by Dan Riehl:
Mitt Romney’s father, liberal Republican George Romney, met with and endorsed infamous progressive activist Saul Alinsky; meanwhile, in a defense of Mitt Romney against charges of racism, the National Black Chamber of Commerce points out the significant influence the elder Romney had on son Mitt and credits the Romneys for a long history of progressive activism. Emphasis mine.
No, Mitt Romney is not a racist. As I researched history, over the years I have come to find that the opposite is the case. The Romney Family has a legacy of pro-civil rights, progressive activism and an understanding of how poverty and inequality can hurt people.
This portrait would jibe with Mitt Romney’s image as a progressive Governor of Massachusetts, while suggesting any serious conversion to conservatism would not only entail a change in viewpoint but a rejection of Mitt’s Father, George — someone he has regularly mentioned as a major influence while campaigning. Taken as a whole, the new information could serve to fuel existing significant doubt amongst an already skeptical conservative base that Romney’s already vague conversion to conservatism is more one of electoral convenience than a principled decision.
It’s good that the Romneys were pro-civil rights but progressive activism is potentially worrisome depending on what is meant by the term. Poverty is solved by enterprise and equality of opportunity. Today there are laws to protect the rights of minorities. Government programs are not the solution to today’s problems but rather they are part of the cause of today’s problems and buying votes by promising to extend programs and expand bureaucracy is not only counterproductive but actually robs industrious citizens of the incentive to work or start their own businesses and thereby grow the economy.
By Craig Bannister:
Last night, Pres. Obama reaffirmed his determination to protect our country’s children from the dangers of mercury, despite his vigorous defense of a mandate that all Americans put more of it into their homes.
“I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury poisoning,” Obama promised in last night’s State Of The Union address.
But, Pres. Obama, apparently, isn’t concerned with the health risk he’s subjecting Americans to by requiring them to put mercury light bulbs in their homes – a risk his own EPA even warns about on its Web site.
By Matt Patterson, The Washington Times:
Nearly eight decades after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law in 1935, the program remains the most popular ever instituted by the U.S. government. Just last year, 79 percent of respondents to a CNN/ORC poll rated Social Security “good for the country.” In the same survey, an astonishing 73 percent agreed that “Social Security is something that the U.S. Constitution allows the federal government to do.”
Support for the program is both deep and broad, cutting across the political spectrum. In a November 2011 survey of self-identified Tea Party supporters (many of whom doubtless railed fervently against Obamacare), 34 percent opposed cuts to Social Security. Among Republicans generally, 49 percent see Social Security as sacrosanct, a fact that George W. Bush learned the hard way during his brief, failed attempt to reform the program in his second term.
This is sad because Social Security is every bit as offensive to liberty and fiscal sanity as Obamacare.
by Anna Mahjar-Barducci:
Russia has vowed to block any military intervention in Syria. The last warning came from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who, during a press conference in Moscow, repeated that Russia will veto any attempt to obtain UN approval for deploying military measures against Syria. He added that, “If some people intend to use force at any cost… they must do it on their own initiative and confronting themselves with their own conscience. But they will never obtain the authorization of the UN Security Council.”
Of course, as it is fully expected that if Syrian President Bashar Assad is overthrown, the Muslim Brotherhood will take over Syria, Russia’s determination to protect him should probably be welcomed.
by Claudia Rosett:
“The tide of war is receding,” or so President Obama keeps saying. He said it on June 22, 2011, talking about Afghanistan. He said it on Sept. 21, 2011, in his address to the annual opening of the UN General Assembly. He said it on Nov. 11, 2011, at Arlington Cemetery. He said it on Jan. 5, 2012, while announcing cuts in the U.S. military.
And on Tuesday night, in his State of the Union address, there it was again. Though this time Obama presented it less as an announcement than as the established context for his further remarks: “As the tide of war recedes… .”
If saying could make it so, this would all be a marvelous exercise. But there’s a dangerous muddle here, in which the gutting of U.S. defense and the withdrawal of U.S. troops from overseas theaters are confused with an end to war. If the metaphor here is to be one of ocean tides, then the extension of the metaphor is that we are being invited to spread out our well-padded entitlement programs and picnic on the beach — oblivious to the signs that the water is coming back.
by Jonathon M. Seidl:
There have been a lot of clips circulating since the president delivered his State of the Union speech last night. But one clip in particular really set Glenn Beck off Wednesday morning. And it had to do with Obama announcing something he wants to do with executive power.
By Janet Levy
While pundits at opposite ends of the political spectrum seldom agree, many seem to have reached accord over recent Obama administration deviations from constitutional principles. The conclusion on both sides: the United States is moving precariously away from its origins as a constitutional republic and toward repressive government control of many aspects of life.
Yet, since Obama assumed the presidency in 2009, he has sought and/or instituted policies that consolidate power at the federal level, restrict the availability of information, extend the boundaries of protected speech, expand monitoring of American society and increase law enforcement’s role. Just as policies that place limitations on government oversight advance the cause of freedom, the opposite is true: policies that expand the role of government stifle liberty and invite repression. A sampling of some proposed and/or established policies of the Obama administration indicates a troubling move toward a more restrictive, autocratic government.
by David Yeagley :
After a life of self-contradiction, has Robert Redford, at 75, become an impossible thinker? He has always condemned America, and yet made movies that epitomize and aggrandize American stereotypes. What are the effects of a long-lived double life?
Redford opened the 2012 Sundance Festival with a speech reeking rancor and self-righteousness. He faithfully condemned Republicans, Mitt Romney, and the United States. He lauded the Third World and its European leaders. It’s classic Redford—malcontent, contumacious, and ever anti-American. It is religion to him.
His recent “encyclical” of individualism, first published in the liberals’ Huffington Post, was picked up by the Third World papers immediately. From the ArabTimes to the IrishCentral, the havens of American envy resounded Redford’s perpetual discontent.
by Giulio Meotti:
Salman Rushdie, the author of “The Satanic Verses”, was quietly deleted from India’s Jaipur Literature Festival after the protests of the Darul Uloom Deoband seminary – one of Islam’s most powerful bodies.
Rushdie went into hiding after the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Iranian Shia leader, issued a fatwa calling for his death.
Rushdie’s saga is now, in many parts of the Islamic world, associated with a “Zionist plot” and the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, a short book concocted by the czarist police and presented as minutes of a secret meeting where Jews plotted world domination.
By Boston Herald:
State of the Union addresses are inherently political. But there is something a bit unseemly about seeing the president exploit the raw insecurity many Americans feel about their finances, for election-year advantage. This White House rarely hesitates to go there and President Barack Obama did so again last night.
It was less an assessment of the state of our union than it was a campaign kickoff — sandwiched, not coincidentally, between a weekend of glitzy fundraisers and a road trip to five states key to the November election.
The reliable villains — Republicans who obstruct his agenda, those monocled millionaires and billionaires with the gall to build businesses and pay the bulk of the nation’s taxes, even oil companies — all played foil.
Envy politics. Marxist revolutionaries always play the envy and exploitation card.
By Michael Hirsh:
The White House and Obama’s Chicago-based campaign staff is preparing to cast him as the most impressive Democratic president on national security in decades, perhaps since John F. Kennedy.
The daring nighttime rescue of two hostages in Somalia, including one American, by Navy SEALS—so reminiscent of other recent SEAL operations, especially the takedown of Osama bin Laden last May– is far more than a successful military mission. It is also a preview of a key part of the administration’s re-election strategy, especially with the release of this statement early Wednesday from President Obama: “This is yet another message to the world that the United States of America will stand strongly against any threats to our people.”
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By JPOST.COM STAFF:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that the world has not really learned and internalized the lessons of the Holocaust. “Ask the Cambodians, ask the Rwandans, ask the Sudanese,” he said. adding that there is an ongoing massacre occurring in Syria by the Assad regime against protesters.
Speaking at the Knesset just days before International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27), Netanyahu reasoned that the Jewish people must not put their fate in the hands of the international community.
Posing a rhetorical question, Netanyahu asked “how does the world react to the calls for genocide against the Jews today?”
“Seventy years after the shoa, Iran is calling for us to be wiped off the map, Hezbollah is calling for our extinction, as are many in Hamas… The Jerusalem Mufti [Sheikh Muhammad Hussein] called on Sunday for Jews to be killed wherever they are…echoing his predecessor Haj Amin Al Husseini, who actively helped Hitler and Eichman,” he said.
“I do not hear the international community condemning this. I hear them condemning buildings in the West Bank. But I don’t hear them condemning this incitement,” said Netanyahu.