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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

Congressman Mike Pompeo On The Loss Of Ramadi And The Pending Depositions Of Sidney Blumenthal And Huma Abedin

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, a member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, was my guest today.  After we discussed the recent rampages of the Islamic State, our talk turned to the pendinging questioning of Hillary friend/aide/confidant Sidney Blumenthal and Huma Abedin.

The audio:


The transcript:

HH: Right now, I’m joined by Congressman Mike Pompeo, our friend from Kansas’ 4th Congressional district. He is of course a member of the House Intel Committee and a veteran of the long war. Congressman Pompeo, the loss of Ramadi has got to be like a gut punch. This is a replay of a bad movie.

MP: It is. It is all of that. It is devastatingly bad as a tactical matter. The exposure that creates throughout the rest of Iraq is enormous. But as we’ve talked about on the show before, it is a symptom of a failure to develop a strategy that at all pushes back on the threat of ISIS in a material way, and leaves, frankly, the playing field wide open for the Iranians to continue their advance throughout Iraq as well.

HH: Now I am troubled. I saw a piece on the three-level web, Congressman Pompeo – the surface web, the deep web, and the dark web. And apparently, Islamic State is breeding in the dark web. And when you give them a town like Ramadi, you’re giving them monitor and communications facilities. You’re giving them industrial base. You’re given them all sorts of capacities they didn’t have before.

MP: Massive infrastructure, telecommunications infrastructure, industrial infrastructure, we’ve seen articles about the equipment that they fell in on top of. You know, it hasn’t been too long ago that we used that as a major operations center as well. And so it is the case that this is not, as Dempsey had said, an insignificant place. This is not, as others have said, just another step. I think the President’s spokesman said well, you have good days and you have bad days, or something like that. That’s not what this is at all. This was an enormous victory for the Islamists, and one that I have not heard any plan to correct. Continue Reading

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Bruce Josten On The Exim Bank

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

R. Bruce Josten is the Executive Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  he joined me today to discuss the reauthorization of the Exim Bank:




HH: I was giving Rick Perry a hard time about Export-Import Bank. Everybody knows I’m a big supporter of it, and not just because it supports GE and Boeing, neither of whom I represent, and thousands of small businesses across the United States, but because it’s important for our industrial base. It’s important because the field that we vacate will be occupied by the PRC and other of our near-peer competitors. Joining me now is R. Bruce Josten. Bruce is one of the great men of Washington, D.C. He is the executive vice president of the government affairs at the Chamber of Commerce, and he has been taking on the tough battles for decades. Bruce, welcome back to the Hugh Hewitt Show.

BJ: Thank you, Hugh, pleasure to join you today.

HH: All right, lay out the case for Ex-Im. I just boxed a little bit with Governor Perry, who revoked his support after 14 years as governor. I don’t really know where the battle lay right now.

BJ: Okay, well, your audience first needs to understand that on a global basis, there are 59 export financing facilities, meaning there are 58 other countries whose national governments worldwide have export financing facilities to assist their multinational corporations when contract bids are brought. If we eliminate Ex-Im, we in a sense are unilaterally disarming, and then we are putting U.S. companies at a competitive disadvantage, and most especially the ones who sell expensive capital goods. You mentioned Boeing, so that clearly includes aircraft. You mentioned locomotives. That clearly includes GE, and turbines, that’s GE as well. And it puts them at a unique disadvantage, because their foreign competitors, foreign multinationals, will all still enjoy ample financing from their home country export credit facilities. And that financing advantage will easily knock U.S. companies out of the competition. And that is especially true in two areas, one, nuclear power, where any deal globally essentially requires support from an official export credit agency such as the U.S.’ Export-Import Bank, and the U.S. nuclear industry is completely dependent on the exports. There are virtually no new nuclear plants being built in the United States, while they are being built throughout the world. And they’re required on big infrastructure projects. And in this country, everybody on a bipartisan basis, in fact, politically, supports upgrading and modernizing infrastructure, since it’s the platform that your entire economy runs on. And if we get out of providing some credit agency support, again, ex-im kind of financing is required by most companies to even big on huge multibillion dollar overseas infrastructure projects. Continue Reading

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