Tag Archives: California

Michael Medved: Democrats Elevate Their Least Likeable Leaders

In the midst of their seemingly endless and unpredictable fight for the 2020 presidential nomination, does it make sense for Democrats to promote some of their least likable Congressional leaders as the new face of their party?

The result of the new impeachment investigation, assigned to six different House committees, is that the leaders of those committees—including Maxine Waters, Jerry Nadler, Adam Schiff and Elijah Cummings—will dominate the debate and upstage the flailing presidential contenders.

As it happens, all six chairs are from New York, California, Maryland and Massachusetts, perfectly positioned to alienate key suburban voters in swing states that will decide the outcome of the election. The impeachment pursuit elevates some of the Democrats’ least appealing proponents to positions of pre-eminence, helping to ensure party losses in the upcoming battles for control of the House, the Senate and the White House.

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Owen Strachan: California Pushes Seeks to Shame Religious Expression

Those who call for personal change—like Christian ministers—are now being told they need to change.

In California, the State Senate continues to push a resolution that condemns religious leaders and counselors who teach the historic positions of their respective faiths.

Such teaching, we’re told, is “harmful” towards those drawn to alternative lifestyles—including those different views on sex and gender.

But: The call to personal transformation is found at the very root of Christian theology—and Christianity is not alone in promoting the idea that people are flawed and in need of personal transformation.

America has long recognized the value of such perspectives. But today, First Amendment-protected religious liberty is under fire. Ironically, those who encourage others to change spiritually are now being told they need to change.

People are free to disagree with the message of the minister.

They ought not try to silence that minister.

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David Davenport: The Death Penalty: Who Decides?

Liberals have used the courts for decades to carry out their agenda of social change. From Roe vs. Wade’s constitutional right to abortion to the more recent protection of same-sex marriage, courts have become an engine of social change.

The death penalty seems to be the next target for social change, either through the courts or by governors. When the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced it would resume carrying out the federal death penalty, presidential candidate Kamala Harris attacked it as “immoral and deeply flawed” while Joe Biden reversed yet one more long-held position and said it was wrong.

Meanwhile in California, even though voters twice upheld the death penalty, Governor Gavin Newsom has suspended it.

Questions like the death penalty should be decided by the people and their elected representatives, not by elite courts and lone ranger governors who think they know better.

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Hong Kong Fights for Freedom; U.S. Fights for 355-Ship Navy

Townhall Review – August 24, 2019

Hugh Hewitt and Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton examine the turmoil and tension in Hong Kong.

Sebastian Gorka and Liel Leibovitz, senior writer for Tablet Magazine, discuss the two notorious U.S. House “Squad” members, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

Hugh Hewitt talks with Mike Allen of Axios about the negative press coverage of President Trump.

Hugh Hewitt and Congressman Mike Gallagher discuss the need for building up our Naval Fleet and the possible Chinese crackdown in Hong Kong.

Brian Whitman and Jennifer Horn from AM870 The Answer, ask Pete Peterson, Dean of Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Public Policy about the California DMV’s bungling of the motor voter program.

Seth Leibsohn talks with Mark Bauerlein, Senior Editor for First Things and consultant to the State of Florida, where he advises on the high school reading curriculum.

Dennis Prager talks with Douglas Carswell, author and former British Member of Parliament about his book, “Progress Vs Parasites: A Brief History of the Conflict that’s Shaped our World.”

Sam Malone of Salem’s AM1070 The Answer in Houston talks about Jill Biden, wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, and her work to convince voters that Joe can beat Trump in 2020.

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Albert Mohler: California Curriculum Proposes Rewrite of History

The state of California is now considering an ethnic studies curriculum for the public schools—and we should all take notice.

For decades, California has had an outsize influence on such things as curriculum and textbooks because if a textbook is adopted in California, it’s likely also to be adopted elsewhere.

I knew this proposed curriculum would be bad. But it’s even worse than I imagined.

Capitalism is presented as racist.

The English language is re-tooled. The word “history,” for example, is abandoned because it contains the oppressive word “his”—which is too rigid, representing a “gender binarist” approach to telling history.

Academic disciplines are turned upside down and inside out.

The proposed curriculum itself makes it very clear what the objective is: the absolute social transformation of the United States.

In essence, we’re looking at not only a new curriculum, but the rewriting of history, and a redefining of reality.

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A Nation On Edge After Shootings In El Paso and Dayton

Townhall Review – August 10, 2019

Mark Davis has words of comfort and wisdom following the murderous shooting rampages in El Paso, TX and Dayton, Ohio.

Hugh Hewitt speaks with Dr. Richard Haass, Council on Foreign Relations president and author of, “A World in Disarray,” on the public’s distrust in media and the growing divide between the U.S. and China.

Larry Elder examines the so-called Manifesto written by the El Paso shooter.

Ed Martin and Greg Burt, of the California Family Council, talk about the California State Legislature’s attack on pastors and councilors.

Sebastian Gorka turns to Chris Farrell, Director of Investigations and Research at Judicial Watch, to talk about the efforts to undermine the Trump campaign in 2016.

Sebastian Gorka and James Delingpole, Breitbart’s Executive Editor in Britain, talk about the new British Prime Minister and BREXIT.

Al Mohler examines the ominous clouds gathering over religious liberty in the United States.

Seth Liebsohn and Arizona Congresswoman Debbie Lesko talk about immigration and her several new immigration bills.

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David Davenport: Localism Still Alive, Even in California

In a move with national implications, the California legislature halted a bill to force local governments to increase housing density. Think multiple homes on single lots and apartment buildings near transit centers.

It was a battle between Governor Gavin Newsom and Democrats on one side addressing a housing crisis, and California residents who had bought into their California dream communities on the other. Above all, it was a question of local control.

Liberals said there was no time to debate or compromise, this was a crisis. Everything in government is now wars and emergencies: Wars on poverty, crime, drugs, terror and 31 states of national emergency. We need action now.

Finally, a few Democrats who represented suburban districts said let’s take more time with this, seek something less extreme, find a compromise.

Good for them. Localism is still alive, even in California.

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