Month: September 2015

Conservatives shouldn’t support Trump

I like the slogan on Donald Trump's hats: "Make America Great Again."The sentiment strikes a chord with most conservatives, who fear that our nation is in the midst of a great decline. A recent article in Fortune magazine highlighted several reasons to worry, noting that some say we're "overstretched militarily, ill-prepared technologically, at-risk financially, or lacking dynamism in the face of influential, new competitors."So when a legendary billionaire comes along promising to reverse all of that, people take notice. Everyone from Alabama's Senator Jeff Sessions to the New England Patriot's Tom Brady have been seen sporting Trump's hat.But while conservatives should certainly support the message, we shouldn't support the man.Before conservative readers dismiss this opinion as just another attack from the Republican Party establishment, know this: I'm one of you – a movement conservative who thinks the party's bosses have wheeled and dealed our nation to the precipice. I regularly write about how the establishment is embarrassingly weak, often at odds with true conservatism, and sometimes even traitorous to the party's own platform.I'm no late-comer, either. When I was 20-years old I briefly left college to work on Pat Buchanan's presidential campaign in 1996 (even then the establishment dismissed his warnings about illegal immigration and ridiculed his proposal for a border fence).To paraphrase Barbara Mandrell, I was tea party when tea party wasn't cool, and I've been in the movement ever since. So you won't see any Bush, Christi, or Kasich bumper stickers on my car. But you won't see any Trump stickers, either.It's not…

What Can We Do About Abortion? Stop Waiting on Washington

Another week. Another video showing Americans what our nation's laws allow – the mutilation, harvesting, and marketing of the butchered remains of murdered babies.The latest hidden video released from the Center for Medical Progress shows a conversation between Dr. Carolyn Westhoff, a medical advisor for Planned Parenthood, and someone pretending to be one of the abortion provider's frequent buyers of dead babies."We've just been working with people who want particular tissues ... they want cardiac, or they want eyes, or they want neural," Westhoff said. "Certainly, everything we provide – oh, gonads! Oh my God, gonads. Everything we provide is fresh." The abortion doctor then added, "Obviously, we would have the potential for a huge P.R. issue in doing this."Deborah Van Derhei, another Planned Parenthood official, admitted that her colleagues "generate a fair amount of income" from harvesting body parts from dead babies. Still, she said it remains an issue "we're not really that comfortable talking about on email," and admitted that the "headlines would be a disaster."Maybe not. One may think headlines like "Dead Babies Sold for Cash" would have a negative impact on their bottom line, but Planned Parenthood is about to emerge from the controversy largely unscathed. Moreover, thanks to an incredibly weak Republican-controlled Congress, the abortion provider will likely fend off any attempts to cut off the millions in taxpayer dollars that fund the group's grotesque enterprise annually."We just don't have the votes to get the outcome that we'd like," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said…

What did 9/11 have to do with the Iraq War? Probably more than you think.

Nearly everyone remembers where they were 14-years ago this morning, on September 11, 2001, the day America was attacked by Al-Qaeda and we were pulled into a war in Afghanistan.Many can remember where they were on March 19, 2003, the day our military invaded Iraq.History has taught that those dates are part of two distinctly separate actions; one was a war of necessity while the other was a war of choice. In retrospect, maybe so, but at the time many Americans sure thought – or felt, rather – that they were part of the same fight.Don’t think so? Well, bear with me for a moment while I try to explain: Imagine for a moment the world’s nations as simply a bunch of guys at a roadside bar. One of them, a man named Mr. America, is a prosperous, healthy, and handsome man. He’s blessed, of course, works hard for his family and is charitable in his community (for instance, he buys drinks for nearly everyone at the bar, even those who dislike him, and every time a fellow patron suffers misfortune, Mr. America is always there to help).So one day Mr. America is having a drink at the bar watching the game on television when someone taps him on the shoulder. He turns around with a smile only to be sucker-punched by Mr. Afghanistan. He falls to the floor, out cold. The music stops, and the bar falls silent. Nobody had done that to Mr. America in decades, and everyone was waiting…

Second-hand screens are the second-hand smoke of modern parenting

If you’re reading this on your tablet while at your child’s soccer game, please put it down. You’re setting an ill-mannered example, and one that’s becoming an all-too-frequent sight in our communities. I was recently at dinner with my wife and noticed a couple sitting nearby; both were staring into their smartphones, seemingly oblivious to the evening’s ambiance … and to each other. It was sad. Before that I saw a group of teenagers standing together at a nearby open-air mall; rather than talking they were all texting. It was perplexing.More disturbing is how frequently I see elementary school-aged kids tapping away on their tablets when they could be experiencing the world around them. Rather than playing or watching sports, taking-in a performance, enjoying the outdoors, or simply developing an attention span, many children are being mollified with devices. “Leave me alone, kid,” seems the message.  None of my business, I suppose. You certainly have a right to gaze into those little glowing screens all you want, and allow your children to, as well. But what about when that right intrudes on the activity of others? This is when good manners are needed. It’s can be frustrating when parents allow their young children to bring tablets and smartphones to events where their devices become the center of attention, forcing other parents to place the real world into a hopeless competition with flashy electronic games they themselves chose not to bring. What’s the big deal? Well, here are three recent examples of…

What can we do about abortion? Support pro-life candidates and causes.

Talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. Practice what you preach.We've all heard these idioms before, pointing us to these parallel principles: You must "do" something to change something, and everyone hates a hypocrite. Both admonitions were joined nicely in an email I recently received from a reader who took issue with my pro-life views: "Who's going to take care of those unwanted kids if abortion is outlawed? What have you ever done for unwed mothers? You're not pro-life. You're just pro-birth."While diluted by his irrational defense of abortion because of whatever quality of life awaits the unborn (a twisted yet popular justification for the practice), the man made a point that all pro-life advocates should heed: What have we done – materially speaking – to help end abortion?In the weeks since the Center for Medical Progress began releasing hidden videos exposing the horrors of Planned Parenthood, I have offered several suggestions on how to proceed. Praying, for starters, then raising pro-life children to slowly but surely steer our society away from this horror. But among the other things we must do – and right now – is to financially support pro-life candidates and causes.Have you contributed to a candidate who is unequivocally pro-life, and who pledges to support pro-life policies and laws when elected? Have you regularly donated to pro-life causes, like crisis pregnancy centers or adoption agencies that help unwed mothers and orphaned children?If you answered "no" to those questions, then you've just run afoul of those timeless…