Month: July 2016

Tim Kaine is either ignorant, apathetic, or a coward about abortion

Hillary Clinton has either selected an ignorant man, an apathetic man, or an absolute coward as her running mate, at least when it comes to the abortion issue. The only question about Tim Kaine is this: which is he? Shortly before the former Virginia governor was chosen as the Democratic Party’s vice presidential candidate, he was asked on Meet the Press to explain how he can be “personally opposed” to abortion but still remain politically pro-choice. Let’s take a look at Kaine’s full answer: “I’m a traditional Catholic. I’m personally opposed to abortion and personally opposed to the death penalty. I deeply believe, and not just as a matter of politics but even as a matter of morality, that matters about reproduction and intimacy and relationships and contraception are in the personal realm. They’re moral decisions for individuals to make for themselves. And the last thing we need is government intruding into those personal decisions. So I’ve taken a position which is quite common among Catholics. I’ve got a personal feeling about abortion, but the right role for government is to let women make their own decisions.” Setting aside the nonsense about being a traditional Catholic (the Church is clear on the matter, regardless of what its liberal members like Kaine say), what a mess. His babbling attempt to defend the indefensible is nothing but a word salad of shaky arguments that we’ve heard before. Looking back, one may recall how in 2008 then-Senator Barrack Obama said the question of…

We’re as mad as hell … but are we going to take it anymore?

The past few weeks may appear to be another sad chapter in the senseless conflict between black and white in our country, or as some believe, between black and blue, but the only color Americans like me have been seeing lately is ... red. We’re angry. We’re angry because we tell our children to obey the law, but then watch as our nation’s highest official repeatedly sidesteps our nation’s highest law so he can singlehandedly change our immigration system. So are we now supposed to tell our children that -- to put it in Nixonian terms -- something isn’t illegal of the president does it? We’re angry because we teach our children that ignorance of the law excuses no one (“Ignorantia legis neminem excusat,” the ancients said), but then listen as our nation’s top investigator explains how Hillary Clinton clearly broke (cough!) obeyed the law because she didn’t know any better than to spill classified information all across the internet. So are we now supposed to teach our children to plead ignorance whenever they’re caught doing something wrong, rather than to accept responsibility for their actions and the accountability that comes with it? We’re angry because we raise our children to respect the police, but then we see good cops cussed and killed for simply doing their jobs ... jobs that most either couldn’t or wouldn’t perform even if policemen got paid what they deserved. We hear calls for justice, but we see actions that seek impunity. And to add…

Hillary Clinton must be held accountable at the ballot box

Among the many famous monuments and important offices that populate Washington, D.C., my favorite has always been the Supreme Court Building. There’s nothing actually impressive about the structure itself. It’s just another of the city’s many examples of neoclassical architecture. It even lacks the crowds and commotion that accompany most others, probably because there’s nothing to see inside but an ornate chamber and nine rather unimpressive looking chairs. Still, whenever I walked passed the building during my years working for then-Congressman Bob Riley on Capitol Hill, I’d always pause, look up, and pay a moment’s homage to the four words inscribed above the building’s main entrance: “Equal Justice Under Law.” They were written in letters as tall as a man, and though it may sound exaggerated, my heart would swell a bit whenever I read them. To me, those words meant that it didn’t matter who you were, where you came from, who your father was or wasn’t, whether you were rich or poor, illiterate or educated, powerful or weak, or even right or wrong. In America, it meant that you’d be treated equally before the law. Whatever may happen in our political system, we had that belief, and it was something to cherish, and protect. Yesterday, those words were made a mockery of. Hillary Clinton steadfastly maintained that she “did not email any classified material to anyone” after she sought to hide official communication from public records requests by using a personal email account for state business. Yet the…