Heartbreaking seems like too small of a word to encompass what happened in Newtown, CT, last Friday. I cannot imagine the grief that those families are going through. I don’t know what it would feel like to get that phone call, to wait at that fire station, to experience true chaos. I do know that what happened in Newtown – and in Aurora, and Columbine, and Fort Hood, and the Wisconsin temple, and the Oregon mall – is the result of a massive failure of public policy. The gun debate isn’t new. There are common-sense solutions here – solutions...Read More
Author: Angela Morabito
When we think of al-Qaeda, we picture men in caves in remote areas of the Middle East. Since we’ve been going after them in the Middle East, many al-Qaeda operatives have fled the region for a place where they are less likely to get noticed: the projection room above the auditorium North Africa. “AlQ’s” takeover of Mali was effectively completed with the forced resignation of the Prime Minister. That country (as well as large portions of Mauritania and Algeria) are almost too corrupt to function. And to add insult to injury, the rebel leader received basic officer training in...Read More
The problem with conservatism isn’t our principles – it’s that people confuse a return to those founding principles with a return to the late 1700s social norms that were in place when the founders were alive. Take this essay from Fox News – authored by Suzanne Venker – which argues that women who work are not womanly enough for marriage, no one wants to marry them, and women should leave the workforce so that men can have their jobs back, because men should have jobs, and women should be women, and we should all just get along. She claims, “In...Read More
This ia a big day for America. By the time most of us go to sleep tonight, we will have elected a new president, or maybe an old president. If we’re lucky, we’ll even be able to find out which one it is! All it takes is one state that’s either too close to call or too dumb to count its ballots (Florida, I’m looking at you, don’t you dare try anything funny this time.) But let’s not forget that free and fair elections are not a small accomplishment. This is huge. So, thank the poll workers when you...Read More
Tonight marks the third debate of the 2012 Presidential election. We have watched this game twice already. But only yesterday did we learn the rules. This is a failure of transparency: how do you know who’s playing fair when you don’t know how the game is played? Time magazine’s Mark Halperin published the debate rules formally agreed upon by both the Obama and Romney campaigns. The 21-page document is called a “Memorandum of Understanding.” These memos have been a part of presidential debates for longer than I have been alive. In some years, however, they are not released to...Read More
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