Tag Archives: Public Policy

The 2020 Campaign Begins

Townhall Review – June 22, 2019

The President launches his “Keep America Great” re-election campaign with an Orlando blockbuster.

Hugh Hewitt and Robert Costa of the Washington Post offer their take on the rally.

Mike Gallagher talks with Marc Lotter, Director of Strategic Communications for the Trump campaign, about the enthusiasm generated in preparation for the President’s re-election rally.

Bob Frantz turns to Daniel Horowitz of the Conservative Review to look at the health crisis at our southern border.

Sebastian Gorka asks Nigel Farage, Brexit Party founder, about the latest on the Brexit movement.

Hugh Hewitt and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham talk about foreign hot spots and the challenges faced by the Trump administration.

Hugh Hewitt is joined by Alan Sears, founder of Alliance Defending Freedom, about his book on the personal faith of President Eisenhower, “The Soul of an American President.”

Hugh Hewitt talks with Dr. Albert Mohler about his book, “The Apostle’s Creed – Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits.”

Mark Davis talks with David Davenport, former president of Pepperdine University and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution about his book, “How Public Policy Became War.”

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David Davenport: Balancing Religious Rights With Health Care

Compromise

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

Public policy is full of difficult dilemmas, tough cases where there are strong interests on both sides.  Such dilemmas are not usually solved as much as they are managed.

That’s why two federal departments recently expanded the rights of religious employers.  During the Obama years, the federal government had required religious employers to provide birth control coverage in their health insurance plans even when contrary to their religious beliefs.  And the government had limited the rights of religious employers to hire or favor people who shared their beliefs.

This action properly swings the pendulum back in favor of religious rights, which are protected by the First Amendment.  Civil rights are also constitutionally protected, which is what creates the tension.  In the end, both rights are powerful, but neither is absolute.

A liberal president pushes too far in one direction and a conservative administration appropriately pushes back.  Ultimately, the Supreme Court may well have to decide how to manage this difficult dilemma.

I’m David Davenport.

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