Jul 21 2014
Jun 30 2014
The Supreme Court got it right, today, but barely. In the 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the government can't force an employer in a privately held company to provide abortifacient drugs as part of its health care plan.
Only in the la-la land of left would it sound reasonable that government has created not only a 'right' to take the life of a child, but the obligation of providing it, even when it violated the First Amendment rights of that employer. The government can't say, 'you can have some religion, but only what the government agrees is sufficient.'
The Hobby Lobby ruling is yet another repudiation of the overreaching dictates of the Obama administration and a good day for freedom.
Jun 16 2014
Jun 11 2014
Jun 01 2014
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that my wife and I were celebrating 40 years of marriage, so we took a trip to China. From the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square in Beijing; the Terra Cotta Warriors near Xian; the stunning skyline of Shanghai; to the Sichuan Province and Chengdu. It was there Janet held and fed a baby Panda. And no, I didn’t bring a real one home for the grandkids! Many Americans fear that China might get too strong. I must confess that I’m not worried that China will get too strong. I am worried that America might be getting too weak. Other nations having a strong economy is not bad for the United States. One less hungry mouthed country wanting us to take care of it and its people is great.
If they have money, maybe they will buy the things we innovate and make. We need to be fear that we will quit innovating and making things because excess taxation, regulation, and litigation will drive the jobs and the money away from American working men and women. I was stunned that China is becoming more like America used to be, and America is becoming more like China used to be. While America’s infrastructure crumbles, China is busy building its roadways, bridges, airports, and utility systems. China is still a communist governed country and we’re still a constitutional republic, but they are allowing more and more free enterprise and personal ownership, and we’re watching our government take away land rights and personal and religious freedoms at a stunning rate.
I don’t want what still remains of Chinese communism, but maybe we could loan them our Constitution—doesn’t appear that we’re using it much these days anyhow. We still have some advantages: The Chinese exercise strict control over the internet, blocking FB, You Tube, and a lot of websites, including the New York Times because they feel it’s proganda; but then, we have members of Congress pushing for greater control over the internet as well, and I’m not sure but what the Chinese might have it right on the New York Times. They scrub their history books of moments like the brutal killing of protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989; good thing we don’t re-write our history just to ignore parts of it that aren’t politically correct. But then, have you seen an American history book lately? The Chinese are notorious for spying on its citizens and using the full force of government to monitor its people and minimize dissent and religious expression. Thank God the United States would never do that! Oh, but then our government collects our phone calls, web searches, and tracks us and is systematically scrubbing God from the public square. China’s government regulates much of daily life for its citizens, from housing, health care, education, and personal artistic freedom, even though one can see a lot of personal freedoms in public parks where people can sing, dance, or do Tai Chai. I’m pretty sure that if people used personal amplification devices in New York’s Central Park, the strong arm of New York City would stop that. China has a history of dealing harshly with those it perceives as its enemies---some just disappear. We have strict constitutional protections in America to guarantee civil rights, being able to face our accuser, not having our homes searched or our property seized without a warrant. Unless of course, we happen to be a citizens sitting where a drone drops a bomb or fires a missile at us, but that saves the cost of a pesky trial. And sometimes the people we kill aren’t even our enemies. Sometimes, they are our veterans, who thought we’d give them protection and health care. They gave us our liberties; by mistreating them and killing them, we take away theirs. I don’t fear that China is becoming more like the United States used to be; I fear America is becoming more like what China used to be.
May 28 2014
Tuesday in Texas, the Tea Party proved that like Mark Twain, reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated. Tea Party-backed conservatives won big over Establishment Republicans in the Texas GOP primary runoffs, racking up nearly 2-1 margins in the Attorney General’s race (where Ken Paxton, whom I endorsed, beat Dan Branch,) and the Lieutenant Governor’s race (where Dan Patrick, whom I endorsed, trounced David Dewhurst.) Some of the issues that resonated with Texas voters included tougher enforcement of immigration laws – or enforcing them at all – and keeping Obamacare out of Texas. A few candidates also shot themselves in the foot by running incredibly nasty negative ads, only to see them backfire. It’s heartening that sleazy, unfounded attack ads are starting to repulse voters who see the perilous road America is one and who want someone serious in charge for a change.
As to whether the Texas landslides represent a resurgence of the Tea Party and conservatism in general, or just an isolated stronghold, we’ll find out next Tuesday when eight more states hold primaries.
There was another factor at work in Texas’ 4th Congressional District runoff. After 18 terms in office, Ralph Hall became the first incumbent to lose to a primary challenger this year. The winner, former US attorney John Radcliffe, questioned whether Hall, the oldest member of Congress at 91, was fit for another term. A lot of people thought he was: he had the endorsement of the NRA, Ron Paul and a number of Republicans, including (full disclosure) me. But voters decided it was time for new blood, and in that solidly Republican district, Radcliffe won’t even have to face a Democrat in November. Rep. Hall took his loss gracefully, wishing Radcliffe well and telling reporters, “I just got whipped and I got beat and my folks are sad. But they know I’m not sad. I’m pleased to have had the opportunity.”
But Hall’s departure means more than just the end of a long political career. With Democrat John Dingell retiring and Hall defeated, next year will bring the first Congress in over half a century to contain no World War II veterans. The Greatest Generation that did so much for the world and for America is fading into history, as Baby Boomers and Gen X and Y’ers assume the reins of power. Let’s hope that in between all their rebelling, they absorbed even a fraction of the wisdom of their parents and grandparents, and some of their appreciation for what makes America the great and exceptional nation that it is. Maybe once they are completely responsible for preserving this nation and all it represents for their own children and grandchildren, they’ll finally be able to see the entire precious jewel instead of only the tiny flaws.
May 26 2014
Mike HuckabeeThank God for your freedom and for the men and women in uniform who provided it.
May 24 2014
Under California’s liberal laws, there are only a handful of felonies, such as murder and embezzlement of public funds, that aren’t subject to a 3-year statute of limitations. Would it be possible to impose a similar statute of limitations on California’s uber-liberal Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi, so that she would finally stop blaming George W. Bush for things that have been Obama’s responsibility for over five years and only worsened under his “watch?”
Rep. Pelosi’s latest attempt at cosmic-level blame-shifting involves the VA scandal that is spreading across America as more and more whistleblowers have been emboldened to come forth. She pointed out that if you go to war, you create more wounded veterans (Really? Thanks for pointing that out for us), so the unbridled failure and corruption of the government’s program to provide health care to wounded veterans over half a decade later is all the previous Commander-In-Chief’s fault.
When Barack Obama was in the Senate (on those rare occasions when he actually was IN the Senate), he was on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. In between criticizing the way the Bush Administration ran the VA, he showed his own unwavering support for veterans’ affairs by showing up to 18 out of 37 Committee meetings. As I’ve noted before, he campaigned for President in 2007 by vowing to reform the VA, his staff was briefed on the problems following his inauguration in 2008, and he again railed against unacceptable VA waiting times when campaigning for reelection to the VFW in 2012. And now, Obama is furious to discover (after learning about it on the TV news last week) that over the past five-plus years of his own Administration, the accusations have worsened to include veterans dying and committing suicide while waiting for needed treatment; bureaucrats falsifying records to cover it up; retribution against whistleblowers; and widespread corruption ranging from theft of hospital equipment and computers to selling drugs stolen from VA pharmacies.
Darn that Bush! Will his failures never end?
I’m beginning to suspect that the only two things people will have to wait longer for than VA medical treatment are the return of Jesus and for Obama to finally take responsibility for his own job.