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Christian bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein had to close down their business, Sweet Cakes, after the government fined them $135,000 in damages for declining to bake a homosexual custom “wedding” cake and issued a gag order to stop them from talking about their beliefs. The Oregon legislature passed a law that amounts to forced speech. …

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Thirteen states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia — have enacted laws to combat what is seen as price gouging in the wake of natural disasters. Price gouging is legally defined as charging 10 to 25 percent more for something than you …

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March for Life is back in court. The secular pro-life organization filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration in 2014 to stop enforcement of the Obamacare contraception mandate to provide employee insurance coverage for drugs and devices that induce abortion. March for Life, whose mission is to save unborn lives, would have been forced to …

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Our mainstream media remain consumed with the grisly killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and how President Donald Trump will deal with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Understandably so, for this is the most riveting murder story since O.J. Simpson and has strategic implications across the Middle East. …

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Why wasn’t Senator Elizabeth Warren laughed out of the room when she starting calling herself an American Indian just because she might have an American Indian ancestor generations ago? She’s referred to herself as a Cherokee, and a Fordham University law review article referred to her as a “woman of color.” A 1997 Fordham Law …

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What do you make of the leftist violence and anarchy all over the country lately? Is it just random and unrepresentative of the Democratic Party and the left as a whole? Or does it logically follow from what the left has become? In Portland, Oregon, in June, a leftist mob surrounded a U.S. Immigration and …

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As is often the case in this era of President Donald Trump, the reaction is far more interesting than the action. The action was rapper/entrepreneur, ex-George W. Bush denouncer and Trump supporter Kanye West, whom Trump invited to the White House. The reaction from left-wing black critics was predictable. But the reaction from a notable …

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To claim that requiring a government-issued form of photo identification to vote is “racist” against black Americans is to imply that black Americans are too dumb and/or too lazy to go to the DMV like everyone else. Americans of all colors, shapes, and sizes need photo identification to conduct personal and business matters in their …

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Leftists are out of control. Fueled by soul-deep disappointment that Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton (as did Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary) in the 2016 presidential election, any civility they’ve had dropped sharply. They say and do things they wouldn’t have thought about only two years ago. But now, black liberals are calling other …

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According to the Pew Research Center, 66 percent of those supporting Democratic candidates and 18 percent of those supporting Republican candidates say, “If a person is rich, it is because he or she had more advantages in life than most other people.” This from a new Pew survey of Democratic and Republican voters, going into …

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By Donald J. Boudreaux

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By Walter Williams

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By Rev. Derek McCoy, Published in the Heritage Foundation’s Culture Index 2017

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By Tim Bradley

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By Ken Blackwell

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By Thomas Sowell

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By Virginia Walden Ford

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by Thomas Sowell

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Surely murder is a serious subject, which ought to be examined seriously. Instead, it is almost always examined politically in the context of gun control controversies, with stock arguments on both sides that have remained the same for decades. And most of those arguments are irrelevant to the central question: Do tighter gun control laws reduce the murder rate?

That is not an esoteric question, nor one for which no empirical evidence is available. Think about it. We have 50 states, each with its own gun control laws, and many of those laws have gotten either tighter or looser over the years. There must be tons of data that could indicate whether murder rates went up or down when either of these things happened.

But have you ever heard any...

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May 1, 2018 | Star Parker | Syndicated Nationally by Creators


America is divided into two sides that have so little in common, and share so few values, that it is not clear whether our national fabric can withstand the great tension pulling on it.

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Humor is a good and important thing.
The ability to laugh at life, to laugh at oneself, shows faith, optimism and humility. Laughter in the face of adversity is a sign of a healthy spirit.
In this sense, the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner was once a positive event.
Poking fun at the highest centers of power in Washington showed that, despite differences of opinion, our commitment to our most fundamental values — particularly our First Amendment protections for freedom of speech and religion — held us together and our sense of nationhood.
But something has happened. The common ground that held us together is shattering.
There was no humor in this year's correspondents' dinner. What pretended to be humor was politicized vulgarity driven by animosity and hate.
The attacks on members of the Trump administration by leftist comedienne Michelle Wolf were shots across a ravine — a ravine that now divides America into two sides that have so little in common, and share so few values, that it is not clear whether our national fabric can withstand the great tension pulling on it.
Wolf called Vice President Pence a "weirdo", saying he "thinks abortion is murder, which, first of all, don't knock it till you try it. And when you do try it really knock it. You know, you got to get that baby out of there."
It interesting that Wolf referred to the humanity in the mother's womb as a "baby." If she thinks the infant is a baby, then she agrees with Mike Pence that abortion is the destruction of a distinct and unique individual.
When we cannot agree as a nation on something so fundamental as the nature and meaning of life, our national unity stands on very shaky ground. This was on display at the correspondents' dinner.
The retiring president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, is now touring the country promoting her new book in which celebrates her 12 years as head of he nation's largest abortion provider and extolling the virtues of the pro-abortion movement. Not once does she mention, per Alexandra de Sanctis in National Review, that "under her watch Planned Parenthood clinics have performed 3.5 million abortions."
When President Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address, as the Civil War raged, he said, "Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes his aid against the other."
Arguably our national fabric is more damaged today than then, when the nation was torn apart over the issue of slavery.
Not only do the warring sides today not "read the same Bible," but many, probably most, do not read it, care about it, nor share any common thoughts on the existence and nature of our Creator.
According to a new Pew Research report, although 80 percent of Americans say they believe in God, just 56 percent of this 80 percent say they believe in God "as described in Bible."
This means that only 44 percent of all Americans today believe in the God of the Bible.
In a Marist poll of January 2018, 44 percent self-identified as "pro-life" — exactly the same percentage that believe in the God of the Bible.
Perhaps one reason White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was able to so graciously hold her composure, despite the vicious attacks directed at her at that maybe final WHCA dinner, was she knew deep inside that Michelle Wolf is the epitome of our nation's great divide, which is not a laughing matter.
Perhaps we should turn again to Lincoln who said that a "nation divided against itself cannot stand." Per his wisdom, we might expect that we will move again to be a nation that reveres life and the God of our Bible. Or maybe we'll continue our descend into the abyss of nihilism.

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April 24, 2018 | Star Parker | Syndicated Nationally by Creators


I find the prospect of Jordan running for House speaker of great interest.

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Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan has confirmed that he is looking to run for House speaker when current Speaker Paul Ryan departs at the end of the year.
This puts Jordan up alongside the other principal candidates, current Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., whom Ryan has endorsed as his successor, and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.
Jordan co-founded the House Freedom Caucus in 2015 with eight other conservative Republicans. He explained then that the motivation for founding the caucus was to give "a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them. We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution, and the rule of law and policies that promote liberty, safety, and prosperity for all Americans."
The caucus now has more than 30 members and has dug in as a unified bloc fighting for exactly those principles that Jordan articulated at its founding. Most recently, the caucus opposed the $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by congress and urged President Trump to veto it.
In addition to being a fiscal and constitutional conservative, Jordan is also a stalwart pro-life Republican and has been on the front lines fighting to defund Planned Parenthood.
In other words, he stands for what I call the three C's that have been the pillars of American success and greatness.
Christianity, Capitalism and the Constitution.
For this reason, I find the prospect of Jordan running for House speaker of great interest.
In a recent Fox radio interview, Jordan put it best by saying that in order to win, Republicans "have to fight for things. All too often Republicans want to forfeit even before the referee blows the whistle to start the game. ... Let's not forfeit, let's go have the debate."
But it's not just a matter of the fight. It's what the fight is about.
Certainly, in 2015, when the House Freedom Caucus was formed, few would have predicted that Donald Trump would be sitting in the White House today.
Trump's appeal to make America great again spoke to the frustration among many Americans that we've lost touch with our American "exceptionalism." This is the sense that we are not like other nations — that something special and vitally important is going on here. And that this "something" is what has given the nation strength, prosperity and leadership.
Unlike other nations, American identity is about aspiration, not fate. Geography, ethnicity or circumstances of birth do not define America — ideals and principles do.
These ideals define the struggle that is taking place today.
Many want to drag us down to the lowest common denominator when we should be fighting for our highest aspirations.
As we teeter on fiscal and moral bankruptcy, it's the three C's — Christianity, Capitalism and the Constitution — that shine like a lighthouse in the night to guide our ship of state in the direction we need to be headed.
Those who founded the nation, fired up by those ideals, appealed, in the Declaration of Independence, to the "Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions (and) with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."
Of course, Jim Jordan faces an uphill struggle to achieve the 218 votes necessary to achieve the House speakership.
But when Jordan says he's ready to fight for it, and that we shouldn't forfeit the game before it starts, he's not just tapping into the dissatisfaction of the nation. He's tapping into what defines the nation and its spirit.
The possibility of bringing the spirit of the Freedom Caucus to lead the House, as Jordan will do, is an exciting development.

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