THE BUSH 43 METHOD
Re: W. James Antle, III.'s John Paul Stevens Republicans:
Picking conservative justices for the Supreme Court seems more like a crap shoot or judicial Russian roulette than a thoughtful process. Trying to discern how a jurist will rule, once appointed for life, is not an easy thing. That is why it is important a nominee be carefully scrutinized before getting the nod. But even that may not be enough. The appointment of John Paul Stevens proves even a center-right jurist can be seduced by the siren song of the left once on the bench for life. "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
The really amazing thing is that Ronald Reagan, a movement conservative, appointed 2 moderate "swing" justices that were reliably unreliable. Of course, considering Reagan's record of securing amnesty and citizenship for millions of illegals, routinely making deals with Democrats in Congress, expanding the Federal bureaucracy (creating the Department of Veteran Affairs and growing the Departments of Education and Energy) and raising Federal taxes 7 times in 8 years, the appointments of O'Connor and Kennedy are not altogether shocking. Had Reagan not thrown away his first appointment on Sandra Day O'Connor, merely to get into the history books as appointing the first woman to the highest court in the land (PC before PC), Robert Bork would now be using his massive intellect to protect the Constitution from liberals and libertarians.
Thankfully, President George W. Bush, unlike his Republican predecessors, understood the importance of the court and appointed two sterling jurists to the Supreme Court (Roberts and Alito). In fact, unlike Reagan or his father, Bush 43 consistently appointed conservatives to the Federal bench. And it should be Bush 43 the next Republican President looks to when appointing judges. He or she should eschew the Reagan-Bush 41 model of bowing to the liberal/Democrat media in appointing "non-controversial" types who always disappoint.
While Obama may avoid a fight with a moderate appointment I would hope the majority of Republicans would vote NO. It doesn't matter who Obama appoints, because they'll be a Democrat and that means under the robes either a wild eyed radical (Ginsburg) or thick dullard (Sotomayor).
-- Michael Tomlinson
Jacksonville, North Carolina
Re: Jay D. Homnick's Distort Reform:
George Orwell would be appalled by Obama's health care logic. Or maybe he would just be double non-plussed.
-- I.M. Kessel
That articulate political firebrand of the Virginia House of Burgesses once said, "Give me logic, or give me death panels!" Quite a forward looking fellow, he was.
-- Mike Showalter
Re: Daniel Oliver's The Curious Incident at the New York Times:
It is also curious that almost EVERY story about child molestation or abuse by priests involved boys. Well...duh! What does that tell one? Surely there are more heterosexual priests out there than gay ones, but where are the reports of rampant abuse of female children eh? It would seem therefore, at the very least, among the catholic clergy, that gays ARE more likely to molest children. As an aside, I was an altar boy in the fifties and no priest EVER made a move on me nor did I ever hear of any. Maybe it was because that the church was stricter then on letting gays become priests. Of course the NYT, that rag, would never note anything negative about gays, never!
This is the first article that I have read that explicitly says that the church recognizes the problem is due to homosexuality and is now screening homosexuals from the priesthood. This is common sense and should have been the immediate response to this tragedy. Why, before now, haven't church leaders and church defenders pointed out forcefully that the problem is overwhelmingly due to homosexual priests and their defenders and that the solution is to ban homosexuals from any position of authority in the church. This includes removal of all current known homosexuals from these positions. Unless the church, like Mr. Oliver, attacks the problem honestly and directly, it will not go away.
Re: Philip Klein's The Man with the Plan:
Wonderful summary of Econ 101 for the average bear. We get it.
And men (I don't use that term loosely) like Paul Ryan need to carry this into the endzone quick-time as the 2-minute warning has just sounded.
I am going to read this to my children at lunch (aged 10 thru 23 -- homeschooled and proud of it). You're never too young to understand the value of industry or money, certainly not the paradigm being championed by our current president, both in word and in deed.
Keep these educating, common-sense articles coming and we'll keep reading them. It's now or never. I'm from California but as I've been doing since this man took the Oval Office, I am calling on all of Congress as their names come up to let them know what "we the people" understand, either for or against their position, regardless of party. This is our country, our Constitution. We will either take them back or die trying!
-- K. Dautel
I would like to see the following: Someone with the ability to do so with credibility should do a simple description of what the future holds for the cost of everyday living in Obamaland...e.g. If Obama's agenda is allowed to proceed, what will be the cost of a car in the year 2016? What about fuel for that car? What will an average home cost? What to heat and cool? What will a loaf of bread cost? How about a quart of milk...a dozen eggs...a six pack of beer... a movie? The idea would be to bring Obama numbers down to earth for the typical American family by letting them know what things will cost in the year 2016 if Obama is allowed to proceed with his plans. You might also project what a median family income might be, before and after taxes.
Next I would like to see what the world may look like, outside the United States, if Obama's foreign policy is allowed to continue to the fruition. What will be our place in the world political hierarchy? Who will be pre-eminent? etc.
-- Frank Parker
A LITTLE HUMILITY
Re: James Stockdale's Home Sweet Home:
I agree with Mr. Stockdale's idea to keep the scoundrels at home. However, I also have said for the past 50 years that a new capitol with all government buildings should be put out in a corn field in Nebraska.
Away from any real fun hot spots. Too far to drive to most places. Absolutely nothing exciting about it.
It would bore them all and they would go home and stay here. All votes could be sent to the Nebraska Capitol offices by email.
Of course the president, vice president, and all their buddies have to go to Nebraska also.
All our monuments can stay right where they are. DC could still be a tourist city but to make it a more pure and educational city, get rid of the pols, lobbyists and aides. Let's see how they do on a plain field in Nebraska. Fly over country ought to give all the pols a little humility. Well, we could always hope for a miracle on that one.
-- Jo Dermody
TAKE THEM OUT
Re: Larry Thornberry's Reversal of Fortune:
I'd like to see all 'moderate to liberals' taken out of U.S Congress and replaced by conservatives!
It is distressing to see the path in which our country is headed!
I have 6 children, 16 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren and every one of us has suffered from the current path. Thanks again for your article.
Re: Andrew Cline's Michael Steele's House of Race Cards:
Mr. Steele should immediately resign as Chairman of the Republican Party, not because he is black, and certainly not because he is incompetent: merely because he is stupid.
I am so sad and disappointed to be reading the various articles about Michael Steele. I am a senior white conservative and I thought that racism was dying out in America with the exception of the KKK and the skinheads. Since the usurper-in-chief took office, I have noticed a great deal of race referencing. What a shame. I was thrilled when Michael Steele became the chairman of the Republican Party because I liked what he was saying. He seemed dedicated to helping the Republican Party organize and move ahead toward their goals. I did not see color. Now I am seeing color again only because so many in politics are discussing it. To me it seems like a political tool to use to further one's agenda. Again I say what a shame. If the media statements attributed to Steele are true and accurate, my view of him would be affected. Based on various media reports there seem to have been some activities on Steele's part that would raise eyebrows and questions. I would like to see Steele own his "malfunctions", make any necessary amends, stop comparing himself to Obama and mentioning racism, and either get busy working for the success of the party or step down. We can't afford to have any distractions as we prepare for the 2010 elections.
MISSING THE POINT
Re: Nicole Russell's Bachmann Turns to Overdrive:
"Still, Bachman's headline-grabbing stunts, time spent on talk radio and cable, and even labels from staff and peers would be worth it if she could put her money where her mouth gabbed. This is her second term as a U.S. Congresswoman. She has yet to sponsor and pass any effective legislation at all"
Clearly the author of this article, Nicole Russell, is missing the point. Failure to sponsor and pass new legislation is a victory, not a failure. We don't need any more legislation. I'd be the first to vote for Ms. Bachman, and for any other congressional wannabee who runs on the idea that we need to stop passing new laws and instead spend our time sorting through and eliminating all the bad legislation currently on the books.
-- Jim Werness
Re: Brandon Crocker's The End Game Is Near:
Didn't FDR's NRA and associated programs, also promulgated on the basis of the commerce clause, break up in the Schecter v. US case in 1935? Maybe lightning will strike twice...
-- Robert P. Davis
THE CARNAL NATURE OF MAN
Re: George Neumayr's The End of History and the Last Pope:
Every Catholic should read this article and pass it on to their brothers and sisters in the Church. Once these secular humanists use their media vehicles to hold the Church up to public ridicule and contempt in the eyes of all Catholics, taking down the other Christian denominations will be easy. Then, in such event, atheistic Marxism and the new left socialism can march across the world. Satin may win this round. The only consolation is that we know how the fourth and final act will play out. This may be the Church's finest hour. A test to control the carnal nature of man in the Church, and to bring forth the Spirit of God that dwells in each of us.
-- Paul J. Marino, Esq.
Belleair Beach, Florida
Re: Ben Stein's We've Figured Him Out:
Thank you for having Ben Stein as a contributing editor to TAS. His recent editorial "We Figured Him Out" was beautiful, because it is full of compassion and reverence for America, and Americans. We all know that we are not perfect by a long shot, and yet Mr. Stein, in a loving and benevolent way, expresses kindness, and admiration for Americans and captures what our nation values.
I so regret that our president does not share this view. His track record domestically and internationally seems to offer the direct opposite of Mr. Stein's view, and suggests he despises this great country. We need look no further than the recent outpouring for Haiti following the devastating earthquakes, to see how America responds to tragedy with an outpouring of compassion, even in times of great economic stress domestically.
Americans need to wake up, and realize how dangerous it is to have a leader in the White House who wants to bring America down, not build her up. Ben Stein captured the essence of Americans, and what motivates them. Thank you Ben Stein!
-- Robert K. Leste