Commentary

Michael Medved: McCain’s Memory Should Make G.O.P. Proud


The passing of Senator John McCain reminded me of why I feel proud to be a Republican. Beginning in 1980, the GOP has fielded nine presidential nominees, each of whom displayed exemplary patriotism and fundamental decency.

Ronald Reagan and George Herbert Walker Bush both ran for president three times, and Bob Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney campaigned for the White House two times each. Win or lose, these candidates won respect—even affection—from those who opposed as well as from supporters.

Despite many disagreements over policy, the bi-partisan praise for Senator McCain for noble service to his country reflects his noble character.

May the Republican Party continue to exemplify the principled tradition of “character counts.”

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Michael Medved: The Evidence for Faith


I recently received an e-mail from a thoughtful listener who challenged my commitment to faith and God. “You’re a smart person,” she wrote, “who emphasizes evidence and logic. How then, can you give such importance in your life to something illogical for which there is no evidence.”

My answer described my experience getting involved in traditional observance of my Jewish faith when I was in my early twenties. When I began praying every day, and then observing the sabbath, my life dramatically improved.

That’s the best evidence available, and it’s been demonstrated also by most of the committed Christians that I know who can also testify to the way faith enriches and improves their lives. As CS Lewis famously observed: “I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God. It changes me.”

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David Davenport: The Wars on our Domestic Woes


This is David Davenport of the Hoover Institution for Townhall.com.

Perhaps you missed the memo from the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. The War on Poverty, declared by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, is largely over, they say, and we won. Amazing, since a lot of people obviously still live in poverty.

As is often the case in government, the difference is in the definition of the problem. Historically we have defined poverty by income and the CEA defined it by a consumption test instead. Neither test is truly accurate.

No, the War on Poverty isn’t over, but presidential wars on domestic problems should be. We have lived for decades with wars on poverty, crime, drugs, terror and energy consumption, all declared by a lot of presidential speeches but with very little policy on dealing with these big problems.

It’s one more failure of big government in Washington, not a huge success.

 

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Hugh Hewitt: An Existential Crisis for the Catholic Church


The scathing report of decades of disgusting crimes and cover-up from the Catholic Church hierarchy has come to light because of the Pennsylvania Attorney General. The shocking report—coming as it does after at least two previous efforts at coming clean and reform that neither came clean nor reformed—has left tens of millions of Americans Catholics shell shocked.

They simply don’t know who or what to believe.

Pope Francis made a terrible situation even worse by issuing what could only be labeled the “same old same old” by a pope who has proven stubbornly deaf and often appeared indifferent to the sexual abuse of minors across all continents and going as high as the College of Cardinals.

It’s a moment of what intellectuals call “existential crisis” for the Church. It will never vanish, but church membership and finances could well collapse. Pope Francis seems wholly unaware of this urgent threat.

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Jerry Bowyer: Looking at the New Age of Tech


George Gilder is the economist and author who holds the distinction of being quoted by Ronald Reagan more than any other living author.

Gilder is out with a new book, and it’s a blockbuster. And what’s being “busted” is the Obama-era business model of centralized control of social media.

“Life After Google” makes the case that the old model is doomed. And it comes at just the right time. Conservatives are fed up with Google delisting conservative voices like Dennis Prager’s, Facebook labeling the Declaration of Independence hate speech and Twitter shadow-banning Republican officials.

According to Gilder, block chain technology, the tech behind the cyber currency Bitcoin, is the stone which will shatter these dominating hierarchies of wealth and power.

That will put the internet back into the hands of the people.

And that is a good thing.

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Hugh Hewitt: Colorado Missing the Message From the Supreme Court


In June of this year—many of you listeners will remember—the cakemaker Jack Phillips from Denver, Colorado won his case before the Supreme Court.

The justices found Colorado had sent, “a signal of official disapproval of Phillips’ religious beliefs.” And the court disapproved.

That was a decisive victory for Jack and a big win for the First Amendment.

But Colorado doesn’t seem to have received the message: The Civil Rights Commission continues their efforts to go after Jack.

Jack Phillips is now back in court. This Civil Rights Commission in Denver—along with others across the country—has gone rogue.

Fighting on behalf of Jack is ADF—the Alliance Defending Freedom.

They’re a sponsor you’ve heard about from us before—and they are the best in this First-Amendment-defense business.

Jack Phillips is a contemporary American hero. We wish him a clear and swift victory.

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David Davenport: Back to School Needs Back to Civic Education


As America’s students go back to school this month, America’s schools need to go back to civic education.  Our schools are awash in political concerns—from guns to immigration to bathrooms even—but it’s not clear that students have a good understanding of politics, history and civics.

 

In the last round of national testing, a pitiful 18% were found proficient in history, 23% in government.  And these are the future leaders of our republic.

 

With the emphasis on math and science, and pervasive political correctness, schools are not teaching basic civics.  Both instructional time and testing of government and history are down.

 

A few states are beginning to act, adding civic education course requirements and testing.  But more must be done.  Preparing students to become good citizens and voters is more important than ever.  And that requires a major commitment to civic education.

 

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