Commentary

Medved: An Outrageous Assault on Biblical History

A New York Times headline declares “Historical Certainty Proves Elusive at Jerusalem’s Holiest Place” and respectfully cites “many Palestinians” who “increasingly expressed doubt that the temples ever existed” on the Temple Mount.

This ignorant article all but ignores the surviving Western Wall, built at the edge of the Temple Compound by King Herod in the first century BC, or the remains of Robinson’s Arch, which connected the holy site to the street at the time of Christ. In the 12th Century, Crusader knights took possession of Al Aqsa Mosque and called themselves “Templars” because the Mosque had been built above ruins of Solomon’s Temple.

As recently as 1923, Islamic religious authorities, the Waqf, published a guidebook touting the Temple Mount as the site of both ancient Temples. But the New York Times neglects literally thousands of years of textual and archaeological evidence out of respect for Palestinian propagandists, thereby displaying its abiding anti-Israel bias.

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Medved: The Media Myth of “GOP Civil War”

Mainstream media focus obsessive and misleading attention on what they call “The Republican Civil War.”

First, Republicans aren’t battling over substance or policy: the Tea Party and the Congressional leadership agree on long-term goals and quarrel only over strategies to get there.

Second, it’s not much of a “Civil War” when one side has all the troops: in the House of Representatives, 39 members support the so-called “Freedom Caucus” while more than 200 back the current leadership.

In last year’s elections, Tea Party-aligned candidates made 20 challenges to mainstream conservatives for House and Senate seats but won only one of those races: against former Majority Leader Eric Cantor. And each of the established candidates went on from their primary victories to win the general election. Sure, Capitol Hill veterans could do more to encourage unity and rally the base, but super-heated talk of some apocalyptic battle “for the soul of the Republican Party” damages all conservatives.

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Brooks: The Best Way To Fight Poverty

I bet you didn’t know that since 1970, the percentage of people in the world living on a dollar a day or less—a traditional measure of starvation-level poverty—has fallen by 80 percent.

Billions of souls have been able to pull themselves out of poverty thanks to five conservative principles: globalization, free trade, property rights, the rule of law and entrepreneurship.

If conservative ideals have done so much to lift up the poor, you would think the conservative movement would be gaining adherents among the young and old, rich and poor every day.

Unless you have been living in a cave, you know this is not what has happened. Why is this the case?

One answer is simple. The defenders of free enterprise have done a terrible job of telling people how much good the system has done around the world.

We must let Americans know that capitalism is the best way to fight poverty and make the American dream accessible to all.

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Hewitt: An Opportunity For Boehner

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Every once in a great while a moment arrives in Washington to strike a big deal; it’s there for the briefest of political seconds and then vanishes. That moment is upon soon-to-depart House Speaker John Boehner. He ought to seize this moment, and with it, give President Barack Obama a last chance at doing something worth remembering.

There is in place a continuing resolution that funds the federal government through December 11. Right now—before the leaves fall—the President, the speaker and Senate Majority Leader should negotiate a spending deal that will run through September 30, 2017.

The GOP should give the President one more (much smaller) domestic stimulus package in return for a much-needed, massive, two-year infusion of funding for DOD.

With something like a 3:1 ratio of new defense to new domestic spending, we could put the Pentagon on a rational budget basis and allow the Navy to begin a shipbuilding program that meets the baseline needs on which all serious experts are agreed.

Rebuilding our gutted military cannot wait for January 2017 to begin.

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Mohler: The Diminishing Dignity of Human Life

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill legalizing assisted suicide in the nation’s most populous state. This makes California the fifth state to legalize assisted suicide.

The major moral shift on the sanctity of human life is now focused in this bill at the end of life. But once one begins to diminish the sanctity of life at one end of the spectrum, inevitably, it will shift to the other end as well.

The increased cultural acceptance of euthanasia is only possible because there has only been a major moral revolution on the issue of abortion with millions of Americans re-classifying abortion no longer as the murder of unborn human being, but rather as a matter of choice for women and a matter of their own personal liberty.

But that will lead us to a second conclusion: These issues diminishing the dignity and sanctity of human life, this revolution, won’t stop with the two ends of the spectrum. It will inevitably re-define human life at every point along that spectrum, which is to say, at every age regardless of condition.

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An Awful Moment

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In the wake the latest horrific shooting in Oregon, no television appearance elicits more angry comments from viewers than one in which the simple point is made that the “common sense gun control measures” would do exactly nothing to prevent that shooting … or any of the recent massacres that litter the American landscape with blood and tears.

If President Obama or former Secretary of State Clinton could appear in public and state that X measure would have stopped Y shooting, then that X measure would soar in public support. But they can’t. So they don’t. Instead they politicize these awful moments, speaking about straw men and magic, imaginary legislative solutions.

Everyone agrees that hate-filled extremists ought not to be able to accumulate weapons. But no one has a plan on how to stop those specific purchases and prevent those specific massacres.

News organizations have finally figured out that publicity for these killers is a reward that has to be denied them.

The president would have done well to deny the murderer notoriety as well.

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The Best Solutions for Poverty

When my mother’s grandparents first came steaming into New York harbor from Denmark in 1890, they were risking everything to get to a country where everyone could earn success. After a few years, they owned their own farm in South Dakota.

Most of you listening have a similar family story. That’s why mobility is such a big part of the American Dream.

People still want this, but the shadow of pessimism is growing. In December 2014, 76 percent of Americans said they were dissatisfied with the United States.

The problem is that Americans have come to think the game is rigged and the American Dream isn’t available to everyone.

Conservatives are in possession of the best solutions to the problems of poverty and economic mobility. We need to communicate—in the title of my latest book—“The Conservative Heart.” We need to put forward a hopeful, optimistic governing agenda—one that focuses on improving the lives of all people, especially the most vulnerable, through authentically conservative policies.

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