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  • Libertarian folly: why everybody is a social-issues voter

    08/10/2014 2:37:57 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 31 replies
    Renew America ^ | 8-9-14 | Selwyn Duke
    There is this notion, one we hear more and more, that the Republican Party has to shed the social issues to seize the future. "Social issues are not the business of government!" says thoroughly modern millennial. It's a seductive cry, one repeated this past Tuesday in an article about how some young libertarians dubbed the "Liberty Kids" are taking over the moribund Los Angeles GOP. Oh, wouldn't the political landscape be simple if we could just boil things down to fiscal responsibility? But life is seldom simple. If you would claim to be purely fiscal, or assert that "social issues"...
  • Top 10 things Putin said to Obama about Ukraine

    03/29/2014 9:30:55 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 3-29-14 | Selwyn Duke
    10. Look, the Ukrainians have a country; they didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. 9. I’m just fulfilling the dreams from my father. 8. I can’t help myself; I’m a typical white person. 7. For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of your country. 6. Yes, we can. 5. No, you can’t. 4. No matter how this turns out, Barry, I’ll R-S-P-E-C-T you in the morning. 3. I promise never to threaten any of your 58 states. 2. If I had a new province, it would look like Ukraine. And number 1… If you...
  • Killing Christianity with Sex

    03/15/2014 12:00:00 PM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 24 replies
    The New American ^ | 11 March 2014 | Selwyn Duke
    In recent times, there has been a development quite odd and unprecedented in the annals of the sexual “revolution.” When America’s traditional sexual mores started to break down, it always took the form of slouching toward “tolerance.” For example, consider fornication. Two unmarried opposite-sex individuals cohabitating was once known as “living in sin” and was not something any couple could do in their community. But as pedophile Alfred Kinsey’s fraudulent science and the phenomenon whereby, as Confucius said, no one likes “virtue as much as sex” eroded moral barriers, this started to change. And then one thing led to another,...
  • Why "equality" must die

    10/03/2013 9:00:28 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Renew America ^ | 10-3-13 | Selwyn Duke
    Take a look at the following list and tell me if anything strikes you: Prudence Justice Temperance Courage Faith Hope Charity Viewing these, the Seven Cardinal Virtues, anything make an impression? Okay, now try the Seven Heavenly Virtues of: Chastity Temperance Charity Diligence Patience Kindness Humility Anything? What strikes me is that equality is not among them. Scour great works, such as the Bible, and you won't find much talk of equality – that is, unless you consider The Communist Manifesto a great work. One thing about virtues – which are defined as "good moral habits" – is that their...
  • The Slippery Slope to Pedophilia

    09/26/2013 8:35:03 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | 24 September 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    If you had told someone in the 1950s that, in about two generations, homosexuality would largely be normalized and faux (same-sex) marriage would be gaining widespread approval, they’d have called you crazy. Never, ever under the stars and stripes. Why, pugnacious pundit Bill O’Reilly himself opined as recently as 10 to 15 years ago that faux marriage would never be accepted in America. Ah, what a difference a decade makes in the (mis?)information age, where ideas can be transmitted worldwide at a button’s touch. I can’t tell you exactly when I knew faux marriage would gain traction — not in...
  • Why millennials won't turn "conservative"

    09/16/2013 5:42:07 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 68 replies
    Renew America ^ | 15Sept13 | Selwyn Duke
    Every so often the wonks of wishful thinking give us an article about how blacks are becoming Republicans, how Hispanics are supposedly a natural GOP constituency, or, as is the subject here today, how the millennial generation is turning "conservative." Perhaps pundits asserting the last thing recall Winston Churchill's observation, "If you're not a liberal at 20, you have no heart; if you're not a conservative at 40, you have no brain." And perhaps they overlook that it's possible to raise a brainless generation. Don't think, as one might, that this will be a typical analysis sneering at the proverbial...
  • Women vs. Men: Who Governs Better?

    07/14/2013 4:09:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 14, 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    Every so often there's that obligatory article asking, "Are Women Superior at_____?" or "Do Women Make Better ______?," with politicians often being the focus. Of course, the question is always asked rhetorically. No matter the facts of the case, you'll never hear, "We examined the issue exhaustively from all perspectives, consulted with premier authorities in the discipline, collated the data, and have determined that in..."... --snip-- Lawrence is fair to the not-fairer sex, though, writing that "some men" are "trying to make things work better"; these would be "[a]spiring deal-makers in today's Senate" such as "John McCain, South Carolina Republican...
  • Senator Rob Portman's Homosexual Descent

    03/20/2013 6:13:00 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 30 replies
    New American ^ | 3-20-13 | Selwyn Duke
    In another case in the annals of conservative "adaptation" to yesterday's liberal innovation, Ohio Republican senator Rob Portman has just announced that he now supports faux marriage. The change was motivated, he said, by his son having come out to him and his wife as a homosexual. Well, it's a good thing his son didn't announce that he was involved in bestiality. Talk about a pandering parent. We can also talk here about letting your personal life influence your public policy. If I were a statesman and learned that a child of mine were hooked on cocaine or had joined...
  • Piers Morgan Takes Aim at the Bible

    12/31/2012 3:52:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/31/2012 | Selwyn Duke
    You've got to hand it to bloviating Brit Piers Morgan. While he got most of the facts wrong in his recent targeting of the Second Amendment, it hasn't stopped him from moving on to even more formidable targets. Such as the Bible. He says the book is "inherently flawed" -- and needs to be amended. Piers handed down his decree while interviewing Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren on the December 24th "Piers Morgan Tonight." Yes, on Christmas Eve. When other hosts might be discussing love, brotherhood, salvation, and all things ethereal, Captain Morgan was giving us the world according to...
  • Obama the Classless

    10/27/2012 9:11:20 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 October 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    When Barack Obama called Mitt Romney a bull******* in a Rolling Stone interview recently, it was reminiscent of something involving a man who truly fits that description. What I’m referring to has to do with the 1990s, an intern, and America’s increasingly interned morality. After Bill Clinton said that he didn’t consider Monica Lewinsky’s services to be sex as he “understood it,” many observers pointed out that his lawyering of lasciviousness was influencing the young. “Hey, even the president, a Rhodes Scholar, says it isn’t sex!” It’s what you call trickle-down decadence. And now what Clinton did for intimate relations,...
  • Tea Party Targeted by 'All the Bolsheviks' Children' (ABC)

    07/22/2012 1:41:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 22, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    It wasn't just that ABC's Brian Ross was wrong in suggesting that the "Jim Holmes" he found on a Tea Party website was the same man who committed the heinous crime in Aurora, Colorado. It's that it was indicative of stupidity and corruption. --snip-- So there can be only two reasons why ABC would mention a possible Holmes/Tea Party (TP) association: either its people want to demonize conservatives every chance they get, or they think traditionalist thought constitutes a pathology. It turns out that Effluent Stream Media leftists are deeply involved in doing the former and generally believe the latter....
  • The Left, the Right, and the Wrong Side of History

    05/29/2012 12:10:32 PM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 5 replies
    The New American ^ | 29 May 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    It’s always amusing when secularists speak of traditionalists being on the “wrong side of history.” We heard this recently after the vote in North Carolina upholding marriage; liberals said that the state was on the wrong side of history. Now, these people are circling around something that is absolutely true, and it's only charitable to help them understand exactly what it is. What they really mean is that traditionalists are on the wrong side of fashionable trends, and the polls on marriage certainly bear this out. But as G.K. Chesterton said, “A fallacy doesn’t cease to be a fallacy because...
  • And That’s the Way It Isn’t: Ten Liberal Myths People Believe

    05/21/2012 9:52:11 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 25 replies
    The New American ^ | 5-21-12 | Selwyn Duke
    When a big lie is repeated often enough and becomes “truth,” there can be serious consequences. For reality is like a jigsaw puzzle: If too many pieces (little pictures) are wrong, you’ll never be able to assemble them and see the big picture. The result is dislocation from reality. What follows are 10 big lies that have gained currency — and the actual truth behind them. 1. Pope Pius XII was a Nazi Collaborator According to Rabbi David Dalin in his book The Myth of Hitler’s Pope, Pius saved at least 800,000 Jews from extermination at the hands of the...
  • The real news today: Obama was always for faux marriage

    05/13/2012 7:12:18 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    Renew America ^ | 5-12-12 | Selwyn Duke
    So another mask has dropped. Barack Obama made history Wednesday in becoming the first president to announce support for faux marriage. And on January 20th, 2009 he made history in becoming the first president who supports faux marriage.
  • Obama's America: why black grievance will never end

    04/15/2012 3:15:14 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 36 replies
    Renew America ^ | 4-13-12 | Selwyn Duke
    When I was 12 years old, I played tennis at a certain public park in the Bronx. One day it got back to me that a black fellow at the courts, whose name I forget, said "Selwyn doesn't like black people." This raised my eyebrows. You see, I had never really thought about the man one way or the other. And what occupied my mind were forehands, backhands, topspin and volleys, not race. So the only thing I could figure was that I was probably in a funk one day and didn't hear and acknowledge a greeting he might have...
  • In praise of a do-nothing Congress

    01/23/2012 2:11:40 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | 1-23-12 | Selwyn Duke
    Here's a question: how can we expect to have small government if we condemn Congress for not growing it? It's always a disturbing experience when you're accosted with a picture of Harry Reid, as I was upon logging on to Drudge last Monday afternoon. But at least his image bore a fitting caption: "MOST FUTILE EVER." I then clicked the link and found myself at The Washington Times — normally a quite sane organ of the media — and learned the meaning of the caption: the Times was lamenting a do-nothing Congress and presented Reid as its poster boy. Writes...
  • The War on Christmas: Lincoln Chafee’s Holy Day Tree

    12/12/2011 9:36:08 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 9 replies
    The New American ^ | Monday, 12 December 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    I’m not sure why ex-Senator and current Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee keeps getting elected, but I’m quite sure he offends me. I truly can’t stand seeing his face, and you don’t have to ask why. You see, that’s the way offensiveness is: It’s completely subjective and not constrained by rhyme or reason. Along with a lot of other people, however, I now certainly have one very logical reason to chafe at Chafee: His decision to call the 17-foot-tall blue spruce Christmas tree in his state capitol’s rotunda a “holiday tree” despite opposition from residents and lawmakers. This, mind you,...
  • Forget the Wall Street Protesters: Why We Should All Hate "Capitalism"

    10/17/2011 9:38:45 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | Monday, 17 October 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    Okay, you can lift your lower jaw off the floor. I haven’t joined the dark side: My problem isn’t economic but lexical. I do hate capitalism — the term. As you know, in the eyes of many, “capitalism” has become both a four-letter word and the target of such. For example, New York Magazine questioned a group of Wall Street protesters on October 2 and found that 37 percent believed capitalism was “inherently immoral.” If you find this unremarkable for Woodstock-meets-Wall Street rabble, consider a 2009 Rasmussen poll showing that “only 53% of American adults believe capitalism is better than...
  • "Why do women always....?": Generalizations and the building blocks of reality

    10/01/2011 9:33:46 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 32 replies
    RenewAmerica.com ^ | 10-01-11 | Selwyn Duke
    Recently I wrote an article about women's tendency to support statist candidates. As my emails attest, it was met with quite a positive response. Yet, not surprisingly, there was also a very predictable one: complaints about generalizations. For instance, one respondent wrote that she was tired of the "all men are this and all women are that" tripe. Of course, people only complain about generalizations when they hear one they don't like and, perhaps, are unable to refute. But you can rest assured that they generalize just like anyone else; in fact, generalizations are woven so seamlessly into our thinking...
  • The Security Sex

    09/27/2011 2:15:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 33 replies
    Renew America ^ | Sept. 21, 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    We have all heard about the sex gap in voting patterns. This is the phenomenon whereby, in every election, women are far more likely to support liberal candidates than men are. For instance, in 1996, Bill Clinton captured 54 percent of the women's vote but only 43 percent of the men's. And in subsequent elections, the male-female gap has been as follows: in 2000, Al Gore, 42-54; in 2004, John Kerry, 41-51; and in 2008, Barack Obama, 49-56. In fact, even in the watershed election of 2010, during which we heard about the rise of the conservative woman, the fairer...
  • My solution: how to restore freedom of association and end government tyranny

    09/01/2011 6:47:34 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    RenewAmerica.com ^ | Sept. 1, 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    Unfortunately, many Americans have become inured to the trampling of freedom of association. You can work your fingers to the bone starting a business, and the government becomes a partner that contributes nothing but extracts much. It not only shares your profits and regulates you to death, but, more to the point here, dictates whom you must serve and the bases on which you may hire and fire people. And woe betide he who doesn't bow before Leviathan. A recent example of this is the Wildflower Inn, a Vermont B&B. After devout Catholic owners Jim and Mary O'Reilly refused to...
  • The states must rise again: the only way to combat Obama's socialist agenda

    04/07/2010 11:12:40 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 25 replies · 752+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | 4-7-10 | Selwyn Duke
    With the passage of ObamaCare coming on the heels of government takeover of industries and taxpayer-funded bailouts of the irresponsible, many are wondering how we can turn the socialist tide. They see Uncle Sam expanding, their rights and economic prospects shrinking and their voices ignored. For these people, November cannot come soon enough. But November is not the ultimate solution. In the political universe, seven months is an eternity, and we cannot know precisely how public sentiment will evolve. Besides, the chances of Republicans retaking both Houses are slim and, even if they do, there's no guarantee they'll rise to...
  • Obama: Beyond the Idea of an Icon

    10/31/2009 8:08:03 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 400+ views
    tna ^ | 10.01.09 | Selwyn Duke
    There has long been a certain objection to the divine command that we should worship God. It is simply: Why does God need you to worship Him? It is, really, an eminently fair question, and it has an eminently logical answer: God doesn’t need you to worship Him. You need to worship Him.  Worshipping God has, among other things, the very great by-product of reminding us who God is and, by extension, who He is not: us. This may seem obvious, but history has shown that this simple fact more often than not eludes man. For instance, Egyptian pharaohs were...
  • Intelligent Design and Evolution

    10/31/2009 6:48:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 68 replies · 1,328+ views
    tna ^ | Selwyn Duke
    Believers in Intelligent Design have often been scorned as being opposed to science, but science itself is showing that it is the evolutionists who are opposed to rational inquiry.Though The New American has no official position on evolution, we have published a number of articles over the years pointing to flaws in the theory and arguing for academic freedom on the subject. We did this most recently in "Allow Intelligence" (May 12, 2008 issue), our very favorable review of Ben Stein's documentary Expelled. In the following article, Selwyn Duke suggests that it's possible to believe in both an evolution of...
  • Do Not Blame Barack

    10/03/2009 10:49:37 PM PDT · by neverdem · 87 replies · 3,494+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 04, 2009 | Selwyn Duke
    Contrary to what my title indicates, I probably judge Barack Obama more harshly than most reading this page.  I don't think he is just a misguided ideologue or merely a creature of expediency.  I believe, practically speaking, he is an evil man.  That is to say, while he is largely ignorant like so many others, he has developed an affinity for evil.  He mistakes it for good. Yet, to be blunt, Obama doesn't alarm me as much as the average American.  To explain why, I'll present something Roman philosopher and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero said 2000 years ago when lamenting...
  • Stopping truth at the border: banning Michael Savage from Britain

    05/06/2009 5:42:18 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 19 replies · 1,139+ views
    RenewAmerica.Us ^ | 5/6/09 | Selwyn Duke
    When I awoke Tuesday morning, I ambled over to the computer, as is my wont, and made my usual cyber rounds. I logged on to the Drudge Report and, lo and behold, saw the following headline, "RADIO HOST MICHAEL SAVAGE BANNED FROM UK FOR 'EXTREME VIEWS'...." "Wow," I thought, "Britain strikes again." The prohibition is the handiwork of England's Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, who included Savage on a list of 16 unwelcome individuals whom she wanted to "name and shame." According to Beverley Rouse writing in The Independent, Smith says this is "so others could better understand what sort of...
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 5-6-09

    05/06/2009 2:56:55 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 90 replies · 2,341+ views
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 5-6-09 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Why the law is foreign to Ginsberg

    05/02/2009 6:19:17 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies · 538+ views
    RenewAmerica.Us ^ | 4/27/09 | Selwyn Duke
    There is an old saying, "A man who is capable of deceiving only others is not nearly as dangerous as a man who is capable of deceiving himself." Truer words were never spoken. When a person lies, he is deceiving others about reality, but at least knows he is engaging in deception. But when someone rationalizes — which is when you lie to yourself — he is truly lost. He then not only bends reality for others as a by-product of bending it for himself, but he can render untruths without having to lie. This is because a lie is...
  • Barack Obama: chairman of the bored

    04/16/2009 10:14:41 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies · 316+ views
    RenewAmerica.Us ^ | 4/16/2009 | Selwyn Duke
    Perhaps I was wrong about Barack Obama. Maybe his words can bring peace to the world. That is to say, if he keeps talking, he just may put all the world's peoples to sleep and keep them that way. This became evident during Obama's recent European trip. Despite the fact that Obama shares the Old World's socialist vision — and contrary to the image lent by the media's inundation of us with footage of fawning European crowds — some of that continent's denizens find him more sandman than savior.
  • Notre Dame's betrayal of faith

    04/07/2009 9:57:08 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies · 373+ views
    RenewAmerica.us ^ | 4/6/2009 | Selwyn Duke
    When John the Baptist said to King Herod, "It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife," the price he paid was his head on a platter. He had spoken Absolute Truth to power in a time when power was absolute. It was the bravest of acts, the kind only undertaken by those very rare men for all seasons. Lying in stark contrast to this is catholic (note the small "c") Notre Dame University's genuflection before Barack Obama, a man embodying the very antithesis of Catholic teaching. As most are aware, the university extended an invitation to Obama...
  • How to use your children to annoy a liberal

    03/24/2009 6:28:15 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 40 replies · 1,789+ views
    RenewAmerica.us ^ | 3-24-09 | Selwyn Duke
    Since liberals place a premium on tolerance, the loving and charitable thing to do is help them develop it. Note here that, unbeknownst to many, tolerance involves enduring something considered to be a negative. We don't tolerate a fine meal or a nice car, for instance; we relish such things. But we might have to tolerate bad weather, a cold or Nancy Pelosi. Now, since liberals actually perceive a great many positive things to be negative, placing them in situations wherein they may cultivate tolerance is not difficult. One under-appreciated vehicle through which to do this is your children. You...
  • Hitler and Christianity

    01/17/2009 3:39:21 PM PST · by Coleus · 39 replies · 1,172+ views
    thenewamerican ^ | 06.09.08 | Selwyn Duke
    Long ago, during the darkest chapter of the 20th century, a movie was released entitled Hitler’s Children. While the film is virtually forgotten, I cannot forget a certain scene involving some words a Nazi official uttered to a dissident, a heroic Catholic bishop. Dripping with contempt, the officer said (I’m paraphrasing), “In a few years, the churches will be empty.” It was a thought he obviously relished. Ah, Hollywood and its fiction … or, is this a snapshot of history, a rare case in which Tinseltown’s art imitated life? For many people, such a question seems rhetorical. They “know” Nazism...
  • Rush Limbaugh, Talk Radio "Anti-Immigrant Extremists" (Conservative Kick Butt Time Alert)

    05/21/2007 4:32:11 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 15 replies · 1,481+ views
    RUSH: On National Public Radio, Cokie Roberts is out there quoting Democrats on the immigration bill, Republicans on the immigration bill, and Rush Limbaugh on the immigration bill. On Saturday, Fox News Channel's Fox News Watch -- this is their media analyst show, the host Eric Burns, guest commentators Jane Hall of American University, Cal Thomas, and they're discussing the new immigration bill. The first voice you hear will be Jane Hall. HALL: Rush Limbaugh is already saying this is going to kill the Republican Party. This is going to bring in people who are going to overwhelm our schools....
  • Immigration Must Be Defeated (Rush Limbaugh: Say NO To Stop The RINO/Democrat Shamnesty Scam Alert)

    05/21/2007 4:16:35 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 17 replies · 960+ views
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | 05/21/2007 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Let's move on to illegal immigration here and where we stand today. We know that we've had the McCain-Cornyn blowup. McCain, by the way, in that blowup typified precisely what I pointed out to you in a brilliant two-hour analysis last Friday. McCain wants to get this thing done. He wants to have no debate on it, because the extracurricular politics will stand in the way. This thing needs to be put together behind closed doors in a back room with Democrat activist groups having veto power. Nobody will ever be able to see the whole thing. It needs...