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What If Democracy Is A Fraud?

July 29, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO What if you were allowed to vote only because it didn’t make a difference? What if no matter how you voted the elites always got their way? What if the concept of one person/one vote was just a fiction created by the government to induce your compliance? What if democracy as it has come to exist in America today is dangerous to personal freedom? What if our so-called democracy erodes the people’s understanding of natural rights and the reasons for government and instead turns political campaigns into beauty contests? What if American democracy allows the government to do anything it wants, as long as more people bother to show up at the voting booth to support…Continue Reading

The Day Of The Hawk

July 28, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie was premeditated mass murder. Qadhafi was taking revenge for Reagan’s raid on Tripoli in 1986. The downing of KAL 007, flying from Anchorage to Seoul, was mass murder in the second degree. Seeing an aircraft intrude into Russian air space, Soviet officers brutally ordered it shot down. The downing of the Malaysian airliner that took the lives of 298 men, women, and children was not deliberate terrorism. No one wanted to massacre those women and children. It was a horrendous military blunder, like the U.S. shoot-down of the Iranian Airbus by the Vincennes in 1988. That U.S. cruiser thought it was coming under attack. And Ukraine’s separatists thought…Continue Reading

Will John Roberts Decide A “State” Is Not A “State”?

July 27, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By TERENCE P. JEFFREY The Supreme Court may soon need to decide whether the federal government can be considered a “state” in our federal republic in the same sense that Iowa, Wyoming, and Wisconsin are states. On the face of it, this question may seem absurd. In fact, given any level of reflection, it is absurd. The federal government is not one of the states. But this absurd question was at the heart of Halbig v. Burwell, decided this past week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and it could soon become a defining issue in American life. Section 1311 of the Affordable Care Act, the court explained, provided for “each State” to establish an…Continue Reading

Assisted Suicide In England… Life And Death Under Debate

July 26, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. JOHN FLYNN, LC (Editor’s Note: Fr. Flynn is a columnist for ZENIT News Agency, which provided this commentary. All rights reserved.) +    +    + A bill to legalize assisted suicide has been introduced into Britain’s House of Lords by Lord Falconer, previously lord chancellor under Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair, and it is causing widespread debate. The House of Lords has already debated this matter in 2006 and 2009 and both times has strongly rejected the attempts to allow assisted suicide. The opinion pages and letters columns of the English media have been filled with contrasting views. In the Telegraph on July 4, Charles Moore deplored the manipulative use of the phrase of “dying with dignity.” “Wielding ‘dignity’…Continue Reading

Anglican Women Bishops — An Obstacle To Unity?

July 25, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By FR. DWIGHT LONGENECKER (Editor’s Note: Fr. Dwight Longenecker is an American who has spent most of his life living and working in England. He studied theology at Oxford University. He was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge, and a country parson on the Isle of Wight. Realizing that he and the Anglican Church were on divergent paths, in 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. He is the author of The Romance of Religion: Fighting for Goodness, Truth, and Beauty. (ZENIT News Agency provided the text of this commentary. All rights reserved.) +    +     + In 1978 I was a theological student in the…Continue Reading

Homosexuality And The Future Of Marriage

July 24, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JOHN F. KIPPLEY (Editor’s Note: John F. Kippley is the author of Sex and the Marriage Covenant: A Basis for Morality and other books and articles. With his wife Sheila, he is a coauthor of Natural Family Planning: The Complete Approach. The commentary below is reprinted with permission from his blog at johnkippley.com. All rights reserved.) +    +    + I recently received a notice about a conference dealing with homosexuality and the future of marriage. I did not recognize the named lecturers, so I replied to my source: Who is going to talk about the connection between the acceptance of contraception and the acceptance of sodomy? In recent discourse about sodomy under the title of “same-sex marriage,” it is…Continue Reading

Culture Of Life 101 . . . “Profile: Girls Scouts Of America”

July 23, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By BRIAN CLOWES (Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of this article with footnotes, e-mail him at bclowes@hli.org.) +    +    + We’ve all had little girls in uniform appear on our porches selling Girl Scout cookies (with watchful mothers standing nearby). Just about everyone loves Girl Scout cookies. In fact, one of our neighbors back in Oregon had a sign on his door saying, “No Soliciting — unless you have Thin Mints.” My wife Kathy enjoyed her years as a Girl Scout in the 1960s, and still tells great stories about her experiences. Unfortunately, about the time my wife left the Girl Scouts of America,…Continue Reading

Chilling

July 22, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO “Chilling” is the word lawyers use to describe governmental behavior that does not directly interfere with constitutionally protected freedoms, but rather tends to deter folks from exercising them. Classic examples of “chilling” occurred in the 1970s, when FBI agents and U.S. Army soldiers, in business suits with badges displayed or in full uniform, showed up at antiwar rallies and proceeded to photograph and tape-record protesters. When an umbrella group of protesters sued the government, the Supreme Court dismissed the case, ruling that the protesters lacked standing — meaning, because they could not show that they were actually harmed, they could not invoke the federal courts for redress. Yet, they were harmed, and the government knew it.…Continue Reading

Do They Think We’re Stupid?. . . It’s Worse Than That

July 21, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By JAMES K. FITZPATRICK It has become routine to hear conservative talk radio hosts, such as Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh, as well as many commentators on Fox News, react to public comments by the Obama administration and its supporters with an exasperated, “Do they think we’re stupid?” I have in mind Obama supporters’ contentions that the Supreme Court majority in the Hobby Lobby case was acting “like Iranian mullahs” (Hillary Clinton said that) and seeking to “deny women the freedom to control their bodies”; the constant repetition of the claim that Republicans in Congress have become “tools of the Tea Party”; the protestation that there is “not a smidgen of evidence” (in the president’s words) that anything illegal took…Continue Reading

Facing The Truth About Abortion

July 20, 2014 Featured Today Comments Off

By REY FLORES “America will not reject abortion, until America sees abortion” — Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life. +    +    + One thing I have often said about abortion is that you cannot sugarcoat it no matter how hard you try. It is a monstrous and criminal act against the most defenseless of human beings. All one needs to do is to take a look at the instruments of destruction that are used by abortionists to imagine the kind of damage they can inflict on a tiny human person. Sometimes, however, the imagination isn’t enough and we must put the ugly reality in people’s faces for them to realize just how horrible abortion is. In forensic science and criminology,…Continue Reading