Commentary

Medved: Key Target Of Hillary’s Campaign: White Women 6-17-15

Despite recent setbacks, Hillary Clinton’s campaign remains serenely confident of victory because of their candidate’s strength among one crucial group in the electorate: white women. Actually, Hillary doesn’t even need a majority of this group; she just needs to come within ten points of the GOP candidate. In 2012, Romney won white women by a landslide margin of 14 percentage points. But Barack Obama still won the overall women’s vote because non-white females, nearly 30 percent of the women’s vote, gave him a three-to-one margin. The Clinton campaign knows they can’t replicate Obama’s historic appeal to blacks and Latinos, so they will focus on white females with feminist appeals to “woman power.”

Republicans must counter with a strong female nominee for Vice President to preserve their strength among white women. A strong female also can perform better than any male in one key role of a running mate: as an attack dog against the Democratic presidential nominee.

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Thornbury: A Massive Data Breach 5-16-15

The recent disclosure that computer hackers from China have successfully hacked the system of the federal government and may have obtained personnel date on all 2.1 million federal employees provides for us a lesson we really ought to pay attention to. Remember, this is the government that wants to control our healthcare. And this is the government that’s responsible for Amtrak and the U.S. Postal Service. Over the last 44 years Amtrak has received a whopping $45 billion is subsidies from the federal government. Yes you heard that right. $45 billion.

And the U.S. Postal Service operates with is annual subsidies calculated at $18 billion each and every year. Simply put: Our government is trying to do too much—and it it’s not doing it well. This is the government that wants to do more? The American people ought to be demanding competence on the things that only the government can do and, on other things, we ought to be saying loud and clear: “Thanks, but no thanks.”

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Mohler: The Latest Books Targeted At Your Kids 6-15-15

The New York Times recently published a story by Alexandra Alter. Here’s the headline: “Transgender Children’s Books Fill a Void and Break a Taboo.” The most important takeaway for parents is to understand that the transgender ideology is now very much aimed at children. Alter reports, “This year, children’s publishers are releasing around half a dozen novels in a spectrum of genres, including science fiction and young adult romance, that star transgender children and teenagers.”

Middle grade readers are identified as children ages 8 to 12. The people who are driving this revolution understand that they’re going to have to reach children and they intend to. It’s hard to say at this point where the transgender revolution is going to end. But one thing we can say for certain is that it is headed towards a great deal of acceleration in this culture. And the leaders of this revolution know that the way to accomplish such acceleration is by aiming as young as possible.

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Davenport: U.S. Foreign Policy Should “Lean In” 6-12-15

My prescription for U.S. foreign policy comes from Sheryl Sandberg’s best-selling book about women:  it’s time for the U.S. to lean in. America has always had an isolationist tendency, and we have been leaning back since Iraq, Afghanistan and the great recession.  This has been the Obama Doctrine: “lead from behind.” Meanwhile the world has become a much more dangerous place.  Crises in Libya, Yemen, Gaza, Iraq and Syria.  Russian aggression, Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, cyber terror threats.  ISIS beheadings.

It’s time for America to lean in again.  As former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright put it, “If we have to use force, it is because we are America. We are the indispensable nation.” We must draw and hold a few red lines against Putin, ISIS and Iran. We must address the sequester—this is not a time to be cutting defense spending.  We must develop a strategy about Islamic fundamentalism and transnational terror. America:  it’s time to lean in.

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Medved: Media Distortions Fuel Spike In Murders 6-10-15

The month of May saw tragic spikes in murder rates in Baltimore, New York, Chicago and other big cities—an alarming reversal of nearly 30 years of progress in reducing violent crime. Irresponsible media coverage of police-tensions with the black community combined with demagogic posing by leftist politicians and agitators to raise the levels of urban violence.

The obsessive focus on incidents of police shooting African-American males served to spread the false idea that the cops in general are a threat to black people, rather than the truth that police offer the chief source of protection against inner city brutality These media distortions lead to less cooperation with police, and less confident and effective policing. Most victims of the new murder epidemic are black, as are the suspected perpetrators, showing African-American youth facing a risk of violence from black civilians many times greater than the risk of confrontation with anyone wearing a police uniform.

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Davenport: Supreme Court Decision Time 6-9-15

June is bustin’ out all over, the song says, and it will soon bust out at the U.S. Supreme Court. June is the month when many of the Court’s decisions in cases heard over the last 9 months will be announced. Obamacare has been in court since the day it was signed into law, which happens when a massive overhaul to a major system has very little debate or attention to detail.  Drafters recently claimed that the issue in Court now was a mistake.  But it’s not the Supreme Court’s job to fix Congressional mistakes, so the Court should decide that Obamacare subsidies are not valid in states that do not have their own exchanges, as the law states, and send it back to Congress and the states.

Same-sex marriage is being addressed just fine in the states and lower courts.  There is really no need for a major Supreme Court declaration about it, and a conservative court should say so. Either way; Supreme Court decision time is here.

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Mohler: A Social Revolution 6-8-15

The nation of Ireland recently became the very first on the planet to legalize same-sex marriage by vote. In this case by a vote of the people, by a referendum. As the Associated Press reported, “Ireland’s citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage . . . a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike have called a ‘social revolution.’” It is, indeed, a social revolution and behind it more fundamentally, a worldview revolution and a moral revolution.

According to The Economist, “84 percent of the population regard themselves as Catholic.” Moreover, 71 perce of Irish young people—those aged 18 to 24- voted for same-sex marriage. The majority of these, I should point out, were educated in Catholic schools. Clearly, the big lesson here is that the Catholic Church failed to communicate their message in favor of traditional marriage to young people and to the nation at large in a convincing way. There’s a lesson here for those of us here in the United States.

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