Commentary

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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Davenport: California Raisins and the New Deal 7-15-15

For those discouraged over other late-term Supreme Court decisions, you might have missed one they got right.  The Court held that taking a farmer’s raisins as part of a New Deal-era price support and subsidy program was a “taking” under the 5th amendment of the Constitution and had to be compensated.

Although the Department of Agriculture is studying the matter, this could be a blow to other antiquated farm subsidies from the 1930s.  And it is a strike against the New Deal policies themselves which, unbelievably, are still on the books.

This is the problem with grand government programs to deal with emergencies—the laws don’t end when the crisis is over. Other New Deal era gifts that keep on giving today include the president’s aggressive use of executive orders, the growing federal deficit and Social Security.

The Great Society gave us Medicare. And today, of course, we have Obamacare. Eighty years later, we’re still fighting big government solutions dating back to the New Deal.

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Hewitt: Assessing Jeb 7-14-15

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In my new book “The Queen,” I write brutally frank assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the potential GOP nominees.  In this and future radio commentaries, I’ll summarize some of my key points, beginning today with the man Irish book makers—people who chart real odds and take real money risk on being right—say is the GOP front runner: former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

His strengths are obvious: He was a tremendously successful governor of a big state. He’s deeply conservative, a successful vote getter and he’s fluent in Spanish. But he’s burdened by his advocacy of Common Core which has become a killer for the base.

Jeb is a gifted and large-hearted conservative. The party will be well served if it keeps an open mind about all of the would-be nominees—but especially about the one they are most likely to dismiss on the basis of cliché and conventional wisdom.

Jeb needs to get out there on talk radio and persuade the conservative faithful that the man who ran Florida is the man they want at 1600 to begin to clean up the mess left behind by President Obama.

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