If you are a political analyst like my colleagues and myself you knew firsthand what Obama was going to do to the nation even before Election Day approached. However, even the most right wing pundit was surprised when it began to come out that during his White House term, Obama wasn’t just controlling corporations but also elections. Read more
By George F. Will
Given Elena Kagan’s aversion to “vapid and hollow” confirmation hearings devoid of “legal analysis,” beginning Monday she might relish answering these questions:
– It would be naughty to ask you about litigation heading for the Supreme Court concerning this: Does Congress have the right, under its enumerated power to regulate interstate commerce, to punish the inactivity of not purchasing health insurance? So, instead answer this harmless hypothetical: If Congress decides that interstate commerce is substantially affected by the costs of obesity, may Congress require obese people to purchase participation in programs such as Weight Watchers? If not, why not?
– The government having decided that Chrysler’s survival is an urgent national necessity, could it decide that “Cash for Clunkers” is too indirect a subsidy and instead mandate that people buy Chrysler products?
– If Congress concludes that ignorance has a substantial impact on interstate commerce, can it constitutionally require students to do three hours of homework nightly? If not, why not?
– Can you name a human endeavor that Congress cannot regulate on the pretense that the endeavor affects interstate commerce? If courts reflexively defer to that congressional pretense, in what sense do we have limited government? Read more
By Chuck Norris
Last week, I discussed a series of evidences regarding how President Barack Obama is leading the White House pack in distancing his administration from the Boy Scouts of America.
As I pointed out, the White House has delayed Eagle Scout certificate signings, denied the invitation to go to the Boy Scouts of America’s 100th anniversary gala, downplayed Obama’s acceptance of BSA’s honorary presidency, dodged official communications about the BSA, not defended the BSA against cultural attacks, and diminished Obama’s all-around role as BSA’s honorary president.
And to boot, Obama’s administration has followed suit, collectively believing as progressives that the BSA is behind the times or too traditional and conservative.
For example, just a week after Obama denied the invitation to attend the BSA’s gala in his own backyard (Washington, D.C.), on Feb. 12 White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was forced to discuss the Boy Scouts. But even then, as you’ll see, Gibbs dodged questions about White House sentiment regarding the BSA. Read more
The ever-feisty, always irrepressible Rev. Jeremiah Wright is back in the news. Yessiree, President Obama’s long-time spiritual guru is once again regaling audiences with his unique blend of fire-and-brimestone and racial invective.
During a seminar held in Chicago last week, Wright broke into his well-honed rap routine, claiming, “White folk done took this country.” And “You’re in their home, and they’re gonna let you know it.” Wright then accused whites of designing schools to mis-educate blacks “not by benign neglect but by malignant intent.” Read more
By Thomas Sowell
Now that the Supreme Court of the United States has decided that the Second Amendment to the Constitution means that individual Americans have a right to bear arms, what can we expect?
Those who have no confidence in ordinary Americans may expect a bloodbath, as the benighted masses start shooting each other, now that they can no longer be denied guns by their betters. People who think we shouldn’t be allowed to make our own medical decisions, or decisions about which schools our children attend, certainly are not likely to be happy with the idea that we can make our own decisions about how to defend ourselves.
When you stop and think about it, there is no obvious reason why issues like gun control should be ideological issues in the first place. It is ultimately an empirical question whether allowing ordinary citizens to have firearms will increase or decrease the amount of violence. Read more
By Debra Saunders
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR5175, also known as the Disclose Act, by a 219-206 vote. “Disclose,” you see, is an acronym for “Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections.”
The measure’s author, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., also happens to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — so you know that the bill has nothing to do with helping Democrats retain their seats. (Just kidding.)
Two Republicans voted for the measure; 36 Democrats voted against it. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it deserves to molder. This bill may have passed largely unnoticed, but if the Senate passes HR5175 as is, with its provision to activate the law in 30 days — conveniently in time for November’s midterm elections but before the Federal Election Commission would have a chance to draft careful rules — voters should see this as a blatant attempt to rig the system. Read more
It seems obvious that many Blacks who belong to the Democrat party have forgotten recent history. Unfortunately, Black History Month seems to leave the wrong impression that Democrats have provided Blacks with the most benefits. It’s likely 90% of Blacks will not vote Republican.
Most know that it was a Republican president that inaugurated the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Amendments that benefited Blacks the most–the 13th, 14th, and 15th. All were pushed through with a majority Republican Congress. Charles Sumner, a distinguished abolitionist and Republican, was distinctly against Democrats who said “If you were for the [Civil] war, you are against the union.” [Old Guard Journal]
Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson’s biographer Robert Caro stated: Prior to 1957 LBJ “had never supported civil rights legislation”. His appointment of Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court was praised, but Wynton Hall (Hoover Institute/Stanford) corrected the story: presidential historian Robert Dallek recounts, LBJ explained his decision to a staff member by saying “Son, when I want to appoint a n—-r to the court, I want everybody to know he’s a n—-r.”
LBJ allowed the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but had to get it passed through opposing Democrats. Democrats, including Senator Robert Byrd,…
By Michael Barone
Democrats are reportedly planning to raise $125 million for a campaign to sell Obamacare to the voting public. Apparently, the idea is that what 50-plus presidential speeches and statements and months of congressional debate could not do can be done by $125 million spent on everything from TV ads to community organizers.
Maybe. But there seems to be a more fundamental problem here. The Obama Democrats didn’t set out to produce an unpopular stimulus package, an unpopular health care bill and an unpopular cap-and-trade scheme.
They thought these initiatives would be popular. In their view, history is a story of progress from small government to big government, and as historians of the New Deal wrote, that progress is especially welcome in times of economic distress.
The massive unpopularity of the Obama Democrats’ programs suggests that view of history is defective. Let me propose another, starting with the Founding Fathers. Read more
More people than you know are currently driving down the road after a few tokes of marijuana. Some are even driving heavy equipment. Some may be even flying planes. Current thought is that if no harm is done to anyone else, there’s absolutely no problem with a few tokes before your daily routine. Right…
Cutting to the chase, many relate cannabis use to driving under the influence of alcohol. With alcohol, one already knows the legal limit. With marijuana, there is no such limit. When blood gets to 0.08% alcohol, all physical effects have been documented. With marijuana, the intoxicating or overdose level is not known.
Many pot users claim they are fine after their daily intake of marijuana smoke. But they’re never sure what level of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is their overdose.
There are more than 1000 types of marijuana, containing more than 400 hazardous chemicals. Cannabis contains approximately 60 different psychoactive chemicals called cannabinoids, of which the most important is THC, the active ingredient in all marijuana. Its mode of action is still not properly understood, even after thousands of years of study.
THC in any cannabis weed can vary enormously. Back in the 80’s, 2-3% was expected. With THC seized in 2006,…
President Obama has recently been criticized by those on the right and on the left for not showing enough passion in his efforts to combat the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Oh, boy! Give me a break! I don’t give a flying flip about how much emotion he shows.
I’m concerned about competence. I want Obama, BP officials, and all the others involved in the situation to find a solution as soon as possible and then get the darn thing cleaned up. What difference does emotion make in situations like this, anyway? Actually, I would rather have someone remain cold and calculating when trying to resolve a difficult problem. Read more