The moral calculus

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Religion and politics not only go together, as both parties realize this year maybe more than ever, they are actually inseparable. Everything comes down to morality and how it informs choices.

The media tracking the Catholic vote in support of Hillary Clinton have missed the deeper point that the traditional relationship between Catholics and the Democratic party has changed. Scholars like Princeton Professor Robert George and EPPC fellow Colleen Carroll Campbell have lamented that publicly. It was the party of their fathers and grandfathers. It represented social justice and the defense of the defenseless.

Archbishop Charles Chaput has an excellent commentary at First Things on his own involvement in the party before it turned from defending ultimate human rights and began embracing abortion.

The U.S. Supreme Court had legalized abortion on demand in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, and Carter the candidate waffled about restricting it.… click here to read whole article and make comments


TUESDAY, 20 MAY 2008

Courts and judges, courts and judges…

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Here’s another reminder about why elections are so vital to the life or death of a nation. The ability to appoint judges, especially in the era of judicial activism. With media compliance.

A federal appeals court panel in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday struck down a Virginia law that made it a crime for doctors to perform what the law called “partial birth infanticide.”

What does the New York Times call it?

Here’s what it is:

As a loophole, a grisly procedure was developed to avoid infanticide charges. In that procedure, officially known as “Intact dilation and extraction” the child is partially delivered feet-first up to the neck. Then, only inches from birth, a hole is made in the child’s skull and her brains are sucked out. Thus, by the time the delivery is complete, the baby is dead and criminal liability is avoided.

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SUNDAY, 18 MAY 2008

Who’s all this about, anyway?

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The elections, politics, the news….the pretense is that the people are at the heart of it all.

In reality, it’s about the candidates, the politicians, the media, and always George W. Bush.

When President Bush made the remark in Israel about people who talk about appeasement, Sen. Barack Obama angrily accused Bush of taking shots at him while on a diplomatic trip in the Middle East. One of the articles on this quoted White House press secretary Dana Perino as saying candidates who run for president tend to think everything is about them. It became a back & forth thing over the weekend in the media, whether or not Bush really intended to imply Obama is after appeasement with rogue dictators.

Obama has gone on the offense, running a campaign for the general election against both Sen. John McCain and President Bush. It’s his strategy, and the Democrats’ in general. It’s managed to shift attention… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 16 MAY 2008

Never mind states’ rights, California has judged

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In the separation of powers under US federalism, the states have rights through their own electoral process to determine how they will be governed. In California, activist judges overturned the will of the people in their ruling yesterday about same-sex marriage. While the celebrating is still going on in the gay community, people who successfully established laws before that define marriage in its traditional form are working to re-establish them.


The last time the state’s voters were asked to express their views on same-sex marriage at the ballot box was in 2000, the year after the Legislature enacted the first of a series of laws awarding spousal rights to domestic partners.

Proposition 22, which strengthened the state’s 1978 one-man, one-woman marriage law with the words “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California,” passed with 61 percent of the vote.

The… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 16 MAY 2008

No discrimination on race or gender

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This presidential election has made even the hint of such discrimination practically toxic. But there’s one category of bigotry that’s not only still permitted, it’s become trendy.

Age discrimination. I’ve been saying this for weeks as the jokes about John McCain continue to ramp up across the media spectrum, and not only on the comedy shows. Now, Politico is saying it, too. Or…at least Jonathan Martin is.

There are few safe harbors these days for making fun of people.  Race, gender, religion are all effectively off-limits.

Yet age is still deemed as an OK topic to joke about (perhaps because it’s something most everybody will eventually encounter and isn’t limited to one minority segment of society?).

McCain already knows this — he said the other day in Washington state that “anything’s fair game” in the biz — but just how much of a double-standard will there be in the… click here to read whole article and make comments



Is Clinton irrelevant, or just portrayed that way?

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Define relevance. Nealy all the media started reporting after Indiana’s primary that Hillary Clinton was “Toast”. Is she?

Here’s a good roundup of what some of the big ones are saying.

Sen. Hillary Clinton scored one of the biggest victories of the Democratic primary yesterday, defeating Sen. Barack Obama 67%-26% (with John Edwards, long out of the contest, pulling 7%). However, the consensus in the media this morning is that the victory means little, because Obama has already effectively sewn up the nomination.

They’re virtually all saying the same thing.

The New York Times reports in a front page story that Clinton won a “strong” victory over Obama, but with Obama “still solidly ahead of Mrs. Clinton in the delegate fight, the West Virginia results are unlikely to adversely affect Mr. Obama’s chances of winning the nomination.” The Washington Post reports on its front page that… click here to read whole article and make comments



Obama’s other endorsement

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Besides John Edwards

Remember that back-and-forth between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama over which one supports abortion more?

Both support it, but Obama is the choice candidate for NARAL.

In a news release, the political action committee for NARAL Pro-Choice America had kind words for Clinton but annoounded its backing for Obama, citing its reading of the status of the Democratic presidential race.

“Today, we are proud to put our organization’s grass-roots and political support behind the pro-choice candidate whom we believe will secure the Democratic nomination and advance to the general election,” NARAL’s president said in the release. “That candidate is Sen. Obama.

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TUESDAY, 13 MAY 2008

Clinton wins. Therefore…what?

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Ever since the returns finally came in from Lake County, Indiana in last week’s primary, Hillary Clinton’s candidacy was considered effectively and finally over. So does it mean anything that she walloped Barack Obama in West Virginia Tuesday?

It was expected to be a big win for her, and it was.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton coasted to a large victory in West Virginia on Tuesday, handing Barack Obama one of his worst defeats of the campaign yet scarcely slowing his march toward the Democratic presidential nomination.

So….what did it mean? Everyone is trying to figure out why Clinton is still in the race and how long she’ll stay. There’s analysis all over the place.

If a tree falls in the forest when everybody expects it to fall, does it make a sound?…

The press is unimpressed. This may be the… click here to read whole article and make comments


TUESDAY, 13 MAY 2008

Race and religion

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The media like to handicap the black vote and the Catholic vote as if each were a unified bloc. What’s wrong with that is obvious.

The terms ‘African-Americans’ and ‘Catholic Americans’ are used as definitions in identity politics and polling data. The identities need better exploration in the media.

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy muddles the difference considerably, since he and like-minded pastors preach identity politics from a black theological frame of reference. His own church member, Sen. Barack Obama, had already directed the nation’s attention to a “post-racial” America when the racial controversy erupted. Now, race is a touchy topic and in the middle of most political conversations. It’s either claimed or blamed as a reason for voting preferences and outcomes. It’s declared off-limits as a subject for discussion by the Obama campaign, even by black commentators.

In the early evening news analysis after the West Virginia polls closed, Fox News’ Juan Williams commented… click here to read whole article and make comments


TUESDAY, 13 MAY 2008

Listen like a well trained lawyer

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Presidential candidates talk a lot. Eventually, something they say is bound to reveal more about their views than they realize…or intend.

Law professor Gerard Bradley caught Sen. Barack Obama making a statement that was utterly revelatory.

Barack Obama has just handed a great gift to conservatives.  He is now on record (with Wolf Blitzer, if that counts) as saying about the Supreme Court that in “5 percent of cases or 1 percent” the law won’t be clear.  Obama is thus conceding that there may be as few as one case each term in which a Justice would have to resort to his or her own “moral bearings” to decide the matter. ONE CASE!!!.

As opposed to the “living, breathing Constitution” philosophy.

This gigantic concession to law’s determinacy will shock the consciences of Obama’s teachers at Harvard Law School, who surely gave much wider berth to the… click here to read whole article and make comments


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