An All-Out Deification of Nature

April 28, 2009 | Politics

Since the introduction of bumper stickers calling for us to respect “Mother Earth,” we have been careening towards an all-out deification of nature. And as the last decade has witnessed an unprecedented push for green cars, green energy, and green government policies, it seems environmentalism has finally become less about saving the planet and more about worshiping it. Read more…

Revived Treaty Endangers Second Amendment and U.S. Sovereignty

April 23, 2009 | Politics

On April 16, 2009, President Obama emerged from a meeting with Mexico’s President Calderón to announce his support for the “Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing and Trafficking in Firearms” treaty (CIFTA): an international gun control treaty signed by President Bill Clinton in 1997 but never ratified by the U.S. Senate. Read more…

Sophisticated Hatred: Democrats and America

April 20, 2009 | Politics

“Hate” is a strong word, but it’s the right word to use when others — such as “dislike,” “disdain,” or “despise” — aren’t strong enough. And it’s the perfect word to use when describing the way Democrats feel about this country: they hate America, even though they profit from being Americans. Read more…

Texas Governor’s Tea Party Threat Shakes Things Up

April 15, 2009 | Politics

The tea party movement had its day and then some on April 15, 2009, as citizens from across the country gathered in large cities and small towns to declare their opposition to excessive taxation from an ever-expanding federal government. In the spirit of the Boston Tea Party of 1773, these gatherings were meant to be a line in the sand, a message for tax and spend Democrats in D.C. to hit the brakes on their agenda. And if that message wasn’t clear enough with the thousands who attended Sean Hannity’s Atlanta tea party or Glenn Beck’s party in San Antonio, it was clear after Texas Governor Rick Perry spoke to a modest gathering of 1500 people outside Austin City Hall. Read more…

Joe Biden: Vice President and Serial Fabricator

April 14, 2009 | Politics

If only Vice President Joe Biden had stuck to plagiarism. But he apparently hasn’t learned. In 1987, he copied and used a large chunk of a speech given by British labor leader Neil Kinnock, even though some of the facts (related to family history) didn’t match his own. Since then, he’s gone from plagiarism to smashmouth rhetorician. Read more…

20/20 Mocks Use of Guns for Self-Defense

April 14, 2009 | Politics

Last week’s programming on ABC was full of commercials aimed at drawing viewers to a special April 10 edition of 20/20 titled “If I Only Had a Gun.” The promotions described how gun sales were skyrocketing in and around areas where recent mass shootings had occurred, therefore giving the appearance of an honest documentary. But the real premise of the show was 20/20’s contention that private citizens with guns aren’t capable of using those guns effectively, thus 20/20’s website headline: “Carrying a Gun Wouldn’t Necessarily Get You Out of a Shooting.” Read more…

The Information Highway: More Like a Roller Coaster

April 9, 2009 | Politics

On March 20, 2009, the AFP reported that President Obama initiated a new type of diplomacy — “YouTube diplomacy” — to usher in better relations between Iran and the United States. Although TechPresident.com’s Andrew Rasiej boasted that the publicly viewable foreign policy communiqué “allowed Obama to deliver his words directly and unfiltered to the Iranian people,” it’s safer to see this as a harbinger of the dangers attending the openness of post-modern technology. Read more…

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