Some thoughts come to mind in the wake of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s shooting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, and the week’s earlier incident in which another alleged terrorist murdered a Canadian soldier using a vehicle. The incidents contradict ideas germinating in some spheres of Western thought that seem to cumulatively suggest that terrorists are fundamentally good people who are simply misunderstood.
For instance, one premise often suggested is that terrorists are libertarian in nature.
Radical environmental activists made news last week for complaining that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) opposes taxes and regulations those activists view as necessary to combat global warming. ALEC CEO Lisa B. Nelson appeared on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show” on Thursday to address those accusations, opposite Common Cause CEO Miles Rapoport and Washington Post reporter Tom Hamburger.
The program was replete with absurd, perfidious accusations that ALEC supported “corporate” interests.
For years, a variety of secular liberal causes have
campaigned for “tolerance,” “personal freedom,” or some variant of those
things. It is ironic that as they have advanced their agenda,
particularly in the areas of LGBT and abortion policy, they have become
increasingly intolerant of anyone who disagrees with them.
Ravi Zacharias has spoken about the paradox of tolerance in America,
noting that Americans pride themselves on living in a culture that
Voters are often told that conservatives should not challenge
Washington-backed big government Republicans, because doing so could
lead to Republican defeat. Yet it often seems that Washington
Republicans don’t follow their own advice. It prompts the question, when
does the Washington class really view it as appropriate to criticize
Mississippi is one example. Washington
Republicans asked Democratic voters to support their candidate, Sen.
Thad Cochran, in his primary election.
Jungbauer, a member of the State Republican Executive Committee and
the chairman of the Republican Party in Congressional District 2, provided some
additional insights in comments at the bottom of this post.
Michael Brodkorb on Saturday published an accounting of the Republican Party of Minnesota’s internal politics. It described the tension that State Executive Committee member Diane Johnson was experiencing because of her opposition to Jeff Johnson, the party’s endorsed candidate for governor.
Earlier this year, White House press secretary Jay Carney suggested that Americans losing their jobs due to ObamaCare should be thankful.
“At the beginning of this year,” he said, “we noted that as part of this
new day in health care, Americans would no longer be trapped in a job
just to provide coverage for their families, and would have the
opportunity to pursue their dreams.”
Is the Obama Administration really trying to help Americans by
putting them out of work, or is it just trying to create more voters by
trapping them in a welfare state they are unable to escape?
“Higher education is still the best ticket to upward mobility in America,” President Obama said last year. “And if we don’t do something about keeping it within reach, it will create problems for economic mobility for generations to come.” It is a common refrain from political leaders that it is necessary for students to pursue a college education. The cost of that education comes at rising cost, with graduates of the 2012 class holding an average of $29,400 in student loan debt.
Authored for Western Journalism. Speaking at CPAC last week, congressional candidate Erika Harold, a former Miss America winner, advanced the idea that those seeking to join the political arena should not need
to ask permission to get involved, relaying her own experience:
Some within the political establishment told me, it’s
not your turn. And the political establishment sought to drive me from
my involvement. But I refused to step aside because our country is built
on the leadership of men and women who decided not to wait their turn
and who decided to speak truth to power, even when that power was within
their own party.
“If his forces are united, separate them. If sovereign and subject
are in accord, put division between them,” suggested Sun Tzu in theArt of War.
Speaker John Boehner gets half of that concept right. He excels at
creating division on his own side. He just has a hard time when it comes
to dividing the other side.
Polling data released by FreedomWorks on Wednesday offers some guidance as to how Republicans
ought to govern if they want to be on voters’ side before the next
Liberals and establishment Republicans often talk about partisanship
in Washington, lamenting that there are not enough people working
together to grow the size of government. In a lot of ways, that
complaint is like peeing in navy blue pants. It’s warm and may make the
wearer feel good, but no one can see it.
The complaints come to
mind in the wake of Wednesday’s passage of a $1.1 trillion omnibus
spending bill in the House, which funds ObamaCare and passed by a vote