility has riveted the nation. The gunman, Kuwaiti born Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, was fatally shot himself. But what’s even more incredible about this atrocity is the way federal officials are talking about the attack. Once again, as he has done before, President Obama has referred to the assailant as a “lone gunman.”

In their statement, the FBI couldn’t say whether they would characterize this atrocity as a terrorist or as a criminal act. Disturbingly, the murderer wasn’t even on their radar screen.

Really?

For American it’s clear: This was no lone gunman. He’s not alone. He’s actually part of large extremist community who are tied together by a radical vision of Islamic theology who conclude that their religious traditions require death and mayhem. Mr. President: You are ignoring worldview issues at the nation’s peril.

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Mohler: Heartbreaking 7-17-15

The transgender movement has reached a new level of heartbreaking. The headline in a recent edition of the New York Times reads, “The New Girl in School: Transgender Surgery at 18.” Anemona Hartocollis writes about a young person identified as Katherine Boone recovering from an operation “that had changed her, in the most intimate part of her body, from a biological male into a female.” Hartocollis continues, “With growing tolerance, the question is no longer whether gender reassignment is an option but rather how young should it begin.” A rather ominous and frightening question.

She shows that once the transgender ideology has been adopted, the moral issue simply becomes who has the right to demand this kind of surgery and at what age? And if you accept the logic, it’s going to be younger and younger and younger. There is simply no moral boundary to keep that from happening. It will unravel the entire structure of personal identity and what it means to be human, not to mention what it means to be male and female.

As I said: heartbreaking.

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Medved: The Fight For Independence Vs. The Secession Mistake 7-16-15

During the Fourth of July holiday some supporters of the Confederate battle flag asked why Americans celebrate the colonists breaking away from Britain, but condemn the attempt by Southerners to separate from the federal government. Actually, a key slogan of the Revolution was “no taxation without representation”—Parliament had full taxing power, but no representatives from the colonies. But Southerners were well represented in Washington and dominated the government most of the time before the Civil War. Among the 15 presidents before Lincoln, a big majority—nine—were from the South.

Of the five presidents who won election from northern states, every one of them had a Southern Vice President. Southerners were also over-represented in the House of Representatives because their 4 million slaves counted as three-fifths of a person for apportionment purposes under a notorious Constitutional compromise, even though they weren’t allowed to vote. American Independence has been a blessing but Southern secession was a tragic, ill-conceived mistake.

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