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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

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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.



To Win or To Destroy?

Saturday, May 23, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

The results remain outstanding, but as I write it looks like Ireland is going to approve same sex marriage in a national referendum.  Responding to the polling and early returns, a columnist in The Telegraph had this to say:

Never mind that both stories crumbled under scrutiny – the popularity of them spoke to a growing sense that everything wrong with Ireland was due to the imported tyranny of Catholicism. Shake off the last remnants of traditional religious authority, it was reasoned, and Ireland could finally join the 21st century. Au revoir, Father Ted.

To emphasise, the Yes vote was undoubtedly a reflection of growing tolerance towards gays and lesbians. But it was also a politically trendy, media backed, well financed howl of rage against Catholicism. How the Church survives this turn, is not clear. It’ll require a lot of hard work and prayers. [emphasis added]

The most recent issue of Imprimus features NR writer Davids French on the Indiana aftermath:

First, the battle is not between gay rights and religious liberty—although religious liberty is certainly at stake—but between the sexual revolution and Christianity itself. This means that Christians are faced not with allegedly “minor” or “insignificant” theological changes to gain leftist acceptance, but with wholesale changes to the historical doctrines of the church.

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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry On NSA, Benghazi, Hillary’s Emails And ExIm

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry joined me today to discuss a wide range of 2016 issues:




HH: So pleased to begin this hour with Governor Rick Perry, four term governor of Texas. Governor Perry, welcome back, always a pleasure.

RP: Good to be with you, sir, how are you?

HH: I’m terrific. As we speak, Senator Paul has launched a filibuster in the United States Senate, and last Friday on this show, former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell says he wants Section 215 of the Patriot Act renewed. And obviously, Senator Paul doesn’t. What does Rick Perry think?

RP: Well, number one, I’m glad that Senator Paul’s in the United States Senate. Debate, transparency, really good things. I think it’s good to have people like Rand Paul in the United States Senate out there pointing out from time to time when things might be getting a little bit off track. I’m not saying this is. But it’s good to have a voice, a contrarian from time to time that’s thoughtfully, intellectually engaging in a process like that. Now from my perspective as an individual who’s been the commander-in-chief, if you will, of the Texas military forces and our National Guard for the last 14 years until January, having worn the uniform of this country, seeing what’s going on in this country and in the world over the last decade, it is very, very important for us to be able to have a technological advantage, and use every advantage that we have to be able to identify these people that would come into our country or would put our allies in jeopardy. And so I happen to think that the Patriot Act, again, we’ve been a country that always balanced our civil liberties against protecting our citizens. And that’s what this debate is about. But I will always, I will always err on the side of defending our citizens’ safety, but again being very mindful that our civil liberties don’t need to be trampled on. And if there are agencies or people that are abusing that, they need to be held accountable, and use every bit of the power of this country to punish anyone who is using the Patriot Act in a way that is not appropriate. And when I talk about appropriate, we all, I think, understand what I’m talking about here. Continue Reading

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