Written by Kate Scanlon
Trust in American institutions varies widely by political ideology, according to a new Gallup poll.
Gallup found that American liberals and conservatives “report markedly different levels of confidence in nearly every key institution” that they measure, a shift they attribute to a significantly different “worldview” embraced by each group.
Conservatives are more likely to trust organized religion, the police and the military. Liberals are more likely to trust the Supreme Court, television news and public schools.
Congress inspires little confidence in the American people, with only 11 percent of conservatives and 9 percent of liberals reporting that they trust the institution.
Gallup asked Americans about the office of the presidency rather than the president himself. Liberals are more likely than conservatives to trust the presidency by 36 percentage points.… Continue Reading
Written by the Washington Examiner Editorial Board
It is rare for news events, even as momentous as the past week’s, to drown out absolute proof that a candidate for president has lied willfully to the public and Congress. Yet precisely such proof has emerged, and it has appeared not only in this newspaper but also in The New York Times (albeit with a headline designed not to draw attention).
Americans learned this spring that Hillary Clinton, in contravention of federal records rules and current law, conducted all her State Department business using a private email address, housed in a server at her home in Westchester County, N.Y.
But not to worry — the former secretary of state swore that she had diligently preserved and passed to the State Department every email she had written in the course of her job.… Continue Reading
Written by Charlie Spiering
Returning to his High School gym, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced his run for president Tuesday on a center stage surrounded by some of his most loyal supporters still proud of their native son.
It’s the moment his longtime supporters were waiting for, but perhaps a smaller event than they would have expected during the peak of the Christie-mania that occurred after winning a resounding re-election in 2013 as a Republican governor in a blue state.
Christie took the stage with his family, who remained on stage during his entire speech. He emphasized his family ties to the Livingston community and his roots in the American dream.
Once a darling of the Republican establishment, Christie is currently polling poorly in the presidential cycle, but he appeared determined to continue his persona of “truth telling” and bi-partisan cooperation as his preferred method of governing.… Continue Reading
Written by Christopher Bedford
Next month, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is going to announce that he’s running for president for some reason.
And while Republicans can probably afford to ignore him until it’s time to consider VPs, Americans should pay attention to Ohio’s governor, and his dangerously wrong lectures on morality, Christianity and the role of government.
Conservatives first took notice when Mr. Kasich decided he was going to accept President Barack Obama’s Medicaid expansion in 2013. But he didn’t just do that. The Republican governor went much further, echoing the left’s shrillest demagogues and threatening that legislators who opposed his plan would have to answer to God for their disobedience.
“I respect the fact that you believe in small government,” Mr. Kasich wound up. “I do too. I also happen to know that you’re a person of faith. … Continue Reading
The head of a conservative public policy organization says he remains uncomfortable with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s commitment to defending pro-family issues if he enters the 2016 GOP race.
Frank Cannon, president of American Principles in Action, says Walker is a proven fighter who was willing to take on a “very tough fight” against public unions in Wisconsin.
But Cannon says there are a number of concerns among conservative voters about Walker’s commitment with regard to social issues.
“Where social issues fit into his list of priorities, and a commercial he ran during his last campaign in which made it clear he wasn’t attacking a woman’s right to choose in anyway,” Cannon recalls.
It was the tone of the remarks, he says, that made social conservatives “a little bit more leery of him.”
Even though he has not officially declared, Walker is holding on to second place behind former Florida governor Jeb Bush in the Real Clear Politics compilation of GOP polls.… Continue Reading
Written by Diane Medved
President Barack Obama was so romantic when commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 ruling that same-sex marriage be permitted nationally. “Love is Love,” he declared, in a puzzling statement of the obvious.
Yes, love is love. But it is not marriage, though the president implied that’s so. Do all people who deeply love each other naturally want to marry?
The nursery rhyme that “love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage” is as outdated as the horse and carriage. Nowadays more Americans are single than married. Many live together; many just hook up. Others cultivate relationships for years but don’t marry.
Love is love. It is a feeling. It can waver and wane and disappear. More marriages based on how spouses feel will mean more divorces, and divorce is inevitably sad, divisive and, when children are involved, becomes difficult, uncomfortable and complicated.… Continue Reading
Written by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
[Last] week, we have twice seen U.S. Supreme Court Justices violating their judicial oaths. Yesterday, the Justices re-wrote Obamacare, yet again, in order to force this failed law on the American people. [Friday], the Court doubled down with a 5-4 opinion that undermines not just the definition of marriage, but the very foundations of our representative form of government.
Both decisions were judicial activism, plain and simple. Both were lawless.
As Justice Scalia put it regarding Obamacare, “Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State.’ . . . We should start calling this law SCOTUSCare.” And as he observed regarding marriage, “Today’s decree says that . . . the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court.”
Sadly, the political reaction from the leaders of my party is all too predictable.
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Written by Andrew Stiles
The 2016 Republican field is young and racially diverse, especially compared to the Democratic side, which is comprised almost exclusively of elderly whites. Liberals find this upsetting, and have vented their anger by questioning the racial authenticity of GOP minority candidates.
Consider the media coverage surrounding Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential announcement. The Washington Post sent reporters to India to visit Jindal’s relatives and write a story about how Jindal “has spent a lifetime distancing himself from his Indian roots.”
Though no longer relevant, the New Republic wrote something about Jindal and the “shame of immigrant self-hatred.”
Jindal, of coruse, was born in Baton Rouge.
Liberals have been launching racially-tinged attacks at Jindal since long before he formally announced his presidential ambitions.
Earlier this year, an MSNBC guest accused Jindal of “trying to scrub some of the brown off his skin.”
Jindal is hardly the only minority GOP candidate to be accused of betraying his race.… Continue Reading
Written by David E. Smith
A poem by Rev. Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858-1901), best known as the author of the hymn “This is My Father’s World,” expresses how I believe Christians must approach the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage.
The words of his poem “Be Strong” are ones that ought to be on every believer’s heart and mind today and in the days to come.
We are not here to play, to dream, to drift;
We have hard work to do, and loads to lift;
Shun not the struggle – face it; ‘tis God’s gift.
Say not, “The days are evil. Who’s to blame?”
And fold the hands and acquiesce – oh shame!
Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God’s name.
Be Strong!… Continue Reading
Now we know who the masters are: the black-robed dictators of the U.S. Supreme Court. And we know who the slaves and the serfs are: you and me.
Written by Bryan Fischer
The judicial tyrants of the U.S. Supreme Court, headed by chief oligarch John Roberts, have abandoned the Constitution, reason, and their oath of office by trashing the plain language of ObamaCare to reach an illogical, irrational, and judicially abominable result.
This 6-3 ruling is a juristic catastrophe. The chief justice justified his ruling by saying the words “established by the state” are “ambiguous.” What is remotely ambiguous about the words “established by the state?”
The only way Roberts could reach this conclusion is by forsaking rationality, logic, and the plain meaning of words. We have now plunged headlong into the linguistic abyss of Alice in Wonderland, where words can mean anything you want them to mean.… Continue Reading