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  • Short Saga of a Youth Leader

    10/13/2015 3:17:15 PM PDT · by TheRobb7 · 42 replies
    Self ^ | 10-13-2015 | TheRobb7
    I have been Youth Leader at my church (Baptist) for the last 16 years. In that time we have had our ups and downs ministering to teens; the good times and the bad. But never this bad. About 4 years ago, we were averaging 10-15 teens in our group (we're a small church, with attendance in the 80s and 90s.). Then an incident happened which began an unfortunate pattern. "The Incident" (as I call it) involved a Sunday night youth meeting in which I mentioned, in passing, that the Bible condemns homosexuality (the topic was in the news). After everyone...
  • Is Social Liberalism Winning?

    07/24/2015 8:11:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | July 24, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: This article was co-authored by Tim Graham.The end of the Supreme Court term was depressing for conservatives. The double-whammy of a 50-state mandate for gay marriage and the upholding of Obamacare sounded the alarms for religious freedom. All that unease is measurable. Credit The Washington Post for doing precisely that. The polling team has just reported, "Liberals have won a string of victories on gay marriage and health care reform this year, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a large majority of Americans are unhappy with where the nation is headed on social issues." They found...
  • Liberals have won a series of victories on social issues. Most Americans arenít thrilled about it.

    07/22/2015 10:42:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Washington PostóThe Fix ^ | July 22, 2015 at 7:00 AM | Peyton M. Craighill and Scott Clement
    Liberals have won a string of victories on gay marriage and health care reform this year, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a large majority of Americans are unhappy with where the nation is headed on social issues. Sixty-three percent of people say they are uncomfortable with the countryís overall direction on social issues these days; four in ten feel ďstronglyĒ uncomfortable about the nationís changes. The downbeat results in the aftermath of a series of landmark Supreme Court rulings earlier this summer runs parallel to how people see the nationís overall directionó65 percent say itís on the...
  • Why Social Issues

    07/17/2015 6:33:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Ray DiLorenzo
    Social issues are the key to either destroying or conserving our nation. Any effort in an attempt to preserve this great country will come to nothing if we do not get our moral house in order Almost no one wants to talk social issues. The Tea Party, for all their good work, doesnít want to bring up social issues. The political establishment avoids the conversation as they would a leper colony. Talk social issues in the GOP and you will get a call from Reince Priebus. Ask Donald Trump. People live in fear of being called racist, bigoted, homophobic, or...
  • Joel Osteen on Why He Avoids Political, Social Issues: 'It's Not What I'm Called to Do;'

    07/03/2015 5:53:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/03/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Joel Osteen, the popular 52-year-old leader of America's largest protestant church, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, bluntly revealed that the reason why he avoids speaking out on hot button social and political issues, such as same-sex marriage, is because he believes that's not what he's called to do as a pastor. In a recent interview on WBUR's "Here & Now" radio program Osteen, who was asked if he felt these hot button social and political issues are important, said: "I think they are important but I think everybody has their own calling." He further explained that "It's not what I'm...
  • Some Republicans 'Rearrange Their Sock Drawers' to Avoid Religious Freedom-'Gay Rights' Fight*

    06/19/2015 5:02:46 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 13 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | June 19, 2015 | Ray Nothstine
    Ted Cruz offered a vigorous defense of religious liberty on Thursday at a Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference while accusing other Republicans, including presidential candidates, of taking time to "rearrange their sock drawers" when controversy over state freedom legislation arises. The Texas Senator opened his remarks offering a moment of silence for Wednesday's murder victims of Emanuel A.M.E. church in Charleston, S.C. "Today the body of Christ is in mourning," declared Cruz. Cruz argued that the issue of religious liberty will be "front and center" in the 2016 presidential campaign. "I am profoundly optimistic we are going to turn this...
  • Americans 'Moving Left' on Social Issues. Really?

    06/17/2015 7:19:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/17/2015 | Richard Winchester
    The mainstream media (MSM) are hailing the release of recent polls purporting to show ‚Äúprogressive‚ÄĚ perspectives on several social issues -- i.e., same-sex marriage, homosexuality, legalization of marijuana, even abortion -- either equaling or, in some cases outstripping, more ‚Äútraditional‚ÄĚ viewpoints.¬†A Gallup poll released on May 22nd, for example, was headlined ‚ÄúOn Social Ideology, the Left Catches Up to the Right.‚Ä̬† Never mind that other Gallup polls, such as one released on June 2nd, or one put out on June 4th, provide cautionary findings. The MSM aren‚Äôt interested unless ‚Äúthe news‚ÄĚ can be spun leftward. This essay explores two...
  • Adios, America!

    06/02/2015 11:39:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 66 replies ^ | June 2, 2015 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Ann Coulter lives up to her reputation of issuing warnings and political commentary that nobody else dares to say in her newest book, "Adios, America!" It's aptly titled; she makes the case that it is goodbye to the America we know and love if we don't stop diluting our population with people who don't love America, don't respect our Constitution and laws, don't even speak our language, and commit all sorts of unspeakable crimes. "Adios, America!" brims with the scathing humor that has made Coulter's previous 10 books bestsellers. Coulter gives hundreds of specific examples of major crimes committed by...
  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • Can Scott Walker Convert the Christian Right?

    05/21/2015 2:23:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 107 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 20, 2015 | Betsy Woodruff
    A few steps from the Capitol building on Tuesday afternoon, behind closed doors in Republicansí upscale Capitol Hill Club, Scott Walker had a high-stakes sit-down. The Wisconsin governorówhoís indicated that he will launch a presidential bid after he signs the Badger Stateís biennial budgetówas there to woo top social conservative and evangelical leaders, a task that might seem easy at first glance. Walkerís dad is a pastor, he quotes a Christian devotional on the stump, and he signed legislation defunding Planned Parenthood in the state he governs. Christian conservatives should be worshipping the ground he walks on, right? Not so...
  • The religious right is worried about Scott Walker

    05/15/2015 12:03:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 15, 2015 | Leslie Larson
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), the son of a Baptist minister and an outspoken evangelical in his own right, may still have some work to do to court conservative Christians. The governor is mulling a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and will head to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for a meet and greet with 50 evangelical leaders, who are said to be unsure of how deeply rooted Walker's convictions are on social issues like abortion and gay marriage. "Clearly he's not well known within Washington, D.C., with social conservative leaders. He's more known for his battle with unions...
  • A Slumbering Christianity, The Liberal's Best Friend

    04/06/2015 10:15:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | April 6, 2015 | John Nantz
    If you went looking for the Apostle Paul an aeon ago, you might expect to find him mumbling platitudes in a dusty monastery, fumbling beads in some inane act of farcical devotion, locked for all time in a dingy prayer closet lit only by the nimbus of sainthood; or maybe, having assumed a vow of poverty, laboring in ¬ďfull time Christian service,¬Ē whatever that means‚ÄĒin practical obscurity. If this is your idea of Pauline Christianity, you are profoundly wrong, and are among the majority of those who claim the nearly meaningless appellation of ¬ďChristian.¬Ē It is fashionable among those who...
  • Itís Time To Get Intolerant

    12/30/2014 10:04:30 AM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 14 replies
    Barbwire ^ | December 30, 2014 | Bill Muehlenberg
    We expect secular humanists and others like them to celebrate the idea of tolerance as the greatest good, but sadly many believers have also hopped on to this foolish bandwagon. It is as if the greatest virtue is now tolerance and the greatest vice is intolerance. Well, it is time for some straight thinking here. In fact, itís time to get biblical as well. Just today I read the words of Jesus in which he praised intolerance. Yep, you heard me right. In his words to the Church in Thyatira he praised their Ďfaith, service and perseverance,í but he went...
  • How You Can Change the World in 2015

    12/29/2014 3:25:56 PM PST · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 14 replies
    Barbwire ^ | December 29, 2014 | Linda Harvey
    Was 2014 a year of darkness in America? Or was it a year of hidden promise? I think itís the latter, because there are many hopeful harbingers for 2015. Despite some disturbing, jaw-dropping events of the past year, we really arenít at the mercy of cowardly Republicans, demonic Democrats, vicious feminists and homosexual bullies. These fools present great challenges to American culture, to freedom and to the rule of law, but in many ways, they are in self-destruction mode. While we pray for any individuals who can be pulled out of the coming fire, letís assist their causes toward a...
  • The new GOP divide: 2016 Republicans disagree on NSA surveillance, gay marriage and Common Core

    12/02/2014 1:36:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/02/2014 | By JAMES HOHMANN
    Two years ago, Bobby Jindal was pushing a state law to adapt national curriculum standards to local schools; today, not only is the Louisiana governor suing the federal government to stop Common Core ó or ďObamaCore,Ē as many Republicans have taken to calling it ó but most prospective Republican presidential candidates, except Jeb Bush, have reversed themselves. Likewise, two years ago, almost all GOP leaders were unified against gay marriage, supportive of most surveillance tactics designed to prevent terrorism attacks, opposed to a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and unwilling to accept any aspects of the Affordable Care Act....
  • Senate Candidates Who Championed Pro-Life, Social Conservative Principles Win Decisive Victories

    11/05/2014 11:13:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/5/2014 | Samuel Smith
    With the results of the midterm election giving control of both the House and Senate to the Republican Party, leaders of two prominent social conservative political action groups said in interviews with The Christian Post that those candidates who fully embraced their conservative stances on social issues were fully rewarded by the voters. Tony Perkins, president of the social conservative advocacy group Family Research Council, and Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, agreed that Republican candidates who either supported abortion or hid their views on abortion and other social issues did not fare as well as those...
  • MARK CUBAN: Here's What Republicans Should Do Next

    10/22/2014 9:30:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/22/2014 | Colin Campbell
    Billionaire investor Mark Cuban has some advice for the Republican Party: Drop the social issues. "If I was going to give guidance to the Republican Party, ... I'd say, 'Stay completely out of social issues," Cuban said Tuesday morning on CNBC's "Squawk Box." The "Shark Tank" star and Dallas Mavericks owner said this would allow the GOP to communicate a strong message on the economy. "If you stay out of social issues, then the conversation from that side will only be about economics, and business, and growing business, and ideas," he said. "It should be easy!" Cuban also said he...
  • Washington Post: Introspection time for evangelicals

    09/27/2014 4:33:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/27/2014 | Michael Gerson
    Christian conservatives are often the subject of study by academics, who seem to find their culture as foreign as that of Borneo tribesmen. And this is a particularly interesting time for brave social scientists to put on their pith helmets and head to Wheaton, Ill., Colorado Springs or unexplored regions of the South. They will find a community under external and internal cultural stress. It is fair to say that some cultural views traditionally held by evangelicals are in retreat. Whatever the (likely dim) future of political libertarianism, moral libertarianism has been on the rise. This is perhaps the natural...
  • No Wave for the GOP: Fire consultants who urge the party to mute social issues.

    09/19/2014 7:38:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/19/2014 | Maggie Gallagher
    The latest polls suggest the GOP now has only a 50Ė≠50 chance of retaking the Senate. There needs to be a mass layoff ó of highly paid GOP consultants. Otherwise we risk a repeat of 2012, when overconfident Republicans in the middle of the worst economy since the 1970s became convinced that all they had to do to win was not be Obama. And they lost. Romneyís strategy was simple. On the social issues, avoid, downplay, mute. On the economic issues, sound vague, promise to help job creators, and wait for the other team to self-destruct. The RNCís ďautopsyĒ of...
  • Tracking Christian Sexual Morality in a Same-Sex Marriage Future

    08/11/2014 11:35:37 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 11 replies
    The Witherspoon Institute ^ | August 11, 2014 | Mark Regnerus
    Churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to think pornography, cohabitation, hook-ups, adultery, polyamory, and abortion are acceptable. And itís reasonable to expect continued change in more permissive directions. As mainline Protestant denominations increasingly accept the ordination of gay clergy and publicly affirm same-sex unions, the sociologist in me wishes to understand what this development means for people in those denominations. Iím not talking about subtle linguistic shifts. While the difference between speaking of marriage as a ďcivil contract between a woman and a manĒ and as ďa unique commitment between two peopleĒ is obvious to those who...
  • 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"...
  • Libertarian Folly: Why Everybody is a Social-issues Voter

    08/07/2014 7:54:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 242 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/07/2014 | 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. ‚ÄúSocial issues are not the business of government!‚ÄĚ says thoroughly modern millennial. It‚Äôs a seductive cry, one repeated this past Tuesday in an article about how some young libertarians dubbed the ‚ÄúLiberty Kids‚ÄĚ are taking over the moribund Los Angeles GOP. Oh, wouldn‚Äôt 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 ‚Äúsocial issues‚ÄĚ should...
  • New Record Highs in Moral Acceptability

    05/30/2014 10:42:23 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 24 replies
    Gallup ^ | 5/30/14
    The American public has become more tolerant on a number of moral issues, including premarital sex, embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia. On a list of 19 major moral issues of the day, Americans express levels of moral acceptance that are as high or higher than in the past on 12 of them, a group that also encompasses social mores such as polygamy, having a child out of wedlock, and divorce.
  • Is the GOP Suicidal?

    03/23/2014 6:02:06 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 12 replies
    WND ^ | March 23, 2014 | Matt Barber
    Leave it to the Republican Party to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. While nearly every poll definitively affirms that Democrats are in deep doo-doo come November, and as leftist talking heads like Chris Matthews have already conceded a likelihood that Republicans will take the Senate in the 2014 mid-term elections, many of the GOPís highest profile personalities obtusely refuse to take yes for an answer. Theyíre evidently hell-bent on disenfranchising the partyís pejoratively tagged ďsocial issuesĒ majority. Stupid, stupid and stupid. From mealy mouthed moderate establishment-types like Chris Christie, to dovish libertine libertarians like Rand Paul, it seems...
  • Rand Paul: Republicans must agree to disagree on social issues in order to grow the party

    03/14/2014 1:15:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/14/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via WaPo, compare and contrast. Here‚Äôs Mitch Daniels four years ago: Beyond the debt and the deficit, in Daniels¬ís telling, all other issues fade to comparative insignificance. He¬ís an agnostic on the science of global warming but says his views don¬ít matter. ¬ďI don¬ít know if the CO2 zealots are right,¬Ē he said. ¬ďBut I don¬ít care, because we can¬ít afford to do what they want to do. Unless you want to go broke, in which case the world isn¬ít going to be any greener. Poor nations are never green.¬ĒAnd then, he says, the next president, whoever he is, ¬ďwould...
  • No, the Tea Party Should NOT Avoid Social Issues

    03/08/2014 11:20:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 03/08/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The theme of Michael Tanner at the National Review is that the Tea Party has become unpopular because it’s against gay marriage and illegal alien amnesty. Yet it’s also true that the Tea Party’s clout is waning. According to the most recent Gallup poll, just 30 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the movement, the lowest level in its history. While this may technically be the lowest level, the Tea Party spent most of its time with a favorable rating in the 30s.In 2011, the Tea Party had a favorability rating of 33 percent. So the notion that...
  • The GOP and Social Issues: Confronting the Gay Marriage Question

    02/06/2014 7:20:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/06/2014 | Andrew McCarthy
    Here at Ordered Liberty, I weighed in a few days back on the discussion Roger Simon and Bryan Preston were having about whether the Republican Party should de-emphasize social issues. Some other points are worth making.The first is that not all ¬ďsocial issues¬Ē are created equal.I don¬ít think either Roger or Bryan suggested otherwise. To recap how we got here, while Roger¬ís headline referred generally to ¬ďsocial conservatives¬Ē (¬ďHow Social Conservatives Are Saving Liberalism¬Ē), his post homed in on gay marriage. In rebuttal, Bryan did not delve deeply into the substance of gay marriage; instead, he broadened the debate...
  • Lou Dobbs Drinks the Insider Kool-Aid [GOP should abandon social issues]

    01/13/2014 3:57:32 PM PST · by Moseley · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 13, 2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Lou Dobbs, business anchor, offers a lot of truly excellent and a little really atrocious advice to the Republican Party in his new book Upheaval, released on January 7, which he discussed in his January 6 broadcast "Steps to creating a winning election strategy for the Republican Party." Dobbs' new book is a must-read; overall, the GOP should elect Lou Dobbs as its next party chairman. Though you may need to skip a few chapters. The problem is that Dobbs insists that the Republican Party must abandon social issues. He argues passionately that the Republican Party must not give up...
  • Lou Dobbs Drinks the Insider Kool-Aid: The GOP will destroy itself by abandoning social issues

    01/13/2014 7:47:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/13/2014 | Jonathon Moseley
    Lou Dobbs, business anchor, offers a lot of truly excellent and a little really atrocious advice to the Republican Party in his new book Upheaval, released on January 7, which he discussed in his January 6 broadcast "Steps to creating a winning election strategy for the Republican Party."† Dobbs's new book is a must-read; overall, the GOP should elect Lou Dobbs as its next party chairman.††Though you may need to skip a few chapters. The problem is that Dobbs insists that the Republican Party must abandon social issues.††He argues passionately that the Republican Party must not give up even...
  • Sexual hooking up favors male students on college campuses

    08/25/2013 2:46:17 PM PDT · by usalady · 61 replies
    Examiner ^ | August 25, 2013 | Martha
    Have you ever heard the expression, ďWhy buy the cow if you can get the milk for free?Ē It appears that some women on college campuses have become ďcowsĒ as women sell themselves short, allowing casual sexual ďhooking upĒ to dominate their relationships with male students.
  • White identity different than black or brown designations for racism panderers?

    Is there a backlash coming in rejection of the race monger diatribes by charlatans such as Al Sharton, Jesse Jackson, and the NCAAP?
  • George Will: Detroit doesnít have a fiscal problem, but a 'cultural collapse' (Video)

    07/28/2013 12:25:21 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 40 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 28, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    On Sundayís ďThis Week with George StephanopoulosĒ on ABC, Washington Post columnist George Will took on proponents of federal assistance for Detroit, which declared bankruptcy earlier this month. According to Will, the city isnít undergoing a fiscal crisis, but is facing a much more serious cultural one, which is the source of its woes. ďCanít solve the problems because the problems are cultural,Ē Will said. ďYou have a city, 139 square miles. You can graze cattle in vast portions of it. Dangerous herds of feral dogs roam in there. You have 3 percent of fourth graders reading at the national...
  • WILDÖ Unhinged Lesbian Mob Beats Street Preacher at Seattle Gay Pride

    07/04/2013 6:00:12 AM PDT · by blueyon · 83 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 4th, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    PINK MAFIA BEATDOWNĖ An unhinged mob of raging lesbians and beer-muscled gays beat a street preacher (video) at the Seattle Gay Pride festivities this week.
  • A Libertarian Turn on Marijuana Legalization, Same-Sex Marriage and Gun Rights

    06/17/2013 3:36:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies ^ | June 17, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Are Americans becoming more libertarian on cultural issues? I see evidence that they are, in poll findings and election results on three unrelated issues -- marijuana legalization, same-sex marriage and gun rights. Start with pot. Last November voters in the states of Colorado and Washington voted to legalize marijuana, by a 55 to 45 percent margin in Colorado (more than Barack Obama's margin in the state) and by 56 to 44 percent in Washington. In contrast, California voters rejected legalization 53 to 47 percent in 2010. These results and poll data suggest a general movement toward legal marijuana. State legislatures...

    04/04/2013 8:15:37 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 6 replies
    TPNN - TEA PARTY NEWS NETWORK ^ | April 4, 2013 | Jennifer Burke
    There are ugly stains in our past such as the Democrat Party formed KKK and the Democrat supported murderous Planned Parenthood founded by eugenicist Margaret Sanger. As a black woman, I loathe both of these organizations and wish that neither one ever existed. After all, they both aimed to target and destroy people with my skin color...
  • Drive-Bys Shocked to Learn Pope Francis is Catholic

    03/14/2013 4:57:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | March 14, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: New pope. I am not Catholic. But I have endeavored, I have dug deep, I have attempted to find out from sources that I trust as much as I can, that I can understand, that I could then relay to you about this new pope. He's the first pope from the Americas. I realize some of you from Rio Linda say, "What a minute. Argentina? That's South America." He's the first one. And he didn't want to be pope. But there's some incredible things about this man. He is a classic Catholic theologian. There appears not to...
  • A Catholic Pope, Revisited

    03/14/2013 5:48:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | March 14, 2013 | Michael Reagan
    By the time you read this, the worldís billion-plus Roman Catholics may have a new pope. And when the black smoke of Tuesdayís indecisive first vote has turned to the white smoke of final decision, donít be surprised if the cardinals have chosenÖ a Catholic pope. After the election of Benedict XVI in 2005, I wrote that the cardinals had correctly ignored the desires of some people to install a wimpish equivocator willing bend with the winds of compromise. I believe the cardinals will show the same wisdom in 2013. In other words, the cardinals will choose someone who can...
  • Sandra Fluke promotes gay marriage to 'sleepy' college audience

    03/13/2013 6:49:03 AM PDT · by massmike · 20 replies ^ | 03/13/2013 | BEN JOHNSON
    Sandra Fluke, whom feminists had touted as the voice of a new generation, got the silent treatment from a bored and lackadaisical audience of college students during a 45-minute speech at Northwestern University on Monday night. Fluke reportedly fumbled awkwardly as the young adults ignored her verbal cues for their participation. ďI have to tell you that here in Illinois, the number one point on the agenda is Ė Ē she said, expecting a rousing reply. In time, she whispered her own answer, ďGay marriage.Ē ďI can tell youíre passionate by your response,Ē she joked after deafening silence. Fluke told...
  • Republicansí Easy Way to Defuse Social Issues

    12/10/2012 5:02:20 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | December 10, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky
    This is part two of a column on the state of Republicanism and how they should move forward.In 1973, the Supreme Court issued one of their worst rulings ever in Roe v. Wade. Largely made from ďwhole cloth,Ē the ruling has started a 40-year fight over abortion that unnecessarily has divided this country. If Republican principles were in place on this issue, then there would be a heated discussion; but the core of the fight would be defused and the issue would be handled at the state level where it properly belongs and where other issues should be handled. Without...
  • 4 Reasons The GOP Would Be Foolish To Dump Social Issues

    11/24/2012 4:19:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 90 replies ^ | November 24, 2012 | John Hawkins
    Win, lose or draw, we're always supposedly hitting a tipping point where social issues just no longer work for the Republican Party. At first glance, this would appear to be a rather puzzling sentiment. After all, in 2010, despite the fact that the GOP was just as socially conservative as we were this year, the Republican Party had its best year in half a century. Furthermore, in 2008 and 2012, the GOP lost despite running moderate candidates who were soft on social issues and who barely brought them up at all. If anything, you'd think that seeing two non-social conservatives...
  • Why the Obama Bubble Still Hasnít Burst

    10/08/2012 3:21:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | October 8, 2012 | Star Parker
    Can there be political bubbles like financial bubbles? Financial bubbles, inflated by hopes and dreams, burst when reality negates any possibility that those hopes and dreams will be realized. At that point, sky high stock or bond or real estate prices come crashing down to earth. Can the same thing happen in politics? Can a skilled politician, who has become popular with soaring rhetoric and promises, deflate when it starts becoming clear that he is not going to deliver? Of course, I am thinking about our president. Mitt Romney demonstrated in the first presidential debate that the considerable gap between...
  • Campaign 2012 in a Nutshell: Wrong Ideas Vs. No Ideas

    09/07/2012 9:38:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | September 7, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
    Charlotte, N.C. -- Going by the conventional rules of American politics, the Democratic Convention this week was an unmitigated disaster. And, going by the same rules, GOP convention was a disaster, too. So, either the rules of American politics have fundamentally changed, or at least one of the parties is taking an enormous gamble. Since the Nixon years, the GOP has enjoyed a marked advantage over the Democrats at the presidential level. Cultural issues -- race, religion, abortion, patriotism -- have worked to the Republicans' advantage. Until Barack Obama's election in 2008, no Democrat has won the presidency without aggressively...
  • Young in G.O.P. Erase the Lines on Social Issues

    08/10/2012 2:18:06 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 74 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 8, 2012 | Susan Saulny
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. ó Matt Hoagland, the county leader of a group of young North Carolina Republicans, is busy trying to ramp up enthusiasm for Mitt Romney at the grass-roots level. So there are a few things he avoids mentioning to prospective young voters he wants to woo, including the hot-button topics like abortion and same-sex marriage, which have dominated campaigns past. ďSocial issues are far down the priorities list, and I think thatís the trend,Ē Mr. Hoagland, 27, said. ďThatís where it needs to go if the Republican Party is going to be successful.Ē ... Some young conservatives ... continue...
  • As Catholics Go, So Goes the Nation

    06/04/2012 6:00:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | June 4, 2012 | Salena Zito
    Worry about eroding religious freedom could sway Catholic voters further away from President Barack Obama, and the Catholic voting bloc typically predicts the winner in presidential elections. Yet, as conservatives continue to pound Obama in ads geared toward the faithful, some Catholics who care about the president's slip in polls plan to campaign for him on social media sites. Both sides, campaign strategists say, are trying to secure the important vote. "Catholic voters are a critical and crucial part of winning the election," said Burns Strider, a Washington-based strategist the Democrats brought on to hold Catholic and evangelical voters after...
  • Phony divide between fiscal, social issues

    03/05/2012 11:51:43 PM PST · by donna · 16 replies
    WND ^ | March 6, 2012 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Contrary to politicians who want to call a truce about social issues, there is absolutely no way to separate social and fiscal issues; they are locked in a tight political embrace. Politicians who say we can ignore social issues or avoid talking about them, are really saying that they have no plan to cut federal spending and the growing national debt. Thatís because the social issue of marriage and its importance to our society has become a tremendous fiscal issue. The problem of marriage absence is now costing the taxpayers even more than national defense.
  • The Santorum Predicament: A Sign of the Times (Everything you've said can be used against you)

    02/27/2012 1:00:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 3+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 02/27/2012 | By R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    Former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan had it just right - someone had better read Rick Santorum his Miranda rights. In the big leagues of national politics, she warns, "Everything you've said can and will be used against you." Keep in mind that Rick Santorum has said a great deal, and is still talking. In a world accustomed to bland politicians, Santorum breaks the mold. He admires conviction politicians, and he aims to be one. He speaks his mind, and then keeps on talking. On crucial issues of a moral nature, Santorum not only states his position, he explains it in...
  • Survey Says: Santorumís Social Views Killing Him in Michigan

    02/27/2012 10:44:53 AM PST · by RobinMasters · 155 replies · 3+ views
    COMMENTARY ^ | FEBRUARY 27, 2012 | Alana Goodman
    Thereís a chance Rick Santorum may still scrape out a win in Michigan tomorrow. This morningís Public Policy Polling survey has Mitt Romney leading him by just a few points, 39 percent to 37 percent. But the internal numbers look worse for Santorum, and his ongoing slide in the state seems to be due to his focus on social issues: One place Santorum may have hurt himself in the last week is an overemphasis on social issues. 69 percent of voters say theyíre generally more concerned with economic issues this year to only 17 percent who pick social issues. And...
  • McDonnell walks fine line with conservative [VA] General Assembly

    02/26/2012 3:16:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 25, 2012 | Anita Kumar,
    RICHMOND ó Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell met with Republican members of the General Assembly more than 60 times in the past month ó from formal meetings to glitzy social gatherings at the Executive Mansion ó and he often cautioned them to exercise restraint. McDonnell warned his fellow Republicans to limit their socially conservative legislation and focus on job creation and the state budget, according to legislators. Otherwise, he said, they risked miring the session in needless disputes that would not benefit the GOP. He even signaled which bills he would support, a departure from previous practice. .....But apparently not...
  • Am I To Understand That Value Voters Are Being Rejected By the Republican Party?

    02/21/2012 3:58:39 PM PST · by jenk · 22 replies ^ | 2/21/12 | Jen Kuznicki
    Thanks to Professor Jacobsen of Legal Insurrection and Dan Riehl of Riehl World View for their timely and informative posts. First of all, I'll share a conversation I had with a Democrat in Michigan yesterday. She asked me why she had only heard of Rick Santorum within the past week. I answered that because of party politics and money-on-hand of the candidates other than Romney, the rest of the candidates are having a difficult time getting their name across. "Well, I don't like that Romney, he's buying the election," she said, "and I'd vote for Santorum but everything about him...
  • Ron Paul: Social issues are a loser in the election (watch Video)

    02/20/2012 6:31:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/20/2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    Yesterday on CNN's State of the Union, Candy Crowley asked Ron Paul about the new focus in national politics on social issues and whether a national debate focusing on them would help Republicans in November. Paul called it a "losing position" but neglects to mention that he has campaigned on his opposition to abortion at least since the Ames straw poll, an omission caught by CNS News: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO ‚ÄúDo you‚Äďare you uncomfortable‚Äďcertainly Rick Santorum is the one who has been in the forefront of some of this talk on social issues, but there have been...