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Looking back on my life, I’ve made many choices that I regret now.  But there is one choice that I made in 1984 that I would do all over again in a heartbeat; re-starting playing the violin. When I was a kid in the Seattle Public Schools in the 1950s, it was understood that when […]

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If you still have any doubt that religious liberty in America is under attack, come meet the influential Senator from Massachussetts.  Here’s a transcript, but the text alone doesn’t do her justice.  Go watch the video.    Scott Walker also has a vision of what it means to President. After the Supreme Court said on Friday that […]

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In all the discussion of the Greek debt fiasco – which has now escalated to an IMF default – the claim has repeatedly been made (and repudiated by the political Right) that the fault lies with the lenders for failing to lend more; but as always when the Left makes huge mistakes, the individual politicians […]

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Athens on the Potomac

 

U.S. Debt ChartFinancial experts in New York, London, and Brussels have tut-tutted Greece’s economic travails as Athens considers its future with the European Union. Why did they borrow so much money? How can they ever pay it back? Do they think that much debt is sustainable?

Instead of pointing fingers at the innumerates running Athens, they should consider our own situation. Jason Russell of the Washington Examiner shows how America’s debt projections look suspiciously like Greece’s recent history.

With all the chaos unravelling in Greece, Congress would be wise to do what it takes to avoid reaching Greek debt levels. But it’s not a matter of sticking to the status quo and avoiding bad decisions that would put the budget on a Greek-like path, because the budget is on that path already.

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For those who may be interested, the leadership of the LDS Church (the Mormons) has issued a letter to church members regarding the SSM Marriage decision (it’s sort of the Mormon equivalent to a pastoral letter).   The detailed response can be found here.  The church had early issued a brief public response immediately after the […]

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Marbury v. Madison, Dred Scott v. Sanford, Roe v. Wade. The latest travesties.Taken in balance the SCOTUS is a very flawed and negative institution. There was too much power given to it in the Constitution or given over to it by the Legislative and Executive branches. Agree? Disagree? Preview Open

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There are a world of odd names out there and it’s time to rock the weird ones.  I know about 100 (some of which are uproariously side splitting) but patients are patients so it’s up to you to bring on your best.  What inspired this was a referral of someone to a high level bowel […]

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Observations during our visit to Denver this year:  1. I forgot that marijuana is now a reality out here.  Lately, I’m reminded every time we go out for pizza and see “Options Medical Center” nearby, in the same strip mall. My husband’s parents tell me that’s where you can go get the stuff. The name […]

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So last night the billy family had a small get-together. The conversation meandered, as family conversations tend to do, towards recent events in everyone’s life. My nephew had just had an experience with kidney stones. My mom (his grandmother) had a recent heart scare- I had actually just brought her out of the hospital that […]

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The Hidden Message of Same-Sex Marriage

 

shutterstock_219219871The four dissenters in Obergefell v. Hodges lucidly expressed the profound offense against constitutional law and representative democracy the ruling represents. In short, five lawyers, accountable to no one, chose to legislate on a profoundly consequential matter that the people were just beginning to address through democratic means. As Chief Justice Roberts wrote: “Who do we think we are?” If justices cannot resist the urge to legislate, let’s drop the pretense that constitutional law is guided by neutral principles and at least give the people the option to vote justices in (and out).

That the court has struck a blow for gay rights is true enough (and treating homosexuals with respect is long overdue). Unfortunately, the claim that this ruling also strengthens marriage is almost certainly false. To understand why is also to answer the question so often pressed as a taunt by gay marriage supporters: How can extending marriage to gays possibly affect your marriage? The answer lies in the hidden message.

The road to gay marriage began with feminism. Feminists argued that there were no important differences between the sexes. Thus, mothering and fathering were interchangeable. The word ‘parent’ became a verb. If mothers and fathers bring nothing unique or complementary to their roles, then it logically follows that two mothers or two fathers should be just as good. Talk of three or more parents misses the mark. The relevant number is one. If fathers are no different from mothers, then single women needn’t pause before embarking on “parenthood” solo – and they aren’t.

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In the long expected aftermath of Friday’s Supreme Court decision society is left with the same problem it had before the ruling, namely how do we as a society restore family stability and commitment between the natural parents of children in our society? For most marriage traditionalists and social conservatives this is the problem that […]

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A taboo is a subject, word, or activity that is avoided because it is offensive or embarrassing. It seems to me that children who are not raised by their married biological parents are subject to a new kind of taboo. They are not encouraged to discuss what it is like to live in a situation where […]

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The Strategika Podcast: Tom Donnelly on the Perils of Techno-Optimism in Warfare

 

In this installment of the Strategika podcast, I talk to Tom Donnelly, co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, about the efforts in recent decades to substitute technology for manpower in military affairs. Tom cautions that the West may have become too seduced by the desire to wage antiseptic warfare — and that the consequences could be perilous. Listen in below or subscribe to Strategika through iTunes or your favorite podcast app.

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The National Park Service has decided to eradicate the history of Fort Sumter by removing Confederate national flags that used to acknowledge CSA control of the fort from the start of the Civil War through February 1865. The pathetic part is the Confederate flags were not even the Confederate battle flag. I am glad I […]

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Obergefell’s Threat to Religious Liberty

 

As a libertarian, I support same-sex marriage. As a libertarian, I also fear the totalitarian overtones sounding from the next round of gay rights initiatives. The nature of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on same-sex marriage in Obergeffel v. Hodges has only compounded the danger. As I note in my newest column for Defining Ideas from the Hoover Institution:

…[I]n the wake of Obergefell, we have to ask what the next step in the struggle over same-sex marriage will be. By insisting that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right, Kennedy has consciously introduced an equivalence between race and sexual orientation. How far is he prepared to go? In the 1983 case of Bob Jones University v. United States, the Supreme Court upheld an IRS decision to deny tax-exempt status to schools engaging in racial discrimination. The Court acknowledged that it could not outlaw the Church’s practices, which were protected as a free exercise of religion. But the differential tax treatment was fine because “the Government has a fundamental, overriding interest in eradicating racial discrimination in education.”