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What’s About To Happen? “The Fourth Way” Tells You

Monday, January 16, 2017  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

A lot of change –a lot– is coming.  Very, very quickly.  What will it look like?  What should it look like?  Read The Fourth Way: The Conservative Playbook for a Lasting GOP Majority.


Fmr. U.S. War Crimes Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper On Why Rex Tillerson Should And Will Be Confirmed

Monday, January 16, 2017  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper was America’s ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues from 2001 to 2005, as well as a prosecutor at the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  He joined me Monday morning to talk about the upcoming Committee and Senate votes on Rex Tillerson for SecState:




HH: I begin with a gentleman far across the [world]. Ambassador Pierre-Richard Prosper is an old law partner of mine. He was, for many years, the United States Ambassador for War Crimes. He was a war crimes prosecutor as well at the United Nations. He is now a lawyer at Arent-Fox and a good friend. Ambassador Prosper, welcome, good to have you up. What time is it, I think you’re in Singapore, aren’t you, or Hong Kong?

PRP: Yeah, no, good morning. I’m in Singapore. It’s a little after 7pm here.

HH: Well, thank you for spending, staying up a little bit later for us tonight and taking some time after a long day at work. I read your Washington Post op-ed and thought I want to talk to Ambassador Prosper about this. I’ll also send you a copy of The Fourth Way as a complimentary parting gift for staying up late.

PRP: Perfect.

HH: Mr. Ambassador, first of all, you’re a proud graduate of Pepperdine. Ron Phillips will be very happy that I’m talking to you this morning, Dean Ron Phillips from Pepperdine Law School. How did you end up going from Pepperdine Law School to being United States Ambassador for War Crimes?

PRP: Well, you know, it wasn’t a route that was planned. I started off as a deputy D.A. in Los Angeles in the hard-core gang unit. Then, I went and became an assistant U.S. Attorney out of Los Angeles. And in the mid ’90s, I was tapped to be the U.S. prosecutor assigned to the Rwanda, the U.N. Rwanda tribunal. And after prosecuting the first case of genocide in history, I came back and started to work in Washington as a foreign policy adviser in the State Department first to Madeleine Albright, and then when President Bush came in, he decided to elevate me to the role of Ambassador-at-large. Continue Reading

Three Great New “God” Movies: A Few Kind Words For Hollywood

Sunday, January 15, 2017  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Faith persecuted. Faith perverted. Faith triumphant.

Unheralded as a “moment,” the simultaneous box office and critical success of The Silence, Patriots Day and Hidden Figures should stand out to people who have longed wished for Hollywood to take religion seriously.

The Silence telegraphs its focus, and is perhaps most impactful for Catholics aware of the tremendous sacrifices of the missionary orders and the fierce commitment they made to Matthew 28: 16-20. Actor Andrew Garfield has spoken extensively of the spiritual journey the making of the movie occasioned for him, and in so doing makes the impact of the movie extend far beyond its theatrical run.

The perversion of Islam lived out by Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev fueled the terrorist attack, murders and mayhem of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and there is nothing of love and community in their violence. Patriots Day, with a particular sequence of scenes where Mark Wahlberg unburdens himself of grief and trauma as well as of resolve and hope, contrast the essence of true faith with the brothers’ perversion.

And the black church in segregated Virginia –with its community and prayerful support and courage– is the backdrop for the triumphant story of three “hidden” American heroes of the space program.

Authentic, God-centered faith inspires courage and community.  Perverted faith yields violence and hatred.  Whatever one’s doctrines, if all of Hollywood’s film’s held on to that one truth –genuine faith appears in love, courage and kindness, never in violence and hatred– it would be a huge and welcome revolution in what we consider to be “God” movies, and in doing so it does not have to answer the question of which is the “true” faith.  Whatever we discover the “true faith” to have been on the other side of the mortal coil, it will have nothing to do with violence and hatred.

A good season for Hollywood.  “Find the good and praise it” Alex Haley has inscribed on his tombstone.  So a few kind words for Hollywood right now.

Note: After many years, I have left the masthead of The Washington Examiner.  My final column for the website was about my new book The Fourth Way: The Conservative Playbook for a Lasting Republican Majority.  That column is here.  The collection of columns is here, extending back most of a very eventful decade, beginning in the second month of President Obama’s presidency and concluding a week before its end.  Thanks to my friends at the Examiner for patience over the year with pressed deadlines.  I liked to write on Saturday or Sunday morning for Sunday publication.  All of my fine editors were generous in this regard.

I will announce a new editorial affiliation in a few weeks, but until then will post my weekend musings here.  Usually late in the day Saturday.  Sometimes Sunday.  But rarely will I miss a deadline.  Meanwhile, the new book drops in a week. I appreciate those of you have pre-ordered it.  Thank you.  For those of you waiting for the audio version, I recorded it myself and thus I have some “pick-uips” –audio corrections of mispronunciations which –though it seems odd since I wrote it won’t surprise my radio audience in the least– to do for the audio book but laryngitis has kept that from happening.  I pray I get that done before pub date on 1/24.

A question: Is there a word for the sort of “audio dyslexia” I seem to have always had?  Once I pick up a mispronunciation and am corrected on it, I can never recall which is the actual, correct pronunciation and thus waver, invariably mispronouncing the name or place or word a few different ways, even in the course of a single sentence  (Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput and Rajiv Chandrasekaran have been the longest suffering, generous folks when it comes to this audio tick.)  I can’t be the only person who is paralyzed by this internal debate on pronunciation in my head?)

Ceremony Matters

Sunday, January 15, 2017  |  posted by John Schroeder

We are now less than a week away from another presidential inauguration.  That’s a pretty big deal.  There have been quite a few of them in my life – a life that began with Dwight Eisenhower in the office – but not so many that they are commonplace.  Best as I can tell there are only four other countries that inaugurate presidents.  Most other democracies are parliamentary, and most of those descended from monarchies, so they still have coronations.  Big difference between a coronation and inauguration.

An inauguration marks the beginning of something, generally service in an office.  A coronation elevates someone into an office.  There is a big difference between serving in an office and being elevated to one.  As a nation we can have a hard time holding on to that distinction and some of the people that have been inaugurated as POTUS acted more as if they were crowned.  Nonetheless, the distinction between the two ceremonies is a large part of what makes America great and what makes America a Christian nation. Continue Reading

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