Commentary

Hewitt: Dangerous Times 6-26-15

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This last week in an appearance on Face the Nation with new host John Dickerson, House Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes told Dickerson that He believes, based on what he sees—and he sees about 99 percent of what the president sees—the U.S. is at greater risk of attack by foreign terrorists of Islamic State sympathizers than at any time in our history—including the days before 9/11.

The Democrats in Congress who are holding up the Department of Defense authorization bill and the Department’s appropriations bill have got to end this recklessness.

Senate Majority Leader McConnell must simply shut down the Senate until the Democrats do what is the first and most important job Congress: to protect and defend the United States. Put the final bill before the people and before the Senate, Mr. McConnell and hammer every day at the fecklessness of those who refuse to protect the country.

Accountability will follow but only if clarity precedes it. These are dangerous times. Obstructionists cannot be allowed to continue to injure the nation’s security.

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Hewitt: A Supernatural Display Of Generous Forgiveness 6-25-15

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The murderous assassination of nine Christians at prayer by a racist domestic terrorist has stunned and grieved a country even as the rampage elicited from the families an almost supernatural display of generous forgiveness. The Bible students at Emmanuel AME had been studying the parable of the sower from the fourth chapter of the Gospel of Mark—where the seeds that fall on good soil, Jesus tells the crowds, bear 30, 60 even 100 fold.

Church families across the country prayed for these victims and their families since the incident—and from pulpits across the country came words of solace. I happened to have been a panelist on Face the Nation Sunday with Gwen Ifill, Michael Gerson and David Ignatius. Under the skillful handle of moderator John Dickerson, Ms. Ifill and I both recounted how—at different houses of worship—we had both heard later verses of the same chapter of Mark preached before heading to the studio, verses that have Jesus calming a raging storm in the Sea of Galilee and asking his apostles why they were afraid. May the fruit that we’ve seen already continue to be harvested.

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Mohler: Awaiting A Decision 6-24-15

By Tuesday of next week, June 30th, the course of the Supreme Court for this term will be set. All of its major decisions will be handed down. There are several major decisions left, but none more important than the decision in the case concerning the legalization of same-sex marriage. That decision could come today or in the course of this week or in the first two days of next week.

People on both sides of this issue understand exactly what is at stake. The decision expected by the Supreme Court is no small one—and looming even larger than that is the great moral revolution of which this decision is one way or another, a very important part.

As we all await the announcement of the decision by the nation’s highest court, we should all recognize how much is at stake. We’re talking about marriage here. We’re talking about morality here. We’re talking about a sexual revolution that has unleashed many other revolutions and will not stop with this.

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Medved: How Rice As Running Mate Could Power Victory 6-23-15

Imagine Republicans running against Hillary with the slogan: “Not your grandmother’s GOP.” If they choose a young leader, Scott Walker or Marco Rubio for president, and Condoleezza Rice for Vice President, that slogan emphasizes that tired charges of Republican racism no longer work. It also emphasizes the GOP youthfulness advantage: the grandmother in the race is Hillary. And Dr. Rice as VEEP candidate invites a direct contrast between two female secretaries of state.

Rice ran State when the bold Iraq surge turned around a failing war, while Hillary presided over the ill-considered withdrawal from Iraq that spawned ISIS. No personal story captures the American dream better than Dr. Rice’s: in the segregated South, she was childhood friends with victims of the Birmingham Church bombing. She’s not only a brilliant scholar, but a world-class ice skater and classical pianist—as well as a die-hard pro-football fanatic. Her presence could help power the Republican ticket to sweeping victory.

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Brooks: The Poor Pay 6-22-15

When liberals and conservatives look at policies to alleviate poverty, they often disagree over the nature of public goods and whether or not the government can provide them. Conservatives ought to be asking whether or not the benefits of public goods are higher than the costs. When we don’t make cost-benefit calculations at the macro level about public goods, the poor pay.

This is a fact. Look at what’s happening in the periphery countries in Europe today. If you don’t pay attention to the macro economy and fiscal stability, you will become insolvent. And if you become insolvent, there will be austerity. And if you have austerity, it’s always the poor who pay. If you want to protect the poor, you must avoid austerity and insolvency, and the only way you can do that is with smart policies.

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Medved: GOP Ticket Needs a Woman: Which One? 6-19-16

For two reasons, Republicans must select a female nominee for Vice President. First, because a woman can play the attack-dog role against Hillary without backlash about sexism and, second, because the GOP must win a decisive majority of white females for any chance of victory.

But which female leaders to consider? Kelly Ayotte is youthful and charismatic, but is busy this year defending her crucial Senate seat in New Hampshire. Governor Nikki Haley is also dynamic, but deeply controversial at home in South Carolina. Carly Fiorina has gathered some momentum running for president but her mixed record as a corporate CEO offers Democrats a juicy target. Susana Martinez, popular governor of New Mexico, has strong blue-collar appeal but if the presidential nominee is also Hispanic—Rubio or Cruz—her nomination becomes problematic.

This leaves one obvious, overwhelmingly favorable choice: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. No other possibility, female or male, offers comparable advantages.

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Davenport: Must God Modernize 6-18-15

Amid the heated rhetoric about gay marriage comes the absurd and dangerous claim that God needs to change with the times.  New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote that Christians should rightly bow to “the enlightenments of modernity.”  Speaking of reproductive rights, Hillary Clinton said deep-seated religious beliefs “have to be changed.”

Nothing is more at odds with the First Amendment than arguing that God has to bow to modernity. The First Amendment affirms the free exercise of religion, whether ancient or modern. Legal scholar Richard Epstein points out that “the law is a blunt instrument that lurches first too far in one direction and then too far in the other.”  Unfortunately that’s happening with some advocates of gay marriage, pressing for a larger legal change than necessary.  There is room to accommodate same-sex marriage and its legal benefits without making Christians limit their free exercise of religion. This new liberal orthodoxy—that can tolerate no dissent (even from God)—poses a real danger to religious freedom.

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