Commentary

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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Medved: The Moral Bankruptcy of a Pro-Abortion Stunt

A tasteless political stunt by a South Carolina Democrat highlights the moral bankruptcy of pro-abortion extremists. State representative Mia McLeod wants to “send a message to Republicans in the General Assembly about laws governing the bodies of South Carolinians.”

Her legislation would restrict access to medication like Viagra by requiring patients to produce an affidavit from a sexual partner confirming sexual dysfunction in the previous 90 days.

Her bill is meant as a response to abortion curbs, including a ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy that is close to passage. Her approach suggests any effort to protect a viable baby with a beating heart is no more valid than her attempt to embarrass men with problems in sexual performance.

Like many liberals, she can’t grasp that objections to abortion have nothing to do with hating sex, or women—and everything to do with loving and valuing human life.

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Medved: An Uphill, Narrow Path to November Victory

As voters prepare at last to choose their presidential nominees, Republicans face an uncomfortable question: can any GOP candidate conceivably win an Electoral College majority this November?

The answer is “yes,” but it will be an uphill struggle. Wall Street Journal analysis shows that genuine “swing states” have all but disappeared: 45 of the 50 states have voted for one party or the other at least four times during the last five elections. This pattern gives Democrats a big advantage: states worth 257 electoral votes have been reliably Democratic going back to 1996. The only swing states left are Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado and Nevada.

To win this year, a Republican needs at least four of these five; a Democrat could win with just one. There’s scant room for error in putting together a plausible victory map for the GOP.

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Brooks: A Common Misconception

There is a common misconception in America today that conservatives are materialistic. The truth is they aren’t, and this confusion is a central political irony of our time.

Progressives truly want to help the poor but have tried to solve poverty primarily with government money.

On the other hand, though conservatives often wrap our arguments in lackluster materialistic language about tax rates and GDP growth, our philosophy takes a uniquely holistic view of human dignity and earned success.

We extol free enterprise, self-reliance, and ethical living—the foundations of a good life, no matter how much money someone makes.

And what about the role of government in helping the needy? Contrary to what we often hear, the vast majority of conservatives agree that the social safety net for truly needy people is a great achievement of modern civilization.

Long term, only a return to fiscal conservatism can guarantee the solvency of any sort of safety net.

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Medved: Housing Construction vs. Human Destruction

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The worst part of the new Obama-Kerry Middle Eastern initiative isn’t that it punishes the Israelis—it’s that it rewards the Palestinians by endorsing their false narrative, identifying Israeli communities in disputed territories as the chief obstacle to peace.

What have the Palestinians done to deserve this support? Their corrupt, aging leadership hasn’t conducted national elections for ten years, and continues to encourage terrorist murders while blocking new negotiations. The worst part of John Kerry’s fatuous Paris speech was the moral equivalence he drew between Israeli support for housing construction and Palestinian support for human destruction. In a single sentence, he listed “settlement building” as comparable to “terrorism, violence and incitement” as obstacles to peace. This is not only politically blind, it’s morally blind—confusing conduct that’s deadly and evil with a policy which is, at worst, ill-advised.

This position marks a suitably shameful conclusion to Obama’s disastrous eight years of blunders and retreat in the Middle East.

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Mohler: A Prayer For The New Year

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Every New Year brings incalculable promise, and immense challenges. Let us pray that 2017 will bring great blessings to this nation and to the world. We dare to pray for peace on earth and good will to all peoples everywhere. We pray for those who even now are fighting forces of terrorism and mayhem in the world. We pray for a year that promises healing in the United States and around the world.

We pray for a newly elected president, Donald J. Trump, who will take office within days of the New Year, and will need the prayers of all Americans as he takes on the mantle of our Chief Executive.

We pray for those who serve in our military and those who put their lives at risk to serve and to protect here at home. We pray for God’s blessings to every family and to every community. May 2017 be a great year for you and yours.

I’m Albert Mohler, wishing you a happy New Year from the Salem Media Group.

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Mohler: Hoping For Better Headlines in 2016

2015 comes to a close as most years do, with barely enough time to look back even as we look ahead.

2015 was, in so many evil ways, the year of terrorism, with murderous strikes by the Islamic State in Paris and by friends of ISIS in San Bernardino. These were but a few among the many sites of terror this past year in a war that seems to be without end.

A massive migrant and refugee crisis presented Europe with one of its greatest challenges since World War II.

The presidential campaign is well underway, with virtually no surprise in the Democratic race and nothing but surprise in the Republican race.

The Supreme Court redefined marriage by decree, Americans were spellbound by a prison break in New York, and Bruce Jenner made news in a whole new way—and not on a Wheaties box.

May 2016 be a year of better headlines, especially for you and your family.

Happy New Year from the Salem Media Group.

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