politics

A Quest for American Unity

Christopher C. Hull, Ph.D., Real Clear Policy

To reunite behind the American project as originally construed, conservatives must set themselves as a movement to downsizing and defeating the worst elements of both the alt-Left and alt-Right, and to uniting Republicans, Democrats, and Independents of good will against both — and for America’s fundamental principles. By bringing together the leading lights of conservatism under an intellectual banner that broadly binds them, and providing a platform for thoughtful debate about our political tradition, the American Project is putting into practice the principle that ought to guide our politics today: E pluribus unum.

Democrats: Exploiting Massacres for Political Gain

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

If Democrats believe about Trump what their candidates say about him — that he is a white nationalist racist and xenophobe deliberately stoking fear, hatred and violence, whose words and actions call to mind the fascist Italy of Benito Mussolini and Third Reich of Nazi Germany — how can the Democratic leadership credibly not try to impeach him? Yet, blaming the massacre in El Paso on the rhetoric of Donald Trump is a charge that can come back to bite his attackers. Neither the right nor left has a monopoly on political extremism or violence. And the hate-filled rhetoric of the left this last weekend exceeds anything used by Trump.

Partisan Gerrymandering: Courts Should Keep Out of the Debate

Hans A. Von Spakovsky and Michael Watson, National Review

The allocation of representatives in a state legislature or in the U.S. House of Representatives is a fundamental political question that cannot be resolved without political considerations. Democrats know this, which is why they are demanding major revisions to the way elections are held for the U.S. House of Representatives in their H.R. 1 bill — major revisions they could exploit to increase their political power. Funny, they never complained about partisan redistricting that favored the Democrat party when they controlled a majority of state legislatures. Claims that this or that system for drawing the boundary lines of state and congressional districts is “nonpolitical” are a myth.

Bye-bye, 2018 —The Year of Living Hatefully

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

Calling 2018 The Year of Living Hatefully (or, perhaps more accurately, living in or through hate) is but the culmination of a trend that has been going on for many years. There is and has been an emptiness in American society and I am going to suggest a cause I never thought I would, not because it is unique to me -- it hardly is -- but because I have, until relatively recently, been a rather typical agnostic of my generation. It is the absence of God, augmented by the ongoing secularization of our culture largely perpetrated by that same generation (mine).

Political Détente? Not Likely

William Murchison, The American Spectator

Provocation leads to provocation, and in a straight, unvarying line to Donald John Trump. The invective that Democrats, and some Republicans, hurl his way produces… Tweets and juttings of the presidential jaw. What else might we expect? That the finger-snappers and foot-stompers of the political word are going to bring us peace on earth, good will toward men? Not without a little encouragement from the voters they’re not.

The Supreme Court Has Been Making Policy

Jay Cost, National Review

Did the Founders intend that the choice of a Supreme Court nominee would be one of the most lasting and consequential decisions any president could make? No! The president has (or at least, should have) substantially bigger fish to fry. But both the Senate and the president have found themselves deeply enmeshed in these matters because the nomination of a Supreme Court justice is the only means of control the public has over the policymaking powers of the Court.

Make Politics Local for the Fourth of July

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

It would be nice if, for the Fourth, we put a zipper on yelling at each other for a while. We've got the greatest country in the history of the world to live in, bar none, even with all the problems  we are bombarded with on an hourly basis. The economy's roaring. Unemployment's rock bottom, even for minorities. How about a little gratefulness for a change?

Don't Politicize Sports and Entertainment

L. Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, CNS News

Sports leagues like the NFL and liberal sports networks like ESPN have been completely at odds with what their viewers want, and their ratings reflect it. Perhaps they could stare at these poll results and heed this warning before they lose a large chunk of Americans for good.

If ESPN Continues to Pick Sides, So Will Fans

Tony Perkins, CNS News

New network president James Pitaro said "there is going to continue to be an intersection between sports and politics, and we’re going to continue to cover that. We’re going to cover it fairly and honestly. But we are focused on serving the sports fan.” The NBA and NCAA had a taste of that pain in ticket sales when it pulled out of states with common-sense privacy laws. If ESPN continues to pick sides, you can rest assured – so will fans.

Why liberals root against America

Stephen Moore, Washington Times

It’s one thing to root against Mr. Trump and his policies and tweets when you’re in the opposition party. But in watching their behavior and listening to their whining, it is hard not to believe that to bring Mr. Trump down, they are rooting against American workers, our safety, security and general prosperity. Many on the left are suffering from a severe case of anti-Trump derangement syndrome. ATDS sufferers crave bad news. In a bright sunny economic sky, they point to the single cloud. This is why Nancy Pelosi could only sniff that the bonuses workers are getting from the tax cut are “crumbs.”

Number of Married Couples With Kids Hit 56-Year Low

Terence P. Jeffrey, CNS News

According to the national exit poll for the 2016 election, married voters picked Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton 52 percent to 44 percent. Unmarried voters picked Clinton over Trump 55 percent to 37 percent. If you were seeking to advance the causes that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton advanced in this country, you would hope that the trends that are moving people away from lifelong marriage and responsible parenthood would continue.

Voting Booths and Stables

William Murchison, The American Spectator

Politics matters — up to a point. The transformational aspects of the Christian gospel — lions lying down with lambs, and such like, and the quest for “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness,” as commended by St. Paul — appear to deserve more recognition than congressional majorities and the alignment of voter blocs. Of course, when you say as much you’re talking to human beings; and we know what’s wrong with human beings, don’t we?

From Carson to Kimmel: the collapse of the late-night empire

Rich Lowry, New York Post

Johnny Carson once said, “I would love to have taken on Billy Graham. But I’m on TV five nights a week; I have nothing to gain by it and everything to lose.” Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel, competing for the crown in a much-diminished late-night kingdom, beg to differ, and unfortunately, they’re right.

Why Sports and Politics Don't Mix

Stephen Moore, Investor's Business Daily

If Sports Illustrated, ESPN and NFL linebackers want to protest what an unjust and sexist society America is, they have every right to go to the public square and express themselves until the cows come home. All we can do as fans is exercise our freedom to turn them off -- as millions of Americans are doing. After 40 years, I finally canceled my subscription to Sports Illustrated.

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By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
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Could October 12 Decide The Future Of The Conservative Movement?

By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
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Shut up, Jimmy Kimmel, you elitist creep

Charles Hurt, Washington Times

After his slobbering wet kiss to federal bureaucracy, Mr. Kimmel then went squealing on about Obamacare and how insurance companies, the government and your neighbors should all be forced to pay for everybody else’s health care. (Easy thing to say for a gazillionaire from Hollywood.) I mean, really, Jimmy, does your newborn child not mean more to you than petty politics? How do you look at the miracle of your child and think — partisan politics!

It’s Time for Pastors to Be Bold or Go Home

Bill Blankschaen, The Resurgent

It’s time for pastors to be bold or go home. The times require it of them. But pastors and church leaders of all denominations and backgrounds need to make a choice: To engage the culture or wait until they are no longer free to do so.