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Understanding Problems and Solutions

Wednesday, May 27, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Dennis Prager begins a series on understanding the differences between Left and Right in National Review:

Material poverty doesn’t cause murder, rape, or terror. Moral poverty does. That’s one of the great divides between Left and Right. And it largely emanates from their differing views about whether human nature is innately good.

I read that and I was stunned because the viewpoint not only affects how we understand the problem, but also how we try to solve it.  My thoughts were steered in part by this article from London:

But it’s hard not to notice that recent Second World War anniversaries have been rather low-key affairs, with an emphasis on grief and remembrance.

Maybe nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. The 50th anniversary of V-E Day, when I was 13 years old, was an unashamed celebration of the triumph of good over evil. There was a street party, Union Jack bunting, jelly and ice cream. We sang war songs full of blue birds, white cliffs and Lucifer matches. Of course, many people did similar things to mark the occasion in 2015. But 1995 was bigger and more loudly patriotic.

The author discusses how moral relativism has affected the modern view of the war, and he is right – but it goes even deeper.  We do not want to face the evil that was Nazi Germany, an evil that it is worth celebrating victory over, because it will force us to acknowledge the bad in ourselves and once we do that so much around us will come crashing in. Continue Reading

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GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy On USA Freedom Act

Tuesday, May 26, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy joined me to open the show to discuss whether the Patriot Act would lapse:




HH: We begin today’s program with a special shout-out to our special friends listening on AM1070, KNTH in Houston, and to our friends at KLUP, AM930 in San Antonio, basically underwater in both places, 11 inches of rain in Houston, 30 people are missing. I’ll keep you posted on that disaster. Governor Greg Abbott all over Twitter bringing us updates, but it’s really horrific. I begin today’s show with the Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, the Honorable Kevin McCarthy. Mr. Leader, welcome, it’s always a pleasure to have you on.

KM: Hugh, thanks for having me, and I do want to put our prayers out to those being flooded throughout Oklahoma and Texas. It’s devastating, the stories you’re hearing out there.

HH: Yeah, 11 inches of rain. We could use it in your Central Valley…

KM: Yeah.

HH: But it’s just too much at one time in Texas. Kevin McCarthy, that’s a natural, manmade disaster. I’m worried about terrorist-made disasters and whether or not this country’s going to be covered come next week. And where are we on the Patriot Act? What is the option open to Congress, because I can’t believe we’re going to go back to a 9/10 world and leave ourselves vulnerable.

KM: I do not believe we’re going to get there. And just so your listeners know, now the House has passed what is the USA Freedom Act, because it’s updated it. It made some changes and corrections to it. And that passed with 338 votes, early, sending it over to the Senate. But unfortunately, they went to cloture, and they were three votes short. It was 57-42. You know, in the Senate, it takes 60 to pass anything. Now they come back on May 31st. I’m pretty confident that they’re going to find three votes and pass that USA Freedom Act. Continue Reading

How We Think About Things

Monday, May 25, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Hugh interviewed the author, and I have mentioned the book several times, “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.” Then, just this morning, this headline appeared in the Telegraph, “Social mobility has come to a halt.”  The book discusses class differentiation in America and the article discusses how Cameron will govern Britain with his new majority.  Both are from the left and when mulling them in my mind something extraordinary struck me.

Being from the left, both offer typical lefty solutions that have failed, but both are very correct that the middle class is disappearing and social mobility is on the decline.  When I first encountered the Putnam book, I wrote about moral relativism and its effects.  But the starkness of the Telegraph headline brought something else into focus.  When you focus almost exclusively, as the left does, on demographics and presume, as the left does, that demographics are destiny then in fact you end up pretty much right where we are. Continue Reading

Calling Tom Steyer, Or Anyone Not Named “Hillary”

Sunday, May 24, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My Monday Washington Examiner column asks whether within the entire Democratic Party there is anyone willing to step up to run against Hillary Clinton, an individual whose reckless disregard for the national security as evidenced by her private server makes her manifestly disqualified from the job of Commander-in-Chief.  Not one man or woman in uniform would see their career’s survive such a terrible exercise in judgment. (Recall that every one of her emails –the ones that still exist and those that have been erased– are almost certainly in the hands of foreign intelligence agencies –in their “unredacted” form.)

Powerline’s John Hinderaker has begun the process of sifting through the various releases, and his very well-trained litigator’s eye will find the most important details, but the big reality of the story is already obvious: Hillary’s judgment is so flawed she ought not to be anywhere near the chain of command, much less on top of it.



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