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Michael Medved: Campaign Finance Reform: Washed Away in a Tidal Wave of Money

In the midst of all the sound and fury of the campaign, you may not have noticed that Democrats have entirely abandoned one of their favorite issues of the past two decades.

In 2020, you hear nothing about campaign finance reform, or long-standing liberal hopes of limiting citizens and companies in supporting their favorite causes.

As recently as 2012, Obama, Hillary and other prominent liberals spoke of amending the Constitution to strike down the Citizens United case that made it easier for corporations to participate in ongoing public debates.

Why have Democrats dropped that point of view?

Because Joe Biden has uncorked a gusher of money—breaking all records, outspending Trump by more than three to one on TV ads in key swing states. Four years ago, Hillary also outspent Trump but lost the election.

Biden’s runaway spending should strip Democrats of any ongoing ability to attack their opponents for trying to “buy” elections.

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Michael Medved: Biden’s Blunder on Court Packing

Joe Biden makes a serious mistake when he repeatedly refuses to answer legitimate questions about his position on adding new justices to the Supreme Court—the same scheme of “court packing” that became FDR’s biggest blunder in 1937.

Biden says he’ll reveal his intentions after the election, but not before—denying voters a fully informed choice on November 3rd. The right answer should be easy: expressing confidence in the court and its moderate leadership by Chief Justice Roberts, while pledging no effort to add new justices unless there’s a sudden series of power-grabbing decisions that violate from the Constitutional mainstream.

Republican appointees have comprised the court majority for 45 years, but the Supremes have hardly moved in an ultra-conservative direction. Biden must ultimately come clean on his court-packing plans, or pay a political price for hiding information the electorate deserves.

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Michael Medved: Judge Barrett’s Appointment: A Triumphant Masterstroke

The appointment of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the United States Supreme Court counts as a masterstroke, and easily one of the best decisions of Donald Trump’s presidency.

In an election season when liberals and media try to characterize conservatives as old, angry, bigoted, extreme and lacking in empathy, Judge Barrett displays the opposite characteristics. At age 48, she’s youthful, a genial consensus builder, and mother of seven–including a special needs child and two adopted kids from Haiti.

On a court dominated for decades by Yale and Harvard graduates, she’s a breath of Midwestern fresh air, beloved by her students at Notre Dame.

Most importantly, she’ll give new life to the originalist thinking of her mentor, Justice Antonin Scalia, in stressing what the Constitution actually says, not what judges want it to say. As Americans have been losing faith in public institutions, Judge Barrett—soon to be Justice Barrett—can help to restore their confidence.

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Michael Medved: The Myth of “Systemic Racism”

The newly popular charge that America suffers from “systemic racism” ignores the realities of how our current system of law, politics, business and culture really works.

In legal terms, racism has been illegal for 50 years now with bans on discrimination in hiring, housing, education and much more. Yes, racist attitudes still exist, but the system and our culture now work against them, not for them.

In politics, 12 percent of the House of Representatives is now black—closely matching the black percentage of the population, and the nation twice elected a black President. In business, discrimination not only violates the law but hurts the bottom line, in hiring and customers, when 40 percent of America identifies as non-white.

Finally, a striking explosion of black creativity and success characterizes our culture, while open expressions of bigotry lead to disgrace and even ostracism. The American system has changed profoundly—far from imposing racism, it now strives to eliminate it.

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Medved: Is Democratic Supreme Court Frenzy Really About Timing?

This is Michael Medved at michaelmedved.com for Townhall.

In their furious reaction to confirmation plans for a successor to the late Justice Ginsburg, Democrats insist it’s all about timing. But even if she’d passed, or resigned, two years earlier, would Democrats offer more cooperation in approving a successor? Gorsuch and Kavanaugh were both appointed years ahead of any presidential contest but still drew near-unanimous Democratic opposition.

Meanwhile, Republicans made no similar attempts to destroy Democratic nominees, giving bi-partisan support to Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Stephen Breyer and, yes, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Why the contrast?

Democrats view the judiciary as a political branch of government—for enacting progressive reforms that lack popular support for legislative action. Their resulting politicization of the confirmation process makes the judiciary the target of narrow and destructive partisanship.

I’m Michael Medved.

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Michael Medved: Debate Questions for Joe Biden

Joe Biden and his team must prepare to face tough questions in the first presidential debate on September 29.

For instance:
• You’ve supported nationwide demonstrations for racial justice, but would you want them to continue after you’re president? How would you scale down the occasionally violent protests?
• In the primaries, you moved sharply left—on abortion funding, free college, climate policy and more. As president, would you continue that shift as demanded by your party’s progressive wing?
• Did you grow up with “white privilege”—the advantages that purportedly benefit people of European descent? How would you erase such privilege in the future?
• Many Christian and Jewish friends of Israel appreciate the pro-Israel policies of President Trump. Would you build on those policies, or alter them and, if so, how?
• Would you appoint a 78-year-old as a top Cabinet official and, if so, how would you make sure that candidate was up to the job?

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Michael Medved: The Obnoxious Term “Latinx”

The term “Latinx”, has become the increasingly common substitute for the terms “Latino” or “Hispanic” in the politically correct, prestige press. The “For Kids” section of the New York Times helpfully explained that “the X is an effort to make the word more inclusive, because it accounts for a wider spectrum of gender identities than just male and female.”

The problem for this self-proclaimed “inclusive” approach is that Hispanics themselves overwhelmingly reject it. In an August Pew Research Survey, 61 percent preferred the word “Hispanic” while another 29 percent chose “Latino”, amounting 90 percent of Hispanic Americans. Only 3 percent said they used “Latinx” to describe themselves, while 12 percent who had even heard of the word, said they actively disliked it. The crushing disregard for the clumsy formulation “Latinx” provides a reassuring reminder that the cutting-edge activists of the radical left won’t make easy headway in the Hispanic community, with its solid, more traditional, cultural values.

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