Hillary sure looks like a weak candidate. There are a few Democrats who may challenge her, but none of these will attack her for being too liberal or for being corrupt. Instead we hear the weary refrains of Democrats needing to get tougher on Wall Street, to redistribute wealth, and so on. It is as if the only two divisions in the Democrat Party are the left and the radical left.
Yet Gallup reports that only 44% of Democrats describe themselves as “liberal,” while 19% of Democrats call themselves “conservative” and 36% of Democrats call themselves “moderate.” Outside the Democratic Party, the left is even weaker. Only 21% of independents call themselves “liberal,” compared to 36% of independents who call themselves “moderate” and 33% of independents who call themselves “conservative.”
Hillary and her potential and actual rivals for the Democrat nomination from the left are out of step with ordinary Democrats. … Continue Reading
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz made a campaign stop in Beaumont, Texas, where he was asked repeated questions by KBMT-TV’s Kevin Steele about the issue of gay marriage. Cruz finally turned the table and owned Steele on this issue.
Cruz doesn’t shrink back like so many establishment Republicans do! God bless him for speaking truth in love.… Continue Reading
Politico says that Scott Walker is having a “crisis of faith” because social conservatives are questioning his bona fides. Showing their ignorance of what “social conservatism” actually is, they quoted a lot of evangelicals and mentioned over and over how it was surprising he would have this problem given that he mentions God a lot. You know, because that’s the criteria. Hold your hand up, say God led you, and the social conservatives will stop drooling on the floor long enough to scream “UNDER GOD!” defiantly when reciting the pledge of allegiance.
That Walker is under pressure to prove his social conservative bona fides is perhaps surprising. He’s worn his faith proudly as he crisscrosses the country, even suggesting that his ultimate decision on whether to seek the presidency is in God’s hands.
I think Hillary Clinton has learned (or believes she has learned) a great deal from Barack Obama over the years, though none of it has to do with statesmanship. It has to do with how a presidential candidate positions herself with the electorate.
From all indications and a recentWashington Postarticle on the subject, Hillary’s strategy is to emulate Obama’s appeal to his leftist base and his arrogant disrespect for any constitutional limitations on his authority.
Hillary is covering all the bases of the Democratic base — gays, blacks, Hispanics, women, teachers unions. She has announced her undying fealty to same-sex marriage. There is no evolving for her. It’s as if she (or her husband) never felt or said otherwise. She has come down hard on incarceration policies.… Continue Reading
The head of the Civic Federation — a largely Chicagoland business group — on Monday gave a panel of Illinois state senators some hard advice:
Illinois has to control its spending and pay its debts, and it must do so for several years.
Laurence Msall, the federation’s president, reviewed some of the group’s recommendations for a state budget for fiscal year 2016, which begins July 1.
The overall message: Cut spending and raise revenue. Commit to a plan of at least five years and stick with it.
Illinois is going into the coming fiscal year with an estimated $6.2 billion deficit, its pension obligations underfunded by about $110 billion, and with a stack of past due bills about $3 billion high.
Msall said no single tax rate nor any single change to business law would mean as much to companies considering investment in Illinois as much as putting the brakes on annual crisis and always changing taxation.… Continue Reading
Another day, another notch in the “Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned” belt that is squeezing the life out of conservatives: Mark Kirk has hocked another loogie in the spittle-splashed faces of conservatives who held their noses and helped elect him. He, along with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), has introduced a resolution to remove the ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment, which has long since passed.
This comes on the heels of his shameless pandering to homosexual activists at a marriage-deconstruction rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court a few weeks ago.
When Mark Kirk first ran for the U.S. Senate, I advocated voting for the Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias. My argument was that Kirk would not only vote against conservative principles on the misnamed “social issues,” but he would also pollute the party.… Continue Reading
Mike Huckabee’s official entrance into the Republican race for president this week underscores the importance of a particular segment of the Republican population — highly religious Protestant voters. Often called evangelicals, this segment is clearly the key target for Huckabee’s campaign. Huckabee attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, is a former Baptist minister, and as was the case in 2008, he clearly perceives this religious background to be a particular strength. Huckabee is not the only one vying for the affection of the highly religious Protestant segment, of course. Ted Cruz made his announcement in front of the student body at the evangelical Liberty University in Virginia. Jeb Bush made his own trek to Liberty University as the commencement speaker on May 9. Potential presidential candidate Scott Walker has been emphasizing his religious upbringing in Plainfield, Iowa, as the son of a Baptist preacher.… Continue Reading
Carly Fiorina, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has stated that if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down state-level gay marriage bans, she “wouldn’t support an amendment to reverse” their decision.
Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who announced her candidacy earlier this month, spoke with the blog Caffeinated Thoughts last week and was asked: if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down state laws banning gay marriage would she support a hypothetical amendment overturning the decision.
“I think the Supreme Court ruling will become the law of the land, and however much I may agree or disagree with it, I wouldn’t support an amendment to reverse it,” said Fiorina.
“I very much hope that we would come to a place now in this nation where we can support their decision, and at the same time support people to have, to hold religious views and to protect their right to exercise those views.”
Regarding businesses owners who’ve been legally punished for refusing service to gay weddings, Fiorina stated that there is a “need to protect religious liberty in this country.”
“I think this is a nation that should be able to accept that government shouldn’t discriminate on how it provides benefits and that people have a right to their religious views and those views need to be protected,” continued Fiorina.… Continue Reading
As a kid I remember the expectation that growing up would eventually put me in the world of adults — where childish thinking among my contemporaries would be a thing of the past. It didn’t take me long after turning 18 to realize how wrong that assumption was. Today it’s worse, as more people than ever need to be told to act (and think in line with) their age rather than their shoe size.
Our society is incredibly sophisticated when it comes to technology, and equally as immature in its thinking about sex. In part, maturity can be defined by simple decorum: no one wants to know about how and with whom you engage in sex. Keep your private life private.
Let us start with the basics: there are things in the life of a human being that are immutable — and thus they are legitimate for identity purposes.… Continue Reading