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Affirming action
By Cal Thomas

“CHARACTER, NOT circumstance, makes the person.” — Booker T. Washington

The Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 decision to strike down a central component of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, “freeing nine states, mostly in the South,” writes The New York Times, “to change their election laws without advance federal approval,” is a welcome recognition that times have changed and that especially Southern states must not forever bear a “mark of Cain” for past discrimination

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 1:51 PM
 
Trust of leaders near historic low
By Cal Thomas

WITHOUT THE the slightest hint of irony, President Obama said last week, “If people can’t trust not only the executive branch but also don’t trust Congress, and don’t trust federal judges to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution with due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.”

Yes we are, because more and more of us don’t trust government. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, “Trust in the federal government remains mired near a historic low, while frustration with government remains high.” Furthermore, notes Pew, a “majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.”

What has led to this distrust?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:31 PM
 
(Dole)ing out blame for gridlock

WHO DOESN’T ADMIRE former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole? Wounded World War II veteran, part-time comedian (Dole once described a meeting of former presidents Carter, Ford and Nixon as “see no evil, hear no evil — and evil”), former presidential candidate and all-around decent man, Dole was a part of government for much of his life.
Therein lies the problem for some who stay in politics and government so long that it is easy to lose perspective and think cutting deals is more important than winning the argument.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 4:19 PM
 
Gosnell’s trial reignites debate

By Cal Thomas

IT WAS THE pictures and riveting testimony that convinced a Philadelphia jury that abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was guilty of murdering three infants born alive following botched late-term abortions and also guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Karnamaya Mongar, who overdosed on Demerol during an abortion at Gosnell’s clinic.

How ironic that the Gosnell decision was delivered the day after Mother’s Day.

The two-month trial has reignited the abortion debate. But while many states have managed to impose some restrictions on abortion clinics and establish informed consent laws and in some cases require a woman to view a sonogram before aborting an unborn child, abortion on demand for almost any reason and at almost any stage of

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:37 PM
 
Back to the ’50s

By Cal Thomas

ADDRESSING a meeting of Planned Parenthood last Friday, President Obama accused pro-lifers of wanting to “turn back the clock to policies more suited to the 1950s than the 21st century.”

Like any decade, the ’50s had its problems — racism, discrimination, sexism — but I’ll defend the ’50s on other grounds, if the president will defend the decade that followed. In the ’50s, for much of mainstream America, drugs were something you bought at a pharmacy with a prescription; living together meant getting married first, then having babies; abortion was not legal; our culture wasn’t the enemy; metal detectors were instruments one took to the beach to find loose change and schools and the streets were mostly safe.

It’s “Ozzie and Harriet” vs.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 4:18 PM
 
Bombed in Boston

By Cal Thomas

PRESIDENT OBAMA rightly asked us not to “jump to conclusions” about motives or responsibility for the two bombs that exploded Monday at the Boston Marathon, killing three and wounding more than 170.

That request was pre-emptively ignored. Some couldn’t wait to project their biases and political agendas on this latest act of terror.

In a tweet Monday, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof blamed Senate Republicans for blocking confirmation of a new ATF director. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said, “Normally, domestic terrorists, people, tend to be on the far right...” Peter Bergen, CNN’s

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 2:14 PM
 
Why do liberals fear success?

 

By Cal Thomas

THERE ARE MANY successful liberals, so why do so many of them wish to subsidize failure for the poor, instead of showing them how to succeed?

Take Dr. Ben Carson, as one example. Dr. Carson, the renowned neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., is enjoying a certain amount of celebrity unrelated to his profession for speaking his mind about how individuals and the nation might succeed if more Americans were less dependent on government.

Dr. Carson, who is African-American, has been denounced as insufficiently black because he won’t toe the

Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:16 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, April 09, 2013 2:36 PM )
 
Death and life in Maryland

By Cal Thomas

THE MARYLAND legislature recently voted to abolish capital punishment in the state, making Maryland the sixth state in the last six years to eliminate the death penalty.

The primary argument for repealing the law is that our justice system is imperfect and it’s possible an innocent person could be condemned. Indeed, anti-death penalty activists presented Kirk Bloodsworth, a former death-row inmate, convicted of the 1984 rape and murder of a 9-year-old girl. His conviction was overturned on appeal after the court found the prosecution had withheld exculpatory evidence from

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 3:02 PM
 
The downside of orthodoxy

By Cal Thomas

IT’S A SAFE bet that most conservative Republicans would rush to support a political leader with the following record, especially in a traditionally Democratic state:

•?Reversed a $2.2 billion deficit and brought it into balance without raising taxes, largely by reduced spending and eliminating wasteful and unaffordable programs, allowing for a projected fiscal 2014 budget surplus of $300 million.

•?Bipartisan pension and benefits reforms, saving the state $120 billion over 30 years.

•?Streamlining government

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 3:44 PM
 
Extortionist in chief

By Cal Thomas

AT THE END of 1995 and stretching into January 1996, the federal government “shut down” because of an impasse between President Bill Clinton and House Republicans led by then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The issue was increased taxes vs. less spending. Sound familiar? The government re-opened when a bipartisan agreement was reached to balance the budget by 2003. It wasn’t for reasons that included, but were not limited to, two wars. Now the national debt is racing toward an unsustainable $17 trillion.

This time around it isn’t about closing government. It’s about “sequestration,” which President Obama, the Democrats and their big media toadies are styling as economic Armageddon.

On Tuesday, following another vacation and a round of golf with the disgraced Tiger Woods, President Obama appeared

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 4:45 PM
 
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