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Albert Mohler: Justice Alito’s Warning

Billy Graham

Justice Samuel Alito of the United States Supreme Court recently delivered a bracing message to a group of Catholic lawyers.

Justice Alito said, “A wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs.” Referencing his minority opinion in the Obergefell decision, which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, he said that the decision would be used to “vilify those who disagree, and treat them as bigots.”

It is clear that Justice Alito is very concerned. Those who pressed for the legalization of same-sex marriage are now pressing for the normalization of all same-sex relationships throughout the entire culture.

He went on to say that “we are likely to see pitched battles both in the courts and in Congress, state legislatures and town halls, but the most important fight is for the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans.”

Here you have a justice of the Supreme Court saying that the biggest case is not the case before his court, but the one in the court of public opinion.

We cannot say that we were not warned.

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Dan Proft: Silencing Dissent

NEA, Students assult Allison Stranger

Allison Stanger, a self-identified liberal professor at Middlebury College actually suffered a concussion early this month after being assaulted by leftist students protesting the presence of eminent sociologist Dr. Charles Murray on campus.

Her assault has forced the Left to address campus culture at America’s elite universities.

What the safe space social engineers find is that they’ve lost control of the young Frankensteins whose minds they filled with agitprop rather than intellectual curiosity.

At Middlebury, Stanger was mugged by the reality, quite literally, that there is no safe space for dissent from the established campus orthodoxy. By abetting a contrarian view on campus, Stanger crossed into the enemy camp and thus became fair game.

In her description of the violence, Stanger offers the clichéd contention that we are at “a boiling point.”

Are we?

Or is it more accurate to say that thuggery is what leftist students have been taught since the ’60s—and now it’s being used to silence dissent and extract what they what?

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Trump: Pass AHCA Or I’m Moving On

From the story:  President Trump delivered an ultimatum to House Republicans on Thursday night: Vote to approve the measure to overhaul the nation’s health-care system on the House floor Friday, or reject it and the president will move on to his other legislative priorities (Washington Post). The senate is apparently more open than they’ve been given credit  (National Review). From Lanhee Chen: In a last-minute bid to ensure the success of the American Health Care Act, Republican congressional leaders and the Trump Administration are close to an agreement that would repeal one of Obamacare’s most significant regulations, its “essential health benefits” requirement. This should be welcome news for conservatives seeking repeal of the law, but it’s even better news for consumers looking for lower health insurance premiums (Fox News). A Hugh Hewitt tweet:  wo @HouseGOP lists Fri night: Those who voted w/ @POTUS @VP @SpeakerRyan @GOPLeader and those who voted w/ @NancyPelosi to keep Obamacare (Twitter).  The CBO won’t have final numbers before the vote (Washington Examiner).  But they did say the changes would add cost (USA Today).

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The Black Robe

Billy Graham

The nation is now engaged in a one of our most important democratic traditions: namely, the confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court justice. In this case, for Judge Neil Gorsuch, the first nominee of President Donald Trump.

One of the most important observations came from Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska. He pointed to the symbolic nature of the robe that a justice wears, a black robe. It is neither a blue robe nor a red robe, neither Democratic nor Republican.

In our nation’s constitutional system, the judiciary is intended to be nonpartisan. Nonetheless, the reality is that the Court has become highly partisan, especially over the last half-century. We’ve also seen that there is a correlation between the constitutional philosophy that a justice takes to the Court and the partisan identity of the President who has appointed that justice.

But it was a service to the country that Senator Sasse expressed that ideal and that was very important for Americans to hear.

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THR 3/25/17: Judge Gorsuch Dazzles at Confirmation Hearings

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Michael Medved plays clips from Judge Neil Gorsuch’s impressive performance during his Senate confirmation hearings. Hugh Hewitt talks with Speaker Paul Ryan about the state of the Obamacare repeal and replace bill. Mike Gallagher brings clarity to the Trump surveillance issue with reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Lanhee Chen of the Hoover Institution discusses Gorsuch and the AHCA bill with Hugh Hewitt. Michael Medved looks at The World Happiness Report and where the United States ranks on that list. Dennis Prager argues that young folks on college campuses are being taught to be unhappy.

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Michael Medved: Losing Ground In The Happiness Rankings

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The Sustainable Development Solutions network, an initiative of the UN, is out with its yearly “World Happiness Report,” in which respondents around the globe were asked how close their current circumstances came to their “best possible life.”

The United States placed 14th of the 155 surveyed nations—well ahead of Germany, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom, but behind Norway, Denmark, Switzerland and Israel. The U.S. has been sinking in the rankings since those rankings began in 2012, and when America finished 11th. In terms of specific measures of happiness, the U.S. has moved up in health, life-expectancy and per-capita income, but we’ve lost significant ground in social support, a sense of personal freedom, and perceived corruption of government and business.

The Happiness Report hardly shows American “carnage,” or a national utopia, but it does reflect the worrisome conviction that our political and economic institutions now slow our progress and undermine sense of well-being.

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David Davenport: Young People Robbed Of Individualism

Compromise

America used to be a land of “rugged individualism.” People came to this country so that the key decisions about their lives would no longer be made by kings and queens, or the church, or their social class, but rather for themselves. Individual freedom was promised by the Declaration of Independence and protected by the Constitution.

But today individualism in America is in trouble. Not only has government taken over more and more of our money and decision-making, but young people are being coddled, first by helicopter parents, then in “safe spaces” in their college campuses. College used to be a time when kids went off to establish their own values and beliefs. Now we protect them from “micro-aggressions” and “trigger words.” We cleanse the campus of so-called controversial speakers and any real diversity of ideas.

Is it any surprise that young people are more open to socialism, for example, when we coddle them from birth through college? This does not bode well for America and its future.

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