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Who Is Responsible for Violence in America?

Angry MobThe cover of The Week presented a caricature of Donald Trump with his face twisted in an angry snarl and his fist held out as if poised to smash someone’s face. The caption read “The Threat of Violence: Trump’s warning to protesters and Republicans who would block his nomination.” Inside, the magazine addressed the question: “Is his incendiary rhetoric fueling violence?”

The underlying idea is familiar: Trump’s words cause hatred of immigrants, racial division, misogyny, homophobia, and general animosity.… Read More

 

Obama’s Self-Deception

Obama SpeakingSince he first assumed office, President Obama has steadfastly refused to acknowledge Islamic terrorism, even when the perpetrators admit to acting in the name of radical Islam. Instead, he classifies their actions as “workplace violence” or “lone wolf attacks.”

Many conclude that President Obama has deliberately tried to deceive the American people. After all, they reason, no Christian, Jew, or Buddhist has ever committed a violent act while shouting “Allahu Akbar.” So no honest person can deny that those who do so are Muslim.… Read More

 

Giuliani’s Distracting Remarks

Obama QUOTE, 4221359_sFormer NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani recently said, “I do not believe that the President loves America . . . What I’m saying is that, in his rhetoric, I very rarely hear him say the things that I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things I used to hear Bill Clinton say about how much he loves America. [On the other hand] I do hear him criticize America much more often than other American presidents.”

The President’s background and record seem to support Giuliani’s contention.… Read More

 

Obama’s Conflicted Faith

Obama SpeakingIs Barack Obama a Christian? His answer has consistently been, “Yes,” yet his critics continue to doubt his veracity. I believe it is pointless to keep asking the same question again and again. Instead, we should ask the more meaningful question, How can his Christianity best be described?

Suppose a friend claims Coors is his favorite beer but drinks Budweiser. Suppose another extols Fords but buys Chevrolets.Read More

 

Politicians vs. the Rule of Law

RIOT sign 30075802_sIn Greek mythology, Pandora received a beautiful jar as a wedding present from the gods. With it came the command not to open it. Driven by curiosity, Pandora disobeyed the command and opened the jar, causing evil to escape and spread across the earth with no hope of containment.

In the modern political version of this story, Pandora is represented by foolish politicians and activists, and her jar is represented by their mouths, which emit mindless utterances that have produced dangerous and in many cases irreparable consequences.… Read More

 

Understanding Obama and Ourselves

Obama and Change Sign20803712_sWhy is President Obama so intent on changing America? And why have so many Americans supported the policies and programs producing the changes? Though the questions are almost identical, the answers are very different.

The answer to the first question is that Obama is an anti-colonialist. That is, he is outraged by the way western countries such as England, France, Spain, and Portugal colonized, subjugated, and controlled the peoples of Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.… Read More

 

On Denigrating America

OBAMA (123RF), 6886949_sConservative media regularly criticize President Obama for denying American exceptionalism, for claiming the country needs to be “transformed,” and for apologizing for America. They also continue to probe why he feels as he does about this country. Yet they ignore a question that is in some ways even more interesting—Why does his denigration of America resonate with so many Americans?

There is nothing wrong with asking whether the President’s perspective derives from his exposure to socialist theory, his association with Leftists, the influence of his father’s anti-colonialism, or some combination of these.… Read More

 

O’Reilly vs. Limbaugh on Obama

Limbaugh & O'ReillyAlthough media titans Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh are both critical of President Obama’s policies, they deal very differently with the President’s intentions. A close look at that difference in light of the western religious and philosophical tradition offers a clearer perspective on the President’s policies.

O’Reilly summarized his view on the Jimmy Kimmel show as follows: “I like Barack Obama as I liked George W.… Read More

 

Enjoying Your Obamelet?

White House KitchenObamelet is an apt metaphor for the President’s transformation of the economy. It recalls Vladimir Lenin’s statement, made 75 years ago in reference to the Great Famine in Ukraine:  “If you want to make an omelet, you must be willing to break a few eggs.” Let’s be clear: I am not labeling the President a murderer or a communist like Lenin. Nor am I implying that he is intentionally hurting people.… Read More

 

Our Current Plague Of Nuttiness

hillaryEvery day’s news brings multiple illustrations of the plague of nuttiness that is afflicting America. A case in point is the government’s handling of the Benghazi affair.

On September 11, 2012, the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked, four Americans including the ambassador were killed and ten others were injured. The administration blamed the attack on protests about an anti-Islamic video, an assertion they reportedly knew to be false.… Read More