We live in the freest, most prosperous and generous nation on earth, but only because of the warriors willing to fight and die to protect the blessings we claimed over two hundred years ago. Today, and I hope every day, I won't take the gift of being an American for granted.Read More
Is anyone else bothered by the seemingly constant emphasis on subsidies as the cure-all for unaffordable insurance plans individuals are being required to buy? While far fewer than they're suggesting will actually qualify for the subsidies, it seems rather unsettling, to say the least, that the government is trying to push so many into a form of dependency. I find it galling. The government is not just making people aware of this option, we're pretty much forcing them to enter the cycle of dependency. You MUST have health care. If you cannot afford it, come to us. we will help you. Yes. The nine most terrifying words in the English language: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help."
This is not an inconsequential moment in our nation's history. Not only are we watching the government take over one-sixth of the economy, but we about to witness as a portion of free Americans--many of them young, filled with ambition, hopes and dreams--submit themselves and their future to the will of the state.
The Virginia Democratic Party and Terry McAuliffe have reached a new low in campaign strategery--their campaign theme this week: oral sex. Yes, that's right. In case all their inane rantings and ravings about the "extreme" and "dangerous" Ken Cuccinelli have not sufficiently distracted from any genuine discussion of the issues, they hope this will do the trick.Read More
I received my notice from Anthem last week that I may not keep my current insurance plan. My new plan only costs 17% more! But help is on the way--I may qualify for federal assistance IF I enroll thought the marketplace. Get 'em on the dole. . .Read More
There is powerful new leadership rising up in the Republican Party--not dependent on special interests or corporate lobbyists. You bet the Democrats will call them crazy. Why? Because no one scares them more.
"The system is corrupt, and it's screwing people. . . .Obama can take off that $6,000 suit he's wearing and help pay for my health care. Why is it okay for him to tell us what to do with our money, but no one can tell him what to do with his?Read More
The effort to promote suspicion and contempt of anyone who disagrees philosophically with a president who happen to be black has nothing to do with bettering the condition of black Americans. It's insidious, and promoting division and discord is the exact opposite of Dr. King's objective.Read More
Those who will or already have reduced the brutal slaying of Christopher Lane to an issue of gun control don't want to deal with the complicated, tough issues involved: a culture of violence promoted by gangs that are recruiting and preying on young people and destroying lives, rap lyrics glorifying killing, rampant drug use among kids, and schools that are hotbeds of violence.
The murder of Chris Lane was not just senseless violence, or some random tragedy. He was targeted. We don't yet know why. But he was intentionally slaughtered. The killing is indicative of a cultural crisis across our society. This happened in DUNCAN, OKLAHOMA. Population: about 24,000. According to news reports, the Crips have been in this part of small town America for a couple years, and kids are cowering in their homes because they're being recruited and threatened with death if they don't join.
One of the accused was 15. He's in school--think teachers didn't realize he was troubled, in a gang, violent, possibly using and/or selling drugs?
Our teachers see what's happening. They know drugs are rampant, they know rap and a culture of violence are stealing our children. They put their lives on the line every day to go into these places and try to offer a better future to our young. But they are given no back up, no useful tools to deal on a daily basis with the crisis (think the current "mediation in lieu of consequences" fad would have impacted Lane's killers?) because we as a society would rather shout about racism and guns than deal with the problems destroying a significant portion of that generation.
It's much easier to offer up gun control as a panacea that will fix the problem of violence in our society--particularly for the left. That way, they don't offend Hollywood, the music industry, teachers unions, Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. They just offend the NRA. But we all know gun control won't touch The actual problems. With hundreds of millions of guns in circulation in the US, restrictions only keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens.
Look, this is hard. It will take a painful, courageous self-examination of where we are as a nation--the fact that we are sacrificing a generation because we're too scared to talk about tough issues of popular culture, poverty, schools filled with violence, drugs and no discipline, and yes, race. Because we've been conditioned by academia and the media to see it as politically incorrect and insensitive--ok, as downright racist--to dare to talk about violence by blacks or other minorities and the destructive forces profiting off that violence.
Is our president going to lead us courageously into that discussion? One can only hope. He's the one to do it. But given his track record of not addressing these issues with seriousness, but instead stirring the racial pot when it suits him (Columbia police "acted stupidly" in the Henry Louis Gates incident; and If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon."), don't hold your breath.
Will Obama and Biden's "fun" college romp address dramatic tuition spikes, bleak job prospects, and the deteriorating quality of a college degree? Nah. Hey, it's all in good fun.Read More
One thing has been confirmed for me after largely taking this summer off from working: when it comes to teenagers, and children in general, "quality time" as a equal substitute for "quantity time" is a big load of baloney.
Mid-term elections are in 2014, and Americans would be royally ticked going to the polls as Obamacare sinks its teeth into businesses, and in turn, employees and consumers. So Obama is delaying implementation until those elections are safely over. Impact avoided. And yet. . . could the delay instead be a rallying cry for those opposed to Obamacare and its destructive consequences? Could what was intended by the Obama Administration for political gain turn into their political disaster? Of course. But there's a big "if."Read More
When only a third of the American people trust the government and half think the government is listening to their phone calls and reading their emails, there is a problem.
Fox News released a poll today with plenty of alarming information for the Obama Administration: 71% believe the federal government is too powerful, 66% think the IRS should be abolished or massively reorganized, only 43% approve of the job the President is doing, and my personal favorite: 82% believe the Founding Fathers would disapprove of the current goings-on in Washington, DC. Ya think?
But a particularly striking revelation of the poll is that now a majority of Americans disapprove of Obama himself. That's the "likeability" factor and it's important. Particularly to this President. Currently, only 47% of the American people view the President favorably. Those who view him unfavorably: 51%. A majority. That's a first.
That "likeablity" enabled Obama to rest on the goodwill of the American people when he was pushing measures they either weren't too sure of, or just downright didn't like. Now, in the wake of the numerous scandals and as the effects of Obamacare are being felt, that goodwill is evaporating. The President is going to have a tougher time pushing aspects of his agenda the public find questionable or objectionable. That's one reason we'll see more of the executive fiats, such as the regulation into oblivion of the coal industry.
Not only do the American people distrust government (a very big deal given that Obama's entire agenda banks on the belief that government is good), but they are beginning not to trust him--or what he says. They used to trust him, as they did when he said Obamacare would lower health care premiums, that the deficit was under control, that middle class taxes would go down, or that a video was responsible for the murder of our Libyan ambassador. But then they realized he just wasn't being straight with them. In fact, it appears he was taking them for fools. Now, when Obama says things such as, "Ignore voices warning of government tyranny," that actually alarms more people than it placates. Particularly when days later it is revealed that the IRS targeted the President's ideological opponents.
It has been Obama's practice to say one thing even though the facts say quite the opposite. To get away with it, he has relied on the goodwill of the American people, and on his own previously powerful "likeability." Up until now, most folks have just gone along with whatever he says--because they trust him and like him. But it appears that the scales are falling away. We can only be mocked so many times before even we profoundly busy and distracted (and perhaps gullible) Americans take heed. The continued scandals, the refusal of the President to handle them forthrightly, and the great awakening of a weary nation are going to take a heavy toll. Declining "likeability" is an important indicator of just how heavy it will be.
As the case of the ex-UVa worker who pled guilty Tuesday to attempted abduction and sexual assault of a 19-year-old reminds us: liberals claim to care about the safety of women, yet they leave them to their own devices (or whistles and call-boxes) to protect themselves from unimaginable horror.Read More
Obama calls on us to "Reject these voices" that warn of tyranny. Now we face the Benghazi cover-up, IRS scandal and AP phone records seizure. Ignore these voices, is more like what the President is saying. Pretend you don't hear their warning, and then dismiss evidence that those warnings were not so crazy after all.Read More
The media--and the Obama Administration--know that if the bombings are tied to radical Islam (and the only way you can say they weren't is to ignore the mounting evidence), that will open up a broader discussion in this country about the increasing threat here from those who have been radicalized--how it's happening, who is doing it, and who is financing it. That's actually a discussion that needs to happen, yet the media and the administration seem determined not to let it.Read More
Can we really bemoan the state of politics, the tendency of our leaders to let us down, to lie to us, to cheat on us, and to act in their own personal best interest at the expense of ours, when we have a pretty good expectation from their track record that they are going to do all of the above?Read More
Today attorney Ted Olson argued in the Supreme Court that those who voted in California for traditional marriage must have a problem with "those people."Read More
I want my boys to strive for more. To be men of honor in a world that
laughs at anyone who won't download pirated songs and movies. To respect
women despite a culture that finds it acceptable to call them
"bitches." I want my sons to be bold, ambitious, and
prosperous--in body, mind and spirit--in a country that shames the